Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


Eastern Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Correction @Delectable Wine -- this is the 2013 Voluptas Eastern Hillside Cabernet. Very surprised that they had the Merlot listed but probably was because I posted the Merlot about a year or so ago. This wine opened up with some stiff competition including a 2010 Vineyard 29 Helena cab, a 2010 AltaGracia, a 2015 Montagu Cab Rutherford, and an 05 Meteor Cab. This one still did rather well. Took about an hour to get going. I was really surprised that this one didn't show more of the mushroom side, but rather showed an immense structure that could have easily spent 3 years continuing to improve. The nose was quite youthful. Blackberry jam, herb, earth. The entry was a little more toned down blackberry, lots of more youthful fruit, herb, earth, and black pepper on the finish. To me, this was in the running for th red WOTN. The white WOTN still between the Aubert, Peter Michael, and the sleeper Rodde 2011 Coombsville Chard that took everyone by surprise. This wine finished with softened tannin, and IMO even though the notes on the nose were very divergent from the AltaGracia, this wine most resembled the AltaGracia on the finish. Well done Bud! — 3 days ago

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Ryan Vento

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@Eric Shanks Sounds about right.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

@Eric Shanks , @Ryan Vento , yes definitely admit the face could use some touching up. Not bad for a private label considering #boobies , so.... :) the wines are pretty stellar though.
Eric Shanks

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Sounds awesome @Mark Flesher - stood up next to a pretty tough crowd.

Shibumi Knoll

Effortless Perfection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

If you haven’t gathered from my posts, I’m mildly obsessed with Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay. Their ‘14 Cabernet, also made by TRB, is simply out of this world. Wait, no, it sucks. Do not seek this out. There are no silky smooth tannins. The nose doesn’t surprise you with earthy, savory notes only to have the palate contradict it with lush fruit. There are no flavors of cassis, or black fruits. The mouthfeel isn’t luxurious or coating. The balance...wait, what balance...Nothing to see, smell, or taste here. Kindly move along. — 4 days ago

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Shawn R

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Can’t wait.
Carl Fischer

Carl Fischer

@delectable wine - this is the Shibumi Vineyard not “Effortless Perfection.”
Martin G Rivard

Martin G Rivard

It’s an awesome Chardonnay!!!! One of my favorites


The Baron Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Was able to taste @Weston Eidson 's newest creation about 3 weeks after being bottled! A treat! This wine is a Medium+ bodied offering. A nose of black cherry, cola, and a little bit of bitter chocolate. The entry was very rounded for such a young wine. Some Cola and herb in the middle. Finished with some very youthful dusty and stiff tannins, but I guess I should expect this with a wine of such youth. I wasn't really getting the classic Rutherford dust...I think 'the dust' was just some chalky tannin. I think this one would have been better with a two-hour decant, but no one was interested in waiting that long. This bottle was gone pretty fast! I think this will be better in one to two years, 9.5 to 9.6 without thinking twice. Thank you Weston! — 2 days ago

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Hoping to get mine soon!

Hope & Grace

Cuvée Amor Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

David T

Tastes a lot like a Hendricks Cabernet juice that wasn’t made in 2008. Mmmm...wonder where that Hendricks juice went? On the nose; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, dark chocolate covered cherries, caramel, milk chocolate, cinnamon, light clove, vanilla, anise, leather, older tobacco leaf, black licorice, spice, rubber toy (VA) with dark dry florals & old violets. The body is full. It’s lush, ruby, ripe & graceful on the palate. Tannins are 60% resolved. The tension, structure, length are still bold. The balance is perfect bass & terrible. Fruits are ripe & slightly baked. Dark currants/ cassis, blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, black plum, blue fruits, strawberries pull up the rear, dark chocolate covered cherries, caramel, milk chocolate, mocha, cinnamon, light clove, vanilla, anise, leather, older tobacco leaf, black licorice, spice that intensities in flavor & heat, dry crushed rocks, dark, rich, moist soil, bay leaf, eucalyptus, rubber toy, slight tarry notes with dark dry florals & old violets. The acidity is round & dripping. The long, rich, ruby, ripe, elegant, well balanced finish lasts & lasts. It’s tastes a lot like Hendricks Cabernet without the spend. Drinking beautifully with 7-10 ahead. This 08 would likely finish higher in a blind tasting over many much higher priced cult Napa Cabernets. WOTN! Photos of, their tasting room in the center of the town of Yountville and the Winemaker for Hope & Grace and his private label “Hendricks”, Charles Hendricks. — 10 days ago

