Posts Tagged Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

The densely opaque, black/purple hue gives full warning to what is to come. Initial whiffs of cocoa powder and wood spice give way to concentrated blackberry and black currant fruit, with notes of black olive and bell pepper adding varietal... Read more

2012 Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawkeye Mountain, Alexander Valley

The Jackson Estate wines represent special bottlings from a specific appellation. For decades, the Alexander Valley in the northern reaches of Sonoma County have been recognized as a producer of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals Napa... Read more

2012 Wakefield ‘The Visionary’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley Estate, Australia

A $200 bottle of wine sealed with a screw cap? Don’t stick up your nose; stick your nose in the glass, and prepare for a Jekyll-and-Hyde wine experience — and we mean that in a good way. You see, this is an unusual wine in that the flavor is not... Read more

2012 Pedroncelli ‘Wisdom’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

For as long as we’ve been drinking Pedroncelli wines — which is a lot longer than our archived reviews indicate, the wines have been crafted for immediate accessibility: Buy them today, drink them tonight. So it was a surprise to encounter this... Read more

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

More than 20 vineyards. Five varietals. A mix of French and American oak barrels. Those were the components that contributed to this wine, a full-bodied beauty that seamlessly melds fruit and spice notes. Among the aromas and flavors we experienced... Read more

2014 Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon, South Australia

If you’ve shied away from Cabernet Sauvignon because of the “big bruiser” style embraced by many Napa Valley and Bordeaux vintners, don’t let that stop you from trying this wine. While it’s not “Cabernet-like” in the traditional sense,... Read more

2013 Wakefield Cabernet Sauvignon ‘St. Andrews,’ Clare Valley

Opaque crimson color. Minty eucalyptus aromas and a dark flower perfume lead to ample black currant fruit. A nice thread of minerality is discernable in the nose and on the palate. Wood aromas and flavors of coffee and chocolate have been seamlessly... Read more

2012 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

No list of iconic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines is complete without the Bosché Vineyard bottling from Freemark Abbey. This wine is a three-vineyard blend from the Napa’s Rutherford district: 53% Bosché, 42% Sycamore, and 5% Red Barn... Read more

2012 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley

In the glass, it is an opaque black/crimson hue. This red is more monolithic, brawny, and concentrated than its more dapper brother, “The Mariner,” the Yang to the other’s Yin. The aromas and flavors run to a black profile – black olive,... Read more

2013 Wakefield Estate ‘Taylors Jaraman’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley and Coonawarra, Australia

Rich, elegant and ageworthy, this exquisite wine seamlessly melds the qualities of perfectly ripened grapes from two South Australia microclimates and a mix of French oak barrels. The aroma and flavor spectrum includes black currant, black cherry,... Read more