Oak Ridge Winery

3 Girls Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Color of purple with a bit hazy note and brown tone on the rim. Nose of cherry jam, anise, oak, a bit leather and a bit metallic note. Taste is smooth with ripe cherry, warm with good silky texture, nice balance of acidity and bittersweetness, a bit anise and peppery, and actually some fresh mushroom. Aftertaste is some dried fruit note and residual acidity, some leafy note, low and almost no tannins. Enjoy her now. — 4 days ago

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Farella-Park Vineyards

Terrace Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Premiere Napa Valley bottling of Terrace Reserve. This Farella was opened with some really good company (07 Lokoya Veeder, 07 Verite Muse, 07 Revana), and IMO it was either 1 or 2. The nose of this one reveals some black and blue fruits. Entry of this wine has blackberry power, but then settles to more of a truffle and black tar in the middle. Gives way to herbal notes which gives this wine a very good complexity that really outdid the Lokoya and the Revana which were more about Napa fruit-forward power (was very similar in style to the Verite quite honestly). Finish has resolving tannins. Toasted oak finish although still rather tannic for its age. This wine is drinking very well right now, and probably is in the prime drinking window for the next 3-4 years. If you have these, drink 'em up or let them sit but not too long! — 6 days ago

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This was drinking REALLY nice. In my opinion, better than the ‘07 Lokoya Veeder. Didn’t get to try the ‘07 Revana, but this was firing on all cylinders. I should have opened an ‘07 Farella-Alta!
Joe Lucca

Joe Lucca

Headed to PNV next week!

Beau Vigne

CULT Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Shay A

My buddy Luke is moving to New York next week and knowing he enjoys young Napa cabs, I thought this would be a good bottle to open as a send off! This was my first Cult that I was able to purchase when visiting last year (though I’m well aware of its fanfare on here, especially from Martin “Beau Rivard” @Martin G Rivard)

Not quite pop and pour, but close. Another one of those ‘14s that epitomes the words “plush”. The fruits are so soft and pronounced...black and blue fruit, decadent milk chocolate, licorice and sweet oak. Obviously young on the palate but drinking quite well after an hour or so of being open. Lovely texture. Blueberry compote & plum on the finish. This is one of those wines that obviously benefits from time, but probably drinks better young than with substantial age. 👌
— 6 days ago

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Martin G Rivard

Martin G Rivard

I'll visit just so you can send me off with some Cult as well! :-)
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@Phil A : Yes, agreed!

@Martin G Rivard : Ha! We can open whatever you like if you come to TX!
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Be there tomorrow.

Viña Vik

Millahue Carménère Blend 2011

Alex Lallos

Massive wine but has some elegance to compliment its sheer 'presence'. Beautifully pure red fruits. Velvety and seamless tannins. Beautiful with steak. Not sure it's a $100 bottle but it is very very good — 10 days ago

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Hall Wines

Kathryn Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say about this wine. But...here goes. This has to be one of the worst QPR wines I've ever had, but I'm also taking into account how young this wine is. I have to remember that I'm rating the WINE here, but the price tag and hype just can't help but to get in the way. Drank over 6 days. Poured initially from Coravin and let sit for about an hour. I will tell you that I was excited initially, as the nose of this wine overpowered the grass fed beef burgers that were just cooked about 2 feet away from where the wine was being poured. DENSE blackberry and vanilla rolling out of the glass. The entry of this wine is silky, but also has that gritty Napa youthfulness. POWER. Fruit forward monster, ripe blackberry, graphite, mineral and spice rich middle with cherry blossom and finish with a very deep, dark core of blackberry, black pepper spice. The finish is where chocolate covered blackberries and minty notes come out, but the wine was still rather tannic. Developed a bit more after I uncorked it at the end of the week. I blind tasted my wife on this one who guessed that it was a '13 William Harrison cab (vineyard is only 2 miles away as the crow flies, maybe, although Hall's is elevated 750 feet). That cab is $50. This one still has a **LOT** of integrating to do which I am taking into consideration which is why the other bottle is locked up tight, and this one just might not have been on its A-game. — 9 days ago

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In agreement with you and both @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher and @Eric Shanks . I enjoy Hall wines, but not at their prices. Their sweet spot seems to be about $75.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

The cheap stuff seems to be easier to acquire as well (I think I had to throw a few elbows to get these bottles, and now I just feel dirty!). I am pretty Hall-ignorant. Definitely not a bad wine but wishing I had the extra $300 QPR difference to do some more damage!
Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

I signed up with their club last year, so I’ve had all of their wines, none of them are worth the QPR, the top ones are great, but you can get a 100 💯 point Maybach for half the price of their 100 pointer Rainin & other top tier wine which I cannot remember at this time🤔,

Paul Hobbs

Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Paul Hobbs 2013
Very ferrous and tangy. Burns the throat somewhat as it goes down. Im not so sure its worth 120 dollars a bottle. I like it, but I wont buy it again. Its not as good as 80 dollar Grgich Hills or a 40 dollar Honig nor anything that Orin Swift makes over 50 dollars. Okay.. the rating: Dark fruit on the initial palate with blackberry and raspberry. The mid palate brings on the tart bite of iron and dryness. There is also spice and Pepper. The finish ends dry and leaves no sweet nor bitter aftertaste.
— 3 days ago

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Espíritu de Apalta Colchagua Valley Carménère Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Blend from very old Cab Sauvignon (planted 1889 ) and Carmenere grapes. In a great phase now - surprisingly gentle and elegant. — 9 days ago

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Girard Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

It's Friday, and it is time for my Friday's Cabernet fix. This time it's a Napa Valley Cab.

Beautiful color of dark ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, sweet raspberries, wood, vanilla, smoke, coke, chocolates, coffee, earth, mint, spices, metals and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, vegetables, vinaigrette, acetone, alcohol, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, coffee and dark chocolates.

Nice length on the finish with medium tannins and tart cherries.

This is a nice Napa Cabernet. Fruity with mild complexity, but not fully balanced yet. A little tart on the ending for my taste. Needs a couple of years in the bottle to mature.

This Californian Bordeaux blend needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

Enjoyable by itself or with food like BBQ steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

James Suckling 92 points.

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

— 3 days ago

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That's very cool @John Howard I can taste your work... 😃
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😁Nice people as well.


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Viña Tarapacá

Gran Reserva Etiqueta Negra Valle del Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

The Young’s brought this over on 2-15-18, excellent bottle of wine as we conversed by the fire! — 3 days ago

Realm Cellars

Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

David T

On the nose, bright floral dark currants; blackberries; dark cherries, blue fox mix, chocolate, volcanic minerals, stones, loamy soils and dry & fresh dark florals. The body is full and round tannins really beginning to soften. They are dusty & velvety. Blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, boysenberries, milk chocolate, mocha powder, loamy soils, clay with hint of iron minerals, nice acidity and a beautifully well polished finish. Photos of, one of their tasting rooms & high iron Farella volcanic soil. — 2 days ago

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