Posts Tagged ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’

2012 Chappellet ‘Signature’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Glass-staining, nearly opaque dark purple-crimson in hue, this is a big, intense, perfumed, full-flavored wine that needs time to reveal itself. Lavishly oaked, it initially shows off baking spice and roast coffee aromas, while the fruit component… Read more


2012 Kendall-Jackson ‘Grand Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

This wine exudes high-toned dill along with ample fruit (including black cherry, blackberry and currant), dark chocolate and herbs. Full-bodied and nicely knit, its earthy, dark fruit-laden finish lingers. A nice companion to a beef roast with… Read more


2012 Vina Robles ‘Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

High-toned dill, tobacco leaf, black cherry, currant, white pepper, some minerality and earthy milk chocolate comprise the aroma and flavor spectrum of this wine. The cuvee includes healthy dollops of Petit Verdot (12%) and a variety rarely seen in… Read more


2012 Parducci ‘True Grit’ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County

Dark flowers, tobacco leaf, herbal notes, dark berries, milk chocolate and a bit of dustiness show themselves in this Cab. In the back end, earthy, medium-grained tannins emerge. The wine is lighter than expected in the mouth, making it a sublime… Read more


2012 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Burnt chocolate with a licorice twist, fig, mild woodspice and moderate dark fruits are what you’ll find in this restaurant-ready wine which should complement a wide array of dishes, including a basic steak-and-potatoes meal. The finish fades… Read more


2011 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby in color, this Napa Cab exudes warm earth tones and high-toned spice, along with a varietal note of bell pepper — a classic red Bordeaux profile. Mix in some Rutherford dust, cedar, clove, red currant and a hint of polished… Read more


2012 Pedroncelli ‘Block 007’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

Opaque purple/black in color, this concentrated Cab has a nose with some definite high notes, full of fleshy black cherries, baking spices, lavender/field herbs, mocha and a note of shoe leather. It’s a layered wine with a rich mouthfeel and… Read more


2012 Pedroncelli ‘Three Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

Nearly opaque dark ruby in hue, this wine exhibits an initial impression of tar in the nose, followed by ample red currant fruit and some spicy eucalyptus/mint notes. With time in the glass it mellows out, showing a hint of shoe polish, a sense of… Read more


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