Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

Idella Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

NAPA VALLEY | CALIFORNIA | $95
Full-bodied boysenberry fruit masterfully balanced with complex flavors of licorice, violets, black cardamom, cacao and tar. A big, muscular wine, inky deep ruby-red, with forward fruit, savory mid-notes and firm, chewy tannins. Grand proportions, indeed, yet presented with a satin-smooth texture and a refreshing counterpoint of delicate natural-fruit acidity. We have not merely a symphony; we have a grand symphony; we have The Choral — LVB’s Symphony No. 9. A very good wine. Wine provided by Idella Wines. (Reviewed 11/16/14)

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Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary 2012

NAPA VALLEY | CALIFORNIA | $70
Rich, ripe blueberry and purple plum with complex notes of licorice, cacao, graphite, tar and bay. A big Cab, inky, with a powerful nose and robust, meaty palate-lingering flavors, exceptional balance and integration. Classic, true to its roots, delivers as expected, always a crowd pleaser — Mick, Keith and the boys have nothing on this one. An excellent wine. (Reviewed 7/20/14)

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Brancaia ‘Ilatraia’ Rosso 2010

TUSCANY | ITALY | $48
Rich blackberry and red currant with sage and bay herbal notes, licorice, cedar, organic soil, iron minerals and a hint of smoke. Slightly gamey with deep fruit flavors and an extraordinary lingering finish. Decant or give this some time in the glass to open up, and you’ll be rewarded with a complex, thoughtful and well-integrated wine. This charmer conveys a sence of the old world in every nuance, instilling confidence and trust, and yet he is youthful, in the present, unmistakenly contemporary — if you will, a hipster, indeed. A Super Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. A very good wine. Wine provided by Wine Chateau. (Reviewed 1/5/14)

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Foley Pinot Noir Rancho Santa Rosa ‘Barrel Select’ 2007

SANTA RITA HILLS | CALIFORNIA | $60
Muted ripe blackberry, purple plum and black cherry fruit with flavors of cocoa, nutmeg, clove and redwood. Full of beautiful mid-notes. Medium bodied, but toward the full end of the spectrum, with a pleasant chew in the velvet texture. Multidimensional with a nice acidity and long finish. There is much to think about. She’s gained complexity, wisdom and cool in her maturity — one might say sublime — though it’s easy to imagine in her youth, a spry, curious, playful yet predictable kitten in her place. Perhaps better in youth; then again, perhaps not. A very good wine. (Reviewed 7/11/13)

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William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Bench Blend’ 2008

NAPA VALLEY | CALIFORNIA | $30
Ripe purple plum with black cherry and notes of licorice, graphite, orange peel, cinnamon and cedar. Flavorful soft fruit, chewy tannins, very smooth — yet reveals its near-15% alcohol. An easy-going wine with some complexity but a moderate range. Thumps along like a Motown bass track: Lots of low-note bliss, familiar, with all its components working together. A good wine. Wine provided by Wine Chateau. (Reviewed 8/20/13)

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Gran Toqui Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

ALTO CACHAPOAL VALLEY | CHILE | $12
Soft blackberry and plum fruit with flavors of licorice, cocoa, chai spice and graphite. Plenty of low notes here, with pleasant, subtle tannins and a spritely counterpoint of acidic brightness on the finish. Lightweight in the mouth, yet the flavors are weighty. Something of a brooding wine: A fugue of baritones. A good wine and a great value. Wine provided by Wine Chateau. (Reviewed 8/4/13)

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Steinbeck Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

PASO ROBLES | CALIFORNIA | $45
Black cherry with boysenberry and purple plum, plus deep savory notes of cinnamon, molasses, dry earth, cocoa and licorice. Full bodied, yet pleasantly just 14% alcohol. A bit tight initially, benefitting from decanting or patience in the glass that opens up a beautifully complex storyline. Finishes with a nice, light tannin pucker. A very good wine. (Reviewed 4/13/13)

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Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

NAPA VALLEY | CALIFORNIA | $42
Well-integrated flavors of raspberry, red plum and dried cherry with cocoa, epazote, camphor, bay and allspice. Subtle fruit interweaves with complex savory notes, creating a wonderful “something else” that makes wine, well, wine. Medium bodied with a firm tannin structure. The palate detects the 14.9% alcohol heat that stretches the limit. An upright citizen, properly attired, out for a Sunday stroll, bidding a good day to all. A very good wine, excellent without the noticeable alcohol. (Reviewed 2/3/13)

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Hansen Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Barrel Select’ 2006

PASO ROBLES | CALIFORNIA | $55
Mature dark berries and roasted plum integrated with subtle spice, bay, caramel, loamy soil, chalk and a hint of cocoa. Robust, forward flavors, a bit rustic, with a firm tannin structure. Aged 3-1/2 years on new French oak. Something of a curmudgeon — he knows more than you, he does things his own way, and there’s no shyness about letting you know. This ain’t your father’s Napa Valley Cab. An excellent wine. (Reviewed 12/30/12)

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Argiano ‘Non Confunditur’ Rosso Toscano 2009

TUSCANY | ITALY | $20
Concentrated blackberry and dried cherry with a savory earthy structure and notes of graphite, rosemary and citrus pith. Medium bodied and easy drinking, nicely integrated and reasonably complex with a smooth texture and a dry, tannic finish. Lean, dark and well-tailored, he moves easily and confidently through narrow, rustic streets — nothing to worry, always in the now. A Super Tuscan blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot 20% Syrah, 20% Sangiovese. A very good wine. (reviewed 12/23/12)

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