Cabernet Sauvignon

Oct 092014
Hawk & Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills 2010, Lake County, CA, $65 (S) – Rating 94

Hawk & Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills 2010100% Cabernet and Biodynamically farmed, this is a big Cabernet Sauvignon. A round mouth-feel with chewy tannins and balanced acidity. A nose of black cherry and blackberry with hints of raspberry and intriguing campfire smoke. On the palate, the wine offers flavors of black cherry and blackberry with subtle notes of ripe strawberry and cacao to add complexity. Espresso on the long finish. In the Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, this wine took Best of Show for Red Wines; Best of Class for Cabernet Sauvignon and the Platinum medal! Buy This Wine

Jul 082014
Calla Lily Winery Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $80 (S) – Rating 93

Calla Lily CabernetFrom an emerging Napa Valley winery with an experienced hand on the wheel in Cary Gott. An expressive nose of black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla and black pepper. Lush on the palate, complete with silky tannins and balanced acidity. Give this youngster at least 30-60 minutes to fully open for flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, blackberry, oaky vanilla and plenty of spice. Intriguing notes of tobacco box on long finish.

Jul 082014
Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 90

Amici Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010The cool 2010 growing season allowed for a more European style Cabernet, medium-bodied with juicy acidity. The aromas are rich with notes of blackberry, blueberry and dark spice. Integrated tannins create a pleasant mouth-feel offering flavors of blackberry, black fruit, plum, black cherry, dark chocolate and dark spice. Hints of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 042014
Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, CA, $60 (S) – Rating 94

Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon 2012A very impressive wine from an equally impressive vintage. Quite young but opens with an hour or so of decanting. A complex nose of blue and black fruit with hints of baking spice and minerality. A soft mouth-feel with silky tannins and balanced acidity. Big flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, oaky vanilla and brown spice with hints of black pepper and leather on finish. As good as it is now, this wine will only get better with time. Truly a special wine in celebration of the Caymus 40th anniversary. Buy This Wine


May 202014
Jordan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Jordan Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Alexander Valley, CA, $53 (S) – Rating 92

A vibrant wine from a cooler growing season. Like the vintages before, Jordan Cabernet is approachable as soon as the bottle opens but still benefits from at least 30 minutes of decanting. Blended from 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Vivid aromas of blueberry, blackberry pie spice and tobacco box. A lush mouth-feel with balanced acidity and supple tannins. Flavors of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, mocha, dark spice with hints of oaky vanilla and espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine