Ruby Cabernet


Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a tasty one from Mount Veeder.

Deep ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, dark coffee, oak, spices, pencil lead, vanilla, tobacco, licorice, earth, light herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, coffee, vanilla, spices, cola, licorice, mint, black pepper, bitter herbs, vegetables and earth.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins, cranberries and peppercorn.

This young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is starting to drink nicely now, although it needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Showing nice complexity, elegant and spicy, with lots of earth notes.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime.

Smooth, elegant and tangy. Feels like a young Bordeaux, and will age nicely in the next 10 years.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a Brie cheese and crackers.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged for 30 months in French oak barrels (50% new). A tiny production of only 125 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 14 hours ago

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Louis M. Martini

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Deep Ruby with aromas of dark fruits, espresso and sweet floral notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry, strawberry and ripe black cherry with notes of cacao, vanilla and dried herbs. Fine rich tannins, long finish ending with fruit, spice and earthy mineral notes. Tried twice! — a day ago

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Silver Oak

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Blend of 79% Cab Sauv, 15% Merlot, 3% Cab Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, deep Ruby, concentrated aromas, ripe black fruit, cedar, subtle nutty spice & creamy chocolate. On the palate flavors of plum, blackcherry & dried blackberry, with oak, cacao and herb vanilla. Tannins are firm and persistent on a long elegant finish ending with fruit, cacao, vanilla & mineral tang. Drinks well now, a powerhouse, & will continue to develop over the next 15-20 years! Outstanding! Tasting Sample! — 10 days ago

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Beaulieu Vineyard

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Blend of 84% Cab Sauv, 4% Syrah, 4% Petite Sirah, 3% Merlot, 2% Touriga Nacional, 2% Cab Franc and 1% Charbono. Deep Ruby with aromas of ripe berry fruit, cedar and floral spice. 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 oak, herb and mineral notes. Nice! — 4 days ago

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Beaulieu Vineyard

Private Reserve Georges de Latour Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short brick rim. Not showing age at all.

Strong nose of of blackberries, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, coffee, Indian spices, peppercorn, tobacco and dark chocolates.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, earth and licorice.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a gorgeous 15 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from the great 2007 vintage. Opulent, spicy and elegant. Rich and extracted.

Showing great complexity and a gorgeous mouthfeel. Well balanced and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle, but oh so much better after 3 hours of airtime. Please be patient, it is so worth it.

Has a teeth staining color, so not a good choice for a first date. You're welcome 😊

Still shows so much fruit, and
has 10 to 15 years in it. This is fantastic and delicious.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a beautiful piece of steak.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

— 11 days ago

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The Debate Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


Dark ruby, almost Inky in color, with a short reddish rim. Not showing age at all.

On the nose blackberries, cherry pie, figs, raisins, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus, spices, chocolates and coffee.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, tobacco, vanilla, raisins, dried fruits, chocolates, mocha, coke, earth, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 12 year Napa Cabernet is delicious now. Showing good structure with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Fruit forward, rich and extracted. In your face kind of wine, which I liked. Peaking now.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the tannins.

Robert Parker 90 points.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with a big piece of steak.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

— 18 days ago

Scott McNamara
with Scott
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Robert Craig Winery

Affinity Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Opened another bottle, aging nicely. A blend of 76% Cab Sauv, 8% Cab Franc, 7% Merlot, 5% Malbec & 4% Petit Verdot, 18 months in 60% new French oak, deep Ruby, purple edges, with aromas of berry fruit, sweet herb and earthy spice. On the palate flavors of cherry, ripe blackberry and currants with notes of cacao and sweet herbs. Long finish, grippy ripe tannins ending with graphite and earthy mineral. Drink now & over next few years, I still have a few bottles in cellar! — a day ago

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Neal Family Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Grapes sourced from Howell Mountain Estate and Rutherford Dust Estate vineyards, aged in French oak, 60% new. Deep Ruby, with rich and complex aromas, full of berry, currant, spice and cedar notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry and cherry with notes of pepper, smoke and earthy herbs. Soft smooth tannins, long finish ending with a fruit and smoky cedar character. Good now and has room to age. — 3 days ago

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Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Blend of 94.6% Cab Sauv, 4% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot, 0.4% Malbec & 0.5% Cab Franc aged for 24 mos in 50% new & 50% once-used American oak. Deep Ruby, aromas of black fruit, sweet cacao & complex spice. On the palate flavors of rich ripe juicy blackberry and cherry with oak, herb and vanilla notes. Nicely integrated firm, graceful fine tannins, long finish, displays primary fruits on ending, starting to develop some secondary aging, very nice. Excellent, Consistent quality, will age well! — 10 days ago

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Clos Erasmus

Laurel Priorat Garnacha Blend 2019

Over the last 10 years or so, I’ve sort of avoided the wines from Priorat. Not for any ideological reasons, more so I simply found the wines too often over the top for my palate. However, after years of skipping offers, I bit the bullet a couple years ago and swooped up a couple bottles of Laurel which is a wine made by Clos i Terrasses (most famously known for Clos Erasmus). I’m so glad I did. What I discovered was a wine of tremendous character and beauty.

The 2019 version of this wine is no different. It pours an almost magenta red ruby with a translucent core and moderate staining of the tears. On the nose, raspberries, plums, purple flowers, dried herbs, organic soil, limestone. There’s abundant fruit but it comes across super fresh, not jammy. There is also the faintest whiff of pyrazines. On the palate, the wine is dry, medium bodied and confirming the complex fruit set and non-fruit characteristics. Medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. Such a fresh, youthful and gorgeous wine. For those that are wondering, Laurel is aged in a combination of neutral oak, concrete egg and amphora.
— 5 days ago

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