2008 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+

I have been lucky enough to try this twice in a month.  Both times just as amazing.  Purple in color.  The nose is great with cassis, cedar and pencil lead.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is almost seamless.  Gorgeous texture.  Cassis with graphite and underlying minerals.  Long finish.  More elegant than powerful but it has power.  This is still quite young and needs a long decant or better yet, more time in a good cellar.  

2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

This seems to be at or close to peak at this point.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has cassis, cedar, slight char and a slight earthiness.  On the palate, this is soft with thin tannins.  Cassis layered with earthiness and spice.  Nice finish.  Showing a very nice complexity.  Worked well with food.  This was a huge wine in its youth that has developed beautifully.  

2005 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Napa, Rutherford - Wine Review

Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+

Gorgeous wine.  Still drinking quite youthfully, this has decades left.  Inky purple in color, magenta at the rim.  Great nose with cassis, blueberries, cedar and violets.  On the palate this has such a luxurious texture.  Lush with cassis.  Also some charred earth.  Tight layers that expand in glass.  Great precision.  Long finish.  This may yet improve a bit and will certainly gain in complexity.  Year n and out, one the best Cabs offered anywhere.  

2014 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny

Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+

Stunning wine.  I know this isn't one of the single vineyards, but for half the price, this is amazing.  Purple in color.  The nose is amazing.  Cassis, slight blueberries, a slight floral note and spice.  On the palate, this is open and drinking great.  An almost samless texture.  Juicy acidity.  Cassis, blueberries, spice and slight char.  Great finish.  Its one of those wines where each sip makes you want another one right away because it is so good.  Then, the bottle is empty.  Will this improve?  I don't know but I do know that Bevan reds drink great young and there is no reason to wai

2015 Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

This is a fine wine.  Puple in color.  The nose has cassis, spice and slight chocolate.  Nice full bodied texture.  Plenty of cassis and some plums with spice.  There doesn't seem to be a lot of depth and it could use a bit more acidity.  That said, it is enjoyable for what it is and drinks easy with no food.  Pleasant finish.  

2009 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret, USA, California, Sonoma, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

Excellent wine and in a young, but good place right now.  It does have a decade or two left.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has dust, cassis, cherries, slight sandalwood and cigar box.  On the palate, this drinks like a riper Bordeaux wine.  Dark cherries, cassis, slight earthy funk.  Great texture, almost seamless.  Long finish.  This is a very pretty feminine wine but certainly hasw all the structure it needs.  Great wine.  

2014 Revana Cabernet Sauvignon Terroir Series, USA, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

My first time trying this winery and I was impressed.  Excellent wine.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nsoe has cherries, spice and a morel mushroom quality that was great.  On the palate, it is a bit candied but delicious.  Sweet dark cherries.  Slight tannins.  Enough acidity.  Very nice finish.  Wored well with food.  Outstanding.  

2014 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard, USA, California, Napa - Wine Review

Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has cassis, dust and nutmeg.  On the palate, this is tight.  Great cassis fruit.  An underlying spice quality.  There is a nice ripeness here.  It needs some time to integrate and has some upside potential.  It does seem riper than earlier vintages but well within bounds.  Great wine.  

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