Napa Valley, California

Hendricks Wines

Gold Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

David T
9.7

On the nose, bold, ripe fruits of; blackberries, boysenberries, huckleberries, blueberries, dark cherries & black plum. Warm baking baking spices, mocha, light caramel, black cherry liqueur notes, rich dark soils, perfumed violets & lilacs. The body is round and full with powdery tannins. The fruits sing on the palate. There is waves of fruit, earth and florals that swirl and dance across your palette. The fruits are ripe, sweet and lush; blackberries, boysenberries, huckleberries, blueberries, dark cherries, black plum with juicy strawberries coming on strong at the mid palate. Black cherry cola/licorice, vanilla, light caramel, mocha, semi-sweet loamy dry soils, just a touch of crushed rock powder, soft spice-box, fresh tobacco leaf, perfumed violets & lilacs, round, rich, palate raining acidity and finish that is simply long, well balanced with perfect structure/length/tension and above all beautiful and elegant. It just swirls and dances endlessly gloriously in the mouth. What mouth harmony! Photos of, vines in Stags Leap, Charles Hendricks, ripe fruit for the picking and one of mine and Charles favorite paintings. Producer notes and history...Charles Hendricks is one of the best Winemakers in Napa Valley. He is well grounded in the science of winemaking. As a 1982 UC Davis viticulture graduate, Charles was able to tailor his own curriculum, and was one of the earliest to integrate winemaking and viticulture course work. Having knowledge of both viticulture and enology forms the bases for well-rounded winemaking under varying circumstances; this is the making of a great Winemaker & consultant. His greatest gift is the ability to make wines the are elegant, beautiful and smooth young but will age effortlessly. Charles Hendricks sees himself as an assistant to the natural bounty of the vineyards. Using his knowledge and experience to guide and coax the very best from the wine grapes. Charles believes in minimal intervention in the wine cellar, but knows that if we leave nature completely on it own, we would be in the vinegar business! To quote him, “It is a wonderful game of hide and seek that we play with Mother Nature…It is natures glory to conceal, and the winemakers glory to reveal, to discover and to persuade the grapes to unveil their highest potential, It is the playfulness of guessing when and how much to step in, that is at the heart of the winemakers’ task." So true in his case. Charles makes his own label wines only when he has the very best of fruit. He is also is the Winemaker for Hope & Grace and until recently was the Winemaker for; Regusci, James Cole and T-Vine. In previous years, he's worked with; Viader, Barnett Vineyards & Paoletti Vineyards. He is truly a gifted Winemaker. If you are able, seek out and try his Henrick's Cabernet & Santa Lucia Pinot Noir, you absolutely won't regret it! @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher — 9 days ago

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Phil A

Phil A

@David T Sounds fabulous, if I ever see his wines up here I will buy a couple of bottles without hesitation. Cheers 🍷🇨🇦
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@Phil A Unless a bottle ends up on the secondary market, only available through the Hope & Grace tasting room in Yountville.
Phil A

Phil A

@David T David thanks for getting back.

Chappellet

Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1976

Our monthly 4th Friday event at the storage facility. No requirements, just wine you want to share with others! Always an enjoyable time.

If I told you the color of this wine you would think I was lying. It looked like it was maybe 10yrs old...it was 41! Mark was kind enough to open this after I mentioned I was attending a Chappellet dinner tonight. Leather, oil and dusted cherry. Menthol, integrated tannins, and still has a voluptuous mouth feel. Astounded that this showed as well as it did!
— 3 days ago

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Shay Aldriedge

Shay Aldriedge

@Isaac Pirolo @Bill Bender @Joe Lucca : This was flat out killer. One of the best 20+ yr old wines I've ever had!
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

I almost put it back, but after popping the cork I'm glad it worked out in that field of really heavy hitters!

William Hill Estate Winery

Bench Blend Napa Valley Red Blend 2014

Price $30.

Beautiful color of dark ruby with a burgundy rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, black pepper, graphite, earth, caramel and cloves.

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

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, pencil lead, black pepper, leather, earth, wood, vanilla and light green vegetables.

Long finish with round tannins and bitter herbs.

This is a nice surprise. This Napa Valley Bordeaux blend is complex and well balanced. A good sipping wine with a great mouthfeel, that is not too heavy on the oak and vanilla.

This teeth staining color red is drinking nicely now, and would be good in the next 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and after an hour in a decanter, the tannins show up.
Just Delicious.

15% alcohol by volume.
— 2 days ago

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Matthiasson

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Cousin/basically brother in town, always whip stuff out to entertain us. Anyways this is wildly rich with a purple cassis and dark chocolate tone. It surrounds the nose with dark cherries. As it opens you get like a pile of mashed blueberries/huckleberries going on. There's a 6 foot wall of tannins your palate has to jump through every sip but its deliciously coated with green chiles and the menthols we smoked. DONT WANT TO RAMBLE, but the depth of lush earth if that is a thing is key here. Think stewed plums, melted dark chocolate, a Cuban cigar level chewing tobacco. It's rich powerful and elegant. This review is over an hour and I just keep writing.. so maybe let it wait an hour then drink?

— 2 days ago

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Phil A

Phil A

@Chris Parrino Chris good and fun review Cheers 🍷
Chris Parrino

Chris Parrino

You da man Phil!

