This Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon review is part of our value wine series. A series of wine reviews aimed at exposing great value and accessible wines like the Nobles Vines 337 Cabernet. Learn about Noble Vine’s 337 tasting notes, food pairings and an overview of what makes this wine so great.
Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon Review from Lodi, California
Vintage: 2012 & 2013
We’ve written about Noble Vines previously, where we discussed their Merlot and how it really brings to life the big fruit of Lodi, California. I found the 337 Cabernet to be very different from its softer, velvety cousin — but phenomenal none the less. Noble vines prides itself on utilizing a vine stock from Bordeaux, France that isn’t easy to come by, and it does incredibly well within the terroir of Lodi.
The climate where the 337’s grow is for the most part mediterranean. That means moderately warm days, followed by crisply cool evenings.
The soil composition here is primarily a reddish-sandy clay over a rounded rocky base. I think what intrigues me most about the Noble Vines Clay Station vineyard (where the 337 grows) is how rich in natural minerals the ground is. Due to its location, Clay Station sits in soil that has collected 10’s of thousands of years of runoff from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. To me, this allows this particular wine to display a complexity unlike any I’ve yet to experience in a Cabernet from Lodi.
The 337 Cabernet Sauvignon vines sit along terraced hillsides averaging 250ft in elevation. This allows the vines to capture the calmingly cool salt air from San Francisco Bay to the West. Simultaneously, the elevation on the slopes gives way to big granite rocks beneath the Earth that force the vine roots to dig deep and reach for their nutriment. Thus enhancing complexity and flavor concentration in the final product.
Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes
In the glass, the wine looks Noble. An elegant black cherry hue with a deep raspberry rim.
This is a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is full of black fruit and nuances of pepper. On the opening palate, the wine begins (and stays) refined. Big hits of black and red ripe berries sit atop moderate acidity. Big grippy tannins watch over the black cherries and cacao on the mid-palate, followed up by notes of red clay minerals. Towards the finish, we get some additional earthy tones, wet forest floor and a bit of ground black pepper spice. Overall, a complex Cabernet at a great value from Lodi.
Chill to about 62 degrees Fahrenheit for best tasting notes (about 10 minutes in your average fridge).
Due to the complexity of this wine, you’re going to want to pair it with dishes that are bold in flavor. No sushi with this Cab. Try cream based pasta’s or risottos, or penne in a rich vodka sauce. Roasted pork shoulder, St. Louis pork ribs or Shepard’s Pie with shredded beef or moist brisket. Pulled pork sandwiches are also ALWAYS a win with this vin.