It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet.
Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.
Beautiful nose of wildflowers, blueberries, blackberries, light cedar, licorice, spices, black pepper, chocolates, dark coffee and earth.
Full bodied smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, blueberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.
Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County in California. Drinking very nicely now, with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.
Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food. Will be nice to revisit this in a few years, and see how it evolves.
Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 2 hours of airtime, when it becomes so aromatic. Loved smelling on it for a long while.
Grapes are grown on rocky red volcanic soil, at elevation of 2,200 feet. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit verdot. Aged in (80% new) French Oak barrels. 1800 cases produced.
14.3% alcohol by volume.
$75. — 5 days ago
This 6 year old Napa Cabernet is drinking very nicely now. This is exactly what I expect from one. Gentle and elegant. Spicy and opulent.
Showing black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, light vegetables, herbs and peppercorn.
Full bodied with medium acidity. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours of airtime.
Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Petit verdot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. A small production of only 214 cases.
14.2% alcohol by volume.
$78. — 14 days ago
For steak dessert, 2007 Caymus Classic. Chuck, why oh why, did you change the original styling of this wine? 🤦♂️
I ran out of my cellared Caymus Classic. Classic is pre 2012 vintage. In 2012, it was changed to a highly marketable consumer friendly wine syrup that drinks well early for some. I can’t palate it.
I recently went to the secondary market and found some beautifully stored 2007. Missed it.
The nose reveals, stewed & candied; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, poached strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, full scorched earth, grey clay, potpourri, dark under stated ambers, dark, moist forrest floor, dry sage, notes of Worcestershire sauce, eucalyptus with withering; dark, red, purple flowers.
The mouthfeel is glorious with balance & length. Ripe fruits of; stewed & candied; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, poached strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries hovering over all the rest, scorched earth, dark spice with subtle yet punctuating heat, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon & vanillin, dry crushed, limestone rocks, grey, mud clay, potpourri, dark under stated ambers, dark, moist forrest floor, oak char, expresso, black licorice, dry sage, notes of Worcestershire sauce hues, eucalyptus/mint with withering; dark, red, purple flowers. The acidity is a rushing, spring mountain river. The length, balance fruit & earth, elegance, polish would captivate most any discerning palate.
Chuck, I think you should make both Caymus Syrup & Caymus Classic again.
She is at the tail end of her precipice. — 4 days ago
It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
On the nose blueberries, black currants, black plums, cedar, earth, vegetables, vanilla, bell peppers, tobacco, light wet leaves, dark chocolates, dark coffee, graphite and black pepper.
Full-bodied and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, earth, chocolates, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, dark coffee and black pepper.
Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.
Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose, and a great mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a tangy finish.
Showing lots of earth notes that I wasn't expecting. Made it more interesting. Will be nice to revisit it in 3 years.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it 2 hours.
Good by itself or with food. Will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 28 months in mostly French oak barrels (40% new). A very small production of only 125 cases.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$60. — 12 days ago
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from a great vintage in Napa Valley.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Showing black fruits with chocolates, earth, cedar, spices, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, vanilla, licorice and light vegetables.
Dry on the palate with a long finish and fine grained tannins.
Good right out of the bottle, but really needs a few hours to open up properly and show the tannins, which we did not have this time, as it finished way too quickly.
This 8 year old is still young, and would age nicely in the next 15 years.
Showing great complexity with a smooth, soft and delicate mouthfeel. Rich yet elegant, with a spicy finish.
Grapes come from the younger vines of BOND, Harlan Estate and Promontory.
I paired it with a nice piece of steak and baked potatoe.
$170. — 16 days ago
I’m excited about this acclaimed Washington State Bordeaux blend from Andrew Will, named after the founder’s (Chris Camarda’s) nephew, Andrew, and son, Will (now winemaker).
Sorella is a single vineyard wine coming from the Champoux Vineyard, just five miles from the Columbia River, in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Columbia Valley, Washington. This particular wine was named Sorella – meaning sister in Italian – a tribute to the winemaker’s late sister when it was first produced in 1994.
It is comprised of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.
This is a deep ruby wine.
On the nose it has medium(+) intensity of developing aromas. Aromas include baked blackberry, cassis, black cherry, also potpourri, licorice, green bell pepper, chervil, anise, black licorice, black pepper, clove, leather, earth, and sweet tobacco.
On the palate, this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a medium(+) body, medium alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and medium intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium(+) finish.
Andrew Will, Sorella, Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington. Vintage 2011. ABV 13%. — 18 days ago
1.5 hour decant (little fine/cloudy sediment). A thrilling inky dark ruby red color. On the nose: red cherry, eucalyptus, plum, floral, dried herbs, sandalwood. Taste: smooth, juicy medium plus body wine with dark raspberry, bitter chocolate, cinnamon, black licorice, crushed rocks, and a long pepper minerally dry finish....YUM! Power and precision...ready to go years, but drinking well now with the decant — 4 days ago
1961- I mean 1961 - the Somm delivered and @David L and I were blown away - cork was in excellent shape - tannins were strict but silky - - nose on par - pine peach licorice- the color was brand new - crazy - I mean all you ever want in every way - it could go another 20 years - I was taken back - extraordinary- a Bordeaux grand cru that is actually grand — 4 days ago