Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

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.

— 17 hours ago

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Signature Donn Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Founded by Donn and Molly Chappelet in 1967 on renowned Pritchard Hill. A blend of 79% Cab Sauv, 12% Petit Verdot & 9% Malbec. Deep Ruby with purple edges, aromas of dark berry fruits, cedar, cacao and sweet herbs. On the palate rich flavors of blackberry and currants with sweet oak and herbs with a great mouthfeel. Soft fine tannins, long ending with fruit and sweet oak. Will improve but great now! — 9 days ago

Ken, Paul and 6 others liked this

Turnbull Wine Cellars

Reserve Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Antonio Galloni

A blend of fruit from Weitz (which they call Leopoldina) and Fortuna. Dark, rich, sumptuous and so inviting. A great example of the year and a superb value by Napa standards. Tasted during the Vinous Learn Oakville seminar 💥🤪😍. — 5 days ago

Ely, Rob and 23 others liked this

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.

— 3 days ago

Dawn, Julia and 10 others liked this

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. — 5 days ago

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Double Diamond (Schrader)

Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A blend of 98% Cab Sauv & 2% Merlot. Deep Ruby with aromas of dark berry fruits, oak and spice. On the palate flavors of black cherry and blackberry with black pepper, cacao and licorice notes, good acidity and integrated oak. Fine tannins, long finish ending with fruit, oak and mineral character. Good now, short aging benefit. — 8 days ago

Shay, Alex and 2 others liked this

Château Bouscassé

Madiran Tannat Blend 2015

Typical fleshy wine of the appellation. Fruity notes of blackberries, cassis, black plum, chocolate, eucalyptus. Well-melted woody vanilla tertiary notes. Full-bodied and generous wine with a lingering finish on vigorous round tannins. To drink with chocolate desserts, spicy cuisine, duck southwest style. For fans of tannic wines, this is to be discovered as a matter of urgency, as it is much more accessible than Bordeaux wines. price / pleasure ratio ++

Vin charnu typique de l’appellation. Notes fruités de mûres , cassis, prune noire, chocolat, eucalyptus. Notes tertiaires boisées vanillées bien fondues. Vin ample et généreux avec une finale m persistante sur des tanins vigoureux de rondeur. À boire sur des desserts chocolatés, cuisine épicée, canard façon sud- ouest. Pour les adeptes des vins tanniques c’est à découvrir de toute urgence, car bien plus accessibles que les vins du Bordelais. rapport prix/plaisir ++
— 13 days ago

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Un classique toujours bon et increvable


Novicium Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend 2011

Holy beauty in a bottle!

Decanted an hour prior to drinking but after a few hours it just kept getting better and better. Beautiful rich red and black fruit at the start, a creamy, mouthwatering middle, and elegant tannins creating a LONG finish. This may be a top 5 Napa wines I’ve ever had.
— 12 days ago

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Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

A blend of 88% Cab Sauv, 8% Petit Verdot & 4% Cab Franc, deep Ruby with aromas of juicy red and black fruits, sweet spice with floral notes. The palate is loaded with vibrant ripe fruit, cherry, blueberry and blackberry flavors with vanilla cedar, some cacao and currants notes, well balanced. Fine round tannins with great mouthfeel, long ending with a powerhouse of fruit and sweet spice on the finish. Great now but has plenty of room to run. — 11 days ago

Shay, Paul and 5 others liked this

Château La Vieille Cure

Fronsac Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Did a blind taste off with this and a very high end Napa Cab. Two of six chose this one. Fair enough. It is explosive, complex and delicious. Dark fruit, leather. All very distinctly Bordeaux. Yum. — 12 days ago

Brandon, Anthony and 30 others liked this