Addax

Cabernet Sauvignon

9.339 ratings
9.26 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Joe Lucca

Wow. Russell Bevan on point here. Inky in the glass with a garnet-purple rim. Gorgeously fragrant nose; blueberries, leather, oak, and cinnamon dominate. The broad shouldered palate is quite light on its feet. Bright blueberry, red currant, clove, cinnamon, charcoal, tobacco, and graphite. Love the Old World (Bordeaux) approach here. Finishes with nicely balanced acidity and some green peppercorns. Just popped and poured, will update as this gets some time in the glass. Immediately approachable and enjoyable.

Wow. Russell Bevan on point here. Inky in the glass with a garnet-purple rim. Gorgeously fragrant nose; blueberries, leather, oak, and cinnamon dominate. The broad shouldered palate is quite light on its feet. Bright blueberry, red currant, clove, cinnamon, charcoal, tobacco, and graphite. Love the Old World (Bordeaux) approach here. Finishes with nicely balanced acidity and some green peppercorns. Just popped and poured, will update as this gets some time in the glass. Immediately approachable and enjoyable.

3 people found it helpfulMay 8th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

From the Tench Vineyard. On the nose, ripe floral fruits of; black raspberries, blackberries & black plum. Tarry notes, anise, loads of vanilla, lavender, lilacs and violets. The body and tannins are M+. Huge heated spices takeover the palate. Followed by ripe & slightly candied fruits of; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, plum, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, overpowered use of oak, dry crushed rocks, chewy leather, herbs, underbrush with good acidity and ripe fruit, hot alcohol finish. This wine will tame in time but didn't appreciate the sweetness and the alcohol burn in the back of my throat. I just don't get it. Score fairly reflects the craft but not my preference.

From the Tench Vineyard. On the nose, ripe floral fruits of; black raspberries, blackberries & black plum. Tarry notes, anise, loads of vanilla, lavender, lilacs and violets. The body and tannins are M+. Huge heated spices takeover the palate. Followed by ripe & slightly candied fruits of; blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, plum, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, overpowered use of oak, dry crushed rocks, chewy leather, herbs, underbrush with good acidity and ripe fruit, hot alcohol finish. This wine will tame in time but didn't appreciate the sweetness and the alcohol burn in the back of my throat. I just don't get it. Score fairly reflects the craft but not my preference.

1 person found it helpfulAug 27th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Fun blind tasting of Napa Valley Cabernets, we decided to choose two from 2011 while my Dad selected two different vintages of Caymus Special Selection.

Firstly thank you
@Shay Aldriedge for gifting this bottle, a lot more fruit and no greenery compared to a lot of other 2011's out there. Deep ruby red with garnet edges. Complex layers on the nose with gunpowder, a touch of iron, dark berries, cedar, a little dirty, cinnamon, purple flowers and gravel. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and medium plus body. Quite elegant from what we expected for a Bevan wine. Lots of purple floral notes, dark red berries, and some oak too. More blue fruits on day two too. Solid minerality and long finish. Drink till 2026.


Always in for another exchange!

Fun blind tasting of Napa Valley Cabernets, we decided to choose two from 2011 while my Dad selected two different vintages of Caymus Special Selection.

Firstly thank you
@Shay Aldriedge for gifting this bottle, a lot more fruit and no greenery compared to a lot of other 2011's out there. Deep ruby red with garnet edges. Complex layers on the nose with gunpowder, a touch of iron, dark berries, cedar, a little dirty, cinnamon, purple flowers and gravel. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and medium plus body. Quite elegant from what we expected for a Bevan wine. Lots of purple floral notes, dark red berries, and some oak too. More blue fruits on day two too. Solid minerality and long finish. Drink till 2026.


Always in for another exchange!

Jul 8th, 2017
Barry Walsh

Awesome!

Awesome!

May 2nd, 2015
Joe Lucca

The countdown to PNV has begun!!! Enjoying the inaugural vintage of Addax with the man himself @ADAM STROMFELD on the way to the airport. This was back when Luc Morlet was the winemaker; soft and round, showing cedar, rich plum, red currant, and sweet, toasty oak that is perfectly integrated. Drinking well!

The countdown to PNV has begun!!! Enjoying the inaugural vintage of Addax with the man himself @ADAM STROMFELD on the way to the airport. This was back when Luc Morlet was the winemaker; soft and round, showing cedar, rich plum, red currant, and sweet, toasty oak that is perfectly integrated. Drinking well!

