Classic Napa

S.R. Tonella Cellars

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

With family roots to BV over decades of winemaking, the style shows in this wine. A black fruit dominant wine. The finish on this wine makes SURE you don't miss the Rutherford dust, as it is ABUNDANT. For someone wanting to learn about Classic Napa and, further, classic Rutherford wine, **THIS** is the wine to serve. This wine is right on par with Wm. Harrison for Rutherford gem deluxe. And crafted in the nuclear style. This one can hold for 20 years easily. Well done Raymond and Steve. Fantstic Napa cab. — 13 days ago

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Philip Togni Vineyard

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Moody adolescent- much promise and plenty of delivery after an hour of air. Excellent balance and thankfully not overblown. Dark fruit some classic cassis and hints of great things to come. — 16 days ago

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TOR Kenward Family Wines

Cimarossa Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Infanticide! But so delicious - in 10 years this will be a classic! Winemaking skills are it’s best! — 18 days ago

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Hendricks Wines

Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

David T
9.6

As good as the Baron Fuentes is, our carbon reduction celebratory bottle is the Hendricks Cabernet. It was meant to be an 09 but, I couldn’t find my 09’s. Hazards of having nine cabinets & recently reorganized it.

I was inspired by
@Paul T- Huntington Beach Hendricks Cabernet post a week ago & seeing @Eric Shanks Hope & Grace Post last night, which Charles Hendricks makes as well!

When first I decanted this 12, I can’t remember such beautiful florals on a wine that quickly. Florals wrapped in caramel & mocha. The florals have tamed a bit and the caramel, mocha & spices have picked up.

The thing about Charles’s wines, he is master of making elegant wines that drink really well young and will improve with 10-20 years in bottle. He is one of a handful of Winemakers that can truly do that really well.

The nose roars ripe, ruby, florals fruits of; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, poached strawberries and haunting cranberries & pomegranate. Warm caramel, mocha, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, dark cola, black licorice, dark, rich, sweet soils, dark spices, limestone, dry crushed rocks, herbaceousness-bay leaf dominate, hint of pipe tobacco, some dry stems with exotic, slightly candied, fresh & withering, red, dark, blue florals set in a bouquet of violets & lavender.

The body is rich, round & full. The tannins are round, tarry, chewy, dusty and still show a lot of power. The structure, tension, length and balance are just starting to hit their stride. This 12 has another 15-20 years of good evolution ahead. It is simply gorgeous & sexy as it caresses the palate. Ripe, ruby, florals fruits of; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, boysenberries, black raspberries, hints of blue fruits, poached strawberries and haunting cranberries & pomegranate. Warm caramel, mocha, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, sweet tarriness, dark French expresso roast, vanilla, dark cola, black licorice, dark, rich, sweet soils, dark spices with big palate heat, limestone, dry crushed rocks, soft leathery notes, toasted barrel shavings, herbaceousness-bay leaf dominant, hints of pipe tobacco, some dry stems with exotic, slightly candied, fresh & withering, red, dark, blue florals set in a bouquet of violets & lavender. The acidity is big & very enjoyable vs. the alcohol & complexity of this cuvée. The long finish is ridiculously, gorgeous, sexy, well balanced & polished with extremely persistent dark spice on the long set. It is memorable for many minutes and for weeks/months with the mental impressions it leaves behind.

With another 5-8 years in bottle, this wine hits 98-100.

What a bottle to celebrate carbon free.
#SavetheVineyards
— 12 days ago

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David T

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@Eric Shanks sorry, I meant I buy his Pinot’s every year, not to be missed IMHO.
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With you on the Pinots. You know what I dig is the Hope and Grace Lagrein- had it? Different but awesome.
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Oh yes, I agree. Tasted a few vintages but, mine are still 😴. A good friend of mine adores his Lagrein. Buys a case every vintage.

Dalla Valle Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Youngest DV I’ve had. IMO these are best to start at the 10 year mark and this one’s no exception. Big alcohol for them (15.2%), but all the classic pure black fruit and wet tobacco. — 17 days ago

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Good Monday pull, @Eric Shanks
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Sounds great, need to try!

