Cabernet Sauvignon

Mar 202012
2008 Patland Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley, CA, $90 (S) – Rating 92

An elegant yet boisterous Cabernet, this beauty from Patland Estate and famed Stagecoach Vineyards offers up a fruit driven nose of dark cherry, plum and spice. The full-flavored wine coats the plate with dark cherry, blueberry, plum, cocoa and dark spice with subtle hints of saddle leather. Supple tannins and well-integrated oak add depth and finesse.

Mar 192012
2008 Nickel & Nickel Branding Iron Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley, CA, $95 (S) – Rating 94

A beautiful example of a single varietal/single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep wine that holds your attention. Well-integrated tannins add depth and structure.  About an hour in the decanter and this Cabernet opens to show off flavors of dark cherry, blackberry tobacco, dark berry, dark spice with hints of toasty oak vanilla.

Feb 292012
2009 Paul Dolan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90

A nice nose of spicy cherry and notes of tobacco box. This Paul Dolan medium-bodied Cabernet made of 100% organically grown grapes offers flavors of dark rich cherry, dark spice, ripe plum, black pepper, cassis, dark spice and again, notes of tobacco box. Softer tannins make this Cab very approachable soon after opening.

Feb 172012
2008 Concannon Conservancy Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley, CA, $15 (S) – Rating 88

A super-value Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium to full-bodied sporting flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, plum and spice with whiffs of chocolate and vanilla. Big fruit with big yet well-integrated tannins make for a nice wine at the price.