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88 Points

Casaeda 2011 Syrah Russian River Casaeda

Russian River, Sonoma County

United States

Drinking window: 2013 - 2017

The 2011 Syrah Russian River is a gorgeous wine for the money. White pepper, dark red berry, plum and mocha meld together in a racy, supple Syrah loaded with personality. This juicy, flavorful Syrah is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years.

— Antonio Galloni, November 2013
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Karen Culler
Napa Valley, Calif. Position: Winemaker
Wineries: Wolf Family Vineyards, Ladera, Renteria Wines, Probst, Rivera, Culler and Casaeda
Manages: 20,000 cases
Education: Bachelor’s degree in botany and agronomy from Ohio State University; master’s degree in viticulture and enology, University of California, Davis.
Career harvests: 25
Winemaking mentor: David Lake, “now deceased but the first winemaker I worked for at Columbia Cellars in Seattle.” Karen Culler says that handling grapes gently and using native yeast are important in her approach. She adds, “Nothing can beat great grapes. Get grapes from nicely balanced, well-drained, preferably rocky soils with low-yielding vines.”

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2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Casaeda

A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from
Napa Valley, Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost
Wine Advocate #204
Dec 2012
Antonio Galloni 92 Drink: 2013 - 2021 $30 (30)

Culler’s entry-level 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Casaeda bursts from the glass with juicy red berries, licorice, spices and menthol. This is an especially juicy, forward Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of early appeal in its generous fruit. At the same time, the addition of Syrah to the blend adds depth and nuance. The 2009 is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah and 5% Merlot that spent 20 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021.

Karen Culler makes some of the most delicious and fairly priced Cabernets in Napa Valley. There is so much to love about these classy, harmonious wines, it’s hard to know where to start. This year Culler has a new, entry-level Cabernet that is one of the very best wines in its price range.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Casaeda

A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from
Napa Valley, Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost
Wine Advocate #204
Dec 2012
Antonio Galloni 93 Drink: 2015 - 2025 $30 (30)

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Casaeda is quite a bit more polished and silky than the 2009, while providing plenty of structure and vibrancy. Black cherries, plums, mocha and espresso meld together beautifully. This supple yet vibrant wine captures the essence of Karen Culler’s style. The 2010 is a fabulous wine for the money and easily one of the finest Napa Valley Cabernets in its price range. The 2010 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is striking. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

Karen Culler makes some of the most delicious and fairly priced Cabernets in Napa Valley. There is so much to love about these classy, harmonious wines, it’s hard to know where to start. This year Culler has a new, entry-level Cabernet that is one of the very best wines in its price range



2009 Culler Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Casaeda Napa Valley

Winery: Culler Wines
Style: Red Wine
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa

By Stephen Tanzer

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May 12

Medium ruby-red. Aromas of black plum, currant, mocha and smoke. Good chewy texture and depth to the rich, sweet dark raspberry and spice flavors. Finishes with dusty, building, fine-grained tannins and very good length. Offers plenty of early appeal. 90 points




10 California Reds for $40 or Less

New reviews of Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfandel and more

MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: August 13, 2012

Tasting Highlights bring the best wines from our editors’ most recent tastings to WineSpectator.com members.

This week’s report focuses on wines where quality and value intersect nicely, with price tags set at $40 or lower. Red wine lovers should find a bottle in this group to fit their preference, whether they’re fans of Petite Sirah, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, or all four.

There’s one more new face in this week’s list, Casaeda, a new label from Karen Culler (who also makes wines under the Culler label). Casaeda is a rare find in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: a concentrated, intense example for only $30.

CASAEDA Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009 Score: 89 | $30

Tight, firm, vibrant and concentrated, offering dried dark berry, pencil lead and cedar flavors, with a snappy, fresh finish. Drink now through 2022. 343 cases made. —J.L.


Casaeda Wines 791 Chiles Ave, Saint Helena CA 94574 jerry@casaedawines.com