Posts Tagged ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’

2005 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon, Martha’s Vineyard, Napa Valley

Opaque purple/black in the glass, just beginning to lighten at the rim. After 90 minutes of decanting and aeration, the nose nearly leapt from the glass, full of lush cassis and other black fruits, eucalyptus/mint, and Christmas spices. With more… Read more

Two Remarkable… But Distinct… Vintages from Wakefield Estate

With all of the advancements in technology — both in the vineyard and in the cellar — some are of the opinion that vintages don’t matter anymore. But as our tasting of two recent vintages of Wakefield Estate’s “The Visionary” Cabernet… Read more

2010 Wakefield Estate ‘The Visionary’ Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Exceptional Parcel Release,’ Clare Valley Estate, Australia

Lavishly oaked, this wine has a sweet and seductive aroma, and one senses a rich core of dark fruits bubbling beneath the oak cloak. Plush rather than fleshy, the palate reveals minty eucalyptus and oodles of blackberry, boysenberry and loganberry… Read more

2009 Wakefield Estate ‘The Visionary’ Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Exceptional Parcel Release,’ Clare Valley Estate, Australia

Tightly wound upon opening, this wine takes a full day to open up fully, ultimately revealing impressions of coffee grounds, blackberry, boysenberry, currant, dark flowers and black olive tapenade. It has very fine grained tannins and juicy acidity,… Read more

2013 Wakefield Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, Australia

Moderate black cherry and black currant fruit, and a touch of eucalyptus provide the initial aromatic impression, with a varietal green, herbal edge. The wine finishes smooth, with moderate fine-grained tannins in the back. A good choice with a… Read more

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