Caterwaul

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.216 ratings
9.25 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Andrew Steffensmeier

Dark fruits, velvety tannins, baking spices. Plenty open at the moment. With a label made for a mailing list.

Dark fruits, velvety tannins, baking spices. Plenty open at the moment. With a label made for a mailing list.

Jan 7th, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

Deep and clear purple. Clean nose with quite a bit going on for a pop and pour. Layers of blueberries, vanilla, cinnamon, blackberries, cassis and violet. High tannins (7.5/10) with balanced acidity and full bodied. Medium dry on the attack of the palate with a velvet like texture. Medium plus intensity with flavors of black plums, oak, nutmeg, bramble and purple flowers. Tannins and acidity pick up the rear of the palate and shows its youth. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2035. (92+)

Deep and clear purple. Clean nose with quite a bit going on for a pop and pour. Layers of blueberries, vanilla, cinnamon, blackberries, cassis and violet. High tannins (7.5/10) with balanced acidity and full bodied. Medium dry on the attack of the palate with a velvet like texture. Medium plus intensity with flavors of black plums, oak, nutmeg, bramble and purple flowers. Tannins and acidity pick up the rear of the palate and shows its youth. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2035. (92+)

Dec 15th, 2018
Matt Sterr

Dense, dark and delicious. Wrapped in a velvet glove.

Dense, dark and delicious. Wrapped in a velvet glove.

Aug 9th, 2018
Bill Bender

This is compact and dense but not showing up with much fruit at this juncture. It was decanted 4 hours but it is just shut down. Hold. No rating.

This is compact and dense but not showing up with much fruit at this juncture. It was decanted 4 hours but it is just shut down. Hold. No rating.

1 person found it helpfulDec 27th, 2017
Peter Brush

Just arrived a couple weeks ago. Couple hour decant and drinking perfectly. Easily a decade for this one.

Just arrived a couple weeks ago. Couple hour decant and drinking perfectly. Easily a decade for this one.

Dec 21st, 2018
E & K G

Needs more time in the bottle as the wine remains very dense and somewhat closed. Good structure but it needs a bit of time to balance out and really come together.

Needs more time in the bottle as the wine remains very dense and somewhat closed. Good structure but it needs a bit of time to balance out and really come together.

Nov 4th, 2018
Trent Fletcher

Unlike the 2015 that took a full 2-3 days to open up, this is ready for business right now! Dark and delicious; very balanced.

Unlike the 2015 that took a full 2-3 days to open up, this is ready for business right now! Dark and delicious; very balanced.

Sep 16th, 2018
Trent Fletcher

Over a 3.5 hour period on May 29, my wife and I (along with three kids in tow) had the pleasure of sitting down with Will Segui of Rivers-Marie and winemaker of his personal label William & Mary at the Mending Wall facilities in St. Helena to taste through seven wines from bottle. Will also graciously provided tastings of his 2016 and 2017 William & Mary varietals from barrel.

It took time for this to open...like 4-5 days; dark fruit profile which never really pushed itself to the front; the fruit was more in-line with black licorice, pencil shavings and cigar box all along; the longer the wine was open, the sweeter and softer the tannins became; still an enjoyable, bigger, richer wine that seems to want a few more years laying on its side

Over a 3.5 hour period on May 29, my wife and I (along with three kids in tow) had the pleasure of sitting down with Will Segui of Rivers-Marie and winemaker of his personal label William & Mary at the Mending Wall facilities in St. Helena to taste through seven wines from bottle. Will also graciously provided tastings of his 2016 and 2017 William & Mary varietals from barrel.

It took time for this to open...like 4-5 days; dark fruit profile which never really pushed itself to the front; the fruit was more in-line with black licorice, pencil shavings and cigar box all along; the longer the wine was open, the sweeter and softer the tannins became; still an enjoyable, bigger, richer wine that seems to want a few more years laying on its side

Jun 7th, 2018
Brian Rose

Agree with Bill. Needs some time as it comes out quite acidic and needs to mellow. From Coravin, though oddly, it was much better the next day.

Agree with Bill. Needs some time as it comes out quite acidic and needs to mellow. From Coravin, though oddly, it was much better the next day.

Jan 14th, 2018
Robert Poirier

Robert had this 5 months ago

Robert had this 5 months ago

Sep 8th, 2019