Ten years aging in my cellar at 52 degrees. Stags’ Leap 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Decanting for one hour. This was recommended by the winery when I purchased it. Today is the day. Its now 10 years old. It is absolutely stunning! The cork was perfectly preserved with a minimal saturation level. The bouquet is a beautiful African violet and black licorice explosion in the nose. The initial palate delivers a robust dark berry and dark currant fruit. The mid pallet slides in with a velvety and Earthy quality. Lots of silk and butter. Then comes the rich mineral infused soil and Graphite￼ middle. There is a bit of chocolate in the pallet. The finish is so smooth you might never stop sliding until you pull yourself another glass. The tannins ￼are so soft and supple. ￼￼it is moderately dry leaving you thirsty for more. Perfect Cab! — 3 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.
Beautiful nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, mint, espresso, earth, spices, black pepper, light vegetables, eucalyptus and pencil lead.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, green olives, peppercorn, earth, black tea, light vegetables and herbs.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This 13 year old Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking very nicely now, although still young.
Gentle, elegant and tasty. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with lots of fruits.
Tastes very much like a good quality left bank Bordeaux. Loved the nose here.
Will continue age nicely in the next 15 years. Would be nice to revisit it again in 5 years, as I see it becoming even better.
This Single Vineyard is a delicious wine that needs time to open up properly. I gave it 4 hours in the decanter.
Robert Parker 96 points.
Thank you Sonny for sharing this with me.
Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
15.5% alcohol by volume.
$600 (current vintage). — 10 days ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Red Hills.
Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, raspberries, black plums, oak, light vanilla, licorice, herbs, tobacco leaf, earth, spices, chocolates, dark coffee and black pepper.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, black currants, oak, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, coffee, cinnamon, earth, spices, light vegetables and herbs.
Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County in California. Fruit forward with lots of coffee and chocolates notes.
Needs a few hours of airtime to open up, but drinkable right out of the bottle too. Big tannins come out after a couple of hours of air.
Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel, but still very young, and needs five years in the bottle to mature properly. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years. Will age nicely in the next 10 years.
I had the 2017 vintage a year ago and it is very consistent.
Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.
14.3% alcohol by volume.
$75. — 14 days ago
Darioush - Darius II- cabernet sauvignon 2018. Although it is way over priced, its not a bad cab. This is about 200 dollars over priced at 350 a bottle offered to only a few in the wine club. I am very happy to be able to share this with you all. The color is as opaque as they come. The bouquet is mostly blackberry pie fresh out of the oven. The initial palate is crisp black raspberry, blackberry, and fig. The sudden sharpness overwhelms the mid palate and bleeds into the finish. There is some graphite and oak present in the back ground. The finish is a wee bit sharp, almost sour, and very dry!!! However, I must have another sip. It is very addictive… this gives new meaning to sharp wine tannins. It has a very thick feel in the mouth. I would not buy it again, but boy is it fun to drink! — a day ago
Hawk and Horse Vineyards Sparkling Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 , Lake County, California
Light salmon in color.
On the nose black currants, raspberries, spices, citrus, green apples, minerals, herbs and earth.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.
Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, cherries, spices, earth, peppercorn, green apples and light grapefruits.
Nice length on the finish with spices and limes.
This is a delicious sparkling Rosé from Lake County in California.
Nicely balanced with nice complexity. Spicy and entertaining. Not bitter nor tart. Just right.
Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.
I really enjoy these Cabernet Sauvignon sparkling wines.
Good by itself or with food. Easy drinking and good for parties. I paired it with a pulled chicken salad and a gorgeous view.
12.4% alcohol by volume.
$60. — 6 days ago
A beautiful true garnet in color with some definite bricking. The nose initially fills the senses with tart dark cherry and cassis, barn yard funk, smoked meat and green veggie followed by secondary notes of pepper, worn leather and chocolate cherry. A bomb of cherry fruit hits the palate. WOW! Smooth, luscious and elegant. Tannins are well blended and notes of spice wet earth, plum, pencil lead and dark coffee bean complete it’s long dry finish. Look forward to seeing how it holds up over the next few hours with more secondary coming out. — 5 days ago
11yr Wedding Anniversary! Wine needed a decant but we didn’t have time. Dark purple color. Great nose of cedar, dark cherries, and rustic elements. Was surprised by the olives and meats on the palate. Was very CDP like. Not sure if it’s in a weird spot, an off bottle, or meant to be that type of blend. Wasn’t bad, but not my style. Medium depth and finish. — 6 days ago
It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Mount Veeder.
Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, espresso, cola, light herbs, earth, chocolates, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate and fruit forward, with black fruits, chocolates, cedar, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee, peppercorn and herbs.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from the great 2016 vintage. Already drinking very nicely, even right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours in the decanter.
Showing nice complexity with a great, spicy mouthfeel.
I had it over a year ago, and it is drinking even better now. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.
Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$125. — 7 days ago
My first Greer to open. I had a glass of the 2011 2-3yrs ago and loved it, which prompted me to sign up. Borders Scarecrow’s JJCohn vineyard. Very Rutherford, and very 2015 (concentration to the max; a nice marriage of 2014’s open/sexy profile and 2016’s structured/serious profile). I double decanted this back to the bottle for an hour, and then back to the decanter for the remaining four hours.
Aaron Pott made, and very much in his style. Purple in the glass, and a high toned mix of red, blue and black fruits on the nose. A definite sweetness aromatically but in no way offputting. Behind the wall of ripe fruit is bright potpourri, bitter dark cocoa shavings, espresso and a mineral-earthy note.
The palate was much more compact. The fresh squeezed fruits continued but there was a darker core. Towards the end of the four hours, the profile started showing layers of violets, red and black currant, graphite, and high percentage dark chocolate. Excellent acidity and fine grained tannins on the finish.
For me, this falls in the “elegant” category. I could have simply smelled the wine all evening as the aromatics were intoxicating. On the young side, but I imagine this improves over the next 3-5yrs and becomes an even better bottle. Decant 3-4hrs or hold. — 11 days ago
Blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon & 6% Petit Verdot, BV grapes were first planted back in 1900, by founder Georges de Latour. Outstanding! Deep dense Ruby with complex berry fruit aromas wrapped in toasty spice. On the palate flavors of blackberry, cherry and sweet plum with licorice and cacao, adding cedar and tobacco notes. Soft velvet tannins, still young, long finish, well integrated and nicely balanced, a joy to drink. Will age a long time. A Wow factor wine!! — 7 days ago