F2 Wines TBO Cabernet Sauvignon Great Oaks Vineyard Los Olivos District 2016, California
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It's time to get my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice Cabernet from California.
Dark ruby in color with a brick/ reddish rim.
Interesting nose with overwhelming spices like thyme, eucalyptus, tarragon, cinnamon, light wood, licorice, earth, light vegetables, blue and black fruits, black pepper, light alcohol, pencil lead and mint. So interesting.
Full-bodied, bold and smooth, with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, strawberries, light oak, spices, earth, dark coffee, wet leaves, vegetables, vinaigrette, tobacco, dried herbs and peppercorn.
Medium finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.
This is a very unique wine from Los Olivos District in California. Showing unique flavors that I have not encountered in a California Cabernet, yet very interesting.
This Single Vineyard Cabernet is showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel, and really unique. I don't remember the last time I was stomped with a California Cabernet Sauvignon.
Good by itself or with food, and needs time to open up properly. I gave it 3 hours.
I paired it with cheeses, nuts and olives. Very tasty.
A blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with some (less than 10%) Cabernet Franc. Aged for 30 months in 25% New French oak barrels.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$55. — 9 days ago
A fabulously casual wine. Unassuming in price but delightful on the palate. Is it the NPR of wine—free but well-bred and a smidge eclectic? I’m struggling for a metaphors guys. Quite juicy but herbal. And spicy. And purpley. With plums. With gently grabby tannin times. And a bit of tang backing the big fruit. Thoroughly an overdeliverer. — 6 days ago
Cassis, blackberry and other black and red fruits. Medium bodied palate with Medium plus intensity. Soft fluid resolved tannins- a little grainy. I have always thought that Mount Mary is the most Bordeaux-like of Australian Cabernets. I think I will drink my remaining 2 bottles in the next 2 to 3 years. — 15 days ago
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a nice one from Israel.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Nose of cherries, blueberries, wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, espresso, pencil lead, vegetables, herbs and black pepper.
Full bodied and soft with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, wood, licorice, light vanilla, light vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite and black pepper.
Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a nice surprise. I've had this wine for the last 4 vintages, and this is the best one yet. Easy drinking with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Feels like a blend of new and old world wine.
Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up ( 30 minutes). After an hour of airtime, tannins show up.
Drinking very nicely already, even by itself.
A blend of 36% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 12% Petit Verdot and 9% Cabernet Franc.
Grapes are grown in the Judean Hills at 2,000 feet elevation, and aged for 10 months in oak barrels. Kosher. Not Mevushal.
14% alcohol by volume.
$35. — 3 days ago
Really nice Cabernet Red Blend! I am getting dark chocolate..dark cherries..cigar..pencil lead..blackberries..cassis..and vanilla that is superbly integrated so it presents to be not to sweet! Great long finish to this wine!
Everyone try and stay healthy and positive! — 4 days ago
Had a bottle about 6 mos ago, aging well! Deep ruby color and aromas of dark fruit, berries, mint and cedar, with a slight earthy scent. The wine is a blend of 86% Cab Sauv, 9% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot & 1% Cabernet Franc and aged for 20 months in 30% new French oak. On the palate flavors of blackberry, cherry & sweet plum with oak and cacao. This full bodied wine finished with notes of tobacco and earthy notes, oak, well balanced with solid tannin structure. Delightful! Great value. — 3 days ago
Probably still a little early to open, but got a couple more to hold. Rarely made let alone found
A blend of,
Red rock terrace
Shafer without the nose, in my top 10 Cabernet ever.
Coming up on bottle 2,000 on delectable🤔 time to start planning — 11 days ago
Bought 2 bottles. Founded in 1996, with 76 acres on hilltop in Yakima Valley, and planted 10 acres of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc & Syrah, with first harvest 2000 and created L’Orage, blend of the 3 planted grapes. Deep Ruby with rich fruit aromas with floral oak spice, for this Napa offering. On the palate blackberry & cherry flavors with cacao and toasty cedar notes. Fine tannins, a bit tight, long finish, well integrated, nicely balanced. Nice value, like this wine! — 9 days ago
The days when non Special Select Caymus was truly Caymus Classic.
The nose reveals, baked and slightly stewed, ruby, fruits of; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, dark cherries, boysenberries & blueberries over the top. Dark, melted chocolate bar, dark, Indian/Asian spices, dark fruit cola, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, phat vanilla, caramel, steeped, dark fruit tea, leather, tobacco, graphite, anise to black licorice, black, rich earth, dry, crushed rocks, dry stones, limestone/sandstone minerals, hints of rubber toy with dark, purple, red, blue candies flowers framed in violets & lavender.
The body is; thick, round, rich, ruby & lush. The tannins are round, sweet tarry, chewy and just starting the growth of adolescent teeth. The structure, tension, length and balance are in a near perfect place. This 08 has another 7-10 years left depending on how you like them and store wine. Baked and slightly stewed, ruby, fruits of; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, dark cherries, boysenberries, raspberries on the long open & blueberries over the top. Dark, melted chocolate bar, dark, Indian/Asian spices with deep palate heat, dark fruit cola, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, phat vanilla, caramel, steeped, dark fruit tea, dry & fresh herbs. leather, tobacco, graphite, anise to black licorice, black, light peppery notes, grilled meats, rich earth, dry, crushed rocks, dry stones, limestone/sandstone minerals, hints of rubber toy with dark, purple, red, blue candies flowers framed in violets & lavender. The acidity is round, nicely executed & holds the ABV of the last decade nicely. The very long finish is; round, elegant, ruby, ripe fruits that are well balanced fruit & earth, polish for days and sunsets in dusty tannins with a deep spice end which, is why I love Caymus Classic so much.
This is my 2nd to my last bottle of Caymus Classic (😔) unless I go search for more. Just misses 94.
Note: My definition of Caymus Classic is defined by vintages up to 2011. After the 2011 vintage, they changed the style of the wine with longer fruit hang time which, translated to more sugar in the grapes & a much sweeter wine.
Photos of; Caymus tasting bar/room, Owner- Chuck Wagner, the winery & photo signage and their garden tunnel at their tasting room. — 2 days ago