Garnier JC

Les Tailles Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Drank over the course of three days; just like Mufasa, this fine drop from Anjou was dignified and imposing until the end. Surprised that any sniff of oxidation - and there was near none - was in reality a welcomed influence. Would happily order a case of this medium bodied blend of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. A mouthful of ripe strawberries and plums, a little perfume, low acid (but enough so it wasn’t flabby), soft tannins with a slightly jammy concentration at the tail. Confident this would be a pleasure to have any day, at any hour, meal or no meal, friends or no friends, in bed, at a table, or on the floor. A beautiful wine beautifully made. Bravo J. C. Garnier. — 10 days ago

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Leah Jorgensen Cellers

Mae's Vineyard Blanc de Cabernet Franc 2018

Deep ruby hue. Noticeable tearing and extraction. Nose offers intense, round red and black fruit aromas such as black cherry, blackberry, raspberry, plum, and spices such as anise, molasses, nutmeg, with a strong floral undercurrent and delicate peat moss, tobacco, and leather notes. Palate is largely consistent with the nose, offering a medium body, medium tannins, medium+ acidity, and tart but flavorful impact with that hint of spiciness. Definitely worth a breathe after opening to let the intense flavors integrate and settle a bit. Medium finish. Interesting new world take in Cabernet Franc (100%) from Southern Oregon. Vintage 2018. ABV 14%.
I imagine this may pair well with grilled brats or burgers or pork chops where the fruitiness is a contrasting complement to the savory dish and the smokiness lends some symmetry with similarly intense flavors. Thoughts 💭?
— 17 hours ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

I think you can do better with the thumb, its a little ordinary today
Vanessa D

Vanessa D

@Paul T- Huntington Beach just trying not to overshadow the wine with my thumb-bendiness.


Brinkman Block Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Mike R

Thank you @Jason and Jennie / amazing wine and Kirk Venge is making delicious wine - RP scored this 97 and I was just not willing to go that far but one of the best Napa cabs in awhile for me - this was consumed during the WNH Sunday virtual zoom tasting and to share virtually with Jason and Jennie was even more amazing - wine had legs forever - deep ruby color - smell of dark red cherries and raspberries and coco - taste and finish incredible - fruit forward delicious smooth - all of the about help create big bold beautiful in a bottle and left me with a huge smile — a day ago

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Mike R

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Nope I was wrong -2014 - corrected @Paul T- Huntington Beach thanks
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

I noticed the 14 on WA, I didn’t realize it scored that well. I should of tried it
Jason and Jennie

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You nailed the tasting notes. Such a great wine (and value!). So thankful to chat with you virtually on Sunday. Cheers Mike!

Smith Madrone

Estate Bottled Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Time to get my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, black plums, sweet cherries, light vanilla, wood, licorice, spices, tar, earth, vegetables, eucalyptus, pencil lead, tobacco, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity, and smooth with long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, black cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, green olives, graphite, earth, leather, tobacco, bell pepper, vegetables, bitter herbs, peppercorn and dark coffee.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain District. Not the typical Napa Cabernet. Drinks more like a Left Bank Bordeaux.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

This 5 year old is still young and needs another five years in the bottle to mature.

Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 3 hours. Tannins show up after two and a half hours and bring out structure, so please be patient.

At this point, the Cabernet Franc in the blend, is really showing dominance. Showing lots of earth notes at this point, which makes it very interesting. I would imagine that it will diminish with time.

Showing great potential to be much better in the next 5 to 10 years.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Went very nicely with the brie cheese.

A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc. Aged in (65% new) French Oak barrels for 18 months.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 6 days ago

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Nik Pegasus

Gold Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Nik Pegasus Gold Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California

A pretty color of dark ruby, with a wide reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of violets, earth, wild flowers, sweet cherries, plums, black currants, light wood, spices, vanilla, milk chocolates and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, red plums, wood, licorice, vegetables, earth, alcohol, spices, peppercorn, cinnamon and herbs.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast in California. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Fruit forward with mild complexity.

