It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great Napa Cabernet.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, earth, tobacco, vegetables, spices, wood, light vanilla, wet leaves, green vegetables, herbs, dark coffee and black pepper.
Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables and green herbs.
Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is already drinking very nicely, although still young. Showing nice complexity and a really great mouthfeel.
Needs 3 hours to open up and show some tannins. Will be even better in the next 5-10 years.
Good by itself or with food and would pair very nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged in 45% new oak barrels (French, American and Hungarian).
Delicious and yummy.
15.1% Alcohol by volume.
$53. — 7 days ago
Pretty awesome to try as you just don't see these every day. You know that feeling you have when you think a wine is going to be in one style and instead it is the polar opposite? That's what I experienced with this one. If Hi-C made an alcoholic blackberry juice box, this would be one of its prototypes. And I mean that as well as I possibly can, because this wine was solid like all the other Turley wines I have had in the past. Finishes well. At first the tannin seemed pretty stiff and the finish was a little bit abrupt. After an hour or so, there was more blackberry pie, hint of mocha, some black pepper to the finish. Nice wine. Wondering how the other cabs I see in their profile drink versus this. — 7 days ago
At 10 years of age, I think this one is doing well. Probably a couple of years away from the top but overall excellent structure. Compared to a 13, this cork was a bit darker as you would expect. Darker fruit profile on the nose and palate as well. Blackberry, pie spice, dark chocolate, herbal. Finishes with a hint of cola. Tannins have started to resolve. All in all this wine has come along nicely. A bit different than the 13 that it was consumed alongside, but both wines have excellent structure and an excellent pedigree! — 7 days ago
Outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon from a reputable Santa Cruz vineyard. Double decanted for an hour. This vintage is light but bold at the same time. Only clocking in at 13.1%. It is thin on the palette but structured. Good tannin structure, light red fruit, minimal oak and charming acidity. After 10 years in the bottle, this vintage is just waking up. Luckily I have 2 more bottles in my cellar. After the first glass, your palette really adjusts to the light but subtle flavors. Don’t drink this after a big, bold wine. This should be the first wine you consume. Drink now with decanting or age for 20 more years. — 2 days ago
The ‘Amoneus’ Cabernet Sauvignon by Maybach is sourced from a hillside vineyard located just west of Calistoga. A dense, glass-staining purple, this wine needs a two hour decant to be fully aroused. Once awakened the wine yields copious and layered dark fruits that are woven into shades of dark chocolate, roasted dates and creme de cassis that all shine brightly in the glass. Dense and decadent on the attack, the ‘Amoneus’ provides a luxurious mouthfeel. Chocolate covered espresso bean, tar, blueberry compote and suggestions of black currant cordial flavors all march together on the palate. While delightful in its youth, this will only get better with some bottle age. Drink 2020-2040- 97
— 6 days ago
The 2013 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a total beauty from Randy and Mike Dunn. This refined and beautifully made Cabernet begins with alluring aromatics of dark cherries and blackberries, which are laced with spring florals, tobacco and graphite nuances. This showcases the Dunn’s signature winemaking style of a beautifully structured and balanced Cabernet. It continues to impress with gorgeous ripe fruit and outstanding precision and tension that pulls it all together. It's no secret that the Dunn’s are making some of Napa Valley’s finest wines up on Howell Mountain and this is a testament to the effort and experience they put into their wines. A sensational Cabernet with a long, bright future ahead. — 8 days ago
Absolutely lit 🔥. Love this new wine Steve!
Deep purplish ruby red. A bit tight to start on the nose but increases in intensity with air. Dark and spiced nose with dark cocoa, licorice, graphite, toasted oak influence and blackberries. Medium plus tannins (7.5/10) with a full body. Great backbone coated with black and bramble berries, powdered cocoa, pencil shavings and baking spices. Long finish. Drink till 2040. (94+) — 11 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, black currants, sweet cherries, spices, oak, vanilla, earth, cinnamon, cloves, tobacco leaf, dark coffee, black tea, chocolates and peppercorn.
Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth and pencil lead.
Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a very enjoyable Cabernet based Bordeaux blend from California. Showing nice complexity and a great tangy finish.
Needs an hour to open up, but was even better after 2 hours, when much of the complexity came in.
I liked the fact that it's not high in alcohol, so you can drink more of it 😃.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with brie cheese which was great together. Interesting, engaging and very tasty.
A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Aged for 29 months in French Oak barrels.
13.8% alcohol by volume.
$40 — 9 days ago
The 2016 Beringer 'Private Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely fantastic and seems to be even more impressive than last years outstanding wine at this early stage. Composed of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petite Verdot sourced from vineyards in Howell Mountain (60%), St. Helena (20%), Oakville (15%), and Mount Veeder (5%), which spent 20 months in new French Nevers oak (83%), and 16 months in bottle prior to release. It instantly opens to wonderful aromas of dark currants, spiced plum, graphite, baking spices, cedar, fresh sage and dusty nuances all taking shape beautifully in the glass. On the palate this medium-plus to full-bodied, displaying remarkable overall balance with gorgeous velvety tannins and a wonderful seamless texture. It goes on to impress with excellent poise and concentration, as flavors of red and dark currants combine with exotic spices and expand gracefully through the long, polished finish. This is a sensational showing from Beringer, which is already extremely appealing, however also possesses the characteristics to thrive in the cellar over the course of the next two decades. — 10 days ago
The 2016 Memento Mori is an absolutely fabulous wine from Sam Kaplan in this vintage. Sourced from Beckstoffer Dr. Crane and Beckstoffer Las Piedras in St. Helena, along with two Oakville vineyards, Weitz Vineyard and for the first time Oakville Ranch. This fantastic Cabernet opens to stunning aromas of ripe blackberries, crème de cassis, violets, graphite, sweet spices and hints of sage all emerging from the glass. On the palate this possesses a gorgeous full body with beautifully polished tannins and outstanding overall balance. Structured and concentrated with layers of ripe dark and blue fruits that are framed by a lovely touch of underlying acidity that provides wonderful lift and a sense of freshness as it heads into the the long polished finish. Overall, the 2016 is an absolutely sensational wine that captures the wonderful elements of the vintage and will go on to evolve gracefully for many years to come. — 10 days ago