It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.
Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, cooked cherries, black plums, vanilla, light cedar, chocolates, coffee, mocha, cola, light alcohol, tobacco, spices, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Full-bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, blueberries, wood, vanilla, spices, espresso, dark chocolates, cola, peppercorn, tobacco leaf and light graphite.
Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Well balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Easy drinking and good all by itself.
Good right out of the bottle and better once it opens up. Needs a couple of hours to peak. Would continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.
This 6 year old is gentle and elegant, yet muscular.
I paired it with a cheese plate and fresh berries.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 6 days ago
Inky red. Lots of fruit on the nose, jammy almost. The mouthfeel is slightly fruity with pronounced notes of tobacco and leather. Sleek peppery finish, of course. Decanting for a couple of hours is highly recommended with this (2012) vintage. It is at its peak: it is bold, tannic, dry and slightly acidic. Amazingly savory Napa Syrah! — 3 days ago
A nice wine, but I’m not quite sure about the quality / price ratio at $40+. Certainly interesting intellectually about what a cool climate Napa site can do with great soil and farming. Quite rich and mouth filling, and there is really tension between the creaminess and acid (in a good way). But ultimately this is a bit weak on the finish for me - slightly thin, not a ton of lingering acid, and the actual finish is a bit short. — 8 days ago
First time trying this. We are closet fans of BG, but this falls short. Nice nose of cherry jam, gives way to a barnyard note on the palate. The texture is moderate, as is the sweetness. But overall, this is one-dimensional, which lacks complexity. We’ll let it breathe to see if it comes out to play... — 5 days ago
Every bit dazzling even at the four year mark, the 2016 Colgin ‘Cariad’ Red Wine (WWB, 97) is a massively dense wine that embodies tremendous verve and shows a seamless texture. Every working part of this wine (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot) creates not only complexity but a harmonious effect once on the palate. You are greeted immediately with the pillowy mouthfeel upon the attack. Layers of dark currants, tobacco leaf, red bell pepper, anise and chocolate cake all come together marvelously on the palate. This beautiful wine is delightfully hedonistic now but will cellar well for decades to come. If enjoying in its youth, be sure to give this beauty at least a two hour decant, as the wine evolved considerably after extensive air time. Drink 2022-2040- 97 — 5 days ago
My friend graciously shared his 1979 Robert Mondavi Winery ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon(WWB, 92), a wine I had not visited since I was at the winery several years back. The nose is highly Bordelaise with layers of red currents and red bell pepper with shades of dusty terroir that all mingle in the glass. The wine still has a good degree of freshness and a core of dark fruits with red bell pepper, damp earth and sandalwood tones. This now forty one year old wine has aged very gracefully. While not in its prime, it will provide drinking enjoyment over the next five to ten years — yet another resounding success from this Oakville estate. Drink 2020-2025- 92 — 10 days ago
Happy National Wine Day!
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, cola, licorice, tobacco, chocolates, mocha, light vegetables, light earth and coffee.
Full-bodied, bold and big. Rich and extracted with medium plus acidity.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
Still very young and extremely fruit forward. Needs 5 to 10 years of bottle time to relax, but already drinking very nicely. Very chocolatey with lots of coffee notes.
Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the complexity. Really comes home after 4 hours of airtime, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.
A great wine to sip on, and would be great with a nice piece of steak too.
Aged for 2 years in French oak barrels, 60% New.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
93 points. — 10 days ago
Had this three years ago, aged well. Conn Creek is a boutique winery on the Silverado Trail in the Rutherford district headed by winemaker Mike McGrath. A blend of 75% Cab Sauv, 16% Cab Franc, 4% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep Ruby with aromas of ripe fruit and earthy oak notes. On the palate ripe blackberry and raspberry flavors with espresso and tobacco tones with fine well integrated tannins. Long finish ending with cedar, cacao and earthy tobacco. Aged well still has room for more. Nice! — a day ago
Finally the cab I’ve been waiting on!!!!!! Darioush 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Holy Cow! You don’t even have to decant this one. Big bold blackberry and sweet rhubarb and dark ripe currants followed by the sexiest well rounded midpalate I’ve ever known. Lots of dark chocolate and toffee. This is followed by oak and pecan with an explosion of cigar box. There is a wonderful slick finish, but not too buttery. It drys out the palate in seconds. There is a hint of black pepper in the aftertaste and absolutely no sour anything!￼ cheers !!! I need to share this with someone...￼ — 9 days ago
07’ Chappellet Pritchard Hill . We decanted it for an hour. Deep Ruby color.
Black and blue fruits. Licorice, dark chocolate, walnut, 4/10 acidity, fine tannins. Medium- bodied . Close to its peak now. Should age nicely over the next 5+ years. Edit - Don’t know how much fruit will be around in 10 years. Honestly think the acidity ￼will be there.￼ — 5 days ago