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2007 Chateau Smith Cabernet, Washington

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This producer is quite famous for their Syrah wines which are released under the ‘K Vintners’ label.  The Chateau Smith label is their Bordeaux analogue, and why not?  Washington State makes some great Cabernet wines.  The Columbia Valley has a long and dry growing season, so has the potential to produce some concentrated and complex […]

2005 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Happy Canyon

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The older of the two Astral wines that we tasted, this bottle showed beautiful bouquet (aromatics developed in the bottle.)  The nose is aromatically giving, showing cassis and blackberry fruits with potent white flowers.  The palate is dense and rich and rests on a well built framework of tannin and acidity.  The wine has a […]

2006 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Happy Canyon

The Astral label is Star Lane’s top production reserve wine and comes from the highest elevation vineyards at their Happy Canyon estate.  This wine is deep in color and trumpets a pure and linear nose that has showy red and blue fruits. The palate is rich and immediately shows good tannins backed by a huge […]

2006 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Happy Canyon

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The notes for this wine are, unfortunately, going to be short winded.  The main reason for this is that we tasted this wine immediately before tasting several vintages of their reserve wine; Astral.  So, we were gearing up for the main event and I’m afraid that I didn’t have the time to do this wine […]

2008 Caymus Cabernet, Napa Valley

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Caymus is one of Napa Valley’s benchmark producers; year in, year out, they make very good wines.  In my opinion, the Caymus Napa Cabernet is one of the best bang for the bucks Napa Cabs. This wine shows tart cherries and red fruits on the nose as well as a little barrel caramel/toasty sugar.  The […]

2006 St. Clement Cabernet, Napa Valley

The nose for this wine is aromatically giving and shows blueberries with a hint of tobacco, vine and spice.  The palate is very soft and fruit forward, but has good acidity and structure.  There is a little spice to the wine, and the only thing that I could say against it is that the finish […]

2006 Ramey Cabernet, Napa Valley

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Dave Ramey has both changed and charged the wine industry to date.  His work is credited for putting places like Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek on the map for revolutionizing how they made Chardonnay.  He then went on to work at Dominus and Rudd before hanging his own shingle.  A true master of his craft, […]

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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If you don’t know, Faust is the second label to Quintessa, but has many of the same features without the same price tag.  The wine is about 1/2 estate fruit from Quintessa, and 1/2 from a vineyard in south Napa in the Coombsville area. NOTES:  The palate is soft and has great density from a […]

Barrack’s Piocho 2007 gives us a look at Happy Canyon

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Here is a wine that comes out swinging.  Santa Ynez Valley is home to the one of the smallest and newest AVA in America; Happy Canyon.  At least I’m pretty sure it is still the smallest and newest at this point.  The Piocho label from Barrack is a great way to get a glimpse of […]

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CabCritic is intended to help facilitate the education and discovery of Cabernet Sauvignon wines, their producers and the regions that these wines come from.  The wine world is huge, so we are going to try and focus on one specific sector – Cabernet.

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