Napa Valley, California


Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great Napa Cabernet.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, earth, tobacco, vegetables, spices, wood, light vanilla, wet leaves, green vegetables, herbs, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables and green herbs.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is already drinking very nicely, although still young. Showing nice complexity and a really great mouthfeel.

Needs 3 hours to open up and show some tannins. Will be even better in the next 5-10 years.

Good by itself or with food and would pair very nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged in 45% new oak barrels (French, American and Hungarian).

Delicious and yummy.

15.1% Alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 7 days ago

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Beringer Vineyards

Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 Beringer 'Private Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely fantastic and seems to be even more impressive than last years outstanding wine at this early stage. Composed of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petite Verdot sourced from vineyards in Howell Mountain (60%), St. Helena (20%), Oakville (15%), and Mount Veeder (5%), which spent 20 months in new French Nevers oak (83%), and 16 months in bottle prior to release. It instantly opens to wonderful aromas of dark currants, spiced plum, graphite, baking spices, cedar, fresh sage and dusty nuances all taking shape beautifully in the glass. On the palate this medium-plus to full-bodied, displaying remarkable overall balance with gorgeous velvety tannins and a wonderful seamless texture. It goes on to impress with excellent poise and concentration, as flavors of red and dark currants combine with exotic spices and expand gracefully through the long, polished finish. This is a sensational showing from Beringer, which is already extremely appealing, however also possesses the characteristics to thrive in the cellar over the course of the next two decades. — 10 days ago

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Flint Knoll

Royal Appointment Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Greg Ballington

@Delectable Wine this is the Flint Knoll Royal Appointment.

Deep ruby red in appearance. Love the nose on day two. Rich and dark nose with spices and bright red berries with some cinnamon toast, blueberries and coconut. Medium plus tannins (7/10) with balanced acidity and medium plus body. Great structure and balanced palate coated in black and blue fruits, vanilla, cinnamon and bitter cocoa. A touch of anise too. Long finish. Drink till 2030.
— 11 days ago

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@Greg Ballington Greg looks great Cheers 🍷

Ackerman Family Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolutely fantastic release from Ackerman. It immediately takes on a wonderful pure Cabernet character, with aromatics of ripe dark cherries and sweet currants, which are seamlessly woven together with sweet gochujang, graphite, dusty earthy minerals and a subtle hint of sweet oak that all come together in the glass. On the palate this is medium to full-bodied with beautifully polished, well-integrated tannins and a gorgeous velvety texture making this quite appealing and accessible in its youth. Overall, this is a delicious bottle of Cabernet that will be ready for business upon release and should also age gracefully for well over a decade. — 10 days ago

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Flora Springs

Trilogy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Needed this tonight. Going to drink the whole thing solo. A beautiful purple color, a seamless round bouquet of blue/berries, vanilla and cedar, and a hint of trailing cherry. I get a bit of cinnamon on the palate, with follow through from the black fruit. A slight hint of white pepper provides a wake up call.

Medium plus bodied. Medium minus acidity. No residual sugar. Pleasant, medium plus tannins.

Maybe I just really missed the United States of America, but to me this is fairly near the top of my scale at 94+ points. 2nd half of the bottle will be paired with my ribeye.

94+ points
— 6 hours ago

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Always a big fan of this wine from Flora Springs. Gone to the release party for it the last 5-years in a row!
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I wish I lived on the West Coast @Shay A you guys have all of the fun! I can't recall liking this wine, this much last year, but again... I've been drinking Primitivo and Negroamaro for well over a month.

Memento Mori

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 Memento Mori is an absolutely fabulous wine from Sam Kaplan in this vintage. Sourced from Beckstoffer Dr. Crane and Beckstoffer Las Piedras in St. Helena, along with two Oakville vineyards, Weitz Vineyard and for the first time Oakville Ranch. This fantastic Cabernet opens to stunning aromas of ripe blackberries, crème de cassis, violets, graphite, sweet spices and hints of sage all emerging from the glass. On the palate this possesses a gorgeous full body with beautifully polished tannins and outstanding overall balance. Structured and concentrated with layers of ripe dark and blue fruits that are framed by a lovely touch of underlying acidity that provides wonderful lift and a sense of freshness as it heads into the the long polished finish. Overall, the 2016 is an absolutely sensational wine that captures the wonderful elements of the vintage and will go on to evolve gracefully for many years to come. — 10 days ago

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This is always a knockout wine!
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@Shay A Absolutely... can’t agree more!

Erba Mountainside Vineyards

Mountain Vineyards Proprietary Red Blend 2005

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim.

Light on the nose with blueberries, cherries, plums, oak, light vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, licorice, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, over ripen black cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, vinaigrette, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nicely aged Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Showing great complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Drinks like an aged Right Bank Bordeaux now.

This 14 year old has lost some of its fruits by now. I probably would have liked it better a few years ago.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show tannins and complexity.
Really strong black licorice come in after 2 hours of airtime.

Wine Enthusiasts 88 points. Robert Parker 95 points.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 12 days ago

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How was it?
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Quite nice the last time I had one several years back, but they are in off site storage currently, so for good or bad, out of my immediate grasp.

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Maybach Family Vineyards

Amoenus Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The ‘Amoneus’ Cabernet Sauvignon by Maybach is sourced from a hillside vineyard located just west of Calistoga. A dense, glass-staining purple, this wine needs a two hour decant to be fully aroused. Once awakened the wine yields copious and layered dark fruits that are woven into shades of dark chocolate, roasted dates and creme de cassis that all shine brightly in the glass. Dense and decadent on the attack, the ‘Amoneus’ provides a luxurious mouthfeel. Chocolate covered espresso bean, tar, blueberry compote and suggestions of black currant cordial flavors all march together on the palate. While delightful in its youth, this will only get better with some bottle age. Drink 2020-2040- 97

— 5 days ago

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Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Pretty awesome to try as you just don't see these every day. You know that feeling you have when you think a wine is going to be in one style and instead it is the polar opposite? That's what I experienced with this one. If Hi-C made an alcoholic blackberry juice box, this would be one of its prototypes. And I mean that as well as I possibly can, because this wine was solid like all the other Turley wines I have had in the past. Finishes well. At first the tannin seemed pretty stiff and the finish was a little bit abrupt. After an hour or so, there was more blackberry pie, hint of mocha, some black pepper to the finish. Nice wine. Wondering how the other cabs I see in their profile drink versus this. — 7 days ago

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Robert Evans Jr

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@Mark Flesher @Severn Goodwin How do you say no when they offer it around $40. One of the better $40 Cabs made in the Valley. @Severn Goodwin Like you we have 14,15, & 16 in the cellar.
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Didn't know that about the price... that's probably one of the best value cabs at that price @Robert Evans Jr
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@Mark Flesher They usually offer 2 single vineyard Cabs. Those are reasonably priced for Single Vineyard also

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

The 2016 ‘Insignia’ is an absolutely incredible showing, and is amongst the most compelling vintages I have yet to taste from the Estate. Composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec which spent 24 months in 100% new french oak. As this unwinds in the glass it begins to release its seductive aromatics of ripe dark currants, crème de cassis and blueberries along with fresh violets, pencil shavings, wild sage brush and exotic spices. On the palate this is full-bodied, with a gorgeous rich, opulent texture that is beautifully balance by a lovely touch if underlying acidity keeping it fresh and inviting all the way through the long enveloping finish. Displaying a remarkable combination of both power and precision, the 2016 is a total stunner and will go on to have a marvelous future for many years to come. — 10 days ago

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