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96 • Hiatus Cellars 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $50.
Dark garnet violet color. Bold aromas and flavors of wet clay, olive, nut brittle, baker's chocolate, and dried currants with a silky, dryish medium body and a long, savory, earthy finish with plush, chewy tannins. A fantastically expressive and terroir-driven Napa cabernet that is very reminiscent of a top Saint-Estèphe. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
96 • Macauley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $72. Cellar Selection.
Opaque with a purple rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black currant, briar, black cherry, leather and vanilla. Juicy black cherry, currant and black plum flavors are framed with vanilla, mocha, cocoa nibs and allspice. Deliciously smooth and classic. Napa cabernet (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
95 • Martin Estate 2010 Collector's Reserve, Puerta Dorada Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $135. Cellar Selection.
Garnet black color. Dense aromas of herbs, spices and chocolate drizzled bacon, nuts and berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy layered finish with notes of cassis, vanilla, peppercorn and minerals. A vibrant, lively wine with great table appeal; pair with prime rib. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
95 • Maroon Wines 2009 Reserve, Maroon Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $80.
Garnet black color. Complex aromas suggest olives, leather, honeycomb, herbs, and spiced cherries with silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body a creamy vanilla, cassis, and incense accented finish with chewy tannins. A delicious, mouthwatering cabernet that is a sheer delight. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
95 • Moffett 2005 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $75.
Opaque with a brick red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of black raspberry, black currant, prunes, licorice, leather, heirloom tomato, chocolate covered toffee, old leather-bound books and vanilla bean. Lush black raspberry, plum, leather, black currant and pomegranate flavors are framed with vanilla, baking spice, leather and dark earth. Broad, long and balanced finish. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
95 • Reynolds Family Winery 2010 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley $98.
Opaque with a brick red rim and red stained legs. Aromas of vanilla, licorice, black raspberry, plum jam and butterscotch. Chewy cherry and currant flavors, vanilla, clove, allspice and black licorice. Well integrated tannins balance with dark fruit through the finish. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
94 • Tom Eddy 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $95. Cellar Selection.
Mellow, mature aromas of dried berries, leather, carob bar, mint, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy sweet tobacco, honeyed nut, spice and earth driven finish. This wine eschews flash for class. (tasted on Jun-10-2013)
94 • Amizetta Vineyards 2010 Terraced Hillside, "Complexity", Napa Valley $45.
Very perfumed nose of violets, tree bark and cassis. Lively flavors follow with a grippy youthful finish. Very flavorful and balanced. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
94 • PEJU 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $50. Cellar Selection.
Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of berry pie, vanilla custard, buttery spiced nuts, and peppercorn with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, graceful, chewy tannin finish. A delicious, vibrant, and structured cabernet for all occasions. (tasted on Feb-18-2013)
94 • Jericho Canyon 2007 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $80. Cellar Selection.
Violet black color. Brooding aromas of cassis pie, toffee and Asian spices with satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long seamless, fine tannin finish. A superb table wine that will shine with file mignon. (tasted on Feb-11-2013)
94 • Monte De Oro 2008 Reserve, Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Temecula Valley $70.
Dusty ruby color. Complex, savory aromas of olive tapenade, grilled peppers, honeycomb, vanilla biscuit, and mulberries with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, sumptuous cassis pie, spice, Belgian chocolate, and earth driven finish. A fantastically rich and rewarding cabernet that will triumph with the finest steaks. (tasted on Jul-08-2013)
94 • D.R. Stephens Estate 2010 D.R. II, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $65.
Garnet violet color. Aromas of mixed berry compotes, olive, chocolate and leather with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, seamless, vanilla bean and fine tannin finish. Artfully crafted and elegantly styled cabernet for the table. (tasted on Jun-24-2013)
94 • Amizetta Vineyards 2010 "Vigneto del Tacchino" Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $85.
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of olive, leather, clay, vanilla yogurt nuts, and dried berries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering, eucalyptus and sunchoke accented finish. Deliciously herbal and savor; will be great with prime rib or game. (tasted on Aug-19-2013)
94 • Maroon Wines 2009 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley $60.
Violet black color. Complex aromas of chocolate, nuts, olives, peppers, and spicy currant pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body a long, graceful rhubarb yogurt, sandalwood, and earth nuanced finish. A very classy, highly structured cabernet. (tasted on Aug-20-2013)
94 • Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County $65. Cellar Selection. Demeter Certified Biodynamic ®, Certifed Organic, Organically Grown Grapes
Garnet violet color. Aromas of honeyed cassis, dried cherries, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chewy mouthwatering spicy baked apple, earth, and silty tannin finish. An impressively rich and balanced cabernet that will be great at the table with hearty meat and game. (tasted on Oct-14-2013)
94 • Summit Lake 2009 Estate, "Emily Kestrel", Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley $60. Cellar Selection.
Deep ruby black color. Expressive aromas of spicy cherry chutney and vinaigrette, toffee, leather, and honeycomb with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a rich, dried blueberry, anise, earth, blossoms, and mocha custard accented finish with fine, elegant tannins. Great concentration, complexity and style. (tasted on Oct-21-2013)
94 • Hiatus Cellars 2010 "Apex" Red Wine, Napa Valley $80.
Dark garnet violet black color. Elegant aromas and flavors of creamy chocolate, pistachio nougat, cassis pie, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, nutty, peppery spice, vanilla cream, and earth accented finish. Very pure, balanced, and nicely restrained fruit and oak. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
94 • Wakefield/Taylors 2012 "Jaraman", Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley & Coonawarra $34.95.
Opaque with a deep purple rim and stained legs. Aromas of black cherry, crushed raspberry, chewy plums, cardamom, eucalyptus and fruit cake. Moderate tannins balance with chewy cherry, crushed boysenberry and dried strawberries along with a hint of candied violet. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
93 • Tom Eddy 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $95.
Ruby black color. Aromas of candle wax, olive, roasted pepper and dried cherry with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy pomegranate tart, spiced nut, and mineral accented finish with chewy, fine tannins. A very nicely styled, food-friendly cabernet that is drinking beautifully now. (tasted on Jan-08-2013)
93 • Barboursville 2009 Octagon Twelfth Edition, Virginia $49.99.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, cranberry, clay, and tomato on the vine with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, dusty, forest floor accented finish with fine tannins. A wonderfully structured Old World styled red blend for the table; pair with veal or lamb chops. (tasted on Jan-11-2013)