Far Niente Chardonnay 2018. Rich and juicy, with oaky accents to the dried apple and glazed apricot flavors. The well-structured finish is filled with savory and buttery notes. Pair its aromas and flavors of ripe, core fruits, peach skin, and oak with shellfish in a generous cream sauce.
Andreas Tscheppe Chardonnay 2017. Salamander, Sudsteiermark, Austria. Andreas’ vineyards teem with life, in fact this a wine named for the small lizards that roam between the rows and act as a sort of natural insecticide. There’s certainly a richness here, but one entwined with floral aromatics and lingering acidity. Andreas Tscheppe, alongside brother Edwald at nearby Werlitsch, is at the forefront of Austria’s new wave of winemakers. His vineyards, in the south-eastern region of Styria on the border of Slovenia, explode with life every vintage and his wines, befittingly perhaps, are often beautifully wild.
Benovia Chardonnay 2017. La Pommeraie, Russian River Valley, Sonoma. Vivid aromas of citrus blossom, pineapple and green papaya. The vibrancy of aromas is matched by its opulent texture and layered flavors of candied orange rind and crème brûlée followed by a mineral laden finish. Indigenous yeast fermentation in French oak barrels and extended aging of 16 months on lees drives this wine’s exceptional complexity.
B.R. Cohn Chardonnay 2018. The nose suggests fresh stone fruit and toasted spices. The palate shows the bright acidity and citrus structure that fills the mouth. Peaches, apricots and Bartlett pears with mandarin zest are blended with hints of vanilla and cinnamon toast. Pair this wine with grilled halibut with a mango and lime zest salsa.
Cakebread Chardonnay 2017. This wine has a pretty, floral nose with fresh citrus, orange blossom and white peach, but the real treat is in the mouth. The viscosity coats the palate; it is weighty on the tongue yet well balanced with acidity. The finish is clean with a nice zing and lingering minerality intertwined with pear and apple lemon.
Cuvaison Chardonnay 2017. Apples, pears, daffodils and lemon rind. Medium to full body, focused acidity and a bright, fruity finish.
Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc 2018. Lively acidity accentuates the wine's flavor intensity and animates its long, harmonious finish, which features succulent citrus and mineral tones. Delicious now, this classic Napa Valley sauvignon blanc will age gracefully for the next 3-5 years, and beautifully accompany seafood, poultry, vegetable and salad dishes.
Stags' Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. This shows lots of beautiful fruit with blackcurrants and boysenberries and there are also fine tannins that give it form and tension. Medium to full body. Lovely, fine tannins. Pretty intensity of fruit at the finish. Drink by the fire or alongside pepper-crusted duck breast.
Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley. This rich, fruit-forward wine calls for succulent, flavorful dishes such as grilled tenderloin with roasted shallots, creamy blue cheeses, pepper-rubbed pork chops or duck breast with grilled plums.
Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. This is a brilliantly packaged wine, but more importantly, what’s inside the bottle clearly matches the stylish design. A great vintage, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Buccella, which is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, is a stunner. Inky purple, the wine has a glorious nose of graphite and blueberry liqueur, blacker fruits and a touch of oak. Once it hits the palate this is a full-bodied wine with terrific purity, texture, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a long, long finish. Everything is in sync and perfectly aligned in this profound and spectacular 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. Approachable now, it should continue to drink well for another 20 to 25+ years.
Cain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. Cain Five. Lots of plum, clay tile and spice aromas from cumin to cloves. Decadent. Full body, ultra-fine and chewy tannins, and lovely energy and verve. Blend:51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot.
Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Estate Red, Sonoma. This blends 57% Cabernet Sauvignon with 29% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot. It offers impressive tension of smoky black fruit, dark chocolate and leather with rounded edges of richness and sizable tannin.
Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Tomahawk Vineyard, Napa Valley. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Tomahawk Vineyard offers a darker fruited, meaty, masculine and mineral-driven style. Coming from a site in Stags Leap, and aged in 80% new French oak, it's medium to full-bodied and nicely textured on the palate, with solid balance, good ripeness, lots of tannins, and a good finish.
Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. Stags Leap District, Napa Valley. The 2016 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet deftly combines boldness with elegance. This powerful wine offers aromas and flavors of black fruit, anise, and oak. Pair it with a robustly flavored beef stew.
Coup de Foudre Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. A tank sample, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color and gives up super exuberant, ripe, expressive black and blue fruit with tons of Indian spices, earth and garrigue. The palate is full-bodied, rich and spicy with great vibrancy and grainy tannins, finishing long.
Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Napa Valley. Inspired by the power and grace exhibited in the great wines of Bordeaux, this Cabernet Sauvignon from Darioush's cooler-climate, southern Napa Valley vineyards exhibits extraordinary depth, character and poise. Now in their second decade, these estate vineyards in the Mount Veeder, Napa Valley and Oak Knoll AVA’s have hit their stride, producing fruit with splendid concentration and power, compelling freshness and graceful complexity.
