Renaissance Vineyard & Winery

Estate Bottled North Yuba Cabernet Sauvignon

9.222 ratings
9.210 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
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.2

California's little secret. Gorgeous herbal claret.

California's little secret. Gorgeous herbal claret.

2 people found it helpfulJul 6th, 2014
Alex Papanicolaou

Magnum! Double your pleasure!

Magnum! Double your pleasure!

Feb 2nd, 2016
Mike Martin   @TheWineShepherd

Wine Buyer Vintry Fine Wines

9.5

Old Skool Cab... #Gideon

Old Skool Cab... #Gideon

Mar 11th, 2014
Gene Chow

Started out with dark fruit and leather. Evolved quickly to cherry. Definitely middle age. Exciting to drink.

Started out with dark fruit and leather. Evolved quickly to cherry. Definitely middle age. Exciting to drink.

Mar 4th, 2019
Carter Pelham

Mellow black berries, fading tannins, rounded earthy notes

Mellow black berries, fading tannins, rounded earthy notes

Jan 3rd, 2019
Scott Reiner

Lacks the depth. The warmth of the vintage shows there.

Lacks the depth. The warmth of the vintage shows there.

Apr 23rd, 2014
Michael O'Sullivan

First aromas and taste was truffles, earth... Super complex and unctuous ......stewed fruits, well balanced wine. Unctuous is a word, right??

First aromas and taste was truffles, earth... Super complex and unctuous ......stewed fruits, well balanced wine. Unctuous is a word, right??

Feb 27th, 2016
Keith Levenberg

(Indexed wrong... this is the Vin de Terroir.) Amazing - almost a decade since I last had this. And I think that bottle was my introduction to Renaissance. I had actually figured I ought to wait longer than this but frankly the '97 Premiere Cuvee recently had seemed more evolved and thinner than expected so I really wanted to make sure this one was still doing OK. It is, and tastes to me at least a decade away from the zone at least to judge by the tannin, which is some seriously sinewy, old-school structure (think of how the '86 Bordeauxs used to be....). It's still got a crimson red fruit profile, certainly in the tertiary camp but not too evolved for its age, with lots of iron and earth adding intrigue (and cranking up the austerity factor as well).

(Indexed wrong... this is the Vin de Terroir.) Amazing - almost a decade since I last had this. And I think that bottle was my introduction to Renaissance. I had actually figured I ought to wait longer than this but frankly the '97 Premiere Cuvee recently had seemed more evolved and thinner than expected so I really wanted to make sure this one was still doing OK. It is, and tastes to me at least a decade away from the zone at least to judge by the tannin, which is some seriously sinewy, old-school structure (think of how the '86 Bordeauxs used to be....). It's still got a crimson red fruit profile, certainly in the tertiary camp but not too evolved for its age, with lots of iron and earth adding intrigue (and cranking up the austerity factor as well).

Feb 15th, 2016
William Goldsmith

Not bad. Lots of secondary notes. Not much fruit left. Cool old Napa cab tho.

Not bad. Lots of secondary notes. Not much fruit left. Cool old Napa cab tho.

Oct 15th, 2015
Neel Master

1997 vintage. Amazingly full of fruit and good acid.

1997 vintage. Amazingly full of fruit and good acid.

Jun 22nd, 2015