Sauvignon De Seguin

Borgo del Tiglio (Nicola Manferrari)

Collio Sauvignon Selezione 2016

Antonio Galloni
9.0

I drink Borgo del Tiglio whenever I can. The 2016 is a big wine, on the edge of being alcoholic, and not terribly varietal, but it really comes together with a bit of air. — a day ago

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Theorem Vineyards

Hawk's Prey Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

This is Theorem’s “entry level” cab. 100% Cabernet from young vines on their diamond Mtn estate. Just like the 2016 vintage, this is made in a decadent and ripe style. Showing the entire fruit spectrum from red, blue and black with baking spices (vanilla, nutmeg), sandalwood, and freshly dipped dark chocolate fruits are all on display. Soft yet well built structure allows this to be very approachable early on but can hold easily for a couple years and still be quite youthful. Not quite as chalky/dusty as the 2016. This 2017 shows more concentrated fruit and a slightly more sweet finish compared to the structured and slightly more tannic 2016.
— 2 days ago

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Tabor Winery

Malkiya Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Tabor Winery Malkiya Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, light cedar, vanilla, spices, licorice, light alcohol, herbs, earth, dark coffee, diet coke, chocolates and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, vanilla, light vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco, chocolates, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced with a spicy finish. Tastes very much like a high-end California Cabernet.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up (1 hour). Drinking very nicely now, and will be good in the next 5 years. Rich and extracted.

This 6 year old, Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, could use a few more years in the bottle to mature and gain more complexity. I'd like to revisit this in three years.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheese plate.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown at elevation of 2500 feet. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Kosher

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.
— 6 days ago

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Theorem Vineyards

Voir Dire Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A
9.6

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

In the running for red wine of the trip. When visiting last year, I preferred the ‘14 (ripe, balanced, savory) over the ‘15 (more acidity, touch lighter, high toned)...this ‘13 takes the best of each and marries them. This is a classic high end TRB Cabernet from a stellar vintage. Truffles raspberries, candied black cherries, cocoa dusted mixed berry pie and graphite aromatics accompanied by sweet blueberries, freshly squeezed blackberries, toffee and espresso, baking spices, and fine grained tannins. Built like a tank. Superb.
— 2 days ago

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This so damn good but, I am looking forward to opening a bottle in 2025 or so.

Ladera

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

David T
9.3

I coravined a taste of this last weekend and had my first major disappointment with Ladera. That all changed with a 45 minute decant & food tonight.

This bottling & for many vintages in the early 2000’s was the steal of Howell Mountain producers. I was buying it at Costco for $41-$45. Now & for some time, you can’t find a bottle of this at Costco regardless of price.

The nose as I was decanting it was very perfumed florals with potpourri. Now, the nose sings with the blue & purple fruits that identify wine as a Howell Mountain producer. Blackberries, blueberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, mulberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, stewed strawberries, raspberries haunt the background, sweet tarriness, dark, berry cola, black licorice, dry & fresh herbs-bay leaf driven, limestone, dry crushed rocks, softly laid baking spices; clove, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg, dark spice, dark chocolate bar, dry tobacco, some graphite, soft, used leather with spectacular, candied, fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, purple, blue florals framed in soft violets & fields of lavender.

The body is full, rich, lush and round. The tannins are nicely resolved but, still show baby teeth & tarriness. The tension, structure, length and balance are just the other side of peak. Blackberries, blueberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, mulberries, dark cherries, black plum, plum, stewed strawberries, raspberries haunt the background, sweet, very dark, tarriness, cherry kirsch liqueur, dark, berry cola, black licorice, dry & fresh herbs-bay leaf driven, limestone, dry crushed rocks, moist clay, softly laid baking spices; clove, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg, black tea, dark spice with comfortable palate heat, dark chocolate bar, expresso roast, dry tobacco, some graphite, soft, used leather with spectacularly floral, candied, fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, purple, blue florals framed in soft violets & fields of lavender. The acidity is near perfect & holds back the slightly higher ABV. The finish is; rich, round, elegant, sexy, gorgeous, velvety, well balanced and persist endlessly.

Not as outstanding as their 2002 but, very good & still has another 8 years & possibly plus of good drinking ahead. Proper storage of course.