Darioush, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Caravan, Estate Red, Napa Valley. A classically-styled round, supple and sleek red blend – 2014 Caravan is the first vintage to highlight higher proportions of Merlot. The resulting profile is ripe and decadent with palate-pleasing notes of juicy plum, raspberry and flourless chocolate cake. Cabernet Sauvignon, the lion’s share of the blend, adds layers of complexity and an ideal balance between sweet and savory elements. It’s supple yet firm and polished tannin is complemented by dark, spicy notes of black currant and cinnamon; Caravan has a youthful energy that would reward several years of aging. Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Estate Red, Oakville, Napa Valley. Lots of ripe but not overripe cabernet character with blackcurrant compote, morello cherries, vanilla, spices and dust. Fresh black fruit on the palate with a pretty acid and tannin backbone. Minerally finish. Drink now or hold. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot.
Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. Napa Valley. Seamlessly woven in black cherry and cocoa, the flagship Cabernet is sumptuous and seductive in structure and complexity. The palate offers flavors of hazelnut, baked plum, and cloves while brilliant acidity on the finish balances the concentration of flavors and tannins.
Gamble Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Paramount, Estate Red, Napa Valley. A luscious and ripe style with dried-berry and shaved-chocolate character throughout. Full-bodied, soft-textured and flavorful wine, especially on the finish. Bordeaux blend. Composed of 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot.
Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Reserve, Oakville, Napa Valley. Aromas of dark berry, fresh-cut herbs, cedary oak and gravelly earth are tight and well-centered. Aged 22 months in 100% new French oak, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers slightly more richness and depth, with similar notes of black currants, tobacco leaf, herbs and damp earth.
Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California.
Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. Napa Valley, California. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is ultra-concentrated with dense black fruit, anise, roasted coffee, ripe blueberries, cedar box, and graphite. A fresh and focused wine with creamy texture and a long luscious mouthfeel with dusty earth, baking spices, sweet vanilla, and fresh fig notes. Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Juan Gil Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. Jumilla, Murcia, Spain. This brawny red shows a savory character with loamy earth, black tea and tobacco notes framing a rich core of currant and blackberry flavors. The muscular tannins are balanced by juicy acidity. Dense, balanced and expressive. Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. Ultra, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza Artentina. Heavy oak and related char, chocolate and mocha aromas make up the nose of this dark, grippy Cabernet Sauvignon. There's plenty of oak flavor, along with herbal berry notes, but it finishes raw, tannic and scratchy, with a hard texture.
Kaiken Cabernet Franc 2015. Obertura, Mendoza, Argentina. Deep ruby red color with pale and elegant purplish shades. The nose is complex with ripe red currant, fresh plums, and red pepper combined with spicy notes of black pepper and clover. Concentration and structure are well-balanced. In the mouth, we find freshness and acidity as well as minerality from high-altitude rocky soils. The long elegant finish displays red fruit and spicy aromas.
Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliant stuff and comes from the Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 5% Syrah, aged 20 months in new oak, its deep purple color is followed by powerful notes of currants, graphite, toasted spices, and scorched earth. These give way to a full-bodied, concentrated, yet beautifully balanced Cabernet that has fine tannins, terrific purity of fruit, and a great finish.
Maxville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Napa Valley, California. The wine exhibits black fruit richness, a firm and layered palate, and a fine, full finish.
Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Oakville, Napa Valley, California. Mesmerizing aromas of flowers, bark, currants and blackberries. So perfumed. You just want to smell it. Exquisite tension and finesse with an almost Burgundian texture, yet it’s Napa in its soul with ripe fruit, stones, spices and Chinese tea leaf flavors. Savory and delicious. Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 2% Malbec.
Paraduxx Cabernet Sauvignon 2016. Proprietary Red, Napa Valley, California. The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine checks in as an interesting blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Zinfandel, 19% Petit Verdot, and 7% Merlot. It's a delicious, fruit-forward, textured effort that has tons of cassis, toasted spice, licorice, and dried herb aromas and flavors. It's nicely balanced and packs tons of pleasure.
Quintessa Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Rutherford, Napa Valley, California. Aromas of blue fruits, blackberries, tile and lead pencil. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh, bright finish. Layered and intense with white-pepper and salt undertones. Love the finish to this racy young wine. Beautiful blue fruits! Drink in 2020 and onwards. From biodynamic grapes.
Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Oakville, Napa Valley, California. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Some spicy oak, crème de cassis and background barrique smells a re present in this youthful, classic Cabernet Sauvignon made by the long-time winemaker at Mondavi, Geneviève Janssens.
Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Kalon Vineyard Reserve, Oakville, Napa Valley, California. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve To Kalon is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Deep ruby/purple-colored, notes of sweet creme de cassis, blackberry, charcoal and toast are present in the subtle but intense aromatics. The wine is full-bodied and classically crafted, building incrementally on the palate and displaying full-bodied richness, sweet tannin, and a potential to age for 25-30 + years. This is a beauty.
