Renaissance Vineyard & Winery

Estate Bottled North Yuba Cabernet Sauvignon

9.1164 ratings
9.143 pro ratings
North Yuba, Sierra Foothills, 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
Jae Cho

Cabernet aged well.

Cabernet aged well.

Sep 11th, 2021
Ross Chernin

Having with eastern European stewed cow tongue.

This wine, in its prime.

Opened the 1999 Proprietary Red a few days earlier which had just past over its peak with oxidative notes coming out.

Blackcurrant, clove, fresh bay leaf, brown sugar,

Having with eastern European stewed cow tongue.

This wine, in its prime.

Opened the 1999 Proprietary Red a few days earlier which had just past over its peak with oxidative notes coming out.

Blackcurrant, clove, fresh bay leaf, brown sugar,

May 14th, 2021
Matt Austin

Owner/Winemaker, Grosgrain Vineyards, Walla Walla, WA

9.3

The original “cult” wine. Ages with the best of ‘em.

The original “cult” wine. Ages with the best of ‘em.

Oct 8th, 2020
Matt Perlman

Gideon Beinstock’s note on the label suggested, at the time of bottling, that the lifespan of this wine would be 15-25 years. The high end of that range has turned out to be correct. Dried sweet red and purple fruit, creme de cassis, classic renaissance herbal and cedar/mesquite note. Tannins resolved into the background but still present; slightly but perceptibly drying out, should hold another few years

Gideon Beinstock’s note on the label suggested, at the time of bottling, that the lifespan of this wine would be 15-25 years. The high end of that range has turned out to be correct. Dried sweet red and purple fruit, creme de cassis, classic renaissance herbal and cedar/mesquite note. Tannins resolved into the background but still present; slightly but perceptibly drying out, should hold another few years

Sep 7th, 2020
Austin Hohnke

Wow. Guessed ‘98 Brunello blind. Wouldn’t have guessed new world in ten tries. Past peak but still offering dried red fruit, resolved tannin, and uplifting acidity. Look forward to researching this producer.

Wow. Guessed ‘98 Brunello blind. Wouldn’t have guessed new world in ten tries. Past peak but still offering dried red fruit, resolved tannin, and uplifting acidity. Look forward to researching this producer.

Aug 22nd, 2020
Greg Gregory

Better than I expected.

Better than I expected.

Dec 5th, 2019
Anna Vocaturo

Made by a cult, dried fruit, leather, tart, beeswax, tobacco

Made by a cult, dried fruit, leather, tart, beeswax, tobacco

Jan 9th, 2019
Ian Staub

The concentration and intensity on this 16-year-old bottle is mind blowing. At the core, pure ripe red and black cherry and berry fruit, moving towards the stewed end of the spectrum, with savory herbs, cedar, and earth radiating out brilliantly. Medium-full bodied, with high acid and high tannins, structure (with the complementing fruit holding strong) to last another decade or more. Though I know he was gone by this vintage, it’s hard not to see Gideon’s lineage in this bottle - Sierra wines that have something to say, with wild intensity and purity of fruit. Great food wine, enjoyed with steak frites at home. Decant for a couple hours to throw some sediment and let things mellow just a touch. 🌄

The concentration and intensity on this 16-year-old bottle is mind blowing. At the core, pure ripe red and black cherry and berry fruit, moving towards the stewed end of the spectrum, with savory herbs, cedar, and earth radiating out brilliantly. Medium-full bodied, with high acid and high tannins, structure (with the complementing fruit holding strong) to last another decade or more. Though I know he was gone by this vintage, it’s hard not to see Gideon’s lineage in this bottle - Sierra wines that have something to say, with wild intensity and purity of fruit. Great food wine, enjoyed with steak frites at home. Decant for a couple hours to throw some sediment and let things mellow just a touch. 🌄

Dec 3rd, 2018
Christy Canterbury MW

Master of Wine

8.7

In its drinking prime with mulled fruits alongside spice & cedar top notes. ENORMOUS sediment. Stand up 72 hours in advance & decant.

In its drinking prime with mulled fruits alongside spice & cedar top notes. ENORMOUS sediment. Stand up 72 hours in advance & decant.

3 people found it helpfulDec 19th, 2014
Gregg Mutschler

The anti-California Cabernet. Totally at it's peak.

The anti-California Cabernet. Totally at it's peak.

2 people found it helpfulJul 12th, 2014