Classic Napa

Quivet Cellars

Pellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Mike R

Napa cab night - very very good - totally impressed - love all Mr Smith wines

A classic big bold beautiful wine - from a vineyard right next to the famous Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard - amazing Juice with the textures, verve and anise undertones of its prestigious neighbors. Dark garnet to the rim with a slight purple hue, the clarity of this wine shows off its overall brightness, purity and depth- smells of dark and red raspberries so strong you don't even have to put your nose to the glass - this is definitely mid palate that is filled with spice box, herbs of Provence and mocha, setting the stage for rollercoaster of complexities and multi-level layers - true cornucopia of cool-toned red/blue fruits, graphite and coffee undertones - 2011 is balanced, on point, long and focused - the subtle nuances and hidden layers are so evident

β€” 11 days ago

Mike, Tom and 48 others liked this

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Insignia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

Mike R

WOTN - I was impressed - besides always being a crowd pleaser this wine always acts like the postman and always delivers

1 hour decant - was not planning to open but we drank the other bottles like thirsty sailors after 90 days on the boat - color has not changed - the smell has gotten even better - the finish was spot on and the taste was impeccable- remarkable- memorable- a true stunner - blue fruits dancing with black and reds fruits - tobacco cassis sweetness from caramel- tamed but striking how this baby keeps growing - drink now if you want but I will not try again for 5 years or more - this Napa cult classic will last 10 years plus and seems to find a way to get better - bravo
β€” 25 days ago

Mike, Ira and 69 others liked this

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Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Antonio Galloni

Superb. Ordinarily I would not open a Dunn so young, but we served this at a tasting yesterday. Not a crime to Open now but better if you can wait. Classic Dunn. β€” 18 days ago

Severn, Jay and 49 others liked this


Classic Claret Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Always a delicious experience: the bottle is like a beautiful package and the wine is a deep color and has a great full flavor and rich texture. β€” 14 days ago

Robert Mondavi Winery

Unfiltered Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Andrew Holod

Super classic. Still deep ruby with just a hint of brick at the rim. Nose is dried cherries, tobacco, some sur maturitie of black fruits (blackberry, plym/prune) and a eucalyptus note that my said reminds her of Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί.
Medium plus body, with almost no perceptible tannin. Caveat that this was matched with wood grilled sirloin and unexpectedly, outrageously hot πŸ”₯ Pimiento de Padron peppers, so my mouthfeel after the first few sips is highly compromised.
β€” 11 days ago

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Dominus Estate

Napanook Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2009

7.5 years ago, I bought this from a local bottle shop for 55 bucks. And I'm not really sure how I held on to this one for so long except maybe I had a similar vintage and thought it was nowhere near ready. Well, this one was ready tonight. The front has a nose of sweet oak, herbs, blackberry. The entry is blackberry with a touch of pencil shaving. Medium to full-bodied. The middle goes a little bit darker with some perfectly ripe plum and figs. Perfectly aged blackberry in the background as the core and backbone of this wine. Finishes actually with pretty sweet oak tannin and really not a lot of pepper spice. This went very well with non-spicy Asian cuisine which was the fare tonight. I think this wine would go perfectly with anything that isn't too spicy as I was not really picking up a lot of acidity, spice, or pepper notes on the middle and finish. This is drinking at its height right now and probably will for the next three to five years with proper cellaring. β€” 4 days ago

Skip, Paul and 26 others liked this


Unfiltered Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


To support the wineries that are the victims of the Glass fires, here is a delicious one from Newton Vineyard.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Great nose of blueberries, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, coke, tobacco, light alcohol, mocha and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, dried figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, mocha, coke and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 10 year old Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking wonderfully, right out of the bottle. Very tasty and enjoyable by itself.

Very complex with a great mouthfeel. Rich and smooth. Awesome nose, that I kept smelling on for a long time.

This would have been even better if we had a couple of hours to open it up properly, but it was gone so quickly.

Robert Parker 94 points.

Delicious now and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with beef kebabs.

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 7% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$55 (current vintage).
β€” a day ago

Ted, Shay and 21 others liked this


The Baron Single Vineyard Selection Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Wow. In its. Classic Rutherford. Nose of black currant, iodine, hint of truffle. Enters with black currant, blackberry, baking spice and plums. Middle is dark, yet stilk very earthy. Finishes with roasted fruit and nuts, black tar, Rutherford dust with a calm, assertive chalkiness. Beautiful wine in a beautiful spie. β€” 4 days ago

Paul, leon and 16 others liked this

T-Vine Cellars

Frediani Vineyard Petite Sirah 2009

Beautiful, inky classic Petite Sirah. β€” 4 days ago

Bonnie Hodur
with Bonnie

High Dive Cellars

Red Napa Valley 2015

Here is my #FridayCabernetfix with a beautiful Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, strawberry pie, dried figs, tobacco, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, mocha, coke and light earth. Gorgeous nose.

Full bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, figs, raisins, vanilla, sweet cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, earth, peppercorn, spices and light vegetables.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is s very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon based blend. Showing a great mouthfeel, although still young.

Nicely balanced with nice complexity, which will get better in the next 5 to 10 years.

Fruit forward with a touch of a Left bank Bordeaux style.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, which I didn't have unfortunately, as it finished too quickly.

A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 19 months in 65% new French Oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

β€” 5 days ago

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