Napa Cabernet

Darioush

Caravan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

On this day Saturday I have opened the 2016 Darioush Caravan from Napa Valley. A Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot.

The nose is very expressive with notes of black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, cedar, vanilla, creamy chocolate and a rich dark soil.

The palate reveals ripe decadent fruit of dark cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, green bell pepper, vanilla, spice, cinnamon and a nice earthiness.

This wine is a beautiful full bodied wine with a supple mouth feel, medium + acidity and medium + firm gripping tannins that move effortlessly into a long spicy fruit finish. What a wonderful relaxing experience from a wonderful producer. Always enjoy the weekend with a quality wine. Have a great rest of your weekend and stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 4 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Nice pull 👍

Morlet Family Vineyards

Les Petits Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Ok. So. This wine is still on the way up. More red than black fruit here. Nose here seems quite a bit darker than the palate. Entry is young, sweet red licorice and underripe black cherry. Bit of acidity on the finish. Wine was a bit youthful but IMO this "Petit" Morlet should be called "Le Waaay Petit Morlet." Little more medium bodied than expected. QPR a bit poor here. Drink now. Better yet, sell it off. — a day ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

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Most of Morlet is way over on QPR. Unless it’s a 💯 pointer you can find their bottles on the secondary market for $75.-$100.00 less on their top Cabernets. I no longer buy anything from them on release.
Mark Flesher

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@Paul T- Huntington Beach I completely agree. I don't think I will ever buy this particular bottling again. many characteristics of it seemed to reflect that this was a wine made from the leftover juice. I have had better Napa reds that were about a third of the price, like William Harrison Simpatico for starters...

Harlan Estate

Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend 2005

Shay A
9.5

Lots of fun bottles were popped at Al’s hosting this past weekend for his birthday celebration. All were served blind. 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 6 reds and 1 dessert wine.

One of those wines where everything was working in harmony. Supremely balanced. Youthful. Came across very herbal and Bordeaux like aromatically at first before the sweet and ripe fruit pushed forward. Violets, graphite, underripe red, blue and black fruits with minerals on the nose. Similar to the PM Les Pavots and the Shafer HSS, it started showing sweet tannins alongside dark coco, nutmeg, juicy blueberries and blackberries and a tightly wound finish. Tons of life here. I was between Napa cab or left bank Bordeaux.
— 2 days ago

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Ramey Wine Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

David T
9.3

Transitioning in the Lounge. Night is a little better than day. Love the glow.

This 07 has been hanging out in my secondary storage (temp & humidity controlled but, not EuroCave) for 12 years. Time to drink up, right? Nope. The cork was super pliable with nearly no seepage. This wine has another 10-15 years of good drinking ahead with proper storage.

The nose reveals fruits that are steeped in style. Although, ripe, ruby and quite floral. Dark currants, blackberries, blackberries, black cherries, poached strawberries, black plum, touch of pomegranate, sweet tarry notes, dark chocolate, malt in malt balls, haunting caramel, whiff of black pepper, mix of Asian & Indian dark spices, incense, limestone, volcanic minerals, dry crushed rocks, leather, dry brush, liqueur, liquid fruit chocolate truffles, oak shavings, leather, some graphite, anise to black licorice with dazzling; dark, blue, red, fresh & withering florals and violets for days.

The palate would fool a lot of wine lovers/professionals. There is an earthiness about it that might take you to a warm vintage Bordeaux or a Rhône blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah.

Ripe and lush, dark currants, blackberries, blackberries, black cherries, poached strawberries, black plum, touch of pomegranate, sweet tarry notes, dark chocolate, malt in malt balls, warm caramel, some black pepper, mix of Asian & Indian dark spices, dry Provenance herbs, black offering palate heat, incense, thick layered baking spices; clove, cinnamon & nutmeg with a mini splash of vanilla, limestone, gripping volcanic minerals, dry top soil & clay, dry crushed rocks, dark, rich, turned black earth, leather, dry brush, dry river stone, liqueur, oak shavings, leather, some graphite, anise to black licorice with dazzling; dark, blue, red, fresh & withering florals and singing violets for days. The acidity is round and good but, short of the vintage. The structure, tension, length and balance are approaching their peak. The long, big finish is; ripe, lush, ruby, show the quality of the vintage, well balanced and persists until you put something else on the palate.

