Mountain View Vineyard

Ladera

Reserve Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

My #FridayCabernetfix

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, blueberries, violets, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, alcohol, peppercorn and coffee.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, mocha, peppercorn, leather and earth.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is another great Napa Cabernet. Well balanced and a little subdued, yet still showing Napa Cabernet characteristics. Not too extracted, which is nice to see.


This is from a great vintage, but still needs a few more years to become its own, although delicious now. A good sipping to share with friends.

Teeth staining color, so not a good choice for a first date.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, but definitely better after a couple of hours of airtime.

Thank you Barry for sharing.

This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in 85% New French oak barrels for 22 months.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$100.
— 8 hours ago

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Amici Cellars

Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Paul K
9.6

😳 we’re comparing this and the Spring Mtn cab tonight. Can definitely see the similarities in the fruit, but this is more complex, balanced, and refined for sure. — 4 hours ago

Tom, Dawn and 16 others liked this

Aloft

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

This wine IMO has matured and is in the ripe drinking window right now. This wine has some blackberry influence but a lot of the fruit in the front and middle seems to be boysenberry, black cherry, dates, and sweet plums. Compared to other vintages that I've had (they've all been more current in the last few years), they have all been darker for sure, but Aloft has always seemed to be a touch sweeter than the Charles Krug Cold Springs and has also usually had a bit more punch. I think this one is starting to show a tiny bit of age. I think it's been a while since I decided to open an 09 Aloft. Finished with some pepper notes and a little eucalyptus. Went well with a huge variety of seafoods in the fact that it wasn't a unidimensional blackberry bomb. Enjoyed on the last night of our beach trip. — 18 days ago

Shay, Neil and 30 others liked this

Avennia

Sestina Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Mostly red fruits on the nose: cranberry, red cherry, with white pepper, licorice and a bit of cedar and soil. Medium ruby in color. Dry, medium + acidity, high alcohol, full bodied, palate of red to black fruit: blackberries emerge with vanilla bean. Medium tannins. Alcohol is a bit hot, but finish is long... albeit a little jammy for my taste. This is a very good wine that will get somewhat better over a couple of years.

93 points
— 7 days ago

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The Walls Vineyards

Curiositas Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Not quite sure what Jeb was thinking when he gave this a 97. It's good but not nearly at that level! Needs some age to resolve some of the tannins. Opened up after an hour of air. Hold. — 6 days ago

Shay, Paul and 14 others liked this

Argot Wines

Estate Vineyard Syrah 2014

Teeth staining, black fruited goodness. Fantastic Syrah perfectly suited for burger night. 1-1.5 hour decant recommended. — a day ago

David, Ron and 9 others liked this
Ron R

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Looking good, @Brandon Thurber!!!
Brandon Thurber

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Thanks, @Ron R! Hard to have a bad day with wine like this!

Cade

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Ron R
9.4

A much maligned vintage, which I personally don’t see in the quality of the wines, especially this. This is big, bold and luscious. Wonderful. — 5 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

This is way too much discussion on a 2017.
David T

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Ummmm, you bought more of them than me. Just sayin.
Byron C Mayes

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Those who chose to make their “tête du cuvée” in 2017 produced some really wonderful wines. Often better than the more acclaimed 2016. See also: Bevan Ontogeny.

Robert Foley Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Mike R
9.6

En Mag - this is my second time around and celebrated a deal closing - as in 2017 this wine delivered - amazingly it is getting better - this is from a single vineyard at 2000 feet on Howell - this is full bodied mid palette sweet tannins with a rich nose long legs black currant berries and and I think it is getting better - ten plus years left - dark purplish color - I LOVE It and made a nice splash last night — 9 days ago

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David L

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Go get it buddy. Love what your Poppin.,
Joseph Barsky

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Robert Foley is a rockstar winemaker.
Mike R

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@Joseph Barsky totally agree

Cade

Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Ron R
9.4

If you do nothing else over the next two weeks, please VOTE.
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@Ron R We voted already here on CA and my mom voted in MI too!
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Go get em, @Eric Urbani 🙂
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Voting blue absentee for good ole swingy Florida. Tryna keep Floridaman and Cheeto in Chief at bay.

Mayacamas Vineyards

Napa Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1973

Sailin' away on the crest of a wave
It's like magic
Oh, rollin' and ridin' and slippin' and slidin'
It's magic
And you, and your sweet desire
You took me higher and higher, baby
It's a livin' thing
It's a terrible thing to lose
It's a given thing
What a terrible thing to lose
— 7 days ago

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That song came out when that wine was released (76).I’ve been fortunate enough to have had that 1973. Kept the empty bottle for a few years before throwing it away. @Bobby Gilbane
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@David L that’s an amazing coincidence. Was listening to this song when drinking the bottle and it resonated.