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98 • Envy Wines 2011 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga $53.
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of olive and chocolate covered cherries and graham crackers with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a cassis sorbet, mocha cream, and super fine tannin finish. A seamless, hedonistic, world class cabernet for all occasions. (tasted on Mar-31-2014)
97 • Heitz 2009 Martha's Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $225. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet color. Robust aromas of chocolate mint, eucalyptus and spicy cassis chutney with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and long, evolving cascade of sweet spices, ripe berries, menthol mint, and minerals with fine tannins. Superb flavor, structure and style make this an exquisite cabernet. (tasted on Mar-31-2014)
96 • Hiatus Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $50.
Dark garnet violet color. Bold aromas and flavors of wet clay, olive, nut brittle, baker's chocolate, and dried currants with a silky, dryish medium body and a long, savory, earthy finish with plush, chewy tannins. A fantastically expressive and terroir-driven Napa cabernet that is very reminiscent of a top Saint-Estèphe. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
96 • Macauley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $72. Cellar Selection.
Opaque with a purple rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black currant, briar, black cherry, leather and vanilla. Juicy black cherry, currant and black plum flavors are framed with vanilla, mocha, cocoa nibs and allspice. Deliciously smooth and classic. Napa cabernet (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
95 • Moffett 2005 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $75.
Opaque with a brick red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, black currant, prunes, licorice, leather, heirloom tomato, chocolate covered toffee, old leather-bound books and vanilla bean. Lush black raspberry, plum, leather, black currant and pomegranate flavors are framed with vanilla, baking spice, leather and dark earth. Broad, long and balanced finish. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
95 • Reynolds Family Winery 2010 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley $98.
Opaque with a brick red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of vanilla, licorice, black raspberry, plum jam and butterscotch. Chewy cherry and currant flavors, vanilla, clove, allspice and black licorice. Well integrated tannins balance with dark fruit through the finish. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
94 • Hiatus Cellars 2010 "Apex" Red Wine, Napa Valley $80.
Dark garnet violet black color. Elegant aromas and flavors of creamy chocolate, pistachio nougat, cassis pie, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, nutty, peppery spice, vanilla cream, and earth accented finish. Very pure, balanced, and nicely restrained fruit and oak. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
94 • Wakefield/Taylors 2012 "Jaraman", Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley & Coonawarra $34.95.
Opaque with a deep purple rim and stained legs. Aromas of black cherry, crushed raspberry, chewy plums, cardamom, eucalyptus and fruit cake. Moderate tannins balance with chewy cherry, crushed boysenberry and dried strawberries along with a hint of candied violet. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
94 • Williamsburg Winery 2010 "Adagio", Virginia $72.
Deep garnet black color. Intricate aromas of cassis compote, singed wood, baker's chocolate, and black olives with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a plum skin, fall leaves, and dusty tannins finish. A lovely, Old World styled table wine with elegance, complexity, and class. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
94 • Heitz 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $49.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of menthol tobacco, clay, black currant, olive, beeswax,and carob with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, savory roasted pepper, honey, and nut accented finish. Fantastically flavorful and balanced. (tasted on Jan-20-2014)
94 • Amizetta Vineyards 2011 "Complexity", Napa Valley $55.
Dark garnet color. Refined aromas of cassis, vanilla nuts, eucalyptus, and delicate spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate mint, menthol tobacco, nut, and earth nuanced finish. A delicious and elegant wine for the table. (tasted on Jul-21-2014)
94 • deLorimier 2010 Warm Springs Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley $34. Cellar Selection.
Opaque violet black color. Inviting aromas of dried berries, chocolate orange peels, dried flowers, and vanilla with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long, baking spices, cedar, and earth finish with firm tannins. A bold, flavor packed cabernet. (tasted on Aug-07-2014)
94 • Ledson 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain $100. Cellar Selection.
Violet opaque color. Lively aromas of cherry, black currant, boysenberry, and vanilla with a tannic, full body and a warming, very complex, long, black currant, blackberry, dark soil, and cigar box finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Hits all the classic Howell Mountain Cabernet notes with balance and finesse. (tasted on Aug-05-2014)
94 • PB Hein 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $38.
Opaque garnet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of cassis pie a la mode, honey cream, nougat, and dried cherry with a silky, lively, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, long finish with impressions of nuts, vanilla, and sweet and peppery spices with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A delicious and seamless Napa cabernet that is sure to please. (tasted on Oct-20-2014)
93 • Jaraman 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia $34.95.
Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of pressed linen and flowers, honeycomb, and dried currants with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, savory herb, menthol tobacco, mossy earth, and chocolate cherry finish. Great structure and elegant depth for now or the long haul. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
93 • Pianetta 2011 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey $32.
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of raspberries, melted chocolate, and a hint of olive tapenade with silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy custard and a delicate spiced melon accented finish. Delicious and versatile. (tasted on Nov-25-2013)
93 • Axios 2008 Cabernet Sauvingon, Napa Valley $129. Cellar Selection.
Opaque with a ruby red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, mocha, vanilla, plum jam and chocolate truffle. Ripe tannins with cherry, dark plum and vanilla kissed currant notes. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
93 • Artesa 2010 Estate Reserve , Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $45.
Dark ruby black color. Enticing aromas of dried cherries, cassis vinaigrette, mocha, and suede with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, tangy craisin, spice, and vanilla nut brittle accented finish with fine tannins. A delicious and well balanced cabernet for all occasions. (tasted on Dec-02-2013)
93 • Williamsburg Winery 2009 "Gabriel Archer Reserve", Virginia $36.
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of cherries, pencil shavings, toffee, dried flowers, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangy currant tart, dried peach, olive, and earth finish. A flavorful, elegantly balanced blend with an Old World flair. (tasted on Jan-13-2014)
93 • Prix 2008 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $65. Cellar Selection.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet violet color. Layered aromas of dried currants, blueberries, creme brulee, and a hint of menthol tobacco with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cassis, cedar, clay, and peppery spice finish with chewy tannins. A full throttled steak wine with very fancy oak that will be even better with time. (tasted on Feb-10-2014)