Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Hall Wines

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

It is Friday night and I have opened the 2016 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. The Hall Cabernet Sauvignons I first tasted several years ago in Palm Springs, CA with close friends. Ever since that first tasting I have become a fan of the Hall brand. Thank you Jim for bring them to our wonderful gathering.

On the nose there is blackberry, black cherry, black currant, chocolate, mint, violet, pencil lead and an earthy note.

On the palate there is black cherry, blackberry, green bell pepper, black currant, milk chocolate, fine integrated oak and dark soil.

This wine is full bodied with supple mouthfeel, medium+ acidity and medium+ sandy tannins that leads you right into a long dark fruit finish. Have a great weekend, rest, rejuvenate and be close with family and friends. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 17 hours ago

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Have a great weekend!

Chappellet

Signature Donn Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Deep inky put purple color. Blackberry, smoke, eucalyptus nose, with a hint of pine/mint in the background. Initial attack is from the greenery, then quickly moves to the black fruit. Some acidity. Medium tannins, slight pruney finish. Excellent!

93 points
— 4 days ago

David, Shay and 14 others liked this

Sineann

Lazare Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

I was lucky to come across this one. A 375 with a glass closure. Very interesting. Purchased for a song and it’s singing to me. Velvety smooth with lots of black fruit and a slightly gritty finish. Glad I found it! — 3 days ago

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Arkenstone

NVD Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Ron R
9.2

Arkenstone have this juice on autopilot. Very well behaved. This vintage comes across like a coiled spring, with a slight underripe note. However, the core components are there waiting in the wings. Leave this for a little while.
- Jean Georges, NYC.
— 8 days ago

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@Mike R, next time you’re in town, let’s do JG! 😁
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For sure @Ron R
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Was at Arkenstone yesterday. Very underrated wines. Try the Sav Blanc too.

Martin Ray

Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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


Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.

Fruity on the nose with blackberries, cooked cherries, dried figs, licorice, cedar, heavy vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, spices and mocha.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, sweet oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee and tobacco.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Fruit forward with a tangy finish.

Good right out of the bottle and will be better in the next few years with proper care.

Good by itself or with food. Delicious and yummy.

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

Aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$33.
— 8 days ago

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Cedar Knoll Vineyard Co (Palmaz)

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.

Rich, powerful, extracted and fruit forward with black fruits and chocolate notes, vanilla, wood, spices, peppercorn, tobacco, graphite and dark coffee.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Spicy with a long finish and round tannins.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Good for parties.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$80.
— 4 days ago

Brandon, Shay and 15 others liked this

Corra

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

PNP - @Celia Welch always great!Cheers 🍇🍷👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Pritchard Hill fruit overshadowing Valley Floor grapes & is really shining through right now! Excellent enjoy if you’ve got some in the cellar.
— 3 days ago

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Mithra Winery

Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A
9.6

Got to pop some special bottles when my good friend Shawn came in to town!

Finally getting to try this wine! A wonderful winemaker (Julien Fayard) meets killer fruit (Mt Veeder). A perfect marriage for these two as I think JFayard has an incredible skill set at working with quality Cabernet fruit. Inky purple in the glass with sexy aromas of fresh squeezed blue and black fruits, boysenberry jam, baking spices, dark chocolate shavings, and sweet smoke. Rich and decadent on the palate with a very “cool” type profile, like an Andes mint. There is an American oak type note like coconut, but this seems too rich and full of baking spices (French oak) to have American oak used. Velvet and plush with fine grained tannins. A touch of red fruit added to the palate compared to the dark profile aromatics. Little bit of licorice here too, so maybe a touch of malbec is added. Such a lengthy finish! This is a stunning bottle of cab. Thank you so much for bringing it
@Shawn R .
— 5 days ago

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@Shay A: Looks like you had a great time with your friend. A lot of special and fun wines. That’s great!
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@Bryan Kesting : No doubt! A truly fun night! Looking forward to you coming back to FtW so we can pop more bottles!
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@Shay A : I will be there April 3-5 and then again around the first week of May. We will make it happen!

Philip Togni Vineyard

Tanbark Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Beautiful Napa Cab presents as a classic Bordeaux. Understated elegance. Silky smooth mouthfeel with smooth tannins. Lengthy finish. Second label - no way! This is a beautiful wine with a great QPR. I decanted 3 hours. Opened up slowly. Has potential to age 10 to 15 years. I love Phillip Togni wines. — 7 days ago

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@Deborah M Deborah nice post Cheers 🍷
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Thank you @P A ! Enjoy your weekend.

Rivers-Marie

Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Shay A
9.3

Some recent Friday bottles...

Was only able to have this at pop and pour (and I heard it opened up more later in the evening, as expected), and while it has TRB’s signature ability to pull the entire fruit spectrum (red, blue and black) for these wines, it is tightly coiled, more so than the others in this lineup. Coming from some of Larkmead’s choice fruit, after the sweet and pure fruit notes on the nose, it is decidedly savory with graphite and crushed rock on the palate followed by potpourri and violets. Like many ‘15s, it is uber concentrated and hasn’t developed complexity yet. There is no doubt that this will unfurl and express beautifully in the next 2-3yrs. Thanks for opening
@Weston Eidson .
— 13 days ago

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Have 3 of these I’m waiting on. Good to see you like it.
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@David T : This is beautiful, but it’s still tightly coiled (and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t mind some youth to their wine!). I’d open the Panek vineyard cab before this one. Great things to come.
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I think it is the Penek that I bought.