Posts Tagged ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’

2010 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

If you’re a fan of lamb served with mint jelly, this wine would make a tasty companion. With small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in the blend, this Cab exudes sweet, fleshy dark fruit — plum, cherry and a sharp note… Read more


2011 Dry Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

The closed nose initially gives up only occasional whiffs of tobacco leaf, dill weed, coffee, currant, and cedar. The wine is medium in body, with young, bracing tannins at the back. The good news is that, with six hours of aeration in the glass,… Read more


The Ante Is Upped with Kenwood’s 2010 ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet

The Ante Is Upped with Kenwood’s 2010 ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet

We have been fans of Kenwood Vineyards’ “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon for more than a quarter-century. As with all wines that have been around for a while, some years have been better than others, and there were a few vintages when the… Read more


2010 Kenwood Vineyards ‘Artist Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

The painting on the label, crafted by Keith Wicks, is titled, “Sonoma Serenity.” That’s not a bad two-word description of the wine inside, a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley, and 4% Merlot from the… Read more


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