Archive for the ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’ Category

Franciscan Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

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The nose starts out a little shy or subdued, but has pretty classic Napa Cab virtues.  Right after opening it shows crushed raspberry fruits and strong minerality, but starts to open up and show a deeper, richer nose with hints of candied cherries, rhubarb, french bread and herbaciousness. Side note:  It is no surprise that […]

Karl Lawrence 2005 Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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This wine was a treat.  It had beautifully polished blue fruits.  Tremendous texture and depth.  This wine was exceptional and made an impression on everybody that we shared it with.  We were lucky enough to have it out of magnum at a post Thanksgiving dinner party.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to step aside […]

1978 Clos Du Val Cabernet Reserve

I love getting to try old Napa Cabernet, and always appreciate getting to drink 78’s.  The 78 vintage was a good year and from my experience shows much better than the younger 79’s which have tended to be leaner, tougher and less interesting. Clos du Val is a house that is very much in the […]

Robert Craig Affinity Cabernet 2003

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This wine is rich, full, and long on the palate. The nose has raspberry compote and shows a nice structure up front. The palate has great acidity and depth, showing deep juicy fruits, with raspberry as the predominant flavor. There is a great minerality to this wine… chalky, calcareous soil character to it.

Babcock Nucleus Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

We were at one of our favorite restaurants when we ordered this wine, and felt like it did its job well.  When you order wine by the glass at a restaurant it is difficult to tell how long the bottle has been open for, and that was the case with this wine for me.  Some […]

Frog’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

We opened this classic Napa wine during a downpour!  We were hunkered down and ready to spend the night eating and drinking and enjoying good company.  By the end of the night, we had succeeded at all of the above. First impression on the nose gives away the Cab Franc in this blend; the wine […]

Honig Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Honig produces a great wine year in year out, and this is a great effort in the challenging 2000 vintage. It is drinking nicely, and is a medium bodied wine with strong rhubarb pie and fruit notes. A great drinker for now.

Spring Mountain Vineyard 2002 CS

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The Critic’s tasting notes on Spring Mountain Vineyard Estate Cabernet 2002. Taunting aromatics right off the bat upon opening the bottle indicating deep blue fruit to come. The wine seems to be very charachteristic of the 2002 vintage on first impression; balanced and polished resulting in a denser wine…

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