P.S. It just gets better & better as you slow sip it. Now, 9.3.

Photos of; kicking nighttime in the D&S Lounge.
— 12 days ago

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Eric Shanks

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Love the pics.
David T

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@Eric Shanks Thank you! A longtime in the making and we are big environment people. It is our favorite spot to hang at night.

Melka

CJ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

It's time for my Friday's Cabernet fix. delicious Napa Cab.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, light alcohol, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, light cloves, chocolates, mocha, coke and dark coffee.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, blueberries, sweet strawberries, oak, vanilla, chocolate cake, coffee, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious. This is from a great vintage (2012) and it is showing. Rich and extracted with nice complexity and mouthfeel. I liked the tangy ending.

This 7 year old is drinking very nicely now and will be good in the next 5 to 7 years. Needs 3 hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle.

A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in (30%) New French oak barrels.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$90.
— 5 days ago

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David Arthur

Three Acre Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Playing a little catch up.... Terrific Cab from David Arthur. Opened for dinner tonight. Served pop and pour. The nose on this wine is nice -- roasted black fruits, sweet youthful blackberries and blueberries, spicy. Entry is youthful, powerful full bodied blackberry cassis, allspice, cinnamon, toasted tannin but is actually rather soft not only on the front but all throughout. There was a dried wildflower and herbal character to this one in the middle. Finished with roasted tannins, still quite youthful, loads of black pepper on the finish and a bit punchy yet the wine maintains this elegance about it all at the same time. Diggin' this wine, and it's right in the wheelhouse right now. I think this wine will do well for the next 5 years or so and will probably start the decline. But I don't think this one is going to get much better in the bottle right now, so bottoms up! — 14 days ago

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Silver Oak

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Blend of 78% Cab Sauv, 12% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc, 2% Petit Verdot & 1% Malbec, deep Ruby red, concentrated youthful aromas of ripe black fruit, subtle nutty spice & creamy chocolate. Aged 24 months, 85% new & 15% 1-year used American oak. On the palate fresh fruit flavors of sweet plum, black cherry & dried blackberries, with bits of oak & cacao trying to peek through. Tannins are present, but just a tad persistent, reflecting its youth. Long & elegant finish with vanilla & slight mineral tang. Drinks well now, continue to develop over the next 15-20 years, why wait it’s perfect now! Outstanding! Tasting Sample! — 6 days ago

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Pott Wines (Aaron & Claire Pott and Daughters)

Stagecoach Vineyard Her Majesty's Secret Service Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Even at 2 hrs after cork pop and a lazy man's bottle decant, quite a bit of this wine still taste like a barrel sample. The nose is youthful blackberry, blueberry, pencil shavings. Entry is a ton of youthful and herbal blackberry cassis. Graphite. The middle has a hint of dark baking chocolate and spice. Toasted youthful berries. Finishes with a lot of toasty oak tannin. Probably one of those integrated wines I have had from Pott. Just delicious. — 3 days ago

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Bryan Kesting

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@Mark Flesher : Had the 2012 about a month ago and it took the entire evening before it came around. Wish I would have held onto it a little longer. The 2009 sounds fantastic.
Mark Flesher

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@Bryan Kesting it was really just dumb luck and fortunate positioning at Classic. This was behind another wine in the tube that I thought was something else. When I pulled it out and saw it, I thought it would probably be drinking rather well. Did not disappoint! :)
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@Mark Flesher : Nice. See you Friday!

Lail Vineyards

J. Daniel Cuvée Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Dark red purple in color. Blue-blackberry, pepper and minerally on the nose-currants linger. Aroma of vanilla and spice fills the nose as dark fruit and chocolate delightfully warm up on the taste buds; finishes with some graphite and earthy flavors. tannins ready to drink. Thought I slid the the bar to 9 but saw 8 on my initial review. Sorry for the mistake. — 4 days ago

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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
— 13 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.
Hugh O'Riordan

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Good review
Dr. Owen Bargreen

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@Hugh O'Riordan Thanks so much, really liking the ‘16 Napa wines 🍷👌