2018 Salt Vine Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$200.00USD

This is a rich California Cabernet but given that, more middle of the road in styling.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, cedar, baking spice and slight graphite.  Full bodied.  Lush texture. Firm tannins.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Lots of cassis, some black cherry with underlying char and spice.  Nice finish.  This needs about ten more years until peak, but no harm drinking now.  Drink over the next twenty years.  Great on its own, this needs but food if opening now.  Brisket would work well.  

2016 Frias Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Vangone Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

After just recently trying the 2018, it was nice to try something with at least a few more years on it.  Just as delicious.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, cedar, char and baking spice.  With air a slight graphite note.  Full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, lots of cassis, some black cherries and underlying char.  This is drinking well but will continue to develop ad mature over the next eight to ten years.  It should drink well for another ten to fifteen after that.  Great on its own, it needs big food to tame the tannins right now.  It went great wit

2020 Stel + Mar Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Purple/Ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is dusty with some cassis.  Light nose overall.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this starts out sweet then shows some cassis and slight graphite notes.  Firm tannins.  Good acidity.  An interesting charred Rosemary on the finish.  Overall, an inexpensive California Cab that will please those looking for a wine to drink on the back patio or to serve at parties.  It probably drinks better on its own, but if serving with food, BBQ Ribs would be hearty enough to match well.  

NV Luretta Puck, Italy, Emilia Romagna, Wine Review

Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$24.00USD

This is a very interesting wine made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera and aged in stainless steel from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.  Deep garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is very nice with cherries, raspberries and char.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is a bit of sweetness on the attack.  Firm tannins.  Cassis, black cherries and slight mint notes.  Moderate finish.  This has some depth.  It needs a bit of air to open up.  This will work very well with pasta.  Drink over the next three to five years.  

2018 Viña Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, Chile, Colchagua valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Carmenere and 1% Petit Verdot, from Palmilla DO, a low-lying area of  the Colchagua Valley.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cassis and plums and a bit of warmth.  A nice "slippery" texture.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, cassis with a bit of iodine and slight cherries and tobacco.  This is deep and well balanced.  Slight menthol on the long finish.  This will be very popular at backyard parties.  Great value.  Drink over the next five to eight years.  Great on its own, it will work well with roasted m

2017 Viña Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon Lazuli

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

 A collaboration between Bruno Prats (former Cos d'Estournel director), Paul Pontallier, Ghislaine de Montgolfier and Felipe de Solminihac, a former winemaker at Cousiño Macul   It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Peñalolén, a commune that borders Santiago de Chile at a height of 2,300 feet in the Maipo Andes.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cassis, hay, black cherries and char.  Medium tannins that are a bit drying.  On the palate, cassis, black cherries, menthol with lively acidity.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue for the next five to seven year

2018 TerraNoble Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, Chile,

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is 100% Cabernet sauvignon from Chile but the grapes are from two different areas;  70% of the grapes are from the Los Lingues DO in the Colchagua Andes; 30% hail from the “Between the Ranges” (Entre Cordilleras) Marchigüe DO.  The result is a bit lighter styled but still delicious Cabernet.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, some cassis and char.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, cherries and black cherries with underlying char.  Long finish.  Clean.  This is drinking well now and should continue for the next four to six years.  It is nice on its

2018 Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Cabernet Sauvignon Los Vascos Cromas Gran Reserva, Chile,

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

This is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah and 5% Carménère, from the far west of the Colchagua Valley in the Peralillo DO.  Gran Reserva in Chile means at  least 12.5% abv and that the wine sees some oak.  Garnet in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cassis with an earthy forest floor notes.  Medium to full bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, it starts off slightly sweet before settling in to a pretty cassis, root beer and anise midpalate.  A bit of menthol on the long finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue over the next five to seven years.  It wil

2018 Miguel Torres Cabernet Sauvignon Cordillera Reserva Especial, Chile,

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Andes on the edge of the Pirque DO, at the foot of the mountain at a height of 792 m/2,600 feet.  Miguel Torres is one of the largest wineries in Spain, but they also have long had a Chilean branch.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is tight at first but with air shows spice, plums, light cassis and char.  This is full bodied with a velvety texture.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, black cherries and plums with underlying char.  The finish has a bit of warmth and plenty of black cherry fruit.  This improved over a few hours, so

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