It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix . This week it's a fabulous one from
Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, vanilla, licorice, cedar, light earth, leather, coke, tobacco leaf, vinaigrette, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, mocha and pencil lead.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, light vegetables, herbs, chocolates, earth and peppercorn.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Napa Cabernet is very enjoyable. Good by itself or with food. A good sipping wine too. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Will be better in 5 to 10 years as more complexity will be introduced.
Delicious and yummy.
15.3% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 2 days ago
This 05 was a spectacular follow up bottle to the Rostaing. It’s right at the top of its peak and everything you want from a Napa Cabernet. It hit on all cylinders.
The body full, rich, lush and elegant. The tannins round and velvety. Still plenty of life left in this 2005.
Dark fruits of; blackberries, black cherries, black raspberries with subtle notes of strawberries. Warm and well layered baking spice; cinnamon, clove, nutmeg & vanillin. Soft, gentle dark spices, mocha chocolate & powder, rich semi-sweet earthiness, crushed rock powder, suede leather, tobacco, light graphite, dark withering flowers, round acidity and a big, rich, elegant, velvety polished finish that lasts minutes. — 6 hours ago
Dark and brooding in the glass, there are cherry accents but this wine is almost black. And beautiful. Plenty of smoke, vanilla, dark fruit, and some spice on the nose. Big, dense stuff. Almost too big like a lot of other Napa Cabs but doesn’t cross the line into overblown and hot. There is refinement and class going on here. Full bodied with a silky mouthfeel and gobs of ripe fruit. More green earth than expected on the palate, because of the addition of the Cabernet Franc. Smoked meat, black cherries, plums, and cedar on the palate. A little more vanilla on the medium finish takes us on home. — 8 days ago
🎄 Advent Halfy Callander Day 01 🎄
🎅 Santa says this is so cherry like my cheeks when Mrs Claus is cleaning my cherrys in the shower 😊
📝 I say one of the best Montelina Cabs I’ve had as others have been too sweet
⏩ 🍾 Mrs E got Gosset Grand Rose - pic on Instagram
📍 Chateau Montelena 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
🏵 92 points w/ a touch more potential
🍇 Cabernet Sauvignon
🍷 Deep dark ruby
👃 Dark cherry & plum in blackcurrant through light smoke & blueberry w/ an undertone of red & purple potpourri, touch of raspberry liquorice & violets
👄 Med body of creamy dark cherry w/ blackcurrant, plum, sweet red liquorice, blueberry compote & more cherry
🎯 Med+ cherry dominant linger w/ a red liquoricec& blueberry tone
— 8 days ago
One of those rare bottles that brings everything I love about this ‘hobby’ together. This was bought at the winery, stored perfectly and was in immaculate condition. Perhaps it was the amazing people around me, the appreciation of the historic nature of the wine - but I can’t recall tasting a more profound Napa Cabernet than this. It was an utter privilege. — a day ago
This was one of the featured bottles at Bob’s tonight, and a really nice value at $99 off a restaurant list. Obviously young, it benefitted from the decant we gave it as it needed more time than the Chappellet. This is more old school/traditional style with the cherry tobacco, bay leaf and underripe blackberry notes on the nose, with a streak of black cherry & crushed rock on the finish. Hold or give it a lengthy decant. — a day ago
Good but conflicted. I never experienced this: one sip would be spectacular, embodying expectations of Napa cab... the next disappointing (slight "pool water")... and then great... cycling back and forth until it had long enough to breathe into ok. The good sips I'd rate a 9.2 the not so great an 8.8... so I'll give it a 9. I should try another to test... but I'm onto the next wine. Kudo's for being Merryvale's sustainable solar winery. — 11 days ago
Always a reliable restaurant pick. My first ‘15 from any of Chappellet’s wines, and I was astounded at how approachable this was at pop and pour! Wow. The aromatics were just sensational...blueberry and blackberry medley, baked pie, very small hint of smoked meat, and plum. Extremely lush on the palate from start to finish...black cherry cordial, mixed berry, and cocoa dusted dates. Phenomenal value! — a day ago
This was an amazing wine from Cali that I thought for sure Id hung on for far too long...However, this wine was still rockin!! Fruit still present amidst leather, tobacco, dried mint leaves, acid med + , tannins silky and med alcohol...color still a med purple, but not opaque...What a wine , built for the ages! — 9 hours ago
92.7, gladly rounding up to 93. This wine has appreciated since the last bottle enjoyed a couple of years ago. This wine poured dark to the glass. Slight violet hue. The nose on this wine is sweet dirty raspberry and cola. The entry of this wine is powerful and yet still quite youthful. Sweet cherry cola and herbal notes abound yet starting to show a hint of age. Towards the finish, chocolate covered raspberries and almonds hit the palate. Still rather tannic. Fine grit sediment with the final 50ml but wasn't about to leave the final few sips behind. This one has another 10 years left, but I think this one is probably 1 or 2 years away from being at the very top. — 5 days ago