Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Corison

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

2018 vintage. Great, taut balance between the new school and old school Napa cab worlds. Plenty of delicacies here and there amongst the hurrahs, huzzahs and whispers. Not to be missed. Medium-bodied with both nuance and thrust. 9.17.23. — 4 days ago

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Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

So ripe and big. Goes better with dessert than the meal. Huge vanilla oak with sweet berry jam, there is mint dark chocolate, and tannin, cedar on the finish. Overall when I really think about it, this tastes interesting, but there is a sweetness throughout the entire palate that I do not love. There’s an artificial sweetener like flavor. Really interesting. Decanted for 4 hours. — 4 days ago

Michael David Winery

Freakshow The Strongest Man on Earth Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon

Color of dark purple, thick with nice legs. Nose of coffee beans, cigar box, dark fruits like blackberries, and some ripe grapes. Taste follows the nose with addition of nice acidity, oak note, and spicy sweetness. Some marginal tannins and warmth to balance the flavors too. Aftertaste shows some more strawberry note and more savory acidity. On par. — 6 days ago

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1995

1995 vintage. Decanted and tasted after 1 hour. Still, big nose and frontal palate. Dwindles somewhat in the closing chapters. Fairly harmonious and alive for the majority of another decade. Feel there could be some bottle variation here so wouldn’t surprise me if someone posted a 9.2-9.4 tomorrow. S’life. 9.20.23. — a day ago

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Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Needs 2 days to come to life, not a pop & pour even though it’s a CA 2012. Classic wine style on this one — 3 days ago

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Montelena is a really good producer but really loved their mid 80’s through the mid 90’s.

Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Decant yes, day 2 no. So delicious. Need more — 2 days ago

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Amazing how great these get when you give them this kind of age vs young!

Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Always a solid Sonoma cab. Some anise and dark fruit, dark chocolate and anise. Slight bit of dill and vanilla. Drinks young, this could go for a bit longer. Good strong tannins but smooth enough to balance my prime rib. — 3 days ago

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Beaulieu Vineyard

Private Reserve Georges de Latour Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Very nice mature cab—cherries, a bit of leather and vanilla, mostly resolved structurally — 7 days ago

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Château Montrose

Saint-Estèphe Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1990

1990 vintage. Last tasted 01.20.23 (9.6) and 05.16.21 (9.4). This slots in just between. Tastes as if from a colder cellar because this specimen was as fresh as a daisy. Decanted and tasted after 2 hours. Tannins for tannins sake. And I love big tannins. Less evolved than the January visit and drinking better than the 5.16.21 visit. Still bleeping massive. This wine and the 1989 Gaja Sorí Tilden Barbaresco the two biggest, uncompliant wines with years to go before really revealing those hidden charms that I've tasted in recent memory. Getting closer but not quite ready to settle down any time soon. 9.21.23. — 8 hours ago

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Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Such a beautiful cab, everything one is looking for in Napa. Deep ruby/purple. Dark ripened fruit with oak and vanilla aromas. Some coffee and dark chocolate. It’s bold and smooth with beautifully balanced acidity and medium tannins. Good, long finish. — 16 days ago

Jillian Varner
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