Classic Napa

Yao Ming

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 Yao Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon was soured from a host of Napa Valley vineyards ranging from their bench land site in Yountville to Northern St. Helena. The wine is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that weighs in at 14.6% alcohol. Classic creme de cassis, red bell pepper, thyme and suggestions of cocoa powder with dusty terroir complete the gorgeous aromatics of the wine. The palate is soft and generous, creating a silky texture and a racy sense of acidity. Black Forest Cake, creme de cassis and mocha flavors all marvelously combine with the bright sense of mentality on the palate. Dense, layered and highly polished, this silky effort will cellar well at least for another fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033- 93
— 7 days ago

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Dr. Owen Bargreen

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@Jeffrey Lewis Did you check out AGs review? This is a really good wine.
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Good review
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@Hugh O'Riordan Thanks so much, really liking the ‘16 Napa wines 🍷👌

Duckhorn Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Rich and earthy, subtle black currant, nicely rounded and with good tannin balance. This is what I think of as classic, refined Cabernet Sauvignon. Loved it. — 4 days ago

Hall Wines

Ellie's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A

The whole fruit spectrum is here...raspberries, underripe blueberries and juicy blackberries. Aromatically, it leans more red and black fruit dominant with cedar and graphite. Not quite dusty. The palate brings in a touch more darker fruits (blue), with overripe/mixed berry pie notes. Dense core. Shocked to see it’s 15.4ABV! Doesn’t seem that hot. Finish has some baking spices (cinnamon, cardamom) and an herbal twang I’m struggling to identify. Not overly complex. Classic, “fruit forward” Napa cab without hitting the jammy/fruit bomb threshold. Not declining but not sure it’s getting much better.

Update 2hrs in: nose has evolved and is showing charcoal and smoked meat. Nice improvement.
— 23 days ago

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M by Michael Mondavi

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Plums, spices, blackberries, mocha, leather. Chewy tannins, giving and overt. Classic Napa Cab. — a month ago

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Sugar Shack Chardonnay 2014

Had a guest today at FF. Showed him the list of chards, to which he said "That one should be drinking well." And, voila. Here we are. This Sugar Shack Chardonnay arguably outdrank its 2014 Ritchie Chard by just about a point. A little less sweetness, a little less salinity, a little more balance than the Ritchie. Ripe peach, pear, plantain with a little bit of dried herb. It has been about 15 months since I've had this one. Lots of yellow fruits and that Classic Aubert backbone. You sorta forget about other Chards when a duo of 2014 Aubert are on the table, and this was no exception tonight. — 20 days ago

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Consistent with previous bottles enjoyed. Surprised at how this edged out the ‘14 Ritchie. Drinking wonderfully right now.
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Thanks for letting me make this pick. It worked out very well...Loved it! Thank you @Mark Flesher
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@Bryan Kesting absolutely! It was a really smoking good wine opened up at the right time with the perfect company!

Diamond Creek Vineyards

Gravelly Meadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Classic cabernet perfection 100/100 — 10 days ago

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Clos du Val

Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Decanted for 90min; consumed over 4 hours. This was very Bordeaux-like with cassis, dark cherry, tobacco and forest floor. Medium-bodied. Great structure. Not super deep but classic and almost even rustic in some ways. Very good. If I was holding onto these, I would plan to drink sooner than later. I should note, this was a 1.5L bottle. — 5 days ago

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Not many others showed restraint and medium body in ‘00s. Nice wine


St. Helena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Better on the second day. Classic TRB wine. — 5 days ago

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Amazing Napa Cab! would drink again for it’s classic style and oaky finish — 3 days ago

Bella Union

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Quality Cab in the classic Napa mold. Very intense dark fruit, mostly plum. Hints of dark chocolate, pencil shavings and toasted oak. Fairly long finish. — 12 days ago

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