Stone Mountain Vineyards

Kiona Vineyards

Red Mountain Reserve Red Bordeaux Blend

Minty hazelnuts - and interesting nose for sure.

Hefty wine, big bodied dark fruits, some mint, tobacco, and stone. A subtle sweetness in the body, with low acidity and grill plank tannins.
— 7 days ago

Sharon, Tom and 4 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Yummy! Cheers!🍷

Kiona Vineyards

Red Mountain AVA Petite Sirah Syrah 2016

A big 50% petite sirah and 50% syrah blend. Big dark fruit, licorice, prune, and vanilla notes. Wish they had more than 2 bottles when I bought these! — 4 days ago

Ron, Jonathan and 3 others liked this

Reininger

Helix SoRho Stone Tree 2016

Very complex nose that reminds me of Walla Walla Syrah, even though this neither is from Walla Walla nor contains any Syrah. It’s most Mourvèdre, with some Grenache and Counoise. Oh yes, the nose. It shows sweet, smoky campfire embers, cracked river stones, and perfectly ripe red berry ooze. Round, deep, and low-toned on entry, it’s got a good initial whack of savory and dark fruit flavors. Then, however, it tails off pretty quickly into campfire char and alcoholic pepperiness. With a longer, friendlier finish, this would have been amazing. As it is, it’s pretty damn good. — 18 days ago

Matt, Severn and 8 others liked this

Outpost

Immigrant True Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2018

Phenomenally balanced Cabernet with lots of young tannins, spice, and stone fruit. Blue fruit on the bouquet. Amazing for such a young wine! — 15 days ago

Avennia

Sestina Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

One hour splash decant.
Cranberries and cherries, herbal seasonings, hints of black tea, leather and smoke. Medium-plus body, good length, good amount of acidity. Overall impression is cool-climate, more Bdx-like than Californian. At the moment a tad reticent, certainly not extracted or hedonistic.
I suppose some extra cellartime will add depth, body and complexity. Promising.
— 9 days ago

Jan, Thijs and 11 others liked this

Sterling Vineyards

Diamond Mountain Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 1988

Shay A
9.1

One of the birth year bottles I opened for my 33rd this past week. It was opened alongside an ‘88 Chateau de Marbuzet (which never came alive).

Scoring these types of wines is difficult...based on shock factor, this is like a 95...based on profile (in a vacuum), it’s closer to 85...marrying the two, I have no problem giving this a 90-91. This was a bottle acquired from an estate sale. Mostly kept with one owner, it simply wasn’t kept in a temperature controlled environment. Even more, it showed a bit of seepage down the side. Expectations were low, but when removing the capsule, the cork looked quite good. Pulled the cork and it showed very little seepage overall...after pouring, it was shockingly impressive. When compared to the ‘88 Marbuzet, the nose was more ripe and high toned...dirty and ripe black cherries, cherry pipe tobacco, and fig. Very smooth and integrated, obviously, but an incredible structure shows up on the finish. Cocoa dusted dates, bayleaf, cracked black pepper crusted cherries, herbs de Provence and some leather. This powered through 3hrs open in the bottle and just got better and better.

It’s bottles like this that make you sit back and realize how incredible wine can be when it comes in a bottle that is totally unexpected.
@Bill Bender , this surpassed even my highest hopes! Bravo!
— a day ago

Tom, Matt and 32 others liked this
Dawn E.

Dawn E.

@Shay A Happy Birthday!
Joe Gillies

Joe Gillies

Happy birthday @Shay A enjoy your birth bottles!
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Shay, great review. Thanks hugh

Outpost

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Ron R
9.5

Precision engineering in a bottle. This is so well sculptured. The basic function here is the intensity of the fruit. It’s not bombastic, just intense enough to make you sit a little more upright. For the vintage, this wine has grown up fast. Swipe to the right. — 7 days ago

Tom, Sharon and 61 others liked this

Smith Story

Pickberry Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of blackberry, red and black plum, black cherry, pomegranate, forest floor, sweet baking spices; dry, medium plus acid, medium plus smooth tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, well balanced, concentrated, very good — 16 days ago

Josh, Uli and 6 others liked this

Philip Togni Vineyard

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Last night patio gathering winner with friends. Still presenting so young. Complex. Elegant. One of my favorite producers. This could easily age another 15+ years. — 13 days ago

Tom, Shay and 8 others liked this

The Vice

Single Vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

The Vice Wines Howell Mountain The Coyote Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Napa Valley, California


It's time for my
#FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Napa Valley.

Deep ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, raisins, cooked cherries, vanilla, licorice, cedar, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, earth, light vegetables, herbs, graphite and peppercorn.

Full-bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, black currants, cherries, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf, coke, light vegetables, bitter herbs and light earth.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and spices.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Elegant and fruit forward.

This Single Vineyard is still young, but already approachable. A nice wine with good potential. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours of airtime.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses, olives and crackers.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were grown at 2,000 feet of elevation. Aged in French oak barrels for 22 months. Unfiltered and unfined.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.
— 22 days ago

Tom, Daniel P. and 12 others liked this