As good as the Baron Fuentes is, our carbon reduction celebratory bottle is the Hendricks Cabernet. It was meant to be an 09 but, I couldn’t find my 09’s. Hazards of having nine cabinets & recently reorganized it.
I was inspired by @Paul T- Huntington Beach Hendricks Cabernet post a week ago & seeing @Eric Shanks Hope & Grace Post last night, which Charles Hendricks makes as well!
When first I decanted this 12, I can’t remember such beautiful florals on a wine that quickly. Florals wrapped in caramel & mocha. The florals have tamed a bit and the caramel, mocha & spices have picked up.
The thing about Charles’s wines, he is master of making elegant wines that drink really well young and will improve with 10-20 years in bottle. He is one of a handful of Winemakers that can truly do that really well.
The nose roars ripe, ruby, florals fruits of; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, black raspberries, poached strawberries and haunting cranberries & pomegranate. Warm caramel, mocha, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, dark cola, black licorice, dark, rich, sweet soils, dark spices, limestone, dry crushed rocks, herbaceousness-bay leaf dominate, hint of pipe tobacco, some dry stems with exotic, slightly candied, fresh & withering, red, dark, blue florals set in a bouquet of violets & lavender.
The body is rich, round & full. The tannins are round, tarry, chewy, dusty and still show a lot of power. The structure, tension, length and balance are just starting to hit their stride. This 12 has another 15-20 years of good evolution ahead. It is simply gorgeous & sexy as it caresses the palate. Ripe, ruby, florals fruits of; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, boysenberries, black raspberries, hints of blue fruits, poached strawberries and haunting cranberries & pomegranate. Warm caramel, mocha, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, sweet tarriness, dark French expresso roast, vanilla, dark cola, black licorice, dark, rich, sweet soils, dark spices with big palate heat, limestone, dry crushed rocks, soft leathery notes, toasted barrel shavings, herbaceousness-bay leaf dominant, hints of pipe tobacco, some dry stems with exotic, slightly candied, fresh & withering, red, dark, blue florals set in a bouquet of violets & lavender. The acidity is big & very enjoyable vs. the alcohol & complexity of this cuvée. The long finish is ridiculously, gorgeous, sexy, well balanced & polished with extremely persistent dark spice on the long set. It is memorable for many minutes and for weeks/months with the mental impressions it leaves behind.
With another 5-8 years in bottle, this wine hits 98-100.
What a bottle to celebrate carbon free. #SavetheVineyards — 4 days ago
Because who doesn’t love to celebrate national Cab Franc day? @rudiuswines is Brittany & Jeff Ames label. Jeff was an early understudy to Thomas Brown, working on Schrader, Maybach, and Outpost amongst others while he developed his own client list, including Tor Kenward, Boich, and Anthem. It’s worth noting that the wines Jeff has produced for Tor have been some of my favorites for at least a decade.
The 2014 Rudius Cabernet Franc Sugarloaf Vineyard Napa Valley envelopes your plate with a captivating display of mouthwatering raspberry, savory loam, sweet tobacco, and just the right hint of bell pepper before the cocoa powder dusted finish rocks your world. Delicious is an understatement. This was so spectacular I opened it two nights in a row (run don’t walk to Sunshine and steal it for $40). #delicious #rediculouslydelicious — 7 hours ago
The 2009 Bryant Family Wine Cabernet Sauvignon WWB, 100) is a stunning wine made by superstar winemaker Todd Alexander that is singing in harmony at the ten year mark. Aromatically intense, dense and downright intoxicating, the Cabernet slowly unveils Creme de cassis with shades of red bell pepper, mocha, tar, and anise that all come together in marvelously in the glass. The aromatic range is simply sensational as you are brought back to the glass for more decadence. On the mouth the seamless and weightless quality of the wine is quite remarkable. While showing obvious power and richness the seamless texture effortlessly glides across the mid-palate. The tannins have fully resolved in this muscular, yet elegant and sultry wine is astoundingly good now. Simply put, this is perfection in a bottle. Drink 2019-2040- 100 — 8 days ago
Happy Thanksgiving Eve. I wish you all a great Thanksgiving with family & friends giving thanks over some great food & wine pairing. 🍁🦃🍽
Coravined this last weekend as nightcap...it’s a pleasure getting back to it tonight.
