Posts Tagged Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Pedroncelli ‘Wisdom’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

For as long as we’ve been drinking Pedroncelli wines — which is a lot longer than our archived reviews indicate, the wines have been crafted for immediate accessibility: Buy them today, drink them tonight. So it was a surprise to encounter this... Read more

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

More than 20 vineyards. Five varietals. A mix of French and American oak barrels. Those were the components that contributed to this wine, a full-bodied beauty that seamlessly melds fruit and spice notes. Among the aromas and flavors we experienced... Read more

2014 Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia

If you’ve shied away from Cabernet Sauvignon because of the “big bruiser” style embraced by many Napa Valley and Bordeaux vintners, don’t let that stop you from trying this wine. While it’s not “Cabernet-like” in the traditional sense,... Read more

2013 Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon ‘St. Andrews,’ Clare Valley

Opaque crimson color. Minty eucalyptus aromas and a dark flower perfume lead to ample black currant fruit. A nice thread of minerality is discernable in the nose and on the palate. Wood aromas and flavors of coffee and chocolate have been seamlessly... Read more

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