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Casto Oaks

Gardner Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Here's my choice for this week's #FridayCabernetfix. This is a great California Cabernet.

Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Extremely fruity on the nose with blackberries, black plums, cherry pie, cooked strawberries, cedar, vanilla, spices, chocolates, sweet tobacco, light vegetables, coffee, vinaigrette, black pepper and leather.

Full-bodied and big with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cooked figs, dried fruits, dark coffee, spices, vanilla, cinnamon, cedar, caramel, earth, tobacco leaf, green vegetables, graphite and peppercorn.

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

This Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sierra Foothills in California, is drinking very nicely now, with very nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Still young and would benefit from a few more years in the bottle to smooth out, and reduce some of the acidity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

I had it 6 months ago and there's still no change. I would love to revisit this in 3 years as this is a great vintage.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet is good by itself as a sipping wine, or with food.

I paired it with hard cheeses, but it really went well with a light French Brie.

Grapes are grown at 3000 feet elevation and aged for 15 months in American Oak barrels.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$27.
— 7 days ago

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Hall Wines

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix . This week it's a fabulous one from
Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, vanilla, licorice, cedar, light earth, leather, coke, tobacco leaf, vinaigrette, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, mocha and pencil lead.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, light vegetables, herbs, chocolates, earth and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Cabernet is very enjoyable. Good by itself or with food. A good sipping wine too. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Will be better in 5 to 10 years as more complexity will be introduced.

Delicious and yummy.

15.3% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$45.
— a month ago

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Benhaim

Reserve Upper Galilee Cabernet Franc 2013

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. This time it is a Cabernet Franc from Israel.

Dark ruby in color with a very wide brick rim.

Pronounced nose of blueberries, red cherries, currants, oak, licorice, cloves, spices, earth, forest floor, tobacco leaf, graphite, bell pepper, vegetables, celery and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and very smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and earthy on the palate with plums, cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, bitter herbs, bell pepper, forest floor, green vegetables and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins, tangy raspberries and bitter herbs.

This 5 year old Israeli Cabernet Franc is drinking nicely now. Very earthy with nice balance and complexity. Soft and velvety.

Feels like an old world wine, maybe like an aged Northern Rhone Syrah. This would be a great wine to challenge your friends in a blind tasting. A very interesting wine that is fun to drink and talk about.

Good by itself and better with food.
Needs an hour to open up properly, as it is very tart right out of the bottle. Could use a few more years in the bottle to age and remove some of the bitterness at the ending.

I paired it with a mild Brie cheese and crackers, which went wonderful together.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Franc with some Merlot and Petite Sirah. Grapes are grown in Northern Israel. Aged for 24 months in Oak barrels. Kosher.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$50.
— 2 months ago

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous Napa Valley Cabernet.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Great nose of blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, cooked cherries, raisins, figs, vanilla, earth, tobacco, licorice, graphite, leather, chocolates, mocha, black pepper and spices.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cola, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, earth and spices.

Long finish with round tannins and spices.

This is an awesome Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Well balanced and fruity with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.


Good right out of the bottle and way better after 3 hours in the decanter. Good by itself or with food, like a big piece of steak.

This is a great wine from a great vintage. Could age for another 20 years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$75.
— 2 months ago

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Poggi

Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delightful and unique Napa Cabernet.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium plus intensity.

Fruity nose with cherries, black plums, sweet strawberries, licorice, light vanilla, oak, spices, light vegetables, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with sweet raspberries, cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, vegetables, earth, leather, tobacco leaf, graphites, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Not a typical Napa Cabernet, and very enjoyable. Balanced with mild complexity.

Easy to drink, soft and smooth with mostly red fruits. Not as fruit forward, in your face, kind of red wine, as I expected from a Napa Cabernet, but rather a soft red wine with lots of elegance. Feels like a graceful right bank Bordeaux.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.

Would age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years and bring in some more complexity. I would want to try this in two to three years to see how it evolves, as I see it might be a little young right now.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon,
6% Merlot, and 4% Cab Franc. Aged for 22 Months in 100% French Oak
(50% New).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$75.
— 14 days ago

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Freedom Estate

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

It's time to get my #FridayCabernetfix . Here's a wonderful Napa Cabernet.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black cherries, sweet spice, vanilla, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, black pepper, mocha, coffee, tobacco and light earth.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, black plums, cherries, cloves, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, coffee, caramel and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice surprise. A great Cabernet from a small Winery in Napa Valley. Very well structured with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Fruit forward and well balanced, smooth and easy drinking.

Delicious right out of the bottle and after 2 hours in a decanter, the big tannins come in.

Would age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot. Aged in new French Oak barrels for 22 months.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$100.
— a month ago

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Chateau Ste. Michelle

Indian Wells Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix Here is a nice one from Columbia Valley.

A pretty color of dark purple with a wide purplish rim.

Light nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, vanilla, spices, peppercorn, light vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco, dark chocolates, mocha and earth.

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

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, vanilla, earth, coffee cola, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

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

This Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to drink nicely, although a few years in the bottle would be a good idea.

A little light on the nose even after 2 hours of airtime. Spicy with mild complexity, a great mouthfeel and nice balance.

Good right out of the bottle and good for parties. A good sipping wine too.

Aged for 20 months in French and American oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$18.
— 2 months ago

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Château Haut-Brion

Le Clarence de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2012

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a youngster from Pessac Léognan in Bordeaux.

A beautiful color of dark ruby with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Pronounced nose of blueberries, black currants, plums, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, leather, earth, forest floor, dark chocolates, light bell pepper, barnyard, bitter vegetables, river rocks and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, blueberries, wood, light vanilla, earth, pencil lead, wet leaves, forest floor, smoke, green vegetables, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with medium minus tannins and tangy raspberries.

This left bank Bordeaux is already drinking very nicely now, although still young. Showing nice balance and elegance with nice texture. The nose is really special, and I kept on smelling on it for a long time.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly. Still very earthy with lots of vegetable notes. The tangy ending makes it interesting.

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

Good now and will be better in the next 15 years.

A good price/ value for a not so good vintage, as it is less than half the price of the 2010 vintage.

Wine Advocate 90 points.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$120.
— 21 days ago

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Robert Mondavi Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a nicely aged 14 year old from Napa Valley.

Dark purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Great nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, plums, black cherries, wood, vanilla, earth, forest floor, river rocks, leather, pencil lead, chocolates, vinaigrette, light alcohol, spices, peppercorn and black tea.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs, soft and graceful.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, raspberries, leather, smoke, chocolates, coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, spices, bitter herbs, wet leaves, wood, vanilla, cloves, vinaigrette and dark coffee.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great aged Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Fruity and balanced with earth notes and chocolates.

Showing great complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Soft and elegant. Reminds me of an aged Left Bank Bordeaux a little.

I really enjoyed smelling on it for a long time. A good sipping wine too, Interesting and one to talk with friends about.

This was a nice surprise. I did not think this inexpensive Cabernet would age so nicely.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with light appetizers and a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

14.5% alcohol by volume.
— a month ago

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Columbia Winery

Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a fruity one from Washington State.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, light oak, blackberries, black cherries, earth, light vanilla, spices, pencil lead, chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, dark chocolates, wood, earth, vegetables, black licorice, peppercorn and spices.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Cabernet from Columbia Valley. Nicely balanced with mild complexity.

Good right out of the bottle, but after an hour of airtime, it gets nice structure with tannins and complexity.

Peaking now and would be nice in the next year or two.

I paired it with barbecue T-bone steak and vegetables.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$14.
— 2 months ago

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