The nose at the beginning broods ripe, dark fruit liqueur notes but, calms down in the glass after 10 minutes. It evolves into; bright, ruby, lush, dark, slightly candied floral currants/cassis. Ripe; blackberries, black cherries, blueberries syrup, boysenberries, olallieberries, black plum extract with poached strawberries & raspberries on the glass edges. Anise to black licorice, sweet tarriness, dark, mixed berry cola, mid intensity dark spice, dry crushed rocks, touch of incense, dry tobacco, leathery notes, wood shavings, dark chocolate, vanilla, light nutmeg & clove, dark, rich, turned earth, steeped fruit teas, mid, fresh herbaceousiness, bright, dark, red, blue slightly candied florals with fresh violets & lavender for days.
The body is full, round, lush & ruby. The fruits halfway to candied. The tension, structure, length and balance are in a very good place with another 8-10 years of good drinking ahead. The tannins are beautifully round, 55% resolved and still tarry, chewy with some teeth. Beautifully ripe; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, black cherries, blueberries syrup, boysenberries, olallieberries, black plum extract with poached strawberries & black raspberries. Anise to black licorice, sweet tarriness, dark, mixed berry cola, mid intensity darker spice on the long palate than the nose and show some heat, dry crushed rocks, volcanic minerals, limestone, touch of incense, dry tobacco, leathery notes, wood shavings, dark chocolate, malt in malted balls vanilla, light nutmeg & clove, dark, rich, turned earth, moist clay, steeped fruit teas, mid, fresh herbaceousness, bright, dark, red, blue slightly candied florals with fresh violets & lavender for days. The acidity is round and some of the best I’ve had in the 10’s I’ve had to date. The finish is delicious, ruby, lush, extremely well balanced and is the textbook definition of elegance. It persists several minutes with several nuances along the way. One of the very best 2010’s I’ve had as I am not a big fan of most 10’s. Get some if you can find.
Photos of; James Cole Winery and Estate vines, certainly one of my favorite Napa Winemakers-Charles Hendricks (FYI, has not been their Winemaker since midway through the 14 vintage), their outside patio lounge and the tasting bar. — 7 days ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a yummy Cab.
Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cooked strawberries, figs, vanilla, cedar, light earth, spices, chocolates, mocha, caramel, light alcohol and peppercorn.
Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, sweet spices, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, mocha, cloves, herbs, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, leather, tobacco and peppercorn.
Medium plus on the finish with soft, round tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.
Still young and needs a few more years in the bottle to mature and bring out more complexity. Would be nice to fast forward to 2025 and see what this looks like. However, it is drinking very nicely now, tasty and delicious.
Good by itself or with food and a good quality wine. Good right out of the bottle and better after 3 hours of airtime, when the tannins show up.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$125. — 6 days ago
November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!
Could not believe how good this was in terms of how open it was drinking. This is one of those wines that I would describe as sexy. Rich, opulent, and hedonistic like. This is plush and elixir like Napa cabernet in a really good drinking window. Baked blue and black fruits, nutmeg, baking spices and graphite on the nose. Sweet pipe tobacco, violets and milk chocolate drizzle over mixed berries. Looking forward to my visit in about 8 weeks. Thanks @Weston Eidson — 2 days ago
1/3 CS, 1/3 CF, 1/3 PV. Nice wine. Seems to be a tiny bit overextracted with a little bit of heat at first. Never had the classic blackberry cab thing going on though. Always a little more raucous, sharper edges, tobacco, chocolate, figs. But a lot of very youthful fruit hit you right across the face at the start, wondering if this one would probably have benefited from another couple of years of bottle aging. Finishes with no major oaked astringency but probably a little bit out of balance overall. in my opinion, definitely not worth a sub 90 rating, but really not worthy of much more than 90. I think this wine was made to be consumed now to within the next year. — 6 days ago
Dark ruby/ Inky in color with a short reddish rim.
