This is a high end Napa Cabernet. It needs some time, but it is quite good. The retail is $95, so certainly it is not within everyone's budget. Purple in color. The nose has cassis and chocolate. Also a bit of graphite. On the palate, those flavors carry through. The fruit is pretty ripe. Lots of black raspberry and plum fruit. Slight heat on the finish that I suspect will calm down with some bottle age. This should improve by a point or two with a few years in the cellar and be good for a decade after. Will work with heavier foods and on its own.
Purple in color. The nose has cherries, cassis, slight chocolate and spice. Those flavors continue to the palate. Light tannins. This is a tasty, easy drinking wine. A bit of acidity. Will work well on its own but also with medium or heavier foods. Good finish.
Purple in color. The nose has plenty of cassis, some cedar, and slight cigar tobacco. On the palate, this is big ripe cassis fruit. A bit of mint on the palate as well. Some spice. Firm tannins. This needs a few years and should be good for another ten or more. This needs big food and will work well on its own. If drinking in the next few years, give it a few hour decant. Definitely some upside potential.
Not to be confused with the wine of the same name from the Valley floor in Oak Knoll, this is from Atlas Peak and is mountain fruit. This is a step up in quality and price. Inky purple in color. Very concentrated. The nose has cassis, dark chocolate graphite and char. On the palate, this is tannic. Concentrated cassis flavors. Fine tannins. It opens in the glass but could use some time/decanting. Nice balance. Good finish. A polished wine that should improve for the next five years. Will work on the dinner table or on its own. $85 retail.
From the Valley floor in Oak Knoll. Purple in color. The nose is nice with cassis, cherries and baking spices. The palate has medium tannins. Ripe cassis fruit and a bit of pepperyness. Drinks great on its own but would work with heavier foods. Drinks easy but there is some depth and should improve with some short term ageing. Retails for $65.
This is the basic Cabernet from Myriad, superstar winemaker Mike Smith's own winery. This is in a great place and drinking great right now but has a long life ahead. Big and full of fruit and power, but not over the top. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, slight char, baking spice and slight black cherries. On the palate, lots of cassis and black cherries. Also underlying minerality and char. Medium tannins. Great balance. Long finish. This needs heartier food and also drinks well on its own. Delicious. $60 retail is actually a good value for this level of Napa Cab. Perhaps
This is an excellent wine. A blend of 50% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Merlot with grapes from Atlas Peak and Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. Consumed over two days, this was better on Day 2. Purple in color. On day one, the nose shows black cherries, slight cedar and a clove/bitters quality to it that is very interesting. On the palate, this is not a big, bold wine. Rather, there are plenty of concentrated fruits, mostly cherries and black cherries with a slight bitterness (again in a good way) to it. On Day 2 (re-corked and left on the counter), this wine really open
Pop and pour. Purple with ruby swirls, still looking bright. The nose is nice. Cassis, dried currents, tobacco and dust. On the palate, this took some time to open and then was singing. At peak or perhaps just a bit past, this won't last as long as the 01 or the 94, but it has plenty of great drinking left. Layers of cassis, dried fruits and dry earth. Good balance. Very food friendly. A lot in common with and older Bordeaux but still has some energy and sunshine screaming California.
Pop and pour, like many 2012's this seems a bit shut down right now. Luckily, there was time to wait. After about an hour it opened nicely. inky purple in color. The nose has black cherries, cassis, spice, dried cherries and a slight tobacco note. On the palate, this is drinking quite well. Black cherries and spice. Nice texture. Sill young, it unwinds in the glass. Deep and tightly complex. Good finish. This is a robust wine that needs about five years of good cellaring. It has a couple of decades left. Will work with bigger foods but works great on its own right now.
Wow. This wine should make old bones, but it is so good now, it is not likely to. Stunning wine that seemingly gets better and better. This bottle was consumed over 4 hours and the last glass was the best. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis, graphite, cedar, blueberries and spice. On the palate, this has a seamless texture. Delicious. Deep and tightly layered; it explodes in the glass. Tons of cassis and blue berries layered with minerality and spice. Medium tannins. Long finish. It does need bigger or spicier food, but it is oh so good.