Dendinora

Arnyca Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2013

Greg Ballington
9.3

Perfect wine to finish off Deaf Awareness Week. If you don't know they story behind this Cabernet Franc and the roots behind it, it is worth finding out about.

Deep and dark purplish red. Ripe berries on the nose with dark spice undertones. Layers of lavender, cedar and raspberries too. Even a touch blue. Heavy tannins (7/10) and medium plus to full bodied. Plush palate layers of red plums, red cherries, dark cocoa, and a little herbal. Beefed up with an hour or so of air. Delicious Cabernet Franc! Drink till 2028.
— 2 days ago

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Shay Aldriedge

Shay Aldriedge

A favorite of mine as well 👏

Chappellet

Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Chappellet wine dinner. I've not had much of their wines and wanted to see if they are worth a visit when we are out for our yearly Napa trip in February!

The big boy 💪🏼. Deep ruby core in the glass that approaches black in color. Aromatics aren't massive, but it even smells refined. Black cherry, baking spices, powerful tannins. Lush fruits on the palate. Finish is very strong and lasts almost a minute. No doubt a wine that can go the distance. Easily go up 1-2 points in a few years.
— 3 days ago

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Janet Ross

Janet Ross

@Shay Aldriedge I really like the PH. I was first introduced to it many years ago as an affordable alternative to the Bryant Family Vineyards cabernet. Spot on! Same terrior, same flavors. Nice wine!
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I agree with Paul. PH is a minimum 10 year hold in good vintages. I'm still holding my 04 Signatures that are not ready.
JJ Lumia

JJ Lumia

Hey @Shay Aldriedge. @Chappellet_wine
is awesome. The wine and the winery. They put on a good show there. Bring you into the cellar for the tasting then you tool around the vineyard a bit. It's a good time. Fun fact - the wine barrels on my profile pic are from the Chappellet cellar.

Titus

Andronicus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

When it comes to under $30 reds from Napa I usually just avoid the category entirely. Much of it follows a Prisoner or Caymus formula with inferior fruit and perverse oak treatment. There's just too many wines that should be a third of their price... and even then I would rather overpay for a different style of wine. Kudos to the Titus brothers for producing an exceptional under $30 red blend from Napa that could easily pass for something twice the price. And props for the truth in advertising. Their own tasting note is so spot on that my only comment is 'ditto' ... "A berry basket of aromas immediately greet your nose with enticing aromas of ripe blueberries, blackberry cobbler, chocolate covered strawberries, raspberries and vanilla. On the palate, dark cherry, cassis and tart plum intertwine, setting the stage for wonderful acidity and well integrated oak. Another wildly delicious vintage of Andronicus, the 2013 is lush, lively and quaffable.” — 3 days ago

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Shay Aldriedge

Shay Aldriedge

I've had this...very good for the price. I've stated a few times, but Round Pond's Kith & Kin and the Silver Ghost Cabernet win the category.
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@Shay Aldriedge Haven't tasted the Silver Ghost but agree the Kith and Kin was on point. Josh Phelps and Carlo Trinchero's Taken is definitely worth of a mention. That said, it doesn't take me very long before I start thinking "if we're talking value, all we need to do is add Sonoma/North Coast/Central Coast and our options multiply exponentially..."

Cedar Knoll Vineyard Co (Palmaz)

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

With Hillstone recently deciding to A). add a $15 corkage fee to their menu and B). take the Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain Cab Sauv. off their wine list (crime of the century in my opinion!), I wondered if there were any good wine finds left on their menu. I was pleased to find this one and enjoyed it thoroughly with my French Dip! Even better was the cute guy seen sitting across the bar from me! I would have gladly shared! Now, just need to curb my addiction to their creamy horseradish and all will be right in the world-well sorta.... — 13 hours ago

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Jessup Cellars

Vineyard O Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Our monthly 4th Friday event at the storage facility. No requirements, just wine you want to share with others! Always an enjoyable time.

One of my contributions for the day. Probably won the award for darkest cork, yet the palate was quite a bit lighter tasting. The tannins on this were chewy...I always associate that with cranberries. Almost overwhelming. Needs either a long decant or another 5 years away. Floral on the nose...violet and lavender. Palate was very young tasting. Very age-able!
— 3 days ago

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Burgess Cellars

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Burgess Cellars has been making overlooked (undeservedly) Cabernet on Howell Mountain since 1972. Their vineyards appear to fall just under the Howell Mountain AVA elevation requirements, so the front label can only say Napa, but there's no question, this is Howell Mountain juice. I'm embarrassed to say this is actually my first Burgess... and after an hour, my embarrassment turns to regret. Black currant, cassis, cocoa powder, espresso, and cedar make an excellent case for distinction. The secondary black tea, underbrush, menthol, and bing cherry offer confirmation of its deserved status. — 6 days ago

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TheSkip

TheSkip

@Shay Aldriedge are you trying to sell me a 3 pack? 😜
Shay Aldriedge

Shay Aldriedge

@TheSkip : I personally hate 3-packs, but when you can get 3 different wines as opposed to 3 of the same wines, I'm in!
TheSkip

TheSkip

Lol @Shay Aldriedge just giving you a hard time from the stuff we were talking about on Slack.

I would love a feature on WineSearcher that allowed you to find the one store that has all 3 in stock quickly.
@Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher - you're a ninja of that app. They should listen to you if you request it.