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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, light alcohol, graphite, earth, leather, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums black currants, stewed cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn and dark chocolate.

Long finish with fine, yet firm, tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very tasty Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Spicy and elegant.

Good by itself or with food. A nice sipping wine.

Still young and needs another 5 years in the bottle to mature properly. Needs a couple of hours to open up, so give it some time.

This has a good potential to get to 94+ points, but not right now. However it is already enjoyable even by itself.

If you like a big, yet restraint red, this one is for you.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 99.35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.5% Petit Verdot and 0.15% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 25 months in 100% new French Oak barrels. A small production of only 103 cases.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 5 days ago

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Revana Family Vineyard

St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Loved this! 10 years in and it’s like liquid velvet. Fruit is dark cherry, cassis with a brambly undertone. Took a couple hours to show its stuff but a pure pleaser! Yum!🍷 — 13 days ago

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St. Helena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Better on the second day. Classic TRB wine. — 3 days ago

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St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Unlike many other 13s this is ready to go. 1 hr decant and it’s singing. Gorgeous nose. Toasty oak, crushed red currants, and green herbs waft up. Plush and bright, with red fruit, some blue fruit, dusty earth, rocks. Finishes with dark cherry cordial. — 10 days ago

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@Joe Lucca Cheers to you both!
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@Dawn E. Thanks! Cheers to you as well
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@Joe Lucca Tried posting this the other night. Something happen with delectable. Give it the same score you did. It’s ready to go. The best vintage I’ve had from them. IMO

Seven Stones Winery (USA)

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

This is really coming along nicely. It has shredded it’s harsh tannins and has blossomed into a beauty. Blackberry is the predominant berry fruit, with a hint of plums. Cocoa, espresso, and a nice dusty note. Very good. — 14 days ago

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Small Lot St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

A very tasty Cabernet sauvignon from Napa. Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, light vegetables and mocha.

Full bodied and well balanced.

Dry and very fruity on the palate. Delicious, spicy and tasty.

Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch.

Still young and needs 5 to 10 years of bottle age to mature and show its potential, but already very yummy.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 22 days ago

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Robert Biale Vineyards

Old Crane Ranch Zinfandel 2005

Just concluded our annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again. Notes are somewhat brief, as my focus is relaxing and watching the Common Loons swimming and diving in the cove in front of our camp.

Nose has blackberry, boysenberry, ripe red cherry, dried raspberry, new leather, cedar shavings, blueberry skin and dry earth.
Palate has blackberry jam on old leather, dried black cherry, moist-loamy soil with sweet red pepper on the forever finish. Still showing tannins after a 4+ hour decant, this bottle could hold until a 20th birthday without concern, no color fade whatsoever.
One of the older bottles to Biale zinfandel to be coveted in our cellar, last bottle, of course.
— 18 days ago

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Habit Wine Company

Jurassic Park Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2016

I’ve had Jurassic Park Chenin from a handful of producers and I really like Jeff Fischer’s version. It’s dry Chenin in the shadow of, maybe, Huet dry Chenin. Creamy and acidic, fruity, floral, and spiced. Peaches, white flowers, and baking spices upfront. It picks up body from the lees and some time in oak. — 18 hours ago

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J. Wilkes

Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2017

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Lemon peel, tangerine, flowers and chamomile all grace the exquisite, creamy, vivid 2017 Chardonnay from J. Wilkes. Beautifully layered yet also light on its feet, with tons of Santa Maria character, the 2017 is a winner. Best of all, this absolutely delicious Chardonnay is a remarkable value. $22.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2019) — 9 days ago

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Q Katherine's Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2017

Nice 2017 @Ron R
A refreshing Chardonnay, pop & pour, not complex nor overly sweet.
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— 5 days ago

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@Paul T- Huntington Beach, what did you pay for this? The M Bar is super!!!