Posts Tagged Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

No list of iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines is complete without the Bosché Vineyard bottling from Freemark Abbey. This wine is a three-vineyard blend from the Napa’s Rutherford district: 53% Bosché, 42% Sycamore, and 5% Red Barn... Read more

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

In the glass, it is an opaque black/crimson hue. This red is more monolithic, brawny, and concentrated than its more dapper brother, “The Mariner,” the Yang to the other’s Yin. The aromas and flavors run to a black profile – black olive,... Read more

2013 Wakefield Estate ‘Taylors Jaraman’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley and Coonawarra, Australia

Rich, elegant and ageworthy, this exquisite wine seamlessly melds the qualities of perfectly ripened grapes from two South Australia microclimates and a mix of French oak barrels. The aroma and flavor spectrum includes black currant, black cherry,... Read more

2012 Wakefield Estate ‘St. Andrews Single Vineyard Release’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia

We tasted this wine over a period of two days because, upon opening, it was quite closed. There wasn’t much aroma wafting from the glass, and there weren’t clearly identifiable flavors in the glass. But what a difference a day made. On day two,... Read more

2014 Girl & Dragon Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

Dusty. That’s the word that keeps coming up when smelling, tasting and ultimately swallowing this wine. It’s dusty in the nose, before revealing some black berry fruit in the mouth. And in the finish, some spicy and… yes… dusty tannins are... Read more

2013 Cartlidge & Browne Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

This wine is medium-full in the mouth, with impressions of blackberry syrup and roast coffee. Not as complex as a typical North Coast Cab, but with enough stuffing to make it enjoyable to drink. And its youthful, fine-grained tannins could make it... Read more

2012 Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Opaque purple/black in the glass. Scents of herbs and tobacco infuse the rich core of blackberry, black currant, and cassis aromas and flavors. The black fruit thickens and coats the mouth, while a juicy acidity keeps it fresh and youthful. Silky... Read more

2013 Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Still a baby, this wine is a little rough around the edges, but its dusty, fine-grained tannins keep it approachable in its youth. Opaque crimson/black in hue, it shows a mild herbal note, joined by blackberry, cocoa powder and fleshy black fruit... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Terra A Lago’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

This is a tightly wound wine, so the first aromatic impression comes from the cinnamon, clove and vanilla notes, rather than the fruit. With time in the glass and plenty of swirling, however, enticing impressions of chocolate-dipped cherries and... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

The nose of this wine offers up notes of black cherries, cinnamon, black currants, black licorice, and hints of brown sugar and cloves. In the mouth, there’s ample, plump dark fruit with a sweet edge, and the velvety tannins subside to reveal a... Read more