Posts Tagged Cabernet Sauvignon

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

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Poker Knight’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley

Combine the power of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with the much earlier accessibility of Alexander Valley Cab and what do you get? Most likely, a bottle with “Knights Valley” on the label, and this wine from that appellation can be enjoyed now... Read more

2012 Murphy-Goode ‘Single Deck’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

This wine has a powerful, focused, concentrated nose that you’d normally experience only in a $150 Napa Valley Cabernet from a good vintage. Think: assorted red, black and blue fruits, joined by notes of cedar, tobacco leaf, graphite and a... Read more

2012 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast

Nearly opaque dark ruby in color. In the nose, varietal aromas of herb-tinged blackberry and black currant fruit co-mingle with notes of black licorice and chocolate. It is medium-full in body, with the fruit flavors carrying through to the finish.... Read more

2012 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Nearly opaque dark crimson color. Lush aromas of fleshy black cherry, blackberry, roast coffee, pencil shavings, and vanilla rise from the glass. In the mouth, the fleshy black fruit spreads out, coating the palate and picking up notes of black... Read more

2011 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

In the glass, it shows an opaque, deep crimson color. The nose is already integrating the fruit and wood components, with a nice interplay between the polished leather, mocha, clove and cedar from the oak and the boisterous red cassis and raspberry... Read more

2012 Hess Collection ‘Allomi’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Opaque deep crimson color. In the nose, there is a sharp blueberry tang that mixes with raspberry and blackberry fruit. All of this is shaded by notes of lavender, cedar, and spicy oak, followed by a kiss of milk chocolate. Prominent, fine-grained... Read more

2011 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Small Block Reserve, Napa Valley

Opaque purple/black color. Who says you couldn’t make great Cabernet in the Napa Valley in the challenging 2011 vintage? This is an impressive effort. Aromas of roast coffee, polished leather, fresh cassis, boysenberry, black cherry, and licorice... Read more

2011 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

The 2011 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the most difficult ones in decades. Those that sourced from vineyards higher up seemed to fare better than others. That is good news for Mt. Brave, located on Mount Veeder over 1000 feet above the valley... Read more