Cabernet Sauvignon

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

May 082013
2010 Buena Vista Winery Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, CA, $16 (S) – Rating 89

Very easy drinking and immediately approachable. Excellent restaurant choice…good price…no decanting required. A rich nose of black cherry, dark spice and dark chocolate. A jammy mouth-feel but interestingly lean on the finish with soft tannins and balanced acidity. Flavors of cherry and plum with a bit of raspberry and spice with espresso on the finish. Buy This Wine

May 012013
2008 Ceja Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $50 (S) – Rating 91

Very approachable with just a short decant. The nose entices with notes of dark cherry, plum, blueberry and dark spice with hints of leather. A full mouth-feel with balanced tannins offering flavors of cherry, blackberry and dark spice with espresso in the long finish. Good acidity for pairing with a grilled steak. Buy This Wine

Apr 042013
2010 Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $72 (S) – Rating 93

It would be nice sometimes to just review a wine as Delicious… This Cabernet is Delicious! An expressive nose of dark cherry, ripe plum with subtle notes of chocolate and leather. Soft to moderate tannins with beautifully balanced acidity. Flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, dark fruit, vanilla and spice with hints of leather. Pleasant notes of cocoa become more pronounced on the finish, as the wine opens. Buy This Wine

Apr 012013
2009 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA, $25 (S) – Rating 90

One heck of a value. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot with a big nose of bright cherry, plum, dark fruit and dark spice. Medium-bodied with moderate tannins and balanced acidity offering flavors of dark cherry, dark fruit, and dark spice with notes of chocolate on the long finish.  Buy This Wine