Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

York Creek Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Estate’ 2007

Black cherry and plum fruit with dark berry accents, and notes of violets, orange zest, bay and black pepper. Firm tannins provide structure and a pleasant acidity adds brightness. Full bodied with a silky texture. There’s an easy complexity at play revealing stand-out flavors alongside well-integrated ones. You think you know this one, but there’s more than pleasantly meets the eye. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. A very good wine. (Reviewed 12/30/12)

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Filed under $21 to $50, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Uncategorized

Chateau Aney Cru Bourgeois 2007

Blackberry and mature plum fruit with deep aromas of decomposed wood and soil, plus accents of cardamom, bay, cedar and orange zest. Medium bodied, smooth texture and medium-light on the palate with present tannins. A touch of acidity brightens the finish. Reasonably complex and very entertaining. She’s a charmer, and while perhaps not the first on the invite list, she’s the one who made the affair — sustaining joy long after the posers and pretenders have deflated. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. A good wine, nearly very good. (Reviewed 12/1/12)

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Filed under $21 to $50, Cabernet Sauvignon, France

Diamond Ridge Pinot Noir 2008

A full-flavor Pinot showing mature black cherry and dark berry fruit with a hint of purple plum. Complex organic notes of cardamom, cedar and tobacco bring a balancing earthy quality. Tamed acidity and a smooth, lingering fruit-soil finish. Velvety mouthfeel with a slight chew. Surprisingly full bodied for a 13.6% alcohol wine. Bears an attractively unassuming Burgundian-style single-script-font black-white label. An unpretentious sort with the simplest garb, delivering plenty of whelm. A very good wine and an excellent value. (Reviewed 11/27/12)

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Filed under $20 and less, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir

Robert Hall ‘Meritage’ 2002


Black cherry and dark berry fruit with suggestions of savory spice, caramel and earth. Focused with narrow fruit-forward flavors and prominent acidity. More depth and complexity recalled when tasting than present today. With aging, the bottom seems to have disappeared. The floorboards, it appears, have dropped out of this otherwise well-maintained roadster. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 4% Merlot. A good wine. (Reviewed 8/25/12)

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Filed under $21 to $50, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Babcock Cabernet Sauvignon ‘New Epoch’ Reserve 2006


Medium to full bodied with blackberry, mission fig, currant and apple mixed with organic soil, graphite, bay, redwood, nutmeg and mustard seed. Good fruit and soil integration, balanced with a velvet texture. Lots of complexity here. Oft overlooked in adolescence for prettier cousins, this one comes into her own winning hearts as a young adult. An excellent wine. (Reviewed 7/1/12)

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Filed under $21 to $50, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Hedges ‘Red Mountain’ 2009


Balanced fruit and savory flavors with raspberry, boysenberry and some red cherry up front and nutmeg, cigar box and leather providing an earthy counterweight. Very pleasant with a heavyish satin texture and a satisfying finish. 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 22% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Franc. Really a good wine at a very good price. (Reviewed 5/4/12)


Filed under $21 to $50, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Washington State

Treana Red 2009


Robust, mature black cherry fruit with loganberry and blueberry leads the way, and cocoa, nutmeg, dry redwood and a hint of chalk add welcome savory elements. Full bodied and fruit forward with good balance, a firm tannin structure and present but tame acidity. There’s a feeling of luxury here — more than a suggestion, not quite opulent. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah. A very good wine. (Reviewed 5/27/12)

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Filed under $21 to $50, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Treana 2003


Soft dark plum and cherry fruit with hints of bay, wood spice, earth and cedar. Carries a chalky, distinctly Paso Robles, calcium minerality, finishing with a slight zing of acidity. Rounded with bottle time — many would prefer it younger when the fruit might better hold its definition — but age has done this beauty well, giving her grace and elegance to match her exquisite lines. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 10% Merlot. A very good wine. (Reviewed 11/13/10)

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Filed under $51 to $100, Cabernet Sauvignon, California

Croad ‘Aroha’ 2008


Fruit-forward with black cherry, dark berries and purple plum, plus notes of woody spices, bay, caramel and chalk adding interest. Full bodied with a satin mouth. But the story here is fruit — there’s plenty of it, and it is beautiful, rich and both glossy and textured — with savory flavors playing a supporting role. Add age, and this balance should shift some. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah. A very good wine. (Reviewed 4/21/12)

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Filed under $21 to $50, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Syrah/Shiraz | Grenache | Mourvedre

Babcock Cabernet Sauvignon Vogelzang Vineyard 2004


Lush black- and blueberry fruit balanced by firm tannins. Hints of spice, cocoa, cigar box and fennel. On the hot east side of Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Valley, the Vogelzang Vineyard consistently produces among the best Cabernet and Merlot fruit from the Central Coast. A muscular bloke in a well-tailored suit, this. An excellent wine. (Reviewed 2/6/11)

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Filed under $21 to $50, Cabernet Sauvignon, California