Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

Lancaster Estate

Nicole's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

David T

The nose reveals, fragrant/floral, blue & purple fruits. Black raspberries, baked boysenberries, olallieberries, dark cherries, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum & creamed, baked raspberries. Savory meats notes, sweet tar, the core of anise, limestone minerals, black tea, vanillin, clove, dark mocha powder, just a touch of caramel, used expresso grounds, just a whiff of mint, olive tapenade, dry clay. herbaceous notes with fresh, purple flowers & lavender.

The body is full, velvety with dusty tannins. Still plenty of life left here. With only about a half hour decant, it had nice flavors but, had a hollow mid palate and was short on finish. An hour later, it’s put on a lot of weight & filled in nicely.

Black raspberries, baked boysenberries, olallieberries, dark cherries, blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, creamed, baked raspberries with strawberries coming on late. Savory meat notes, sweet tar, the core of anise, dark spice with a little heat, limestone minerals, black tea, vanillin, clove, dark mocha powder, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, caramel, just a touch of caramel, used expresso grounds, mint, olive tapenade, dry clay, forest floor with leaves, dry stems, herbaceous notes, tree sap, fresh, dark red & purple flowers with lavender. The acidity is round and balances the shade of hot alcohol shows. The finish is, thick, weighty, lush, elegant with dry, dusty tannins that are persistent for several minutes.

Another 3 years of patience will be rewarded!

At around $40 for a stellar 2007 Napa/Sonoma vintage, this is a steal tonight.

Photos of; Lancaster Winery, cellar tasting room and hillside vineyard.

9.1 at the start. 9.3 after two hours in the decanter.

— 2 days ago

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Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Founded in 1972, Tom & Sally Jordan, from CO, decided to head to CA’s wine country and produced their inaugural vintage in 1976 vintage. A Fav of mine with a steak, and the ‘13 is beautiful! Blend of 76% Cab Sauv, 16% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec & touch of Cab Franc. Deep Ruby red with aromas of red fruit and floral spice. On the palate flavors of cherry and blackberry with oak, spice and currant notes. Rich tannins, well balanced and integrated with fruit and oak. Recommend decanting! Very Nice! — 5 days ago

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Hidden Ridge

55% Slope Impassable Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

2007 mid range taste off. Several have this mis Labeled in their reviews, this one is the impassable Mountain Reserve, not the 55% slope Cabernet,
Nice nose, not as full bodied as expected but still a nice wine
— 15 days ago

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I’m looking forward to a tasting with you @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum when I’m next in the region. I’m targeting Feb/March so I can get a few days in at Heavenly...

Hidden Ridge

55% slope Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Ron R

Followed up based on the beach bum waxing about it.
It’s very good. Elegant, exotic nose. Slightly woody notes on the palate. Plush texture, with grainy tannins. Very well done. My only counter to this is that there are many cabs in the $50 category that are just as good. Since I paid $79, I conclude there are better values on the market.
— 2 days ago

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Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum

I’ll do a blind tasting with Rudius Knockmore
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And this Ridge.
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Wow, Paul! You nudged some great stuff out of the spotlight, there. Sodhani, Bard, Cult... now behave yourself!


Wow. Sodhani emailed me and asked if I wanted to place an order. Maybe I should just stick to drinking this instead.

But to be honest, I love a bargain and this is anti-bargain. They got good reviews and jacked the price up. Not supporting that. Period.

Kamen Estate Wines

Moon Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Solid 96, but this one gets the 97 nod from me. Classic mountain fruit and done VERY WELL. I can definitely tell how the drought has affected this fruit, and not necessarily in a bad way (it was only offered to wine club members this year). Popped the cork on this one, and my wife who was cooking dinner about 10 feet away from me said "Wow, I can smell the flowers and blueberries from all the way over here." And yes, definitely you could. This wine was decanted (I had to dust it off) for about an hour before being enjoyed, and could have decanted another 8-10 hours. Black, inky pour. Nose of wildflowers, blueberries, cinnamon, black fruit, Entry is inky, mostly sweeter black and blue fruits but there is a hint of spice and almost a hint of sweet tobacco that makes you think this one is 5 years post current vintage. Mature, yet youthful. The graphite in the middle wraps around the fruit core and adds a nice complexity onto this already massive wine. Hint of sweeter dark chocolate in the middle as well. Finishes with sweet, cedar tannin on an inky blueberry and blackberry pie backbone. And, crazy thing is that I murdered this wine tonight. Lord have mercy on me, I will not be able to hold onto my 5 remaining bottles and I already know this. I compare this to the 08 Kashmir which is still my favorite Kamen wine to date (still holding all my 2012 Cab Franc so I figure that's the only one that could potentially still top this). Massive, yet complex, with LOTS of life ahead. — 20 days ago

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@Mark Flesher : Open the ‘12 Kamen CF next time we are all at Classic. Dying to try it.

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Goldschmidt Vineyards

Katherine Crazy Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Leather. I never thought I’d be the type of person to write a review about wine that references the taste of leather. Yet here I am. Seriously drinkable cab. Fruity start but the cassis and leather are the story. Good texture that an amateur like me can appreciate! Can’t believe I haven’t mentioned the friendly price. What a value. My type of cab. This review reads like an ad! — 4 days ago

Camino Cellars

Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Curious, so I decided to open up one of these while waiting for someone to help me consume the other half.... This wine is youthful, and for that reason is a bit out of balance from the previous wine I remembered and scored quite a bit higher than this one. This wine is a 93 right now, with potential for a 96-97 IMO. The fruit in front is massive. Black cherry, black licorice, but as @Shay A was mentioning there is a red fruity kind of touch to this one and I completely agree. The middle is a little bit muted vs. the previous vintage. The finish is quite peppery, toasted oak. Tons of potential on this full bodied Moon Mountain monster. Hold for the next 10 years. — 12 days ago

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So Mark blinded me on this, and my first guess was a Cali Cab Franc (I got quite a bit of black pepper on the finish and after another 30mins or so, green bell pepper showed up...not vegetal or detracting, just a unique characteristic that made this intriguing). My second guess was a Coombsville Cab (it was inky and filled with fresh squeezed tart black and red fruit). My Coombsville guess was more of a cool climate Cab gueas, which is correct for Moon Mountain. The big mountain tannins are here and almost fine another 2-3yrs, they will be. Licorice and a sweetened red fruit note on the finish. Really want to try one of these with 5-7yrs of age. This will easily be 95+ in a couple years.

Louis M. Martini

Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Damnnnnnn this was good!
Lots or strawberry and raspberry. Smooth and velvety. Super impressive. I cannot believe this is only $15. Definitely a wine to bring to a party to wow everyone.
— 13 days ago

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Louis M. Martini

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petite Sirah, aged 16 months in 50% new French and American oak, a big wine, very approachable for a 2014. Dense Ruby with black fruit aromas, earthy herb scents and soft spice. On the palate sweet fruits, cherry and currants, with licorice, tobacco and cacao notes on soft tannins, very well balanced. Lingering finish ending with earthy wood, very nice and has lots of room for cellaring. Only 11,000 cases so I got a few bottles to set down, check back in a few years! — 18 days ago

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Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1984

3L! Hands down the best 84 Alex I’ve had. Soft, bright, very focused. Always spectacular when the American Oak finds its subtle, lingering home at 30+ years. — 15 days ago

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