This is is 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petite Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is great with cassis, pencil lead, cedar and spice. Medium to full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, this is a big but not over sized Cab. Lots of cassis with some char and minerality. Drinking well now but may still improve a bit. Drink over the next ten to fifteen years. Great on its own, this would be a classic pairing with a roast or steak.
Of course, this is the "It" wine right now as it was just named the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year. It proved to be love or hate at a recent tasting with many rating it as their favorite and a few putting it closer to the bottom. Of course, even the later voters thought it was a fine wine overall. It also proved pretty easy to pick out blind as most or the group was able to. Purple in color with some ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has a strong cotton candy note (others said sweet tarts or "Smarties) along with some cassis. Medium bodied. Light tannins. On the palat
This wine was originally released in the 1969 vintage and then not again until 2016. It appears to be more consistent since then. It is made to be a more ageable wine than their basic Napa Cab utilizing grapes from different areas in Napa. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly clear and bright. The nose has black cherries, slight cassis, cedar and minerality. Medium bodied. On the palate, cassis with good acidity. Some underlying smoked earth. Long finish. Drinking well now and should drink well for another ten to twelve years. Nice on its own, this will work well with roasted
Very nice showing for this Cab. This is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% each of Malbec and Petite Verdot. Deep purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, plums, chocolate and spice. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, cassis, plums, and black cherries. Good balance. Long finish. This is drinking well although it may still improve a bit. Drink over the next fifteen years. Great on its own but will work well with bigger foods. It should be great with a really good burger.
This is the base wine for this winery. Only 44 cases produced. Inky purple, opaque and bright. The nose is tight on opening but after an hour or so, this opens nicely to show cassis, char and slight cedar notes. Firm tannins. On the palate, cassis, blueberries, and cedar. A long finish with some cola notes. This is delicious. Still young, it needs a couple more years in the cellar and then should drink well for ten to fifteen more. Great on its own, it will need big food at this point. Perhaps slow braised beef short ribs would be nice.
This is a wine from star winemaker Andy Erikson and comes from vineyards on Atlas Peak and Soda Canyon. First time trying this wine and it was excellent. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is lovely with cassis, chocolate, blueberries and cedar. Lush texture. Very tannic at this point. On the palate, cassis, cedar and char. Long finish that goes forever. This is, of course, young, but already performing great. Still, a few more years in the cellar and then drink for twenty to twenty five after that. Better on its own right now but once it settles down, this would be
The grapes sourced for the Cabernet is like a who’s who of exceptional areas: Pritchard Hill, Howell Mountain, Calistoga – all definitive Cabernet growing areas. This wine offers rich and deep blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry with back notes of plum, macerated black currant, red raspberry and cocoa powder. Though the oak influence is evident (aged 22 months in 82% new French oak) it is not overwhelming. This drinks beautifully - the kind of pure enjoyment you want in a Napa Cabernet. 663 cases. ORIGIN: Napa Valley. ALCOHOL: 14.5%
Pallisades is one of the great Petite Sirah vineyards and Carlisle really nailed it with the 2016 vintage. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with boysenberries, gravel, blueberries and spice. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, this is delicious. Boysenberries, black cherries, blueberries with underlying gravel. Clean. Long finish. This is drinking well now but still young and may improve. Drink over the next fifteen years. Nice on its own, this would work well with grilled meats.
This property has since been purchased by Realm Cellars. Only five cases of this 100% Grenache wine were produced. Inky Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, clay and chocolate. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, black cherries with underlying char. Plenty of depth and complexity. Long finish. This is drinking well now and should continue for another ten to fifteen years. It is great on its own and would work very well with a hearty meat or vegetarian chili.
2012 Kapcsándy Family Winery Estate Cuvée State Lane Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Yountville, Wine Review
This is their middle level Cabernet. Purple in color, some ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is great with cassis, coffee, graphite, dark chocolate and spice. Full bodied. Medium tannins. Good balance. On the palate, this is seriously good. Lush cassis, graphite and spice. This drinking great and should continue for ten to fifteen more years. Great on its own, it will work great with Prime Rib.