This shows some bricking. Classic cabernet cassis (black currant)fruit. Fennel, hints of cedar, a nice dusty/gravel note. Tannins are soft (almost plush) and open. Acidity builds as it opens up. This hit its peak on night two after remaining fairly reticent on the first evening. The third evening it was singing nicely but lacked the intensity of the second night. — 16 days ago
Had this three years ago, aged well. Conn Creek is a boutique winery on the Silverado Trail in the Rutherford district headed by winemaker Mike McGrath. A blend of 75% Cab Sauv, 16% Cab Franc, 4% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep Ruby with aromas of ripe fruit and earthy oak notes. On the palate ripe blackberry and raspberry flavors with espresso and tobacco tones with fine well integrated tannins. Long finish ending with cedar, cacao and earthy tobacco. Aged well still has room for more. Nice! — a day ago
Finally the cab I’ve been waiting on!!!!!! Darioush 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Holy Cow! You don’t even have to decant this one. Big bold blackberry and sweet rhubarb and dark ripe currants followed by the sexiest well rounded midpalate I’ve ever known. Lots of dark chocolate and toffee. This is followed by oak and pecan with an explosion of cigar box. There is a wonderful slick finish, but not too buttery. It drys out the palate in seconds. There is a hint of black pepper in the aftertaste and absolutely no sour anything!￼ cheers !!! I need to share this with someone...￼ — 9 days ago
Bright dark ruby. Initially reticent nose opened in the glass to reveal wonderfully complex scents of black- and redcurrant, blackberry, minerals, licorice, loam and tobacco leaf, plus a whiff of leather. Seamless, savory and classy on entry if a bit subdued, then delivers lovely restrained sweetness and a complicating wildness in the middle palate that still calls for more bottle aging. Old World in its classic dryness, this highly concentrated Opus One really shines on its vibrant, slowly building back end, where the broad, dusty tannins caress and saturate the palate and allow the fruits and minerals to build. A wine of outstanding depth, clarity, finesse of grain and class; it's hard to imagine that this site could give more. Long-time winemaking director Michael Silacci noted that the estate did not strip leaves prior to the brutal August heat spike. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, May 2020)
— 8 days ago
It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.
Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, cooked cherries, black plums, vanilla, light cedar, chocolates, coffee, mocha, cola, light alcohol, tobacco, spices, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Full-bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, blueberries, wood, vanilla, spices, espresso, dark chocolates, cola, peppercorn, tobacco leaf and light graphite.
Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Well balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Easy drinking and good all by itself.
Good right out of the bottle and better once it opens up. Needs a couple of hours to peak. Would continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.
This 6 year old is gentle and elegant, yet muscular.
I paired it with a cheese plate and fresh berries.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 6 days ago
First Chappellet wine. Dark color. Like violets and dark crimson rose petals with a sheen and sparkle. Smells ripe with plums and fresh herbs. Flavor is classic Napa, but complex and silky smooth like an MJ fall-away. Very drinkable and soft for a 2018. It’s got a dark chocolate and cola element as well. It’s very good, just expected it to be a bit more dynamic. It’s good with food. — 11 days ago
Every bit dazzling even at the four year mark, the 2016 Colgin ‘Cariad’ Red Wine (WWB, 97) is a massively dense wine that embodies tremendous verve and shows a seamless texture. Every working part of this wine (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot) creates not only complexity but a harmonious effect once on the palate. You are greeted immediately with the pillowy mouthfeel upon the attack. Layers of dark currants, tobacco leaf, red bell pepper, anise and chocolate cake all come together marvelously on the palate. This beautiful wine is delightfully hedonistic now but will cellar well for decades to come. If enjoying in its youth, be sure to give this beauty at least a two hour decant, as the wine evolved considerably after extensive air time. Drink 2022-2040- 97 — 5 days ago