It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a great Napa Cabernet.
Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Pronounced nose of red cherries, vanilla, blueberries, light oak, dust, tobacco, light vegetables, graphites, alcohol, spices, herbs, leather, earth and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, cloves, vanilla, wood, earth, leather, coke, tobacco leaf, bitter vegetables, herbs and black pepper.
Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a very nice Cabernet based Bordeaux blend. Showing nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel. A wine that keeps changing as it opens up, which is always enjoyable.
Feels more like a new world bold Pinot Noir. Very unique.
Good by itself or with food. Still young and needs another 5 years to mature. Has good potential to be a 92+ point wine.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show some tannins. After 2.5 hours, it changes again, and the new world Cabernet shows up. Definitely still young. I've had the 2013 not too long ago and loved it.
I paired it with Brie cheese and roasted almonds.
A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit verdot, 3% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 26 months in French Oak barrels.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$90. — 7 days ago
A Conn Creek neighbor for this particular vineyard.
Nose has cherry/plum liquor, dried citrus rind, charred oak, rain-soaked soil, spring green herbs, mocha-coffee and toasted graham cracker.
Palate has cedar-infused black currant, plum skin, earthy and dirty wet leather and mild tannins.
Paired with a wonderfully grilled t-bone tonight.
This bottle easily has several years to go, enjoyed in it's youth tonight for sure. Future bottles can be 2020-2023 without concern.
For me, this wine is reminiscent of many 90's vintages of Sterling (SVR) wines that we have enjoyed over the years, minty cigar box, just wonderful. — 6 days ago
Nice to try a library wine from their line up and this didn’t disappoint.
The nose shows; black currants, blackberries, black raspberries, dark plum, raspberries, strawberries, expresso roast, dark rich soils, crushed granitic soils, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, leather, a touch of smoke, sweet tarriness and bright red & dark florals.
The body is medium full. The tannins are cocoa, dry, tarry, meaty & sticky. The fruits brightly fresh juicy and bright. Black currants, blackberries, black raspberries, dark plum, raspberries, strawberries, expresso roast, dark rich soils, crushed granitic soils, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, leather, a touch of smoke, sweet tarriness and bright red & dark florals. The acidy is beautiful and the finish is delicious and well balanced. Nice Cabernet.
Photos of; Kanonkop tasting bar & room, bronze statue in their tasting room, old style canon that appears on their label and the mountain as viewed from their courtyard.
— 10 days ago
My first O’Shaughnessy and first Napa Cabernet in over a month. Thought it would be good to make my first O’Shaughessy a well aged Premiere Napa Valley Cabernet. Five cases produced.
The nose shows; ripe, deep; blackberries, black plum skin, black raspberries, dark cherries, blue & purple fruit mix with some poached strawberries & raspberries on the edges of the glass. Softly layered baking spices; cinnamon, light clove & vanilla. Medium intensity, softened dark spice, dark chocolate bar, cocoa powder notes, anise, tobacco, leather, steeped black tea, dry crush rocks, limestone, light herbaceous notes, dry underbrush with blue & dark florals, lavender & violets.
The body is full. Tannins 75% resolved, soft, round & velvety. The structure, tension, length and balance have hit its high point and perhaps just over the top of the bell curve. The fruits are ripe and really beautiful. There is layered segment where you get just a slight touch of Welches grape juice. Blackberries, black plum skin, black raspberries, dark cherries, blue & purple fruit mix with some poached strawberries, pomegranate & raspberries on the edges of the glass that shine more brightly on the palate. Nicely layered baking spices; cinnamon, light clove & vanilla. Raspberry cola, medium intensity, softened but, more palate pronounced dark spice with some light heat, dark chocolate bar, cocoa powder notes, anise, tobacco, leather, slight hints of smokey grilled meats, steeped black tea, dry crush rocks, limestone, gritty penetrating volcanic minerals, dark, dry earth, light herbaceous notes, dry underbrush with blue & dark florals, lavender & violets. The acidity is like a gentle rain shower. The finish is well balanced fruit & earth, well integrated, ruby, elegant with polish and length for days.
