A gorgeous California Cab as good as just about anything grown in the northern part of the state. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot. This vintage has much less Cabernet Sauvignon than typical. It is in a great spot right now. Young but it has shed its baby fat and is drinking quite well. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, pencil lead, slight tobacco, a bit of chocolate and some cherry notes. On the palate, this has light tannins. Plenty of cassis and cherry fruit with some earthy tobacco notes underneath. Complex. Good balance. Lon
Maybach makes some of the greatest wines in the world. Their flagship 2013 Materium was my WOTN in 2018. This is from a different vineyard and was also spectacular. Now, this is an expensive wine which sold for around $160 on release. For that money, it should deliver. The fact though is, at the rarefied top end of Napa Cabernet's, this is not comparatively over priced. Consumed over two nights, it was better on night 2. If opening a bottle soon, a decant of a few hours will be well rewarded. Purple in color, shimmering bright. The nose is gorgeous. Cassis, slight blueberries, tob
Groth Reserve is one of the historically great Cabernet's from Napa. 2011 was a difficult vintage but, at least for the Reserve, Groth managed to make a great wine. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, cedar, and green bell pepper. While some might not like that green pepper note, other's will enjoy the classic version of an old school cab. On the palate, there is nice black cherry fruit along with a bit of green pepper and also some cedar. Medium tannins. This should improve over the next few years with a point or two of upside.
This is the high end Cabernet from Calla Lily. It is a step up from the regular bottling. It retails for around $120. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, toast, spice and vanilla. On the palate, the oak is strong on this one. There is also firm tannins. Plenty of cassis fruit but the question is whether the fruit will out last the tannins and the oak. It is a tight ball right bow, but a quite delicious tight ball. It will be interesting to see where this goes from here.
2013 Calla Lily Estate Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Napa, Pope Valley, Wine Review
This is a reasonably priced Cabernet from the Pope Valley, one of the less heralded places in the Napa Valley. It is a very solid and enjoyable Cabernet. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, sandalwood and slight black cherries. On the palate, this is easy drinking. Some depth. Light tannins. Nice black cherry and cassis fruit. Good finish. A nice wine for a dinner party. It sells for around $65 at the winery, but can often be found for a bit less in stores.
Ho fortunate to be able to taste this wine again. This was opened at a friend's birthday party and as you might expect, it went quickly. Luckily for me, they made sure I got a glass! The 92 is often overlooked between the 91 and 94 (and even the 93), but 1992 was a very good year too. The 92 is drinking quite well right now if starting to show a bit of age. Garnet in color, ruby at the rim. The nose takes one to Bordeaux. Gorgeous combination of cassis, tobacco, slight dust and slight leather with just a hint of dried fruits. On the palate, this is delicious. Layers of cassis over
This was a Six Liter Methuselah bottle of wine. The cork came out in one piece with the use of a Durand. It was soaked up the sides but did not leak. The bottle was sampled right away and then over the next few hours. Purple/ruby in color. It looked to be about ten or fifteen years old (not 41). The nose was initially muted, but with air this had some cassis and black cherries, some dried fruit, dust, cedar and a slight funk. With air, it got younger for the first hour and then plateaued. On the palate, this still has a nice freshness to it. There is some age showing but not a whol
Urban Vintner is an Ohio winery making wine from purchased grapes. This particular wine uses grapes from the Red Mountain AVA in Washington State. This was the best of their wines and is not only respectable but quite good. Garnet in color. The nose has black cherries with a slight herbal (chervil?) note. The tannins come on strong at first but mellow out on the midpalate and finish. There is some depth and complexity but this is young and could use a few years in the cellar. It is a quality and varietally correct Cabernet. It calls for bigger grilled or roasted foods and will also
One of the best Cabs from Sineann I have had. This is classic Washington Cab. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose is great with black cherries, slight fresh rubber and tarragon. On the palate, this is deep and intense. Black cherry fruit over spice. It unwinds in the glass. Firm tannins. Drank over three nights and it was best on night three. Long finish. This will work with a wide variety of foods. Probably needs about five to seven years and then should be good for fifteen after that. If opening now, decant for six to eight hours.
Aaron Pott has been making great wine in the Napa Valley for a while now. Understandably, as the high critics scores have rolled in, the prices have crept up. While this bottle is not cheap (around $75), it is a lot less than the Pott single vineyard wines. Since I had never had one, my wife and I decided to open one young and drink it over a couple of days. The result is this is an outstanding wine and should age nicely for a more than a decade. Bright purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has nice cassis with a fair amount of char and spice. On day 2, the oak blended more