Roth Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California. Our 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is bold, full-bodied and rich. Dark in color, it displays mighty aromas of black cherry, blackberry and baking spices with a bright fruit on the finish. Rich and layered flavors of mocha, blackberry and vanilla complement the firm tannin's , gaining power as the wine moves across the palate. Structured, and powerful, this Cabernet lingers on the finish.
Scarlet Vine Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. Maipo Valley, Chile. Aromas of wild cherry and mocha cedar are irresistible. Concentrated notes of black raspberry, dark chocolate, and a hint of mint layer on the palate. This is an especially easy drinking red from a high elevation site.
Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Estate Red, Napa Valley, California. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot, aged 19 months in 80% new French oak. This Bordeaux look-alike offers lots of ripe raspberry and blackcurrant fruits, leafy herbs, cedar, and floral/herbes de Provence-like notes to go with a supple, rounded, sexy profile on the palate. It shows the elegant, charming style of the vintage, has no hard edges, and offers sweet tannins.
Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers up crushed black and red currants scents with hints of sautéed herbs, tapenade and charcuterie with a touch of anise. Medium-bodied with a firm structure of chewy tannins, it offers a great mid-palate of crunchy fruit and an herbal lift on the finish.
Tanbark Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Philip Togni, Napa Valley, California. The second wine of the estate and made from just about all Cabernet, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Tanbark Hill Vineyard offers classic, Saint Julien-like notes of crème de cassis, sandalwood, lead pencil and spicy oak. Medium to full-bodied, nicely balanced, with ripe tannin. It improves with time in the glass so don't be afraid to give it an hour in a decanter if drinking anytime soon.
The Mascot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. Napa Valley. The wine from these vineyards would simply be way too good to sell off, so in this case, they made an incredible marriage of wines from their three amazing brands. The Mascot is a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon born from distinct hillside vineyards; specifically from the comparatively younger vines of BOND, Harlan Estate, and Promontory.
Damilano Barolo 2013. Liste, Piemonte, Italy. I love the purity of fruit and tension to this wine with dried-flower, plum, strawberry and nutmeg characteristics. Full body, tight tannins and a wonderful center palate. Very long finish. Structured.
Vietti Barbera d'Asti 2017. Tre Vigne, Piemonte, Italy. Ruby purple color with ripe red cherry aromas with hints sweet spices. A dry, medium bodied red wine with refreshing acidity, the Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne is well balanced with good integration of oak, good complexity and a long finish of red cherries. Food Pairings: Antipasti, rich salads, grilled seasoned vegetables, hearty soups, pasta, pork, chicken with light sauces.
Beni di Batasiolo Barbaresco 2015, Piemonte. A dusty and lightly grainy red with a plum and cherry character. Medium to full body, soft and round tannins and a fruity finish. Subtle and polished.
Cantina del Pino Barbaresco 2015. Piemonte. Cantina del Pino is named after a famous ‘Pino’ or pine tree that was planted on this estate’s vineyards many years ago, in Barbaresco, Piemonte. Barbaresco might not have the prestige of some of the neighbouring Barolos, but it can be very good indeed, and is also made by the local Piemontese Nebbiolo variety. Renato Vacca has made this lovely, red-fruited, structured Barbaresco from the 2015 vintage, an easy year than 2014, slightly warmer and the wines are therefore a little riper in style.
Prunotto Barbaresco 2012. Bric Turot, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy. A garnet red wine in color with dark ruby highlights and with a complex nose with notes of liquorice, berry fruit, cinnamon, cloves, and violets. The flavors feature solid and ample tannins and a long finish of ripe fruit. With its full body and significant structure, it is an excellent match to meat dishes and to cheese.
Rocche Costamagna Barbera D'alba 2016. A classic Barbera which has typical cherry aromas. It is a full bodied wine balanced by the characteric acidity of the Barbera grape. The vibrant fruit is combined with spicy.
Vietti Barbera d'Asti 2016. Tre Vigne, Asti, Piedmont, Italy. Ruby purple color with ripe red cherry aromas with hints of mineral and vanilla. A dry, medium bodied red wine with refreshing acidity (making it perfect to pair with food) and soft tannins, the Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne is well balanced with good integration of oak, good complexity and a finish of more red cherries. Pair with antipasti, rich salads, grilled seasoned vegetables, hearty soups, pastas or with breaded veal, pork, chicken with light sauces.
Tenuta Montemagno Barbera Monferrato 2017. Violae, Piemonte. A 70% Barbera/30% Syrah blend. Tenuta Montemagno lies on the gentle hills at the 45th parallel, a coordinate that has been particularly suited to the cultivation of vines since ancient times. Our 100 hectares contain the most important Piedmontese crus: Barbera d'Asti, Grignolino d'Asti, Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato, Malvasia di Casorzo.
Cascina Fontana Barolo 2014. Barolo, Piedmont, Italy. Fermentation starts in stainless steel and maceration is approximately 20-25 days long followed by 8 months of aging in stainless steel. The wine is then aged in 25 hectoliter Slavonian oak barrels for 2 years. All the barrels are blended back into stainless steel for another year of aging before being bottled. The wine stays in bottle for a year before it is released.