This has been our go to weeknight gem for going on 3 years. Each vintage just gets better and better. You really cannot beat the flavor and complexity at this price point. I challenge anyone to find a Cabernet at this price that delivers like this one. It does seem to be hitting the mainstream market and I sure hope the quality will not suffer. Right now it really delivers at $17.99 bottle. — 2 days ago
Stewed blackberries, plums, and cassis fruit on the nose and palate. The warmth of the vintage definitely shows. Typical green pepper, mint, chocolate and cigar box as well. Washington does an overall good job of getting that California creaminess with a little bit more acidity. I’m surprised at how juicy and yummy this actually is. Even though they mass produced the shit out of this, I’m on board. Reminds me a lot of Argentina. Dill, coconut, and vanilla get creepy, but they never make a move. The structure is light but holds up for some QPR balance. — 21 days ago
My buddy Luke is moving to New York next week and knowing he enjoys young Napa cabs, I thought this would be a good bottle to open as a send off! This was my first Cult that I was able to purchase when visiting last year (though I’m well aware of its fanfare on here, especially from Martin “Beau Rivard” @Martin G Rivard)
Not quite pop and pour, but close. Another one of those ‘14s that epitomes the words “plush”. The fruits are so soft and pronounced...black and blue fruit, decadent milk chocolate, licorice and sweet oak. Obviously young on the palate but drinking quite well after an hour or so of being open. Lovely texture. Blueberry compote & plum on the finish. This is one of those wines that obviously benefits from time, but probably drinks better young than with substantial age. 👌 — 7 days ago
I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say about this wine. But...here goes. This has to be one of the worst QPR wines I've ever had, but I'm also taking into account how young this wine is. I have to remember that I'm rating the WINE here, but the price tag and hype just can't help but to get in the way. Drank over 6 days. Poured initially from Coravin and let sit for about an hour. I will tell you that I was excited initially, as the nose of this wine overpowered the grass fed beef burgers that were just cooked about 2 feet away from where the wine was being poured. DENSE blackberry and vanilla rolling out of the glass. The entry of this wine is silky, but also has that gritty Napa youthfulness. POWER. Fruit forward monster, ripe blackberry, graphite, mineral and spice rich middle with cherry blossom and finish with a very deep, dark core of blackberry, black pepper spice. The finish is where chocolate covered blackberries and minty notes come out, but the wine was still rather tannic. Developed a bit more after I uncorked it at the end of the week. I blind tasted my wife on this one who guessed that it was a '13 William Harrison cab (vineyard is only 2 miles away as the crow flies, maybe, although Hall's is elevated 750 feet). That cab is $50. This one still has a **LOT** of integrating to do which I am taking into consideration which is why the other bottle is locked up tight, and this one just might not have been on its A-game. — 10 days ago
It's Friday, and it is time for my Friday's Cabernet fix. This time it's a Napa Valley Cab.
Beautiful color of dark ruby with a wide reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, sweet raspberries, wood, vanilla, smoke, coke, chocolates, coffee, earth, mint, spices, metals and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, vegetables, vinaigrette, acetone, alcohol, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, coffee and dark chocolates.
Nice length on the finish with medium tannins and tart cherries.
This is a nice Napa Cabernet. Fruity with mild complexity, but not fully balanced yet. A little tart on the ending for my taste. Needs a couple of years in the bottle to mature.
This Californian Bordeaux blend needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show some tannins.
Enjoyable by itself or with food like BBQ steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
James Suckling 92 points.
A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$23 — 3 days ago
Premiere Napa Valley bottling of Terrace Reserve. This Farella was opened with some really good company (07 Lokoya Veeder, 07 Verite Muse, 07 Revana), and IMO it was either 1 or 2. The nose of this one reveals some black and blue fruits. Entry of this wine has blackberry power, but then settles to more of a truffle and black tar in the middle. Gives way to herbal notes which gives this wine a very good complexity that really outdid the Lokoya and the Revana which were more about Napa fruit-forward power (was very similar in style to the Verite quite honestly). Finish has resolving tannins. Toasted oak finish although still rather tannic for its age. This wine is drinking very well right now, and probably is in the prime drinking window for the next 3-4 years. If you have these, drink 'em up or let them sit but not too long! — 7 days ago