Dark inky in color with a purplish rim.
Great fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, molasses, blueberries, coffee, milk chocolates, tobacco, cocoa, mocha and black pepper.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, wood, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, peppermint, light coffee, mocha, tobacco, light earth and peppercorn.
Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a wonderful cabernet from Israel. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Smooth and elegant with coffee and chocolate notes. Yummy.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (60 minutes). This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now and will continue in the next 5 to 7 years.
I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.
Wine Spectator 92 points.
Grapes are grown at high altitude on rocky volcanic soil and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Kosher for passover.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$35. — 3 days ago
Was able to taste @Weston Eidson 's newest creation about 3 weeks after being bottled! A treat! This wine is a Medium+ bodied offering. A nose of black cherry, cola, and a little bit of bitter chocolate. The entry was very rounded for such a young wine. Some Cola and herb in the middle. Finished with some very youthful dusty and stiff tannins, but I guess I should expect this with a wine of such youth. I wasn't really getting the classic Rutherford dust...I think 'the dust' was just some chalky tannin. I think this one would have been better with a two-hour decant, but no one was interested in waiting that long. This bottle was gone pretty fast! I think this will be better in one to two years, 9.5 to 9.6 without thinking twice. Thank you Weston! — 4 days ago
What a wine. I look down to see the 2020-2025 drinking window on Cellartracker, and can't help but thinking that this probably would be the best window if I had any willpower at all. Unfortunately I don't...therefore find the cork out of this one after a 2012 Gargiulo G Major 7 has been successfully polished. This has to be one of the better Cabs coming out of Geyserville IMO, and this producer knows a thing or two about cab having planted the first cab vines in Alexander Valley. Powerful blackberry and meaty nose. The entry is all blackberry, medium+ to full bodied, with a licorice note in the middle, leather and spice. Finishes very stiff, and this is where I think this wine will improve in the next five years. But this one is in NO HURRY of showing its complexity. Already drinking rather well and very happy that I have a mag of this one set aside. — 7 days ago
Lots of blackberry and some blueberry here as well. This wine was a full bodied wine and seemed to have more weight than the Altagracia but this one was just a tad boring. Now, it could have been because there were 50 glasses and 15 to 20 wine bottles on the table so there wasn't much room for a decanter. And this was definitely one of the last bottles that was opened. I think this one needs about five years in the cellar, and an hour in a wide decanter before it really starts to show its stuff. Nice bottle — 4 days ago
Correction @Delectable Wine -- this is the 2013 Voluptas Eastern Hillside Cabernet. Very surprised that they had the Merlot listed but probably was because I posted the Merlot about a year or so ago. This wine opened up with some stiff competition including a 2010 Vineyard 29 Helena cab, a 2010 AltaGracia, a 2015 Montagu Cab Rutherford, and an 05 Meteor Cab. This one still did rather well. Took about an hour to get going. I was really surprised that this one didn't show more of the mushroom side, but rather showed an immense structure that could have easily spent 3 years continuing to improve. The nose was quite youthful. Blackberry jam, herb, earth. The entry was a little more toned down blackberry, lots of more youthful fruit, herb, earth, and black pepper on the finish. To me, this was in the running for th red WOTN. The white WOTN still between the Aubert, Peter Michael, and the sleeper Rodde 2011 Coombsville Chard that took everyone by surprise. This wine finished with softened tannin, and IMO even though the notes on the nose were very divergent from the AltaGracia, this wine most resembled the AltaGracia on the finish. Well done Bud! — 4 days ago
Tastes a lot like a Hendricks Cabernet juice that wasn’t made in 2008. Mmmm...wonder where that Hendricks juice went? On the nose; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, dark chocolate covered cherries, caramel, milk chocolate, cinnamon, light clove, vanilla, anise, leather, older tobacco leaf, black licorice, spice, rubber toy (VA) with dark dry florals & old violets. The body is full. It’s lush, ruby, ripe & graceful on the palate. Tannins are 60% resolved. The tension, structure, length are still bold. The balance is perfect bass & terrible. Fruits are ripe & slightly baked. Dark currants/ cassis, blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, black plum, blue fruits, strawberries pull up the rear, dark chocolate covered cherries, caramel, milk chocolate, mocha, cinnamon, light clove, vanilla, anise, leather, older tobacco leaf, black licorice, spice that intensities in flavor & heat, dry crushed rocks, dark, rich, moist soil, bay leaf, eucalyptus, rubber toy, slight tarry notes with dark dry florals & old violets. The acidity is round & dripping. The long, rich, ruby, ripe, elegant, well balanced finish lasts & lasts. It’s tastes a lot like Hendricks Cabernet without the spend. Drinking beautifully with 7-10 ahead. This 08 would likely finish higher in a blind tasting over many much higher priced cult Napa Cabernets. WOTN! Photos of, their tasting room in the center of the town of Yountville and the Winemaker for Hope & Grace and his private label “Hendricks”, Charles Hendricks. — 11 days ago
Celebrated 40th anniversary of Caymus in 2012, built by Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck. In 1975, they produced their first Special Selection Cab, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's"Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage). Sweet and rich, big ripe fruit, smoky oak, pepper spice with cacao and leather, super soft tannins, lingering on a well balanced finish ending with mineral notes. Wow!!! Easy drinking! Went well with USDA prime strip steak. — 3 days ago
After Austin Hope’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles received a blowout score, I knew it was just a matter of time before I tasted it. I think I likened their 2014 Treana (75% Cab, 25% Syrah) to Margot Robbie baking blackberry pie in your kitchen, so expectations were high. Needs about 45 minutes. Blackberry, balsamic, smoked mesquite, and a noticeable dollop of vanilla and allspice, with an herbaceous edge that lacks the savoriness that would have taken this from good to great. There will be no debate that its style is that of a new world, hedonistic fruit bomb. There should be some debate over whether or not they should include Syrah with their Cab... I still prefer their Treana, but there will certainly be others who prefer their straight Cabernet Sauvignon. — 7 hours ago
Novelty Hill borrows from the ancient Latin phrase In Novale Novello, “in virgin ground I plant young vines,” for its name. I didn’t realize that there aren’t vines on the actual Novelty Hill in Washington (located about 5 miles east of Redmond). Oh well, so much for my Hill vs Hill face-off with Pritchard Hill’s Bryant Family. This 2014 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon talks some serious smack, and even brings a serious punch, but that would have been Go-Karts vs Formula One. That said, this is one hell of a Go-Kart. In the low $20s, my first comparison is to Charles Smith’s Substance Cs, and this blows the doors off that wine, and more than justifies its slightly higher price-point. Jumps out of the glass with black cherry, cassis, mocha, licorice, and a heavily spiced cranberry potpourri, while still managing to weave in a savory undertone that emphasizes the noticeable balance. Washington offers extraordinary value across the board, but this is a value even by Washington standards. 92+ — 6 days ago
This is a wine where you buy one because your first impression is...."?"..... and after opening it, you realize that you should have bought a case. I honestly think this wine is JUST starting to show what it has. Served from Coravin, the youth on this wine is astounding. It has a traditional Calistoga nose IMO (that hot, meaty yet somewhat tantalizing ripe black cherry and blackberry). Entry is thick, a little darker, but probably still tasting the way it did at release unless it was even MORE astringent at release. This wine then gets down to business, and finishes with an almost youthful, chalky youthful ripe blackberry, black pepper, cedar sweetness with a stiff tannic finish and acidity that makes it go for miles. If you have this in your cellar (especially the larger format), I would be in NO RUSH to drink it.....still under construction here, but still drinking VERY well if you choose to enjoy! — 8 days ago