Posts Tagged ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’

2011 J. Lohr ‘Hilltop’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

Opaque crimson hue. The winemaker’s touch is obvious in the nose – coffee, toasted nuts, cocoa powder, and a whiplash of leather. Behind this curtain, there is moderate dark fruits. This vintage of the Hilltop selection is thinner than most… Read more


2011 J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley

At first glance, this red is striking – it is a glass-staining, opaque purple/black with violet glints. The nose delivers on the color’s promise, with rich, pleasing scents of roast coffee, black plum, and black cherry. In the mouth, it is… Read more


2012 Wente ‘Charles Wetmore’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Nearly opaque purple/ruby. Where the ‘Southern Hills’ bottling is a brass band, this red is more complex, more orchestral. Chocolate notes from oak part to reveal a deep concentration of black berry fruits and black plum. There’s an abundance… Read more


2012 Wente ‘Southern Hills’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Opaque dark ruby/purple color in the glass. Varietal aromas of blackberry jam, cassis, high-toned wood spices, licorice, bell pepper, tobacco, and olive. It is juicy and fruit-driven in the mouth, picking up moderate, rounded tannins after… Read more


2011 Kenwood Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Jack London,’ Sonoma Mountain

Nearly opaque purple/plum color. Wood shadings of cedar, menthol, and graphite lead to leathery notes and light herbaciousness and, finally, moderate dark cherry and berry fruit. The profile evokes more of an Old World style of red. It turns creamy… Read more


2011 Atalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

A half-dozen vineyards from up, down and across the Napa Valley contributed the fruit to this cuvee, which includes small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot. Glass-staining, nearly opaque dark ruby in hue, the wine shows sweet bell pepper,… Read more


2010 Wakefield ‘St. Andrews’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia

Nearly opaque plum/crimson in color, this nicely perfumed wine has a varietal nose of cassis, bell pepper, mint and dill, along with a streak of blackberry and subtle notes of graphite and cedar. There’s plenty of upfront fruit flavor and a thick… Read more


2011 Salentein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina

Opaque dark ruby color. Scents of crushed black pepper intermingle with briary dark berry fruit. This red shows some fleshiness in the mouth, picking up licorice root flavors and showing soft, furry tannins. The bottle states that this is 100%… Read more


2010 Frisson Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

The color is a nearly opaque dark crimson. At first whiff, youthful, varietal fruit jumps from the glass, full of cassis, black cherry, and blackberry, followed by a high-toned herbal note and wood shadings of coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla. High end… Read more


2011 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

Nearly opaque dark ruby in hue, Cabernet-based, this five-variety blend is nicely balanced and quite complex, showcasing notes of dill, tobacco, fleshy black currant, black cherry, blackberry, vanilla and high-toned menthol/mint. It has fine-grained… Read more