2018 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch, USA, California, Napa, St. Helena, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$125.00USD

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.  

2019 Double Diamond (Schrader) Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$120.00USD

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

2016 K Vintners Cattle King Upland Snipes Mountain Syrah, USA, Washington, Yakima Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, slight burnt rubber, smoke and spice.  Full bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this is not a bruiser but certainly new world in style.  Elegant black raspberry fruit with some black pepper and spice.  Clean.  Plenty of depth.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now and should drink well for another eight to twelve years.  Nice on its own, this would work well with not too spicy Indian foods.  

2016 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Lot C-91, USA, California, Napa,

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$72.00USD

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

2016 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$69.00USD

Very nice showing for this wine.  It has long been a steakhouse restaurant favorite yet its fans remain consistent and loyal.  It was a pleasure to drink this and it had been some time since enjoying this wine.  Purple in color with ruby swirls.  The nose is nice with cassis, cherries, cedar and spice.  It has a nice sinewy texture.  Softer with light tannins.  On the palate, there is some depth/complexity with cassis and char.  Long finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue to drink well for another eight to twelve years.  It drinks well on its own, and would certainly work we

2016 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, USA, California, Napa, Oakville, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$72.00USD

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.

2019 William & Mary Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

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.  

2019 Seven Apart Cabernet Sauvignon Expedition, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$189.00USD

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

2000 Château Langoa Barton, France, Bordeaux, St. Julien, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2000
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$115.00USD

Another slowly developing 2000 Bordeaux.  Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, cigar box, leather and spice.  Full bodied.  Light to medium tannins.  On the palate, black cherries and cassis with some leathery notes and underlying forest floor.  Nice complexity.  Good finish.  Drink over the next five to seven years.   Better with food, this would work nicely with Beef Wellington.  

1998 Château Calon-Ségur, France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1998
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$166.00USD

A good vintage if better on the right bank, this wine is drinking at or maybe slightly past peak, but still very nice.   It is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.  Old school in style.  Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with tobacco, cassis, forest floor and spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, cassis, tobacco with underlying earthiness.  Good texture.  Complex.  Long finish.  This is great on its own and will work nicely with lamb chops.  Drink over the next few years.  

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