Drinking nicely now, but still young. Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Needs 60 minutes of airtime, so please be patient. After 2 hours, it is even spicier with a nice bite to it. Very tasty.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Aged in French and American oak barrels for 19 months.

13.8% alcohol by Vol.

90 points.

— 8 days ago

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Adams Bench

Reckoning Merlot Blend 2015

Deep, blackish garnet purple. Abundant nose and mouth-filling palate of black plum, graphite, blackberry, and other juicy dark fruits. Full body. Medium plus, velvety tannins. Medium plus acidity. The Washington bridge between California and Bordeaux is quite clear in this Merlot-based Bordeaux style blend. Juicy fruit meets earth and structure like no other place can deliver. Fine Yankee beef preparations are in order: pot roast, prime rib, or New York strip would all fare well as would your favorite grill fare. Drink now through 2025 for potential development (but it should hold on much longer). — 2 days ago

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Wines of Substance, LLC

Cs Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State is always enjoyable. Showing black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, earth, vegetables, licorice, wood, spices and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.

A nice everyday wine. Tangy and interesting.

14.5% alcohol by alcohol by.

89 points.
— 20 hours ago

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Villa Fidelia Rosso Merlot Blend 2015

For $18.00 its not bad, now I need some🍕 actually with some air I’m surprised how tasty this is, not a fruit bomb at all. Great structure for the price, this could easily pass for a $50.00 bottle
K&L notes,

This is one of our favorite valued-priced Cabernet blends from Italy and the current release is as satisfying as ever. It's a ripe and full-flavored red that remains surprisingly fresh and lengthy on the palate. The previous vintage was a big customer favorite and we expect this one to be met with the same enthusiasm.

The “Villa Fidelia” bottling from Sportoletti has long been a personal favorite of mine. This is one of the benchmark producers from Umbria whose annual offerings have been greeted with high praise from critics and consumers alike. This Merlot based Bordeaux style blends drinks like a much more expensive wine. There’s gorgeous dark berry fruit with a touch of wood spice and smoky notes on the nose. On the palate the wine expresses itself with a fine mélange of red and black berries. There’s enough structure and tannin to keep the wine interesting but not so much that it impinges on the tasters palate. This should be one of our best sellers while supplies last.
— 5 days ago

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Bremer Family

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Shay A

WNH Napa theme along with some new faces.

My second bottle in the past 6 months and this one seemed to be more youthful, with the oak tannin really gripping at the finish. 15yrs young in the glass with dark purple and ruby with only a small touch of bricking at the rim. Aromatically it smells of mixed berry fig, slightly overripe dark fruits (blue and black), dark cocoa, mocha, and some red clay. On the palate, the acidity has mellowed out but the tannin is crazy powerful. The palate shows slightly more to the red fruit spectrum with more old fig and mocha, roasted dark plum, and black currant. This can undoubtedly hold another 5+yrs, but the finish has me thinking it will just be different as opposed to better.
— 3 days ago

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Going there today to pick out a wine for the list

Chateau Montelena

Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Nose has ripe plum, under-ripe raspberry, damp garden soil, orange zest (?), black licorice, toasted vanilla bean, wet peppercorn in bouquet garni and minor alcohol heat.

Palate has dried plum, tobacco, dried black currant, dried black cherry, minor dark chocolate, dried strawberry, light cedar & oak notes. Medium tannins, still needs time. Future bottles may be 2026+, in proper storage.

Corked pulled 5h rest, 2h decant.

Paired exceptionally with a 3-day marinated tri-tip (for two, small cut), expertly grilled. Beef from our total go-to purveyor of the best meats to be had, Kinderhook Farm in Valatie, NY. Loving environment = Tasty, seriously.
— 4 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Everyone knows the best cow is the one you hunt yourself,
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

But nice to see something from napa though 👍🏼
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach In the wild, I lure them with cream cheese, then knock them out with ghost pepper salt and then rest is history.