Hope & Grace

Cuvée Amor Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

David T
9.3

The is uniquely a non-vintage Cuvée Amor. I have it on pretty good word that when Charles Hendricks (Winemaker for both Hope & Grace & his own Hendricks label) doesn’t make his Hendricks Cabernet, this is the wine that the Hendricks fruit goes into. @Paul T- Huntington Beach @Eric Shanks

The nose reveals, round, ripe, ruby, slightly liqueured fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, baked plum, blueberries, and black raspberries. Dark, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, coco powder, caramel, vanillin, light; clove, nutmeg & dark spice, black turned earth, dark fruit cola, burnt coconut, touch of black pepper, sandstone/limestone, light fresh & dry herbaceousness-bay leaf dominant, dry, pine twig, soft mint, cherry kirsch liqueur, moist clay and extremely dark fresh, candied & withering florals with blue flowers & violets.

The body is; ripe, rich and full. The tannins are round, velvety, chewy & slightly tarry. The structure, tension, length and balance is just hitting its stride to peak form. Round, ripe, ruby, juicy & slightly liqueured fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, baked plum, blueberries, black raspberries. Mulberries, poached strawberries and a touch of dry cranberries. Dark, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, coco powder, caramel, vanillin, light; clove, nutmeg & dark spice, black turned earth, dark fruit cola, burnt coconut, touch of black pepper, sandstone/limestone, light fresh & dry herbaceousness-bay leaf dominant, dry, pine twig, soft mint, cherry kirsch liqueur, moist clay and extremely dark fresh, candied & withering florals with blue flowers & violets. The acidity is like a cool shower on a warm day. The long, well lingering finish is; well balanced & polished ending in soft dark spice.

Photos of; exterior Hope & Grace tasting room in downtown Yountville, interior of their tasting room, Charles Hendricks & the Hendricks Santa Lucia vineyard that he sources his Pinot Noir
— 6 days ago

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@David T David nice post, enjoy your weekend Cheers 🍷
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@P A You as well. Hope you are out enjoying & making the most of the change of seasons in BC. Cheers! 🍷
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@David T We love the snow and crisp temperatures, Mrs A seldom go further south than Montana. As long as we can get good wine, Canadian beer and lots of powder to ski 🎿 on Life is Good. Cheers 🇺🇸🇨🇦🍷

Theorem Vineyards

Diamond Mountain District Merlot 2017

Shay A
9.3

Thanksgiving wine number two. A total baby, but wanted to check in on it since it’s the first vintage for merlot from the Theorem team (and I love their other wines). Toes the line between being a “cab lovers merlot” and a classic merlot. Dusty, baked mixed berry pie, high percentage dark chocolate, violets and cedar on the nose. Due to its age, oak plays a big role up front but softens toward the middle and finish. The fruit, mainly red and black, is underripe and tart...black cherries, dark plums, currant, dates and a dash of baking spices. Benefitted nicely from a decant. — 13 days ago

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Oh...BTW...I closed out last night w/ your other options. Bloody marvelous!!! 🍷👍
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are they on DIAMOND MT? or is it bought fruit?
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@Joshua Fisher : They are on Diamond, just a short walk from The Vineyardist winery is located. Theorem’s merlot, Voir Dire Cab and Hawk’s Prey red are all estate fruit. They also introduced a Sauv Blanc and a chard this year but those two wines are solely purchased fruit from Moon Mountain.

Schrader Cellars

RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Young. Took 30 mins to open in wide decanter. Very long finish. Dark and brooding. Classic currant notes with bittersweet chocolate on the finish.a — 15 days ago

Inglenook

Classic Claret Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

One night in Big Island while I'm swimming outside — 23 days ago

Kalinda

Cuvée Réserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Shay A
9.2

This is K&L’s private label. I believe they either purchase the wine and don’t disclose the winery or they purchase the fruit and have it made under their label. They gave a pretty big clue on this one...the property is owned by the first winemaker to score 100 points on a Napa cabernet from Robert Parker (the research is easy, look it up!). At $20-25 on release, holding this for a few years yields a great QPR.

At 10yrs, this is probably drinking at its apex. Nicely integrated...smooth and round. Fruit is still the main focus, but the oak is in the background and it is certainly not dense or heavy. Aromatically, it’s showing red, blue and black fruits. Dark cocoa dusted dates, cedar and a hint of smoked meats. On the palate, it’s fairly light revealing a mix of sweet and spiced fruits...peppercorn covered rhubarb pie, baking spices, holiday fruit cake, violets and freshly squeezed black cherries. Enjoy now or hold for 2-3 more years. My thanks to
@David T for the bottle, and introducing me to this label and the story behind it.
— 6 days ago

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@Shay A Cheers! 🍷...wish K & L would shop to Iowa! I would love to try this winw!!
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@Dawn E. : They won’t ship to TX either! Such a shame all these shipping laws. Helps having friends in the right places though. 😎
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Never tried very cool 🍷