Feb 20th, 2018
Shay A
9.5

What an incredible second day here in Napa. Jesus started us off with an amazing tasting at Davies/Schramsberg, Crocker & Starr gave us our cab franc fix, Montagu & Addax put on a double tasting, and Hourglass knocked it out of the park at the end of the day! I won’t post each wine we tasted, but I’ll highlight the best from each spot.

Without a doubt the highlight of the Addax & Montagu Tasting. This ‘15 Tench Cabernet has winemaker Russell Bevan all over it. More of an iron fist in a velvet glove than I found the ‘14 to be. Red, black and blue fruits on the nose but the weight showed so much structure and appeal...best word to use here is plush. The fruit was so incredibly soft alongside the smoke, mint, and cassis. The new Addax Ritchie Chardonnay was tasted against Montagu’s Ritchie Chardonnay and it was a tie. 👌

What an incredible second day here in Napa. Jesus started us off with an amazing tasting at Davies/Schramsberg, Crocker & Starr gave us our cab franc fix, Montagu & Addax put on a double tasting, and Hourglass knocked it out of the park at the end of the day! I won’t post each wine we tasted, but I’ll highlight the best from each spot.

Without a doubt the highlight of the Addax & Montagu Tasting. This ‘15 Tench Cabernet has winemaker Russell Bevan all over it. More of an iron fist in a velvet glove than I found the ‘14 to be. Red, black and blue fruits on the nose but the weight showed so much structure and appeal...best word to use here is plush. The fruit was so incredibly soft alongside the smoke, mint, and cassis. The new Addax Ritchie Chardonnay was tasted against Montagu’s Ritchie Chardonnay and it was a tie. 👌

Feb 3rd, 2018
Martin G Rivard

@Shay Aldriedge thanks bud for a great surprise!!!! Awesome dark fruit on the nose., very well integrated oak/cedar, spice. It’s truly incredible how a vintage which was initially considered a terrible vintage has really shown itself to be magnificent in some cases. This is one of those cases! Very very good! Thanks Shay!👍👏👏👍.

@Shay Aldriedge thanks bud for a great surprise!!!! Awesome dark fruit on the nose., very well integrated oak/cedar, spice. It’s truly incredible how a vintage which was initially considered a terrible vintage has really shown itself to be magnificent in some cases. This is one of those cases! Very very good! Thanks Shay!👍👏👏👍.

Dec 17th, 2017
Shay A
9.4

Trying not to be biased (this was my bottle) but this was flat out killer! Best Addax cab I’ve had to date (‘10, ‘11, ‘13, ‘14). I imagine the ‘13 will surpass this, but this is just begging to be consumed now. Red licorice, bing cherries, currant, nutmeg and espresso. The finish on this was insane! Sad this was my last bottle. I believe this was Luc Morlet’s last vintage before Russell Bevan took over.

Trying not to be biased (this was my bottle) but this was flat out killer! Best Addax cab I’ve had to date (‘10, ‘11, ‘13, ‘14). I imagine the ‘13 will surpass this, but this is just begging to be consumed now. Red licorice, bing cherries, currant, nutmeg and espresso. The finish on this was insane! Sad this was my last bottle. I believe this was Luc Morlet’s last vintage before Russell Bevan took over.

Nov 25th, 2017
Eric Shanks

To quote Radiohead: Fake plastic trees. All of their wines were synthetic and over manipulated.

To quote Radiohead: Fake plastic trees. All of their wines were synthetic and over manipulated.

Aug 26th, 2017
Martin G Rivard

Uncorked this beauty on Friday thanks to the generosity of my bud Joe!!! @Joe Lucca . I loved this bottle!!!! Globs of fruit, well rounded and lush. Stylistically, It definitely has the trademark Russell Bevan footprint of being big, bold and beautiful! Decanted 2 hours and it was purring!!! 👍. Thank you bud!!

Uncorked this beauty on Friday thanks to the generosity of my bud Joe!!! @Joe Lucca . I loved this bottle!!!! Globs of fruit, well rounded and lush. Stylistically, It definitely has the trademark Russell Bevan footprint of being big, bold and beautiful! Decanted 2 hours and it was purring!!! 👍. Thank you bud!!

Aug 18th, 2017