My first experience with the 2015 “Vare Vineyard” and the first of my three allocated bottles. Ketan mentioned this was his best “Vare” bottling to-date and while I can’t speak to that (since all of my previous experiences with Beta have been the Montecillo Vineyard in Sonoma), I can verify that it has Ketan’s signature all over it. I did not decant this bottle though, it probably would have benefited from it. Never the less, the bouquet was bursting with character: predominately black fruits, anise, eucalyptus, coniferous forest floor, Anaheim pepper…the overwhelming message of freshness and one of the most unique noses I’ve ever encountered from a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, things were a little more subdued with black currants, tart black cherry and black bramble fruit with a little hint of baking spices. It seemed a touch green, to be completely honest. Bone dry and endowed with substantial structure; medium+ tannin, medium+ acid, all the while framed by a medium- body; a welter weight of a wine.
This seems right in-line with what I have come to expect from Ketan Mody’s approach and, while I don’t expect anyone to peg this as Bordeaux in a blind tasting, it certainly has some Old World sensibilities and reminds me of the way Cabernet Sauvignon was made in California 40+ years ago. And, after drinking a few 40 year old Napa Cabernet’s this past week plus the aforementioned balance of fruit/structure, I believe this has a long life ahead of it with a rather exciting upside. Drink with patience or cellar. FWIW, I don’t have any immediate plans to open my second bottle before 2025. — 3 days ago
Blend of 83% Cab Sauv, 11% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot made by Philippe Melka. Deep Ruby with purple hues, aromas of black and blue fruits with herb spice and earthy notes. On the palate blueberry, blackberry and plum flavors with cacao, leather and tobacco. Firm tight grippy tannins, well balanced integrated nicely with smoky oak, long finish ending with fruit, spice and earthy character. Tried twice, still too young, keep corked for a few years. — 9 days ago
Beautiful 100% Cab from one of my favs St.Supry. Nose of bramble blackberries, blueberries and anise, with a hint of smoke and generous oak on the palate. I'd classify this as a rich, opulent, beefy, sexy Cab. 100% French oak for 20 months. This 2010 has held up very well. — 6 days ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a beautiful Cabernet.
Inky in color with a purplish/ reddish rim.
Fruity nose with blueberries, black currants, black cherries, cedar, light vanilla, tobacco, potpourri notes, chocolates, spices, light earth, wild flowers, licorice and black pepper.
Full-bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and long long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, oak, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, light vanilla, earth, light herbs, spices, coffee, light cola, graphite and black pepper.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. A very nice sipping wine.
Still young, but already drinking very elegantly, with nice complexity and mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it two and a half hours, but that might not have been enough. Nevertheless, it is delicious now and good by itself or with food. As it opens up, it shows a gorgeous nose.
Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.
I had the 2014 last year, and it is showing nice consistency. A good quality wine with good potential to become even better.
This Single Vineyard from this great vintage is rich, elegant, soft and spicy. Just Delicious.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels (75% new). A small production of 375 cases.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$110. — 13 days ago
Just tasted ‘18. Dark Ruby with aromas of ripe berry fruit and floral spice, pure Caymus signature style, easy drinking, as always. On the palate flavors of ripe blackberry, black cherry and currants with complex spice showing notes of cacao, cinnamon and rich vanilla oak. Fine soft tannins, nice mouthfeel, great balance with acidity, long finish, ending with notes of oak and mineral notes. Nice! — 7 days ago
Heir Apparent Cellars Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California
Dark purple/ inky in color with a short purple rim.
Pretty nose of blackberries, black cherries, licorice, light vanilla, cedar, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, spices, light herbs and pencil lead.
Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, vanilla, tobacco, cedar, leather, dark chocolates, coffee, light earth, vegetables, liquorice and black pepper.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing a smooth mouthfeel with nice complexity.
Still very young, but already enjoyable, even by itself. Needs 5 to 7 years to mature properly.
A good quality wine that has the potential to become a 95+ point wine.
Needs 4 hours to open up properly, so give it time.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$165. — 12 days ago
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. — 5 days ago
This is a very enjoyable Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley.
Showing black fruits with wood, earth, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, pencil lead, herbs and spices.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate and good by itself or with food.
Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so better be patient.
Smooth and elegant with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and tangy.
Feels like a right bank Bordeaux from a hot vintage. Will age nicely in the next 5 years.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit verdot, Merlot and Malbec.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 4 days ago
Hard to believe how well this is drinking after 21+ years. Obviously on its downslope, but the balance, depth of flavor, and persistence was really surprising. Easily one of the 1999 Napa cabs that was built to last. If you still have one of these in your cellar, do yourself a favor and enjoy! — 4 days ago
Mesmerizing nose of blackcurrant, creme de cassis, violet, cedar, fresh orange peel, cured meat, and forest floor. Gentle and soft on the entry, with parade of flavors echoing the nose. The full body feels deceivingly weightless on the palate, but with great energy and precision. Velvety tannins. The finish lasts for minutes.
Seamless and elegant. Outstanding already at its young age. — 4 days ago