2014 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay Napa Valley, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

I really enjoyed this wine.  A long time Napa standard, it had been a while since I had revisited it.  Light golden in color.  The nose has melons and red apples.  Very clean, little oak and no butter.  On the palate, this is crisp and refreshing.  Some apples, some melon with a nice mouthfeel.  Food friendly.  Under $30.  Really a nice value in Napa Chardonnay.  

2012 Notre Vin Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

This wine is from the late great winemaker Denis Malbec's own winery.  He made wine for some of the top wineries in Napa including Kapcsandy but was sadly killed in a car crash in 2017.  This wine is certainly a tribute to his skills.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, slight cherries, spice with slight tarragon note.  On the palate, this is has a nice structure.  Pinpoint fruit hanging with tannins.  The fruit has cassis and cherry and while ripe, not over done.  This drinks well now but consumed over a couple days, it was better on Day 2 suggesting its best days are still ahead.  Nic

2014 Greer Cabernet Sauvignon

In a tasting, its often the bigger, flashier wine that is the best.  But, at the dinner table, over a couple hours, the opposite is often true.  That was the situation this wine had to deal with, but it came thru just fine.  Despite being 30 years younger than one of the wines, it still managed to strut itself quite impressively.  Purple in color, magenta at the rim.  Bright.  The nose has cassis, some graphite, spice and slight cedar.  Powerful but not over the top.  On the palate, this has a wonderful mouth feel.  Juicy.  Its big but seems light on its feet.  Flavors of cassis, and some p

2009 Kuleto Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has cassis, coffee and spice.  On the palate, there is nice dark cherry fruit, some cassis, and spice.  Medium tannins.  I wouldn't wait on this too long as I am not sure there is enough fruit to outlast the tannins in the long run.  That said, it is drinking well now with some nice fruit.  A bit of complexity as well.  

2012 Burly Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, dark chocolate, vanilla, sandalwood and slight blueberries.  On the palate, there is a fair amount of oak on this.  Spice and some burn from fresh cut lumber.  But, also some excellent fruit showing as cassis and blueberries.  Medium tannins.  Long finish.  Right now it is a good wine especially for those who don't mind a bit of oak.  I would hold these as there is plenty of fruit to integrate with the oak over the next five years.  

2015 Plumpjack Chardonnay Reserve, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Light golden in color.  The nose has lemons, vanilla, fresh cut lumber, slight tropical fruits and butter.  On the palate, this has a fair amount of oak showing.  Perhaps with some age it sheds some of it.  There is plenty of lemon fruit and it is a bit buttery.  Decent acidity.  It presents a style of Napa Chardonnay that seems people either love or hate.  It is a well made wine and if you like a more buttery and oaked Chard, add a few points.  

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