This is their basic Cabernet in addition to the single vineyard wines that they make. It sells for around $65. Purple in color. The nose is very nice. More black cherry, some cassis and with air some plum. Also spice and slight cedar. It sounds lighter perhaps from those descriptors, but that is certainly not the case. On the palate, this is full bodied with medium tannins. Plenty of black cherry fruit along with some cassis. Very intense and focused right now. It opens nicely in the glass. Nice finish. This should improve a bit over the next few years as it matures and comes to
This is their basic wine (they also make some single vineyard releases). it sells for around $65. Purple in color. The nose is very nice with cassis, cedar, some chocolate and slight pencil lead. On the palate, this has a nice juicy acidity. Firm tannins at this point. Cassis, slight chocolate and spice. Long finish. Still quite young, this needs another three years to open and really won't peak for ten. That said, it is delicious now with some air. Certainly some upside improvement likely.
2008 Nine North Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon Rock & Vine "Three Ranches", USA, California, North Coast, Wine Review
Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has red currants and spice. On the palate, this is easy drinking. Some Red currant fruit. Plenty of spice and lumber. No tannins. Light. Probably should have been drunk earlier as the oak seems to have outlasted the fruit though there is some fruit left.
2013 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review
Ruby/purple in color. The nose has cassis, cherries, cedar and spice. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this has nice fruit in a more restrained mode. Cherries and cassis with cedar. Medium tannins. Decent balance. Slightly clipped finish. This is a more restrained style of Cab but drinks well right now. Not sure if it will make older bones so I would drink in the next five years.
This is a $30 Napa Cab. While perhaps a good price point for Napa, that is not a cheap bottle. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, spice and fresh cut lumber. On the palate, this has one dimensional fruit but a fair amount of it. Lots of oak showing as well. Medium tannins. Not much acidity, this is made to enjoy on its own on the back deck. It is a solid wine for that purpose and for those who like fruit and oak, this is one to look for.
This is an under $20 bottle of California Cab. Well worth the price in the grand scheme of things. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has some cassis, dust and cedar. On the palate, this is easy drinking. Not complex but tasty and works with food. Probably needs to be drunk in the next few years.
Realm is at the top of their game, making some of the best wines in the world. This is one of my favorites though expensive, it is doable unlike so many of the top luxury wines. Purple in color. The nose is great with cassis, pencil lead, cedar and spice. On the palate a wonderful juicy almost seamless texture. Deep, if tightly packed. It drinks deliciously now but really won't peak for ten or fifteen years (depending on how you like them). Juicy black raspberries, char and slight earth open in the glass. Long finish. Gorgeous wine. Can a wine be worth $125? It depends, but this
This is a wine produced by the now defunct Crushpad from their purchased grapes. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, dark cherries with a fair amount of oak. On the palate, this has firm tannins. There is cassis fruit but also a lot of oak. I wonder if there is enough fruit to outlast the oak. I am not sure and would not take a chance. drink this sooner than later.
Purple in color. The nose is very nice with cassis, cedar, slight leather and graphite. On the palate, this is fruit with some depth. Slight tannins. Some complexity. Nice cassis fruit on the palate. Overall, this is very good and approaching maturity. Probably won't get better but no hurry either. Worked well with food.
Made by Thomas Rivers Brown at his eponymous winery. This is the basic Napa bottling and not the single vineyard wines. It is still a great Napa Cabernet. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, cedar and spice. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Cassis fruit with some spice. Firm tannins. This will continue to improve for a decade but is delicious now with a long decant. There is some oak but it works deftly with the fruit. Deep. Great finish. At $6, it is well priced for a higher quality Napa Cab.