Classic Napa

Checkerboard Vineyards

Kings Row Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

A picture that doesn't do the experience justice. What a phenomenal weekend at the Côtes du Coeur. My last two wines I posted were from the event Friday night. This picture contains what was consumed at the private lunch and the big main event last night. I'm not going to post every wine separately as I'd be on here for hours, but I'll highlight below my favorites.

-2010 Williams Selyem "Allen Vineyard" Chardonnay...drinking excellent. Gorgeous restraint. Crisp and semi-tropical
-2007 Viader Red Blend...wasn't surprised I enjoyed this as it's a blend of cab Sauv and cab franc. Toasted almonds, chocolate and blackberries
-2005 Inglenook Rubicon...this sucker has a few more years to hit its peak. Monstrous. Red and black fruit and earthy.
-2012 Gandona...this wine was excellent. My wife claimed it was her favorite. Never had it before but it was well crafted...Oak, blueberries and plum.
-2008 Paul Lato "Larner Vineyard" Syrah...sneaky good. Smoky, meaty, and lots of lush fruit.
-2013 Checkerboard "King's Row"...pop and pour goodness. Lovely blueberry pie, toasted oak, excellent texture
-2013 Stewart...great representation of classic Napa cab. Checks all the boxes of fruit, structure and finish.
-1983 Fonseca's Vintage Port...strong! Pretty astringent on the nose. Another 10 years will probably have this caramel-y brown sugar port in a good spot
— 7 days ago

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Beaulieu Vineyard

Maestro Collection Ranch No. 1 Rutherford Red Blend 2012

An homage to the "Maestro" André Tchelistcheff, the wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a bit of Merlot and Petit Verdot sourced from their original vineyard in Rutherford acquired in 1900. Although fleshy and round with generous French oak influence, it's not without subtlety. I love BV's classic take on Napa Cabernet. — 7 days ago

Kelly Shikoh
with Kelly

Apsara Cellars

Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Nice fruit with classic structure and a nice minty, herbal note. — a day ago

Jim, Shay and 22 others liked this

Antica (Antinori)

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Rick Z

Liking this a lot on a rainy night in the cellar with Deano crooning classic Italian songs on the Victrola......ahh. Beautiful at the open, silky, few tanins remain, so good timing to be enjoying. Definitely dark fruit, but Linda gets a spice on the finish which I don't. — 15 days ago

Mike RettkeKirk FeyereisenMichael Mathews
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Buehler Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Rating on it's own merit, superb offering following a 2 hour decant. Silky smooth with excellent balance, delicious dark fruit and other classic Napa Cab notes. Seamless pairing with NY Strip and the best of company! — 7 days ago

Eric, Daniel and 16 others liked this

Drinkward Peschon

"Entre Deux Mères" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

A weird bit of lacquer and heat on the nose, which mostly blows off and settles down to more classic cab notes. Was a bit better with food. Has mostly dark cassis fruit, still some dry tannins on the finish, good acidity and some oak feels yet unresolved. These drink beautifully young. Maybe still in a rough patch. — 10 days ago

Y, David and 8 others liked this


Red Hen Vineyard Merlot 2012

Classic merlot. I'm not a huge Merlot fan, but this was quite nice. Easy to drink with decent fruit. More OH than I would have expected, but solid wine. Maybe I was expecting more after the ratings and reviews I saw, but tough to score it any higher than 9.0. — 15 days ago

Mike, Jeff and 1 other liked this

Starmont Winery and Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Jesse Pender

Classic Napa Cabernet — 14 days ago

Jeff, Jody and 6 others liked this

Seavey Vineyard

Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Bright cherry colored in the glass. The nose explodes with cassis and blueberry jam, graphite and tobacco. There is no way you would ever know this was a 2011. EVER. This has a rich palate dominated by black fruit and cassis with a subtle mineral vein. Long finish. Great balance. Their wines are consistent and classic in style. I have had every vintage of this wine from their inaugural release in 1992 and with maybe (?) one exception have loved each one. If you have not yet tried a Seavey or visited them you should put them high on your list. Their Merlot is also insane. — 22 days ago

Greg, Rob and 28 others liked this