The 2015 ‘Georges de Latour’ is another stunning release of this storied wine by Beaulieu Vineyards. Coming from a warm vintage in the Napa Valley, this gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon shows off an inky core, slowly unveiling exotic spices, espresso bean, blackberry cobbler and hints of pipe tobacco that all build on this expressive nose. The palate shows some serious weight and elegance as the wine gracefully dances across the mid-palate. Polished and layered with dark fruits, chocolate, minerals and herbal undertones, the 2015 ‘Georges de Latour’ is surprisingly open in its youth. If enjoying in its nascency be sure to give this beautiful wine at least a one hour decant. Drink 2020-2040- 95 — 2 days ago
The 2016 Provenance ‘Rutherford’ Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent effort from this warm vintage in Napa Valley. On the nose the wine shows off lovely herbal undertones that combine with blackberry cobbler, mocha and anise aromatics. The palate is plush, delivering a soft and inviting mouthfeel. Wild blackberry, crushed mint, and dark chocolate covered espresso bean flavors all combine nicely in the mouth. While excellent now, this will evolve well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 90 — 2 days ago
2016 mike smith flight
This becklyn is tasting the best right now. Soft, rich fruit, chocolate. Delicious. The quivet, despite being the least fruit forward of the 4, is also hitting the spot. It’s a good wine to open when you are sharing with people that have a more classic cab taste. The myriad napa is the most tannic of the 4, but it is dark and jam packed with power. It’ll be phenomenal with some air or age. Probably the most potential. The scarlett is the reddest fruit of the 4. Like the myriad, I think it will really shine with some air/age. All great. — 9 days ago
What a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing black fruits with earth chocolates tobacco spices peppercorn earth leather light green vegetables herbs and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs. Smooth and elegant.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show tannins. Spicy and delicate.
A little restraint for a Napa Cabernet in my opinion.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.
This 13 year old is drinking very nicely now.
A little vinaigrette on the nose but not on the palate.
Thank you Scott for sharing this wonderful wine with me.
13.8 % alcohol by volume.
93 points — 4 days ago
Time for my #FridayCabernetfix.
Here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.
Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, cherries, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, coffee and black pepper.
Full-bodied, soft and smooth, with medium acidity and nice long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, chocolates, bitter herbs, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco and earth.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a very yummy mouthfeel.
Still young and needs time in the bottle to mature.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. After 90 minutes of airtime, it shows more vegetable notes.
Good with food, but also a great sipper. Delicious now, but will be even better in the next 5 to 10 years.
I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.
Had it all by myself. Sometimes you need to take time for yourself, with a good bottle of wine, right? 😂
A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Merlot. Aged in 33% new French oak barrels.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
$85. — 11 days ago
A delicious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from a great vintage.
Big bold and beautiful.
Showing black fruits with chocolate notes and cedar, peppercorn, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, mocha, coke and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
95 points. — 3 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and black pepper.
Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea and black pepper.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is very tasty. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a nice mouthfeel.
Better after 2 hours of airtime, when it opens up and shows the tannins.
Wine Spectator 92 points. Robert Parker 90 points.
I enjoyed it, but expected more from this vintage. Although it could age nicely in the next 10 years, if you are expecting a Napa Cabernet taste, I'd recommend to drink it sooner rather than later.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$70. — 14 days ago
Stuart Spoto and his wife spent some time visiting TX for a few days and put on a nice tasting at Classic. Talk about micro production, they only do around 500 cases of wine total across their 5-7 wines. Kind and salt of the earth type people.
The flagship wine from Spoto, this ‘15 vintage is already spectacular, and tastes better young than the big and structured ‘13 I had a year or two ago. I was actually shocked, in a good way, at how good this was. This is all To-Kalon fruit and you can taste it to the core. There is power all over this, yet an elegance and balance. Sweet cardamom, cocoa dusted dates, ripe black cherry, and cherry pipe tobacco dominate the nose. It is dense and balanced all the way on the palate...oak and nutmeg spice start it off before it turns savory and herbal on the mid palate. The finish has baked black cherry pie and some dust to it. Really great. — 3 days ago
This has done a lot of evolving since I had this 2-3 years ago. Pop and pour. Still just a crazy, dark black-purple in the glass, with juicy and ripe blueberries and fresh squeezed blackberries on the nose. Boysenberry, chocolate graham cracker and mixed berry pie crust too. Dense and almost a fruit bomb, but there is enough graphite and savory notes on the mid palate to prevent it from being overblown. Toes the line of being a little hot. At this stage, this is a ripe/juicy/candied Cabernet that has smooth tannins. — 2 days ago
To me this did not taste like it came from the Napa Valley. this is a very fruit forward wine, and I think the youthfulness of this sort of crushes some of the delicacies that might come out in the mid palate after a few years. Red and black fruit dominated wine. Really just kind of has one focus, but does that one thing extremely well. This was not decanted really much at all, as the focus was for the person who opened it to recork and enjoy later that night. I bet it was doing much better then. The back end has a lot of roasted cedar type tannin, which I think will soften and make this one shine quite a bit more in the years to come. If you have this bottle, I would certainly hold it. — 2 days ago