Napa Valley, California

Frank Fredericks Estate

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Frank Fredericks Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a nice brick rim. Pretty color.

Strong nose of blueberries, black cherries, black plums, earth, oak, light vanilla, licorice, peppercorn, tobacco, chocolates, spices and graphite.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, tobacco, light green vegetables and herbs.

Nice tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose, with a nice and easy mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it 3 hours to open up. As it opens up, it becomes spicier with more earthy notes.

Still young, but already enjoyable even by itself. A new world wine with a touch of Bordeaux. Very interesting.

Would benefit from 5 to 10 years of bottle time, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

A good quality wine that shows good potential to become a 95+ point wine.

Paired very nicely with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon,
2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. Aged in new French oak for 27 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$275 (upon release).
— 2 days ago

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Hall Wines

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Last ‘12 in my cellar! Blend of 97% Cab Sauv, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cab Franc, aged for 20 months in French oak (55% new), deep Ruby with aromas of dark dried fruit with notes of floral and spices. An ideal growing season in 2012, the palate shows dense ripe dark berry fruit with a touch of leather, cinnamon, espresso, mushroom and cacao. Well integrated with fine structured tannins, the wine is complex yet enjoyable, aged well still has room to run. Long finish ending with ripe fruits and oak. — 8 days ago

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Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Purple tawny, almost opaque. Herbal nose. Dark fruits, ripe plums, cedar, some dark soil, some menthol. Starts out a bit harsh and tannic, tight. Needs several hours of air to open up. Good now but likely needs another 5 years of slumber to gain more complexity and shed some edges. — a day ago

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Lail Vineyards

Blueprint Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

4 hour decant (I’m sure 2 would suffice). Dark ripe fruit, leather, baking spices, mint. Velvety tannins with some acidity. Can see a few more years should help open it up but drinking well now. Juicy ripe black fruit leads to a nice silky finish. — a day ago

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Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Opulent, ornate. A deep ruby with thick viscous legs: 15.5 ABV. The nose is a bit dominated by new oak, leaning towards cedar. Otherwise, blueberry and blackberry are quite present, as are floral (rose) notes. On the palate it's quite delicious, big juicy fruit with a slight acidic bite. Medium plus bodied, quite hot on the alcohol. Nice subtle tannins, and a super long finish.

This is very very good now, especially stacked up against massive fat (e.g., ribeye). Over time it will be a competition between the high alcohol and the soft tannins. I say hold for 2-3 years for maximum benefit.

P.S. This is my first exposure to this winery. I have a case and will update notes over time. So far I really like it... But not enough to do housework for
@Ron R

93 points
— 2 days ago

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Crocker & Starr

Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2016

I’ve been jonesing for a super Cabernet Franc and after reading @Jeff Orlowski ‘s note, I decided on this one from Napa. 60%CF, 34 % Merlot and 6% Malbec. This is a plush and well-crafted wine. Opaque top-to-bottom in the glass and a lovely nose of deep, dark fruit together with some spice as you would expect from CF. Nicely extracted fruit that comes together and lingers on with medium acidity and serious yet integrated tannins. Consumed over three days and it was still singing on day 3. Cheers! — 3 days ago

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Jeff Orlowski

Jeff Orlowski

Outstanding! Glad you enjoyed it! Cheers!
Rhonely Boy

Rhonely Boy

Great label


Lillá in Fiore Napa Valley Rosé Blend 2019

Very light red/ pinkish in color with light intensity and a neon hue.

Strong nose of raspberries, light cherries, citrus, light barnyard, lemons, spices, light herbs and white pepper.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, light earth, lemons, pears, ginger and black pepper.

Long finish with tangy lemons.

This is a delicious Rosé from Napa Valley. Smooth and elegant with such a pretty color. Interesting and engaging.

Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Rich with nice complexity.

Fruit forward and tastes like a very light red. Interesting stuff.

A nice sipping wine. Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food. Paired beautifully with the prosciutto.

A blend of Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. Aged in neutral French Oak barrels for 6 months. A small production of only 2,892 bottles. This is bottle number 2,469.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 13 days ago

Daniel, Tom and 17 others liked this

Venge Vineyards

Arsenal BDX Napa Valley Red Wine

Arsenal Bordeaux blend from Kirk Venge. Another killer wine in a very Napa fashion. It’s just a baby. Dark rim and color. Full on 14.9% ABV. Gorgeous. Nose of plums and menthol and delicious acidity. Tannins are solid and the mid-palette and finish deliver an opulent experience. I can’t wait to see how this develops over the next few days and I’m the cellar. Really a bargain at any price. Sublime. Cheers! — 2 days ago

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Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Not sure I’ve actually had Heitz before, which I realize is a bit odd especially considering I worked in Napa. But it felt like a nice choice at the classic Smith and Wollensky for my mother in law’s bday. Definitely needs an hour plus of air - but once it does, nice deep red fruit with surprisingly good acid to keep it in balance. Not quite at the Mayacamas level - but obviously different price point. — 2 days ago

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Michael Greene

Michael Greene

@Pooneet K visited the winery a few years ago. Their single vineyard wines are pretty nice and a good step up from their standard bottling....very classically styled. They made a pretty fun port-like fortified wine too, as I recall.
Pooneet K

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That’s fun, @Michael Greene. The only California places I regularly buy from are Mayacamas, ridge, ceritas, mathiasson, and sometimes Arietta.

Far Niente Winery

Dolce Napa Valley Sémillon Blend 2012

This is a delicious sweet wine from Napa Valley.

Deep gold in color.

Showing Sweet tangerines, apricots, peaches, spices and tropical fruits.

Full bodied with high acidity. Sweet on the palate with nice complexity.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years and see how it evolves.

A very tasty dessert wine. Rich and extracted. Delicious.

A blend of 89% Semillon and 11% Sauvignon Blanc.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$85 (375ml)
— 8 days ago

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@Martijn the sweetness of doing nothing.

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@Henry Fuseler i need to try that


@"Odedi" exactly thats why I like the combination they made at Far Niente...... smart