Chateau Ste. Michelle

Indian Wells Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great Cabernet from Washington State.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, figs, light oak, vanilla, spices, licorice, pencil lead, black pepper, dark chocolates, dark coffee, earth and leather.

Medium to full-bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and long long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, herbs, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, dark chocolates and pencil lead.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet from Columbia Valley. Nicely balanced with great complexity and mouthfeel. Smooth, elegant and very tasty. This 4 year old is peaking now.

This is not an expensive wine, but with proper short term aging, it drinks wonderfully. Worth giving it a try.

Good right out of the bottle and so much better after 2 hours in a decanter.

I paired it with cheeses, nuts, dried fruits and light appetizers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

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McGah Family Cellars

Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Nice wine but wow this one doesn't seem to have six years of age on it. This wine is thick, dense. The nose is blackberry and spice. Entry is sweet, blackberry, iodine, red clay. Middle is spice, black licorice, again sweeter fruit with perhaps a sweet blueberry(?). Finish is toasted cedar tannin and a lot of pepper. The sweeter notes of this wine give it a more youthful profile. But I wouldn't say that it really contributes positively. Didn't get much of the classic Rutherford dust on this one. If I was served this blind, I would have guessed this was mountain fruit. Still QUITE a nice wine. โ€” 5 days ago

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I love this wine!

Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 1990

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Wonderful evening at the City Club courtesy of Jeffโ€™s hosting at the Friday group. Cellar guessing Jeff is a dangerous game as heโ€™s the type who plans to throw curveballs! All wines served blind.

Ageless. Based on color, I immediately thought Napa but the palate had me second guessing. Some rose petal, spice and tart cherry. Cedar. This tastes so much younger than the โ€˜88 I opened a few months back. Wonderful wines.
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Great wine

Domaine Michaud

Eclat de Silex Vieilles Vignes de Sauvignon Touraine Chenonceaux

Really like this - nice minerality and fruit. We bought this at a little wine shop in Paris (after trying it there and liking it!) on our last day and took it home. Great value. โ€” 5 days ago

Venge Vineyards

Silencieux Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

2014-2016 flight. The 2014 is the most classic cab style (less fruit, more structure) and the tannins have mellowed a lot over the last couple years. Drinking great. The 2015 is the most boisterous in terms of big sweet fruit, acid, tannins. It's a little rough around the edges right now but so good. 2016 is a blend of the two. It's refined but shows the generosity of fruit in the 2016 vintage (loving this vintage!). Reminds me of the bard with a little bubble gum action on opening. Drinks well above its price point. It's lush and dark and has all the components. Superb. Glad we got this. 94+. Pushing 95 โ€” 2 days ago

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@Jason Oliver was able to find one bottle of the 2015...think I will hang on to it for awhile!
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@Dawn Emory no worries if u open it now! It's still very approachable

Gargiulo Vineyards

Estate Vineyard Money Road Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This one is singing. Consumed about 20% of it on the first night. The other 80% is going down very rapidly today, and this one is definitely ready to go. Deep dark blackberry, medium to full-bodied front and middle. Almost a black tar, fig, hint of plum. In the middle of this one is where the spice starts. Gets more peppery towards the finish. Draws more of a black cherry and thyme towards the finish. This wine is incredibly balanced, and was quite enjoyable. โ€” a day ago

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Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Herbaceous and farmy with sulfuric undertones on the nose. An interesting sauv to come out of Marlborough, in light of the late grassiness in the nose characteristics that evolves into green bell pepper. Lime hits the palate back in the upper throat. Strikingly clean crisp tart yet creamy foamy oceanic wave of lime. Saltiness akin to margaritas yet I'm suddenly craving yellowtail sashimi after a day of surfing, even though I don't surf! Lengthy and intense, this is a foody's sushi wine on a beach day! โ€” 7 days ago

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The Paint of Moonlight Pelkan Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix. This time it's a delightful Cabernet from Sonoma County.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose with blackberries, blackcurrants, plums, cherries, light vanilla, eucalyptus, earth, licorice, mint, cloves, spices, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, leather, chocolates and earth.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon from knights Valley in Sonoma County. Well balanced with nice complexity and a very soft and smooth mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. Fruit forward, spicy and elegant. This is a good wine to sip on by the porch.

Needs an hour to open up properly and balance itself out.
At this point the high alcohol is not noticeable, which is always nice.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet is very approachable now, and will be good in the next 10 years.

I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

Aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

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Chateau Montelena

The Montelena Estate Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

WOW. I think this one has improved from the last 1-2 years that I've tried this wine. Has integrated nicely. Served alongside a 2012 Spoto Wines Cab Sauv Private Reserve, this wine is definitely showing a nice balanced profile of aged fruit on the front, a little pepper on the finish, but JUST now starting to show some black berry and spice and dancing all over the place. Really impressed with this wine. If Shay was here, he would be able to focus down on exactly what was here. But, needless to say this wine continues to evolve and is good to go for another 10 years. โ€” 2 days ago

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Long Meadow Ranch

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Very very good cab. In this last month of observation Iโ€™ve tasted too many not-mentionable cabs. This guy is solid. The acids are strong (solid plus point with me!) and the tannins oh so smooth (albeit me personally might like more but I am NOT the zeitgeist). The alcohol I guessed was 13.8 and I got...14.5 damn. Sneaky booze.Then let us say blackberries, green vines, with perhaps some blackberry pleasure. Damn yummy wine with doable Napa price point. โ€” 2 days ago

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