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Seavey Vineyard

Caravina Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

And they call this their “second” wine. After McHenry in Santa Cruz. Seavey was an absolute show stopper for me on our recent trip to wine country. We had the opportunity to try five different wines with three bonus pours from recent and library wines and I tell you: All 👏🏼 eight 👏🏼 were 👏🏼 bangers 👏🏼. From their Chardonnay (which was sprung on us the moment we arrived, was acid driven and had the most delightful spine of minerals that I could have sworn it was GC Chablis), to their Rosé (which is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend and bends what’s possible with the genre) to their Founder’s Reserve (which didn’t present much in the value dept. but was a killer wine nevertheless). Anyway, this 2005 Caravina is positively singing right now. Opulent amounts of plums, cassis, brambles, and sweet tobacco with secondary characteristics juuuuust starting to make their appearance: leather, truffle, and forest floor. Moderate acid. Firm tannins still! What a beauty...in a sort of masculine way. America! — 3 days ago

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Matthew Wallace Wines

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Really big wine. Perfumed blackberry and licorice rolling out of the bottle. Good acidity on the front with blackberry, graphite, roasted character. Dense and powerful middle. Finishes with toasted cedar tannin and black pepper. I think quite honestly that this one was opened too soon, so the other will sit for a long while. I might have actually guessed this one was a Shiraz or Syrah if served blind. This has the structure and depth to last another 15 years. One of the most powerful and yet gorgeously balanced 2014s I've had to date. — 16 hours ago

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I’ve enjoyed this wine any time I’ve had it.

Beaulieu Vineyard

BV Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley Red Blend 1996

David T
9.4

The BV Tapestry doesn’t show its real self and value until it approaches 20 years. When you open these inside 10 years, it’s an average to very good wine depending on vintage. I’ve said it many times, you simply can’t get this kind of elegance and flat gorgeous complexity with any amount of decanting. You cannot fake or cheat long bottle evolution.

The one quality I get from this bottling at this age is Cognac with deep caramel flavors.

The nose reveals, dark currants, deep blackberries, dark liqueur cherries, baked, black plum, black raspberries, blueberries, baked rhubarb pie, poached strawberries, anise, heavily steeped tea, limestone minerals, dry, crushed, rock powder, sweet tarriness, soft leather, hints of graphite, dry twig, salted caramel, Cognac, herbaceous notes-bay leaf, dark, rich, turned earth, hints of mushroom, hints of; vanillin, clove, nutmeg, understated, medium, dark spice, saline, peppercorns, dark, red, fresh & withering florals with fields of violets and lavender. Floral heaven and then some!

The body is round & full. The mouthfeel is gorgeously sexy. The tannins are round, soft but, still show some teeth & tarriness. The structure, tension, length and balance are exquisite and still has at least 5 years of life ahead. It’s magnificently on the other side of its peak. Dark currants, deep blackberries, dark liqueur cherries, baked, black plum, black raspberries, blueberries, baked rhubarb pie with golden crust, poached strawberries, kirsch cherries, figs, prunes, dates, anise, heavily steeped tea, limestone minerals, dry, crushed, rock powder, sweet tarriness, soft leather, hints of graphite, dry twig, salted caramel, dark chocolate, Cognac, herbaceous notes-bay leaf, dark, rich, turned earth, hints of mushroom, hints of; vanillin, clove, nutmeg, understated, medium, deep, dark spice with shades of palate heat, saline, peppercorns, dark, red, fresh & withering florals with fields of violets and lavender. The acidity is flat out perfect. The long finish is; extremely well balanced fruit & earth, elegant, gorgeous, sexy, silky, ripe, lush, captivates the whole body, persists until you go to bed and even intrudes on your dreams.

While 94, no ordinary 94 with its age, complexity & beauty. It’s a WOW wine that rocks your mind, body & soul if you are deeply passionate about wine as I am. You want to slowly sip this all night.

Photos of, all the amazing scenery in and around BV...a Napa pioneer & legend.
— 15 days ago

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Ming Liang

Ming Liang

One of the best Napa Bordeaux blends money can buy. Cheers David!

