Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Jan 172014
2009 Smith-Madrone Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 94

Blended of Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Merlot 8% & Cabernet franc 8%, this is one of the best under $50 Napa Cabernets I’ve found. With only 13.9% alcohol, it proves that lower alcohol Cabernets can be rich and complex. From 37 year old dry-farmed vines planted at 1800 feet elevation on Spring Mountain. When first poured, this wine offers a leaner style with juicy acidity. However, after 30 minutes in the decanter or glass the full bounty of fruit and expression steps forward. Aromas of dark cherry with notes of leather and earthiness. Enough acidity to be a good food pairing Cabernet… But I preferred to enjoy it solo. Once fully open, rich flavors of dark cherry, blueberry, blackberry, black pepper spice, supple tannins and notes of toasty oak abound. Dark chocolate highlights the long finish . Buy This Wine

Jan 022014
2010 Nicholas Allen Wines Carte Blanche Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA $125 (S) – Rating 94

A powerhouse Cabernet, rich, dense, layered and complex from winemaker Luc Morlet. Very young so decant for at least an hour.  10% Petit Verdot in the blend adds texture and complexity. Intriguing aromas of dark cherry, plum, oak, leather and a bit of tobacco. Supple/Velvety tannins and a bit of cult-wine jamminess with flavors of black cherry, blueberry and ripe plum accented with notes of leather and dark spice. Smokey cherry and mocha in the long finish. Buy This Wine


Dec 162013
2009 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $145 (S) – Rating 93

This Napa Valley Cabernet has matured beautifully into a richly layered, complex yet approachable powerhouse. Give it 15-30 minutes to decant to its full glory. Luxurious nose of dark cherry, plum and dark spice. A plush mouth-feel with balanced acidity and round tannins. Full flavors of dark cherry, red fruit, blueberry with a earthy minerality to add complexity. Notes of dark chocolate and espresso in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 082013
2008 Canard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $55 (S) – Rating 91

Has all the characteristics of a very good Napa Valley Cabernet. Estate grown valley floor fruit with a lush aromas of black cherry, pie crust and cinnamon. Muscular on the palate with juicy acidity and balanced tannins. Flavor notes of dark cherry, blueberry, plum, brown spice and cinnamon with notes of cacao on the finish. Think juicy prime rib or dark chocolate for food pairing. Buy This Wine

Oct 312013
2007 Palmeri Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $58 (S) – Rating 89

Rich mountain fruit offering aromas of black cherry, plum, spice and notes of espresso. Moderate tannins on the palate with balanced acidity. Flavors of ripe black cherry, blackberry ripe dark fruit and spice. Dark chocolate on the finish. Buy This Wine

Oct 312013
2008 Broman Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Ca, $48 (S) – Rating 91

A beautifully approachable Cabernet almost right out of the bottle (give it a short decant). A rich nose of black cherry, ripe raspberry, brown spice and notes of earthiness. Silky tannins and juicy food pairing acidity are combined with flavors of cherry, raspberry, and brown spice with hints of cinnamon and cocoa in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Oct 012013
2009 Jordan Vineyard and Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Ca, $53 – Rating 92

Consistently a great Cabernet, elegant and medium bodied. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec at only 13.5% alcohol, it is very approachable with only a short decant. The nose excites with aromas of cherry, raspberry, dark chocolate, a little chili spice. Well integrated flavors, supple tannins and balanced acidity all combined with flavors of plum, dark cherry, raspberry, dusty dark chocolate and baking spice. Definite notes of dark cherry chocolate on long finish. Buy This Wine

Aug 062013
2009 Rocca Family Vineyards Grigsby Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, CA, $75 (S) – Rating 92

A rich, dense and complex wine that needs at least 30 – 45 minutes of decanting to fully open allowing nuances to shine. An assertive nose of black cherry and ripe plum  with pleasant notes of leather and cocoa. Balanced acidity with full-bodied tannins prepares the palate for flavors of black cherry, black fruit, spice, smoke and espresso with hints of earthiness adding to the complexity and structure. Buy This Wine