Classic Napa

Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

David T
9.2

2009, when Caymus still made wine in their traditional style. Starting with their 12 vintage, they started to let their fruit hang on the vine much longer...just before the grapes begin a shriveled phase. This raises the sugar levels(Brixs) and produces a much sweeter grape/wine. Too sweet for me. This 09 is beginning to see nice evolution but has many years ahead of it before it hits it's peak. The tannins are still very present but beginning to lose their teeth. It's classic in their old style. Dark cassis; of dry and juicy blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, blueberries, olallieberries, Asian spices, touch of herbs, lots of baking spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, vanilla, black tea, black licorice, dry dark florals, dry crushed volcanic rocks, dark turned soil, stems, leathery, tobacco, nice acidity, strong structure & length, good balance & length. The finish is dry & juicy fruit with loads of spice and baking spices, it sticks on your palate, is round & full bodied and lasts over a minute. Two hours in the decanter and it's still improving. — a day ago

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Darioush

Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Classic nose of leather with a hint of vanilla extract. Lots of pencil lead and dark chocolate cherry cordial on the palate. Structure is firm and tannins are not fully resolved (but I love a little tannin). Still young with plenty of time to go. Love our friends at Darioush. — 8 days ago

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Provenance Vineyards

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Lovely wine. Great balance. Classic Rutherford structure. Lacks the intensity and presence to push it into the 90s but just barely. — a day ago

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Robert Mondavi Winery

Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

Charlie Beatty
9.3

Wow 1986 Robert Mondavi Cab from Oakville donated by Henry and Val! Opened with a group of friends. Showing great for 31 yrs old. Black fruits, cassis, great depth, reminds be of a classic Bordeaux. Label said 12.5 alcohol which made this wine hold together I think. I give this a solid 93+ Rating in my book. Thank you Robert Mondavi Sr. — a day ago

Henry CFilippo CammarataAnca Howell
with Henry, Filippo and 8 others
Henry, Eric and 13 others liked this

Hall Wines

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

This is a wine that genuinely needed 8 years in bottle, it has totally evolved, and now is a balanced rich wine as the tannins finally softened. Classic big cab aromas, licorice, dark fruit, blueberry, creme de cassis, long finish, very chalky. I definitely drank the first 6 bottles too soon. — 8 days ago

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Tank Garage Winery

Nothing Gold Can Stay Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

Classic but not over the top Chardonnay — 8 days ago

Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

Always a classic. Bright acidity rich texture and beautiful Chardonnay fruit. — 12 days ago

Elizabeth Spencer

Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Classic Veeder and showing very well — 15 hours ago

David, Martin and 4 others liked this

Lokoya

Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Tied for wine of the trip. A monster now but this is going to be insane with time. Classic Veeder mountain fruit lots of black and blue fruits. Built for the long haul. — 15 hours ago

Erik Ackerman
with Erik
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Araujo Estate

Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013

13' Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard SB. This was the first vintage that spent extra time in the bottle prior to release.

Palate- Classic citrusy notes -lemongrass, picking up some tropical notes of peaches. A plethora of stone fruits. Nice minerality throughout the palate. After it was open for about 30 minutes the crisp acidity softened a bit.

Complexed and very well-made SB. Not a problem enjoying the bottle on it's own. Pairing this wine with food… truly appreciate this SB.
@Joe Lucca Kristen and I can't thank you enough for this sensational bottle of SB! Please say hi to Diane from the both of us. See you in April.
— 24 days ago

David, Shawn and 55 others liked this