Photos of, the signed bottle by President & Winemaker-Sean Capiaux, President/Winemaker- Sean Capiaux, O’Shaughnessy Winery and Owners-Betty O’Shaughnessy Woolls and Paul Woolls. — 6 days ago
Lemon in color with a light golden tint.
Fruity nose with lemons, citrus, light oak, vanilla, spices, yellow pears, red apples, sea salt and spices.
Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter herbs, spices, earth, green vegetables, light wood and black pepper.
Medium finish with limes and bitter almonds.
This Single Vineyard, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing with nice balance. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.
A good wine to have by itself or with food. Good for the pool too.
Needs 20 minutes to open up properly and better when properly chilled.
I had it by the pool with light appetizers.
13.4% alcohol by volume.
$25. — 5 days ago
To celebrate 15,000 followers on Instagram, here's a beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.
Extremely fruity on the nose with blackberries, blueberries, raisins, figs, vanilla, cedar, toast, graphites, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, smoke, chocolates, mocha, coke and coffee.
Full bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cherry pie, raisins, vanilla, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, spices, earth, mocha and dark roast coffee.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a wonderful Napa Cabernet. Still young, but drinking very nicely now, with lots of fruits and nice complexity.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours). After 3 hours, big tannins come in.
This should lay down for another 10 years, to be appreciated even more. At this point it might be too fruity for some. Aging it for 7 to 10 years will do the trick.
I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.
Drunk from a 1 liter bottle.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$80. — 11 days ago
Wow!!! All I have to say is it is worth every penny!!!!The perfect opaque patina against the glass. The bouquet is exquisite. Lavendar and black licorice. The initial palate is delivering explosions of blackberry , dark currant, and black cherry. Just like the color of the wine. And my senses are going wild. Sight, smell, taste : this is a true indulgence. This is what I love about the St Helena area of California. In the middle comes the chocolate and the graphite soil not to mention tobacco and the sensation of brown moss on a giant oak. You can almost crunch this wine in your mouth. The finish is pure butter with a tingle on the tip of my tongue that makes me crazy for more. If you’re tired of the same old same old wine like I am, you must splurge for this amazing 2016, yes I said 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Boich family cellars. I promise it is worth every penny and you will not be disappointed. No, I have no affiliation with the winery but boy I wish I did! MASTERPIECE! Great job Boich family!!! I’m coming to California to visit your winery! — 4 days ago
After our Cellar tasting we took some of the tasting room wines and went up to Anthony & Olive’s house for lunch. It was a pleasure to finally meet Olive. She is a; sweetheart, a great host and amazing cook. This was the best meal we had in the trip.
We started off with some freshly baked focaccia bread and this Sauvignon Blanc that again was my favorite on the trip.
It’s pleasant to drink. Beautiful citrus and tropicals, excellent gentle minerality, no grassy notes, green bean or NZ style cat pee. Just great body, structure, fruit, gentle minerality, perfect acidity and nicely polished finish. Nothing out of balance or overdone. For those that say they don’t like Sauvignon Blanc (they’re out there, I’ve met them) this bottling might change your mind.
Photos of; the view from Anthony & Olive’s terrace back onto their property, Anthony & I in deep wine discussion (what a pleasure to get to know and an amazing treasure trove of South African wine knowledge), the view from their dining room looking out to their terrace and one of the vineyards. — 6 days ago
From Magnum. Had been decanted for about an hour and s half. Quite stinky which largely blew off to reveal leafy herbaceous characters with mint. Just medium bodied but such good balance and harmony. At that stage of just “damn good claret “ with nothing in particular standing out. A few years ago it was stunning and more powerful. Jancis Robinson still scores on the old 20 points score and gave this wine 19 points, a score generally reserved for 1st Growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundy. Great wine but time to drink it. — 4 days ago