Oakville, Napa Valley

Plumpjack

Estate Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Shay A
9.3

November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!

Yes, I had to do a double take when I saw the vintage...2017! And it’s drinking like it’s open for business. Similar to the Moone-Tsai it was next to, but everything turned up to 11. Aromatics of triple fudge dipped blueberries and blackberries. Currant and Mexican vanilla too. On the palate, dense and rich. An absolute flavor bomb of baked plums, cinnamon, espresso beans and nutmeg. Maybe this is in a youthful just released phase before shutting down to gain some complexity...
— 2 days ago

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Ron R

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I love the Plumpjack tasting room in Napa. Simple, understated and warm. But in my mind, the cabs are over-priced, by a huge margin. That’s why you rarely see em on my feed any more...
Shay A

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@Ron R : I can agree to that. Haven’t been to their tasting room, but when I visited Odette earlier this year, they poured Cade and Plumpjack (sister wineries). Prefer Odette by far, and same price point. Give it a whirl.

Maybach Family Vineyards

Materium Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Its going to be a long day for the Cowboys, so might as well have nice bottle to make up for it.
I didn’t like the 2010 on release, I was one & done. But
@David L convinced me to give it another try. Time really helped this vintage👍🏼
— 11 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

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Picked up a vertical, 08,09 & 10 for release price on auction.
David L

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Drink all three of them up. Not getting any better. Good stuff. 
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

I’ve got mags of every vintage except 2007 & 2010
Trying to complete a vertical of 04-16 of mags

Detert Family Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2004

Outstanding Cabernet Franc. Beautiful, elegant, and perfectly balanced. — 6 days ago

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Gargiulo Vineyards

G Major 7 Study 575 OVX Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2011

Having 3 of these I figured it would be a nice time to see how this one is doing. Well, I think that this one has probably reached the very front of the optimal drinking window. Took about 15 minutes of air. The nose was red fruit, mint, red licorice, raspberry and oak. Lossa lossa oak. Entry is a little acidic, minty, flinty, red fruit dominant. Middle of this wine tones down a bit and really finds a nice little groove. Finishes with a lot of astringency (say what?) for a 2011. Structure is what. Quality is what. And I think this one has the power to go another 15 years and be juuuust fine, which I'm not sure I could say about many 2011's from the Napa floor. Drink with 30 minute decant or hold for another 5-10 years. — 6 days ago

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Love this 2011. One of the better ‘11 wines I’ve had.

Vine Hill Ranch

VHR Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Thanksgiving & Weekend Wines...
Magnum. Great wine! Kudos Owner/Farmer Bruce Phillips & Winemaker Françoise Peschon. Cheers 🍇🍷👍🏻👏🏻
— 2 days ago

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Carter Cellars

The Grand Daddy Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Thanksgiving & Weekend Wines...
Great wine! Kudos
@Mike Smith ;
Cheers 🍇🍷👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— 2 days ago

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Groth Vineyards & Winery

Reserve Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Big and juicy, as expected. A bit hot. Not my style but the table liked it. — 4 hours ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Deep Ruby with youthful aromas of blue and black fruits with sweet spice and slight mineral character. The wine is a blend of 86% Cab Sauv, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec & 2% Cab Franc from their estate-owned Napa Valley vineyards, aged 18 months in French (62%) & American oak (38%) (48% new). On the palate complex flavors, blackberry, plums and ripe cherry with sweet spice, oak and eucalyptus notes. Well balanced with good acidity and tannins still developing. Full-bodied, long finish ending with cacao and wood spice. Delightful! Tasting Sample! — 5 days ago

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Gargiulo Vineyards

Aprile Super Oakville Blend Sangiovese Blend 2014

Has been 2.5 years since I've visited this one. Still a lot of youthful qualities to it. Still almost a bracing acidity up front but the fruit profile shines through. Tart cherry blossoms, raspberry cola, dirty red flower. Middle of this one kind of gains a tangerine rind and a tart cherry finish. Went exceptionally well with pork chops but not so much the salad with the cider vinegar dressing. Solid 92 though. I don't think this one is at the top of the hill yet but it's not far away. I'd wait another year IMO. — 12 days ago

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Bevan Cellars

Harbison Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

2nd best 11 I’ve had . Next to the 11 Schrader To-Kalon . 11’ Bevan Harrison. Close to a PnP. Needs to open up in the glass for 20-30 minutes. Blueberries, abundance of black fruit, licorice, leathery notes, light acidity. Fantastic 11’. — 14 days ago

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Paul T- Huntington Beach

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Shafer Hillside is another great 2011
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach I’ve had it before. Unfortunately it was right beside the 2010. I’ll have to revisit.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Yeah that’s a different story, good on its own, almost pop & pour compared to other vintages. But its still $200.00 and up