Photos of; Ladera & their beautiful flowered Estate, barrel tasting room, entrance sign with Estate vines & a visual of why Howell Mountain is such a great terroir. It’s above the fog-line and therefore gets more sun than the Napa Valley floor. More sun and cooler temperature at elevation means longer fruit hang time & more even fruit ripening.
— 4 days ago

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Hayfork

Lewelling Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A
9.3

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Our trip ended with a tasting of Lewelling & Hayfork, courtesy of daughter Haley at their family home in the vineyard. Although I’m not posting pics of the Lewelling cabs (2017s and didn’t have labels yet), they are impressive, and the Wight vineyard cab is flat out delicious!

The fruit here is the same as Lewelling’s wines, but there is usually a splash of petit Verdot to give more color and structure compared to the 100% Cabernets that Lewelling bottles. Dense, ripe and chewy. Very dark in the glass showing sweet smoke, blackberry compote, baking spices, and espresso aromatics. Whereas the Lewellings have a beautiful red and black cherry liqueur type profile, this is decidedly darker, but every bit as tannic and age worthy. Added notes of graphite, currant, creme de cassis and mixed berry pie at the finish.
— a day ago

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Great notes, @Shay A. For quality and pure value, Lewelling wines are arguably impossible to beat. Give me a better cab at their price, and I’ll show you Pinocchio 🤥
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@Ron R : I need to know where you get your Lewelling (if it’s not off the list). They were sold out of all Lewelling wines, and I’d love to get some Wight vineyard.
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@Shay A, I get the regular cab for $49, and the Wight 2016 for $69. Let me know how I can help.

Trivium

"Les Ivrettes Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a very tasty Napa Cabernet.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, cherries, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, vegetables, coffee, light alcohol, cola, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, spices and graphite. Great complexity on the nose.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with black plums, blueberries, currants, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, light vegetables, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, coke, leather and tobacco.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy red cherries.

This is a great Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Still young and needs another few years in the bottle to mature properly. Already delicious, though.

Showing great complexity on the nose, with a great mouthfeel. Spicy and tangy as it opens up.

This 8 year old from the great 2012 vintage, is drinking very nicely now.
I would love to revisit this in 3 to 5 years.

This Single Vineyard needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show some tannins.

Thank you Barry for sharing.

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

14.8% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$75.
— 4 days ago

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Detert Family Vineyards

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Here is the other wine that I claimed may have been the red wine of the trip, and also may have been one of the top winery visits of the trip! Loved tasting in the family home and hearing the connecting stories between them and the Macdonalds. I’ll forever be grateful that Carl Fischer introduced me to Detert years ago, and he helped make an intro so that I could visit this time around.

Detert also makes a small amount of Cabernet (but who am I kidding, all the wines are small production). The fruit comes from about an acre next to the old family home in Oakville near To Kalon. There was a wonderful note of smoked meat on the nose here that I loved. Savory up front with added peppercorn, herbal spice and graphite, but lush fruit on the palate such as blackberry cobbler, rhubarb, chocolate dipped raspberries, nutmeg and cedar. At 8yrs, this was drinking well with a couple hours of slow ox’ing.
— a day ago

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Tom Garland

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No prob..though I would have luv to take credit for the wine😁
Deborah M

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I am hopefully on their waitlist 🤞
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@Shay A : I love the Detert wines. I believe the next release is this week. 150 cases of the Cab Franc and 95 cases of the Cab. Not much to go around.

Gérard Seguin

Terroir du Domaine Gevrey-Chambertin Pinot Noir 2015

Lithe structured and plummy cherry fruit by the fistful. The finish is for days. I could taste it even after a vanilla milk shake dessert. — 11 days ago

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Theorem Vineyards

Moon Mountain District Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Shay A
9.2

@Delectable Wine : This is Theorem’s Moon Mountain District chardonnay. I didn’t see it in the database.

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

Theorem was one of our highlights last year, so we made sure a return visit was lined up this year. Base of Diamond Mtn with one of the most beautiful properties I’ve seen. Over the last 12 months, they’ve added a couple new wines (with more to come from Moon Mountain). TRB is the winemaker.

Another new wine to the lineup is the moon Mountain Chardonnay. When comparing to other chardonnays TRB crafts, this site is pulling in more slate/limestone and high acidity, compared to his Sonoma chardonnays that have a lot of oyster shell and tart stone fruits. Very bright and concentrated. Underripe melon, powdered lemon bar, crushed rocks, honeysuckle and wildflowers all reveal themselves. I’d hold this for a few years.
— 2 days ago

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