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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)
91 • Draxton 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley $36.
Dark ruby garnet color. Earthy aromas of cocoa, dried blueberries, and flower patch with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy dried currant, vanilla nut, and mossy earth finish with dusty tannins. A nicely restrained, rather old world styled cabernet for the table. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
90 • Calcareous Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $38.
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas of craisins, prunes, nut brittle, and chocolate with a supple, fruity medium body and a raspberry vinaigrette and warming peppery spice finish. A big, bold cabernet that needs hearty meat dishes. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
86 • Chessman 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi $14.99. Best Buy.|Find-a-Wine|
Deep ruby color Aromas of dark roasted nuts, dark cocoa, dried blueberries, and earth with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body ad a tangy plum skin, raisin, cedar, and earth accented finish. A solid, everyday table wine. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)