Chappellet

Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1984

I served this one blind to and a half dozen people or so, this wine had lots of guesses that it was an aged Brunello, one Barolo, one straight Sangiovese. Then the last guess? @Benjamin Keator .. "84 or 85 Napa Cab... Should have been opened 10 years ago." .... Mkkaaay, nailed it! However, I don't necessarily agree with the 10 years ago statement. Opened up a 76 not too long ago and it was surprisingly vibrant. This one seemed not as vibrant, but color was still surprisingly dark, crimson. The nose of this wine had more aged character than the palate. Nose of mostly aged raspberry and black cherry, hint of mushroom, hint of bacon fat. Palate with iodine, aged blackberry and black cherry, a little bit herbaceous. Actually finished with a little more weight than I expected. The heyday of this one was probably 20 years ago, and this one is definitely on the downward trend. Still, a great history lesson! — a day ago

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Some Napa history! 35yrs old and hanging in there. Served blind. I called this older Brunello. Pleasantly surprised by the amount of tart red fruit, though it’s dominated by earth/age notes. Mushroom, herbal spice, older potpourri, bay leaf and a finish with old blackberries. I believe this was made by @Cathy Corison ?
9.1

Frank Family Vineyards

Napa Valley Zinfandel 2016

This is a very sophisticated Zin. Sophisticated as in raised-on-classical-but-moved-to-big-city-and-got-into-BillieEilish-but-go- waltzing-for-fun way. Shall I be textbook? Let’s.
Eye: medium ruby red thick big ol’ tears
Nose: leaps out! Licorice red/blue/black fruit but mostly like stewed dried cranberries and spice and vanilla bean
Tongue (mine) dry, medium acid, medium plush ripe tannins, high booze level (checking to see if I was correct)ohhhh 14.8! So yeah high abv.
Body is medium plus. Intensity medium plus. It’s all ripe and raisined purple plum, black cherries, blackberries and all of these fruits are dried and ripe plus a handful of blueberries and a slosh of vanilla bean liqueur and some allspice or even...velvet falernum. Finish is medium plus.
This is a Zin I want in my life forevs
— 8 days ago

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@Ellen Clifford you have a way of writing reviews as if I'm hearing you speak in person. Very talented in a quirky way. An enjoyable read.

Cain Vineyards

Cain Cuvée NV14 Red Blend

Dark garnet and brooding in the glass. The nose doesn’t overpower. In fact, it’s quite bashful at first. After some decanting you’ll find those wonderful notes of black fruits and flowers. These Cain Cuvee wines are solidly a step above other Napa blends. This is such a sexy little beast. I love all of their offerings but this year in and year out this one is special. Just the right amount of fruit on the palate to go with the fresh herbs and spice. This is a serious wine for a second label. So good, so much fun. It’s not crazy at all to say this may be the best value around. — 7 days ago

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Robert Mondavi Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity on the nose with blackberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, earth, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cedar, vanilla, leather, light bell pepper, tobacco, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, is already very enjoyable by itself or with food. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (30 minutes). After a couple of hours big tannins come in.

This is a great Cabernet to cellar for 10 years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.
— 9 days ago

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Schrader Cellars

Original Beckstoffer Tokalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

David T
9.3

This is a very expensive bottle and it pales against many of the wines I’ve had today. It’s not palate fatigue.

The fruit is nice, the balance, length, structure and tension are good. There is just no wow factor and there should be at this price point.

Blackberries, black cherries, strawberries, dark spice, crushed rocks, black licorice to anise, dry dark soil, volcanic minerals, dry herbs, mint-eucalyptus, bright red florals, good acidity with balance and polish on the long finish.
— 19 hours ago

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Realm Cellars

Beckstoffer To-Kalon Cabernet Franc 2015

David T
9.7

This is drinking beautifully. More stunning than the Moonracer. Poured from magnum.

The is beautifully ripe, ruby and lush. Blackberries all day, black raspberries, plum, some purple fruits. Expresso roast, sweet tarriness, soft leather, dry crushed rocks, caramel, both chocolates, baking spices for days, medium, dark spice, red & dark florals. Amazing acidity, balance and persistent, polished finish.

@Shay A Wow!
— 21 hours ago

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Bucket list wine! At the price they ask for, it’s not in my near future 😳
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@Shay A Lucky they are pouring. Wish you were here.
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Paul T- Huntington Beach

Morlet sources their CF from To Kalon too, but it comes in .750
2016 Release next week parker 💯 again

The Debate

Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2016

David T
9.4

Back to The Debate. Had to get to wines that were running low.

The is a round, soft and elegant. Fruit is ruby ripe. Dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, cherries, dark & milk chocolate, coco powder, big layered baking spices, love the medium dark soft spice with subtle heat, dark red florals and great tension, length and balance. Round acidity and well polished finish that persists endlessly.
— 20 hours ago

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