St. Helena, Napa Valley

Taplin Cellars

Terra 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

To me this did not taste like it came from the Napa Valley. this is a very fruit forward wine, and I think the youthfulness of this sort of crushes some of the delicacies that might come out in the mid palate after a few years. Red and black fruit dominated wine. Really just kind of has one focus, but does that one thing extremely well. This was not decanted really much at all, as the focus was for the person who opened it to recork and enjoy later that night. I bet it was doing much better then. The back end has a lot of roasted cedar type tannin, which I think will soften and make this one shine quite a bit more in the years to come. If you have this bottle, I would certainly hold it. โ€” 5 days ago

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Joshua Fisher

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Explain more what you said about Napa Valley / fruit forward please?
Mark Flesher

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@Joshua Fisher the forward nature of the fruit was extreme, almost a little bit roasted and even seemed a little bit generic. I was expecting to see Paso Robles when I grabbed the bottle, as it was turned at an angle that I could not see what it was.
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Gotcha. Thx

Edge Hill

St. Helena Estate Mixed Blacks Field Blend Red Blend 2012

PNP> Fabulous as always! Black as night in the glass, big dark fruit, wonderful concentration & long finish! Kudos Rudd Family! Cheers ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿท๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป โ€” 15 days ago

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Buehler Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet from Napa with the perfect amount of age on it. I am surprised at the ratings on delectable. Beautiful bramble fruit on the nose with a slight touch of oak. On the palette there is an enjoyable minerality that blends beautifully with the black fruit and an appropriate amount of acidity to give the oak a nice subtle backbone. Very enjoyable for the price point, I could see this doing well for a few more years in the bottle. โ€” 13 days ago

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Favia

La Magdalena Napa Valley Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

11โ€™ Favia La Magdalena . One of my favorite 2011โ€™s from Napa. Pop & let it sit in the glass for 10/15 minutes. Magician when it comes to CF blends. โ€” 7 days ago

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Shay A

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Cab franc! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ
Mike R

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So good
David L

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Gents- This wine always delivers .

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Estate Grown St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Paul K
9.4

Wow! Side by side with 2014 JP, and 2013 Mt Brave. Everyone feels this is outclassing the other two. โ€” 12 days ago

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Paul K

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@David T I am! Part Minnetonka and part Rochester where we live now. Great place. Moved away for 6 years but had to come back.
You think the โ€˜16 Phelps cab may be better than the โ€˜13? Iโ€™m planning to pick up a bunch, but canโ€™t find at any of my usual providers... May have to suck it up and get from JP directly.
David T

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Iโ€™m still a member for now and could see about having them ship you at member pricing if you like.
Paul K

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Thanks! Thatโ€™s awesome. I was thinking Iโ€™d join back up as we used to be members. Much appreciated. If youโ€™re ever in your old stomping grounds give me a holler. Always looking for an excuse to pull out great wine!

Sandlands

Mataro 2016

Alex Hill
9.1

Expressive and pure with fine grained tannins and a savory profile. Vinous with an iron edge and dusty cherry fruit. โ€” 4 days ago

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Nickel & Nickel

Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Soft nose with oak, leather, and pepper notable. Medium body, some tannins, cocoa, red raspberry, and cherries on palate. Short moderately acidic finish. โ€” 11 days ago

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Spottswoode

Family Estate Grown St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Enjoyed my time with Shay, Dan, Keith and Brad at Classic Wine Storage. This was really drinking great. Very long finish. Thanks for sharing, Keith. @Keith Fisher โ€” 13 days ago

Shay ADan Fitzgerald
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Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A : I probably should have rated this higher...like you say it was definitely in the zone!
Paul K

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Awesome pull! Looks like a great tasting!
Bryan Kesting

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@Paul K : I canโ€™t take credit for bringing this beauty. However it was certainly fantastic!

Vineyard 29

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Greg Ballington
9.4

Deep and dark ruby red. A bit elegant on the attack of the nose with purple flowers leading into a rich undertone of cassis, blackberries and a bit of woodiness. Medium plus tannins (7.5/10) with a full body. Thick and lush palate coated in black cherries, black currants, dark powdered cocoa, gravel and lots of baking spices. Dry and long finish. Drink from 2025 till 2043.

Made up of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 20 months in 85% new French oak. Only 675 cases produced. (94+)
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Hall Wines

Jack's Masterpiece Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

More of a masterpiece of wood than wine. โ€” 13 days ago

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