Cabernet Sauvignon

Kalinda

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

David T
9.1

Kalinda is K&L Wine Merchants private label. If you give it 5+ years in bottle, it’s one of the best, if not thee best value in Napa Cabernet. I think I paid $18.99 or $21.99 for this 09. I’d like to tell you who made it but, that’s the mystery of Kalinda, you just don’t know. They either buy juice from a quality producer or have them make a wine specifically for them. They’ve made a lot of great producer relationships over the 40 plus years they’ve been in business. Either way, dollar for dollar, it’s a steal. Name a quality Napa producer you can buy for $20. It’s a very short list. I buy six of more of these every year without even thinking about it. It’s simply that consistently good and always an exceptional value.

On the nose, it’s sweet, ripe, ruby nectar. There are some hints of fruit liqueur. Blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum with hint of strawberries. Mocha powder, dark chocolate, light dark spice, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, whiff of nutmeg, crushed rocks, loamy dry top soil, some dark moist earth, dark fresh & withering floral bouquet.

The body is medium edging to full. It’s fresh, fruity, silky and elegant. The length, structure, balance and tension are in a perfect spot. There is nothing on the palate that bites back. The fruits are ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, huckleberries, blue fruit with hint of strawberries. Mocha powder, dark chocolate, light darker spice than the nose, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, whiff of nutmeg, dry crushed rocks, soft, round volcanic minerals, loamy dry top soil, some dark moist earth, dark fresh & withering floral bouquet. The round acidity is nicely executed. The long, well balanced finish is really nice and lasts minutes. This bottle just missed 9.2.

Photos of, the K&L tasting bar in SF, floor shot of racked wines and beautiful shots from the Napa Valley.
— 7 days ago

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@Eric Shanks They are my preferred wine retailer in the country.
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I can never seem to make it out of the Old and Rare section 😂. Budget shot in the first row.
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I know the feeling. 🤣 Cheers.🍷

Lewis Wines

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Shay A
9.5

Another 4th Friday for the books! Insane pulls this month to follow up the most epic month (April) that we’ve ever had!

My contribution. Everything about this wine was in harmony. Been a long time since I’ve had a Napa wine that I’ve enjoyed at its most peak drinking window. Still quite full bodied...blind, would have guessed MAYBE ‘07-‘08. Blue fruit, cassis, nutmeg and shaved cocoa powder on the nose. Palate was mainly dark chocolate dates, blue and black fruit fruit, baking spice, and a supremely delicious finish. If you have this, no rush to open, but you are missing out on its most prime drinking window. Total treat.
— 8 hours ago

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Keating

Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A
9.2

Another 4th Friday for the books! Insane pulls this month to follow up the most epic month (April) that we’ve ever had!

We edited the bottle to reflect the person who opened it 😂
@Benjamin Keator was kind enough to open this, so we edited the bottle to reflect his name, ha! Very sweet, dark and fairly light for a BGIII Cab. More feminine than Mike Smith’s version, and definitely lighter in style than Montagu’s. Sweet cherry vanilla tobacco, touch of smoke and baking spices.
— 8 hours ago

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Ive got the 08, just coming into its own.

Casto Oaks

Gardner Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

It is time for my Friday's Cabernet fix! This time it is a very nice one from California.

Dark ruby/ purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, sweet cherries, raisins, licorice, vanilla, oak, eucalyptus, mint, leather, earth, graphite, spices and peppercorn.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, black cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, leather, beef jerky, light vegetables, pencil lead, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with angular tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sierra Foothills in California. Showing lots of black fruits and spices. Not fully balanced yet, as it is still too young, but already drinking wonderfully. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel with nice structure.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and bring out its complexity and tannins. Only after 3 hours, the tannins calm down and tangy cherries come in on the palate.

What a wonderful evolution with time this is showing. At the beginning, it taste like a California Cabernet and it moves on after a few hours to taste like a Napa Merlot. I love these kind of wines.

Needs a few more years in the bottle to mature and balance itself out. Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food.

This is a big wine that will pair well with BBQ Meats. I paired it with hard and soft cheeses and crackers.

Delicious.

