Cabernet Sauvignon

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

 

May 062014
 
Estate 1856 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010Estate 1856 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Sonoma County, CA, $30 (S) – Rating 91

Very small boutique producer, this lot was only 75 cases. A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. Rich bouquet of dark fruit and spice with subtle hints of soy sauce. A soft mouth-feel featuring supple tannins and balanced acidity. On the palate rest flavors of dark chocolate, dark cherry, plum, caramel and spice with mocha in the long finish. Buy This Wine

 

May 052014
 
Estate 1856 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Estate 1856 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Sonoma County, CA, $32 (S) – Rating 90

A Gold Medal Winner at the prestigious 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  This blend of 98% Cabernet and 2% Petit Verdot is barrel aged for 22 months in French oak. A bouquet of black cherry pie and baking spice with hints of pie crust. Soft mouth-feel with soft tannins and balanced acidity. Flavors of black cherry, blackberry, ripe plum, vanilla and earthiness with a bit of dark chocolate in the long finish. Buy This Wine

May 012014
 
Estate 1856 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve 2011Estate 1856 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve 2011, Sonoma County, CA, $42 (S) – Rating 92

Fermented in one-ton lots and aged in French oak, this blend of 98%Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot has a lush mouth-feel with balanced tannins and acidity. Aromas of stewed cherry, ripe strawberry with a little spice mixed in. One the palate, notes of ripe plum, dark chocolate, dark cherry, blackberry and dark spice highlighted with hints of cola and oaky vanilla. Dark chocolate and cinnamon on the long finish. Only 55 cases made. Buy This Wine

 

Apr 302014
 
Estate 1856 Bordeaux blendEstate 1856 Bordeaux Blend 2011, Sonoma County, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 92

A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Malbec and 12% Petite Verdot. Each variety and clone were fermented separately and hand punched followed by 2 years in French oak. A rich nose of dark berries, blackberry and tobacco box. Textured flavors with a full mouth-feel, good food-pairing acidity and supple tannins. On the palate, flavors of dark berries, black cherry, ripe plum, cherry and spice. Dark mocha on long and transformative finish. Double Gold Medal – 2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Buy This Wine

Feb 112014
 
2007 Broman Cellars Broman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $48 (S) – Rating 93

An excellent value Napa Valley Cabernet at $48. Truly small production and hand-crafted. Scents of blackberry, smoky oak, spice and black cherry. A rich set of complex flavors including, black cherry, blackberry, cedar, cinnamon and dark spice. Silky and supple tannins with juicy acidity add complexity and structure. Notes of ripe raspberry and cinnamon on the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 112014
 
2010 Caymus Vineyards Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $130 (S) – Rating 97

Truly an extraordinary wine, the kind only a few select winegrowers can produce, even from the best Napa Valley fruit. The nose is robust with aromas of dark cherry pie with hints of campfire smoke and mocha. For full effect this big boy needs an hour or more to decant. A soft and luxurious mouth-feel, full-bodied with balanced tannins and enough acidity for pairing with a juicy porterhouse, but this wine, in my opinion, should be enjoyed all on it’s own. Bold flavors abound of black cherry, blueberry and chocolate/cacao with notes of black pepper and smoke. A bit of espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine