Entries in cabernet sauvignon (6)

Thursday
Jun272013

New Signorello Vintages

Signorello Estate makes limited quantities of premium varietals that blend classic French wine making characteristics with California fruit. Their style of winemaking is directly tied to the vineyards. They strive for lush, concentrated fruit flavors, and good acid balance in all of the wines. The goal is to have wines with early accessibility, as well as the potential to develop additional complexity as they mature.


 The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate emerges from the glass with layers of smoke, mocha, spices, licorice and leather. It shows gorgeous inner perfume allied to dark tonalities of fruit in a deep, richly expressive style. The explosive finish makes it hard to resist a second taste. This is a highly promising wine. It is also more interesting than the Padrone at this stage. The 2010 is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. $89.99.

 

 

 

The 2010 Chardonnay Hope's Cuvee is rich, explosive and beautifully layered. Honey, almonds, orange blossoms and butterscotch all burst onto the palate in a voluptuous creamy style of Chardonnay long on balance and harmony. Anticipated Maturity: 2012-2018. $69.99.

 

Saturday
Jun012013

Ghost Block 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Finesse oriented with an elegant balance and structure, supported by bright aromas of roses, tobacco and spice. The attack is full on the palate with blackberries, cherries, cocoa, and cinnamon. The ripe mid palate ties together a long finish of cherries, caramel, spice, cassis and coffee.

92 points from Robert Parker, and here's what he had to say about this rare find:

"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a plump, radiant wine graced with exquisite red fruit flowers, spices and minerals. It reveals gorgeous fleshiness all the way through to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."

It's hard to argue with that, and at $69.99, who would want to?

Friday
Jun082012

New Offerings From Cade

 

 

 

Cade Estate Sauvignon Blanc exhibits the bright tropical qualities that are typical of Sauvignon Blanc from their Oakville Estate. Aromas of pineapple, lychee, apricot blossoms and hints of anise are followed on the palate by flavors of pina colada, guava and vanilla. The small percentage of Semillon provides a smooth and balanced mouthfeel while the Viognier lends light floral aromatics. The Estate Sauvignon Blanc displays a lively freshness that makes it delightful to drink now, but thanks to the Semillon can be aged further for 3-4 years.

 

 

 

 

The 2008 CADE Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful wine and a true representation of Howell Mountain terroir.  Aromas of black fruit, cassis, black olive and smoke rise from the glass, with secondary savory aromas, vanilla, black cherry and cola nut developing with aeration. On the palate, the dense flavors of black cherry, baker’s chocolate, black olive and dried herbs are followed by structured tannins and acidity that will allow the wine to age gracefully for the next 5-10 years. 
Wine Advocate's take:
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain reveals a beautiful, rich blue/purple color, a layered texture, sweet cassis and blueberry notes, background minerality and light tannin. This impressively endowed, full-bodied Howell Mountain Cabernet is surprisingly approachable, but promises to evolve for 15 or more years. 92 points."

 

 

Friday
Jun082012

Plumpjack Merlot and Cab

Powerful is a way to describe the 2009 PlumpJack Merlot. Primary aromas of 
baked plums, cardamom, mulling spices and blackberry are followed by aromas of chocolate, vanilla beans and coffee. On the palate flavors of berry cobbler, plums and cocoa are followed by flavors of herbes de Provence, cedar and cigar smoke. The 2009 shows more will be at its best with two hours of decanting.  
In the review from Wine Advocate:
"The 2009 Merlot bursts from the glass with racy red fruit, mint, flowers and spices. This is a refined, juicy Merlot to drink over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. 92 points."
The 2009 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet is a testament to the impressive terroir of our 
estate vineyard. While many fought the inclement weather our estate vineyard on the eastern side of Oakville was bathed in sunlight.  Classic PlumpJack aromas of black cherry, blackberry, sage, iron filings and anise are followed on the palate with primary flavors of Bing cherry, blackberry, mocha and hints of vanilla.
Also from Wine Advocate:
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful wine. Freshly cut flowers, dark red berries, mint and crushed rocks are some of the nuances that flow from this highly articulated, engaging red. Despite its richness and obvious size, the 2009 retains remarkable freshness, clarity and precision. This is a terrific showing. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024. 
 This is a stunning set of wines from winemaker Tony Biagi, who has succeeded in achieving both astonishing richness and finesse pretty much across the board. 94+ points"
Hard to go wrong with either selection, but take your evening to the next level and try both!

 

 

Friday
May042012

Corison Vertical

 

Praised in numerous publications, we now have the prized Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from 2004, 2005, and 2006 available! 

The 2004 is dark crimson in color with enticing aromas of dusty plums, wild cherries and candied violets. Its flavors are rich with red currants and cherries, hints of cassis, cocoa and nutmeg. Soft, supple tannins and a luscious mouth-feel complement its firm structure and moderate alcohol. With both power and elegance, it promises many years of enjoyment.

The 2005's inviting aromas jump out of the glass. Cherry pie, complete with allspice, nutmeg and cardamom, dominates the aromas and flavors with hints of plum, cassis, lavender and dark chocolate chiming in. The overall impression is warm and engaging.

The 2006 has effusive aromas of ripe boysenberries, black plums, chocolate and nutmeg spice that jump out of the glass. Juicy, mouth-filling flavors of berry jam, cassis and cardamom follow with velvet tannins. Uncommonly cool nights throughout the ripening season produced wines with spot-on natural acidity to balance the rare concentration from tiny berries. 

These three gorgeous wines all scored in the 90's from Wine Spectator when initially reviewd but have gotten even better since!  All are line-priced at $72.99 ea.  Get yours today!