This is a Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 15 months in American Oak barrels.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$27
— 8 days ago

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Wow, a 91 from Odedi is like an 11 right? Must be good. 🍷😁
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Band of Vintners

Consortium Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Such a stellar project brought forth by Band of Vintners 👊🏻 Comprised of Mark Porembski, Stephane Vivier, Dan Petroski, Cameron Hobel, Barrett Anderson, Brennan Anderson, and Jason Heller, the BoV pulled strings, called in favors, worked their networks, and utilized their collective winemaking experience to produce this outstanding QPR selection. It’s classic Napa through-and-through with black currant, blackberry liqueur, fresh boysenberry, black cherry, damp violets, coffee, fresh leather, tobacco, and a flawless hint of vanilla and baking spices. This soft and silky offering is dynamite; I’m glad I have more on hand and that it can be purchased right down the road from me. This is a win 💪🏻 — 3 days ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

David T
9.2

That’s Will Phelps pouring the 08 Backus of of magnum.

The nose is quiet but, shows dull fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, cherries, black raspberries & creamy raspberries. Some licorice, dark, rich, moist soil, crushed rocks, and fresh red florals with a hint of violets.

The body is medium. The tannins are round and soft but still have plenty of life. The fruits are bright and ripe. Dark cherries, blackberries, cherries, black raspberries & creamy raspberries. Some licorice, dark, rich, moist soil, crushed rocks, and fresh red florals with a hint of violets. Round acidity and well balanced finished. The 08 still need a lot more time in bottle to shine.
— 7 days ago

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Wm. Harrison Vineyards & Winery (William Harrison)

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

@Delectable Wine this is the Rose of Cab, 2016. It was not in the database. First of three popped one day after delivery!! Not a bad little Rose at all and definitely made in a deeper, full bodied style. Definitely worth the money paid, if not worth more. This is the first of their Rose of Cab that I've had (I think the first production was 15 and before that was Rose of Pinot). This wine definitely shows. Has a nice Watermelon Jolly Rancher nose and palate. Very viscous towards the middle. Not a lightweight. More of a poolside sipper than patio pounder Rose. I am glad that I have 2 more of these, but would prefer to have a case now that I know the character of this one! — a day ago

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Finca de la Carrodilla

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A
9.2

My in-laws frequent Cabo often and claim that they’ve found some impressive wines from Mexico/Baja region. They enjoy fine wine, so I trusted their opinion and went hunting. This winery is supposedly one of the top wineries in Mexico, and I was able to find the last 3 bottles (at the time) in the US as the winery was sold out. We had dinner with them at my wife and I’s favorite spot in Fort Worth and I surprised them with this wine.

Pours dark and inky. Aromatically, this was a circus bash of red, blue and black fruit. There was also some black peppercorn and cedar. The front and mid-palate were dense...oak wasn’t dominant, just an absolute rush of fresh squeezed fruit. Finish was spice driven. Blind, I would have likely called this a zin/petite sirah blend (but structure kept this from being an overblown, hot, flabby Napa style zin). Very unique and enjoyable. Bravo Mexico/Baja!
— 6 days ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

David T
9.2

The 04 Napa out of 6L.

On the nose, sweet, ripe, touch of fruit liqueur; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries and poached strawberries with hue of blue fruits on the glass edges. Light dark spice, vanilla, some black licorice, moist black earth, soft volcanic minerals, fresh purple florals and violets.

The body is medium. Tannins 50% resolved. Still showing a little austere. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, strawberries with hue of blue fruits on the glass edges. Light dark spice, vanilla, some black licorice, moist black earth, more gritty volcanic minerals than the nose, herbal notes, used leather, dry stems & underbrush, fresh purple florals and violets. Nice acidity and a beautiful finish in progress. Out of 6 liter, this still needs time to develop.
— 7 days ago

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Turnbull Wine Cellars

Black Label Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Greg Ballington
9.4

Thank you @richardmiyake for bringing this incredible wine. The first young Turnbull for us and what a treat.

Deep purplish red. Tons of blackberries on the nose once it started to open up, followed by notes of anise and solid minerality. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Rich yet tight on the palate with some blackberries, dark gravel, cinnamon and a little floral. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2035. Needed an hour or so in the decanter to open up.
— 2 days ago

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Such a well-crafted, delicious selection.