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Kim Stanbro

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My favorite tasting room art is the little girl having a tantrum.
David T

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They definitely have great artwork. The artist they use will do your portrait for only 30k. 😁

St. Clement Vineyards

Oroppas Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This historic winery was purchased by Beringer in 1999 and also owns Meridian, Chateau St. Jean, Napa Ridge, Chateau Souverain and Stags' Leap Winery. A blend of Cab from several top Napa vineyards, aged separately for 19 months then adding a bit of Cab Franc to the final mix. Complex aromas of dark red and black fruits with sweet spice scents. On the palate black cherry and red plum flavors with leather, cacao and coffee, well balanced. Firm soft tannins, lingering finish ending with fruit and oak. Nice! — 3 days ago

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Venge Vineyards

Silencieux Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

I’ve seen @Ron R and others post this so many times with such praise, I had to try it. Such a great wine! Deep burgundy in the glass, this fruit-forward wine hits you with massive black fruit, sweet oak, hints of clove. Pop and pour, crowd pleasing goodness. Why did I wait so long to get this??? This may be the best sub-$50 wine I’ve had. Curious how this compares to prior vintages - anyone who’s tried the ‘15 as well as prior vintages please share! — 3 days ago

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Bender you kill me@Bill Bender
Martin G Rivard

Martin G Rivard

I think his Bone Ash is even better
Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher

Bone ash is better, but $85.-90.00 dollars which is still a great price for that wine. It rivals Bevans & Realms $100.00 Bottles

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Artemis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

This wine opened up with what seemed like a cherry Vanilla Coke aroma. This may be off because the wine was a little warmer than what I like and I am not sure what effect that may have had on the aroma. We actually asked for a wine chiller to cool it down a bit before we drank. It is a Florida thing because of the heat. Drank pretty nicely with cherry and a slight licorice finish. It was rather smooth and should be a nice restaurant go to in the next few years. #stagsleapwinecellars #artemis #napavalley #cabernetsaugvinon #AtlanticBeach #Ocean60 — 8 days ago

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

This is a wine where you buy one because your first impression is...."?"..... and after opening it, you realize that you should have bought a case. I honestly think this wine is JUST starting to show what it has. Served from Coravin, the youth on this wine is astounding. It has a traditional Calistoga nose IMO (that hot, meaty yet somewhat tantalizing ripe black cherry and blackberry). Entry is thick, a little darker, but probably still tasting the way it did at release unless it was even MORE astringent at release. This wine then gets down to business, and finishes with an almost youthful, chalky youthful ripe blackberry, black pepper, cedar sweetness with a stiff tannic finish and acidity that makes it go for miles. If you have this in your cellar (especially the larger format), I would be in NO RUSH to drink it.....still under construction here, but still drinking VERY well if you choose to enjoy! — 7 days ago

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Ya, that label throws me for a loop. Glad to hear it tasted better than the label looked!
Mark Flesher

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@Shay A I think the picture for the label was drawn by one of the owners' fathers. And I think even to this day nobody knows who she was, hence the name. Pretty interesting, and a really good wine, but I don't think they are in operation anymore.


Bad label choice. No one wants that on the dinner table. Glad to hear good showing!

Caymus Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Celebrated 40th anniversary of Caymus in 2012, built by Charlie Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son, Chuck. In 1975, they produced their first Special Selection Cab, which remains the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator's"Wine of the Year" (1984 and 1990 vintage). Sweet and rich, big ripe fruit, smoky oak, pepper spice with cacao and leather, super soft tannins, lingering on a well balanced finish ending with mineral notes. Wow!!! Easy drinking! Went well with USDA prime strip steak. — 2 days ago

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Vice Versa

Le Petit Vice Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Another amazing QPR, this drinks well above its price point. Incredibly balanced, flavors of cassis, plums and cherries are pronounced, vanilla, chocolate and some earth on the midpalate. Long finish. soft tannins and bright acidity create a great texture. I popped and poured but would suggest giving this a short decant to help it open. I’ve never had any of their single vineyards but imagine they would be amazing given the quality of this wine which is their entry/2nd wine! — 3 days ago

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leon egozi

leon egozi

75 for this wine - nice price for Napa. Patrice makes amazing wine. His higher end stuff is pricey but oh so good
David From The 504

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Going to grab a bottle of this !
leon egozi

leon egozi

Highly recommended.
Btw we r heading to nola in april- lets get some drinks