Napa Wine Company

Zakin Family Estate

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 Zakin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolutely brilliant wine that was sourced from the Zakin’s southwest facing property on Howell Mountain, situated between 1,250 and 1,450 feet. The vineyard consists of three unique blocks: The Pool Block, The Upper Vineyard, and the Back Blocks, which are managed by Jim Barbour. The wine itself is simply fantastic, as it slowly begins to unwind in the glass it releases stunning aromas ripe cherries, red/dark currants, intense florals and dried spices which are underlined by a light cedar note and a lovely mineral character of crushed stones and hints of graphite dust. On the palate this medium to full-bodied red shows wonderful elegance and vibrancy, with a bright core of beautifully ripe red and dark currants, fresh florals and minerals that are framed by gorgeous velvety tannins. It continues to impress with its remarkable structure, as it all comes together seamlessly with wonderful focus and balance leading up to the precise finish that displays tremendous length. The Zakin’s along with winemaker Philip Melka and his team have crafted an utterly captivating wine, which was built to age and should continue to evolve marvelously for many years to come. — 3 days ago

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Brand new to me. Thanks for the heads up.
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@Shay A — a great age-worthy Cabernet to tuck a way for a while!
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@Shay A one wine and small production. The vineyard is located near; Dana Estate’s Lotus Vineyard, Cakebread’s Dancing Bear Ranch and growers that sell their fruit to Lokoya. Philippe Melka overseas the winemaking but, not day to day processes.

Charles Krug

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Excellent... But it's interesting to compare this to #1 tonight--- Faust..both 2016 Napa cabs. Faust was $52, Krug $29. So what's the difference? A lot, you be the judge if it's worth 23 bucks. Take the Faust, and remove the blackberry, leaving a greenish-pine alcohol warmed bouquet. Take the spherical mouth of Faust and shave it such that you have angular, sharp edges. Then Krug ends with a dryer, perfumed drying tannins.

So, this is an excellent wine, about 1.5 points below the Faust. So make your own calculation, but to me, I'd spend the money for the upgrade.

91 points
— 2 days ago

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Jeff Venier

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It’s a nice balanced Napa cab...

Matthew Wallace Wines

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Really big wine. Perfumed blackberry and licorice rolling out of the bottle. Good acidity on the front with blackberry, graphite, roasted character. Dense and powerful middle. Finishes with toasted cedar tannin and black pepper. I think quite honestly that this one was opened too soon, so the other will sit for a long while. I might have actually guessed this one was a Shiraz or Syrah if served blind. This has the structure and depth to last another 15 years. One of the most powerful and yet gorgeously balanced 2014s I've had to date. — 4 days ago

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I’ve enjoyed this wine any time I’ve had it.

The Prisoner Wine Company

Cuttings California Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Blend of 80% Cab Sauv & a 20% Blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, & Zinfandel. Deep Ruby with purple edges. Aromas of dark blue and black fruits and complex spice, comes from the Sirah/Syrah/Zin blend. On the palate flavors of blackberry and blueberry currants with vanilla, oak, cacao and leather. Firm tannins, long finish ending with a spicy oak character. Let this age a bit. — 13 days ago

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Seavey Vineyard

Caravina Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

And they call this their “second” wine. After McHenry in Santa Cruz, Seavey was an absolute show stopper for me on our recent trip to wine country. We had the opportunity to try five different wines with three bonus pours from recent and library wines and I tell you: All 👏🏼 eight 👏🏼 were 👏🏼 bangers 👏🏼. From their Chardonnay (which was sprung on us the moment we arrived, was acid driven and had the most delightful spine of minerals that I could have sworn it was GC Chablis), to their Rosé (which is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend and bends what’s possible with the genre) to their Founder’s Reserve (which didn’t present much in the value dept. but was a killer wine nevertheless). Anyway, this 2005 Caravina is positively singing right now. Opulent amounts of plums, cassis, brambles, and sweet tobacco with secondary characteristics juuuuust starting to make their appearance: leather, truffle, and forest floor. Moderate acid. Firm tannins still! What a a sort of masculine way. America! — 6 days ago

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Realm Cellars

The Bard Red Wine 2016

David T

This fairly shutdown at this point. It better futures lies ahead 10 years from now. The fruits are; ripe, lush and ruby. Dry powdery tannins. Blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum skin, dark chocolate, coco powder, touch of mint, baking spices galore, soft, shuttle earthiness with purple florals. — 5 days ago

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Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2016

I’d been warned this was going to be an oak bomb and...nope. There’s oak but it isn’t, say, Guigal levels. And if there were a human oak detector equivalent of, well, bomb-sniffing dogs, that’s me. There are pleasant vanilla things going on with this. It tastes like expensive winemaking—focused voluptuous tannins, ripe fruit in a myriad of colors, earth that certain was trod by royalty and CEOs and...this is luxurious cab franc I would not know was in fact cab f I care? Not right now, no. I’m enjoying my wine that is not an oak bomb. It simply is bomb. — 3 days ago

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Fine description Ellen 👍


Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1984

I served this one blind to and a half dozen people or so, this wine had lots of guesses that it was an aged Brunello, one Barolo, one straight Sangiovese. Then the last guess? @Benjamin Keator .. "84 or 85 Napa Cab... Should have been opened 10 years ago." .... Mkkaaay, nailed it! However, I don't necessarily agree with the 10 years ago statement. Opened up a 76 not too long ago and it was surprisingly vibrant. This one seemed not as vibrant, but color was still surprisingly dark, crimson. The nose of this wine had more aged character than the palate. Nose of mostly aged raspberry and black cherry, hint of mushroom, hint of bacon fat. Palate with iodine, aged blackberry and black cherry, a little bit herbaceous. Actually finished with a little more weight than I expected. The heyday of this one was probably 20 years ago, and this one is definitely on the downward trend. Still, a great history lesson! — 5 days ago

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Some Napa history! 35yrs old and hanging in there. Served blind. I called this older Brunello. Pleasantly surprised by the amount of tart red fruit, though it’s dominated by earth/age notes. Mushroom, herbal spice, older potpourri, bay leaf and a finish with old blackberries. I believe this was made by @Cathy Corison ?

Orin Swift

Papillon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Pop & pour. Love the nose: Christmas baking spices, figs, raisins, mulled cider, plums, anise and clove. The palate is a bit flabby, the bodily structure needing more time to develop in the bottle. Even now a good decant is in order to assist in the opening process as it’s muted now. Not to mention it’s a complete bomb at 15.1% ABV.

Edit: 92+. After approximately 40 minutes in the decanter and 30 minutes in the glass this wine lost the flabby baggage that was readily apparent shortly after opening and slowly began to take shape, thus revealing a more collected & rounded out wine that everyone eventually enjoyed, even my wife, who has not enjoyed this selection in the past.
— 4 days ago

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I think I have a mag of this vintage... 😏
Ryan Vento

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@Ron R Definitely got better as the evening went on; the evolution in the glass eventually redeemed it. I need to adjust my review to reflect this.

Trinchero Family Estates

Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

30 minute decant, which was perfect. Quite possibly one of the best noses I’ve ever experienced from a Napa Cab!! This wine was very much like the ‘05 French Bordeaux’s I’ve been drinking. Purple color. Cherry fruit dominated by smoke, earth, and cedar. Tons of character and silky smooth. I truly believe these Napa Cabs need a lot of aging as is evident by this wine. Can’t remember why I stopped buying Trinchero, but I’m back! Truly enjoyed this! — 4 days ago

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