Great nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, dried fruits, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, cola and black pepper.
Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, earth, coffee, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.
Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up ( 30 minutes).
Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly, but already delicious. I would love to revisit this in 5 years.
A great sipping wine to have all by itself. Tasty, tangy and delicious. powerful, yet elegant.
A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Cabernet Franc and 4% Syrah. Fermented in (50%) New French Oak barrels. A small production of only 45 cases.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$59. — 2 days ago
It is interesting to me how people shy away from the Tapestry in a lot of cases. When you drink this wine young, it’s just ok to good. However, if you get a great vintage (like 97 is) & let it age 20 years in bottle in a temperature controlled environment, you get a very special Napa Cabernet for a small price. When you consider the prices on quality Napa Cabernets at well over $100(s), this is a steal back in 99 for around $25.
The nose reveals a touch of barnyard that mixes into the ruby, liqueured style fruits of; blackberries, dark & slightly sour black cherries, sugar, black plum, poached strawberries, creamed, black raspberries, haunting blueberries, black licorice, light sweet tarry notes, cinnamon, light clove & even lighter nutmeg with vanilla, steeped, fruit teas, mixed berry cola, some red licorice, limestone minerals, fresh & old tobacco, used leather, saddle-wood, light granite, herbaceous notes, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, touch of black pepper with bright, fresh & dry, dark, red, blue, purple florals framed in violets.
The body is round, lush and still somewhat thick. The tannins are round, chewy, tarry and about 60% resolved. This 97 has another 10 years plus ahead with proper storage. Our cork showed some age in terms of feel but, nearly no seepage. It is ruby & lush as it sings over the palate. Shows a touch of barnyard on the palate like the nose that mixes into the ruby, liqueured style fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, gooseberries, olallieberries, dark & slightly sour black cherries, sugar, black plum, poached strawberries, creamed, black raspberries, haunting blueberries, black licorice, light sweet tarry notes, cinnamon, light clove & even lighter nutmeg with vanilla, light burnt caramel, mocha, steeped, fruit teas, mixed berry cola, some red licorice, cognac notes, dark roast coffee, limestone minerals, fresh & old tobacco, used leather, saddle-wood, light granite, herbaceous notes-sage dominate, beautifully, soft dark spices with some palate heat, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, barely moist clay, dry brush, touch of black pepper with bright, fresh & dry, dark, red, blue, purple florals framed in violets. The acidity shows the beauty that nature gave to Napa in 97. The finish is well balanced, nicely polished, an elegant beauty queen that persists on your palate nicely and your mind for months/years down the road.
This wine is far more special on the palate than the technical score I’ve given it.
Photos of; a sunset over the George de Latour Vineyard, the gateway into the BV tasting room on Hwy 29, their tasting room and outside their tasting room & grounds. — 11 days ago
The 2013 Schrader ‘LPV’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a truly thrilling wine from this storied Napa winery. This is the third vintage of this wine made by the esteemed Thomas Brown. The wine was aged for twenty months in French oak and utilizes both clone 4 and 337 from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras vineyard. The ‘LPV’ benefits from about an hour of air, as the wine gains immediate appeal with its downright sexy bouquet of red rose petals that emerge alongside creme de cassis, tar, mocha and sandalwood. Soft and generous on the mouth, this silky wine effortlessly dances across the mid-palate. The plush, seductive texture gives way to gobs of dense dark fruits, with sweet pipe tobacco, tar and Turkish coffee flavors all marching on parade. Truly a scintillating wine right now, as this will age for decades to come. Drink 2020-2040- 97
— 2 days ago