Category: California Cabernet Sauvingon

The Vice Wines American Paradox Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California





Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with a great mouthfeel.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, earth, sweet spices, raisins, dried figs, milk chocolates, tobacco, herbs, smoke, licorice, light cola, cigar box and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins.

This is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. I had it almost 2 years ago, and it is so much better now. The 17s Napas are starting to drink very nicely now.

This 5 year old is showing a great nose now. Good right out of the bottle, and so much better after an hour of airtime.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 7 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. Paired very nicely with the Capocollo dried meat.

15% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$120.

Meadowcroft Wines Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California

Meadowcroft Wines Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California


Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/ purplish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, black plums, oak, licorice, light vanilla, earth, light vegetables, eucalyptus, tobacco leaf, herbs, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, plums, red currants, oak, tobacco, licorice, earth, cocoa, spices, coffee and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder is still young, and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Showing lots of earth notes, once it opens up (90 minutes).

This 4 year old is showing black fruits on the nose, and red fruits on the palate. Feels more like a Left Bank Bordeaux. Interesting stuff. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with dried meats and crackers. Will pair nicely with lamb dishes.

A small production of only 7 barrels. Bottled in May 2021.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$115.

Macrostie Winery Clockwise Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Napa Valley, California



Purple in color with medium plus intensity, and a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black cherries, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, chocolates, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with red currants, plums, cherries, strawberry jam, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, chocolates, earth, vegetables, tobacco leaf, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity already, with a soft mouthfeel.

Tangy and interesting. Fruit forward and elegant.

Still young, but drinks very nicely right out of the bottle. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Not your typical Napa Cabernet, so it’s worth trying.

Very easy to drink with all that alcohol. Nicely balanced and a little dangerous 😉

Will pair nicely with barbecue meats.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in (60% new) French oak barrels for 22 months. A small production of only 298 cases.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$76.

Yount Ridge Cellars Proprietary Blend 2009, California





Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Full bodied with medium acidity and smooth.

Dry and fruity on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing blackberries, cedar, sweet cherries, currants, licorice, diet cola, chocolates, vanilla, spices, espresso and light earth.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 13 year old Napa Bordeaux blend is peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years. Delicious and easy drinking.

Soft and smooth. Rich yet elegant. Fruit forward and spicy.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime.

A gorgeous Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon blend with a wonderful nose, right out of the bottle.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

I’ve had a few vintages before, and it is always delicious. Tangy, spicy and interesting.

Really enjoyed it, especially the nose. Kept smelling on it. Delicious stuff.

A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$120.

Patland Estate Vineyards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Napa Valley, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great Napa Cab.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

This Single Vineyard is showing blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, tobacco leaf, earth and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with round tannins and pomegranates.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime.

This Napa Cabernet is not typical at all. There is a lot going on here. Showing great complexity.

Rich and tangy. Fruit forward and nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

This 6 year old, from the great 2016 vintage, is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Will pair nicely with a nice piece of steak, but good as a sipping wine too.

A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec. Aged in (80% new) French Oak barrels for 20 months. A small production of only 4,800 bottles.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$240.

Heir Apparent Winery Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Napa Valley, California


Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black plums, black cherries, vegetables, oak, licorice, spices, eucalyptus, earth, black coffee, pencil lead, bell pepper and herbs.

Full bodied and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Very dry on the palate with currants, black plums, cherries, earth, coffee, dark chocolates, oak, licorice, vegetables, green pepper, herbs and peppercorn.

Spicy on the finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very interesting Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Mountain in Napa valley. Still young, but already showing nice complexity with a smooth mouthfeel.

Not the typical Napa Cabernet. Feels more like a good quality Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. Interesting stuff, especially if Napa is too fruit forward for you.

Needs time in the bottle to mature properly. I’d love to try it again in 5 years. Would be better in the next 5 to 10 years.

Needs 3 hours in a decanter to open up properly, and show the tannins.

Showing lots of vegetable notes with bright fruits. A good food wine that will pair nicely with a nice piece of steak. I paired it with cheeses, meats and crackers.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. A tiny production of only 105 cases.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$165.

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Lake County, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a yummy Cabernet Sauvignon.

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and spicy, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Showing blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, raisins, licorice, cedar, light vanilla, tobacco, mint, chocolates, coffee, cola and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County in California. Fruit forward and rich. Smooth and elegant.

Shows nice complexity already, although still young. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Opulent and delectable. Delicious and engaging.

Good by itself as a sipping wine. Good right out of the bottle, and better with some air time.

A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels. A small production of only 300 cases.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$75.




Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks May Rock Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sierra Foothills, California



This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Sierra Foothills in California.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, black licorice, chocolates, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.

Spicy and rich, yet elegant. Fruit forward and delicious.

Showing great complexity already, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Feels like a Napa Cabernet with a touch of Bordeaux.

Showing lots of black licorice notes on the palate, which I loved, not much on the nose though.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years. A good quality wine.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in (50% new) American oak barrels for 19 months. A tiny production of only 4 barrels. Unfiltered.

15.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.




Calculated Risk Winery Barrel Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, California

It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a tasty one.

A pretty color of dark ruby with a reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, blackberries, earth, black cherries, oak, vanilla, herbs, licorice, spices, tobacco, milk chocolates and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, herbs and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and cranberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Nicely balanced, smooth and elegant. Not “in your face” kind of Napa Cabernet. Tangy and interesting.

Showing nice complexity already, although it is still young. Will continue to age nicely in the next 7 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and even better after 2 hours in the decanter.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. Paired nicely with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$85.

Yan Cellars Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, licorice, vanilla, spices, light earth, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, dried meats and herbs.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, herbs, spices, earth, light vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Big, yet elegant. Fruit forward and spicy.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

This 5 year old will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years. Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours of airtime.

A tiny production of only 600 bottle.

Good by itself and with food. Paired wonderfully with meats and cheeses.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$160.