For steak dessert, 2007 Caymus Classic. Chuck, why oh why, did you change the original styling of this wine? 🤦♂️
I ran out of my cellared Caymus Classic. Classic is pre 2012 vintage. In 2012, it was changed to a highly marketable consumer friendly wine syrup that drinks well early for some. I can’t palate it.
I recently went to the secondary market and found some beautifully stored 2007. Missed it.
The nose reveals, stewed & candied; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, poached strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, full scorched earth, grey clay, potpourri, dark under stated ambers, dark, moist forrest floor, dry sage, notes of Worcestershire sauce, eucalyptus with withering; dark, red, purple flowers.
The mouthfeel is glorious with balance & length. Ripe fruits of; stewed & candied; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, poached strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries hovering over all the rest, scorched earth, dark spice with subtle yet punctuating heat, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon & vanillin, dry crushed, limestone rocks, grey, mud clay, potpourri, dark under stated ambers, dark, moist forrest floor, oak char, expresso, black licorice, dry sage, notes of Worcestershire sauce hues, eucalyptus/mint with withering; dark, red, purple flowers. The acidity is a rushing, spring mountain river. The length, balance fruit & earth, elegance, polish would captivate most any discerning palate.
Chuck, I think you should make both Caymus Syrup & Caymus Classic again.
She is at the tail end of her precipice. — 5 days ago
2017 vintage. Tries to thread the needle with both the old school elegant and subtle Stag’s Leap District style and the new school hello look at me Napa fruitier style and is pretty successful at just that. SLD in the nose and on the finish with plenty of ripe plum and cherry posing for pics along the journey. Throwing a tiny amount of sed. Decanted for about two hours. — 2 days ago
This is a nice and tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
Full bodied with medium acidity.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, chocolates, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, spices and peppercorn.
Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle.
Good by itself and good for parties.
Still young and would be better in 5 years.
14.3% alcohol by volume.
$35. — 8 days ago
This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs. Dry and fruity on the palate.
Showing black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, vanilla, black licorice, wood, spices, mint, black pepper and light earth.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. After 2 hours in the decanter, tannins show up with more structure.
Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.
Still young and would be better in 3 to 5 years.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
92 points. — 5 days ago
Between a 92-93 here. This was tasted briefly at pop and pour and was then consumed from the decanter over the next few hours. Really pretty aromatics…baking spices, dark cocoa shavings, violets and plenty of freshly squeezed dark fruits. The palate has a “juicy” profile I get on a lot of 2012s. Vibrant acidity. Blackberries and underripe blueberries dominate the fruit profile with a unique herbal/juniper type note towards the finish. Not super complex or layered. After time, this really softened. Good now, maybe gets a bit better with another 5yrs, but not sure it increases much. — 6 days ago
On the nose and the palate, you can see where this is going to evolve.
A beauty to behold. The nose displays graphite, iron and a blackberry compote. Palate is consistent with perfect weight and balance. Moderate acidity enables this to tilt towards a Bdx, rather than Napa. Extremely well done. A baby that needs more time in the bottle. Drinking with close friends. Does not get better… — 6 days ago
What a lucky man I am - married to this beautiful lady for 30 years - this wine was a gift from my great friend @David L
Such an amazing wine - 30 years old and I promise this wine could go another 30 years
Incredible structure - color was a deep garnet - I know that sounds crazy but it was / tannins were silky and refined - the acidity and weight was medium and really balanced with tertiary notes all over it / just say them and they were present - one of most special Napa wine ever
Thank you again @David L — 5 days ago
Family mid budget cab night...
Overall WOTN is the goosecross
Goosecross - beautiful cool complex red fruit, balance. The most oak of the 3
Sequoia grove - rich blue fruit, deep, lacking in structure and a bit shorter than expected
Cos - too. Much. Brett. Haha...if you could get past it the structure, complexity of fruit and secondary flavors, balance and lengthy finish probably the best of the 3 — 4 days ago
It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
On the nose blueberries, black currants, black plums, cedar, earth, vegetables, vanilla, bell peppers, tobacco, light wet leaves, dark chocolates, dark coffee, graphite and black pepper.
Full-bodied and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, earth, chocolates, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, dark coffee and black pepper.
Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.
Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose, and a great mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.
Showing lots of earth notes that I wasn't expecting. Made it more interesting. Will be nice to revisit it in 3 years.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it 2 hours.
Good by itself or with food. Will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 28 months in mostly French oak barrels (40% new). A very small production of only 125 cases.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$60. — 13 days ago
This cab from DANA is mostly from their Hershey vineyard on Howell Mtn.
I know 2013s are powerful and tightly coiled, and DANA’s style is along those same lines, but I have to admit...this was incredibly coiled and almost unforgiving. I gave this a 4hr decant (which I followed from the beginning), and then another 3hrs out of the bottle later in the evening...and didn’t experience much of an awakening. Fragrant and floral with potpourri, violets, black currant and oak. The front palate here is quite nice in texture with notes of dark fruits, cocoa powder, espresso, extremely dusty with an herbal streak to its core. It’s very Howell Mtn in style. Good acidity and an absolute wall of tannin on the finish. This got marginally better at the end of the evening and revealed a sweeter/baking spice type finish. If opening now, I’d double decant at least 4-6hrs before enjoying. — 12 days ago