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Recent Wines
Aug 22nd, 2015
Egelhoff2010 Walton ($0)C
Impressive Cabernet Sauvignon and great to get a decent Cabernet for under $50, especially these days in Napa Valley
Feb 10th, 2014
Hayfork2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ($65)C
We got to try the 2011 Hayfork Cabernet Sauvignon with winemaker Haley Wight. The 2010 is completely sold out so these wines are hard to come by. 500 cases. 2011 was a very difficult year for winemakers due to weather conditions but Hayfork did a great job. Big fruit, nice structure; was drinking surprisingly well for a young wine. May be challenged to hold up over time but a very good wine. About 5% Petite Verdot and 14.9% Alc
Lewelling Vineyards2011 Cabernet ($50)C
2011 was a very tough year with the late storm. Lewelling picked their grapes early, but as always have produced a very nice wine. Extremely hard to buy as you have to be on their mailing list and they sell out in about 1 hour every year. If you can get your hands on Lewelling, it is one of the best value wines in Napa
Jan 9th, 2013
Caspar Estate2008 Caspar Estate ($80)C-D
Excellent wine. Big, well structured, nice finish with long tannins. 2007 was the first vintage so not sure how it will age but my guess is this wine will only get better with a few years on it. Minimum purchase is 3 bottles and comes with Caspar honey and olive oil from the estate
Jul 29th, 2012
ALMVS2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($50)B-C
Good integration, nice fruit, not too big, well balanced and can be drunk out of the bottle. Solid stuff.
Jun 3rd, 2012
ALMVS2005 Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)B-C
Big red/black fruit flavors, round tannins. Straight out of the bottle into a decanter through a aerator. Nice drinker, maybe not complex enough to make the leap to C or enough backbone to keep for any real length of time.
Meerlust 2007 Meerlust Rubicon ($25)C
Decanted for 3 hours, needs time to open. Smoky, leather, spicy and firm tannins. Will keep for years and get better and better.
Mar 24th, 2012
Beringer Vineyards2001 Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon ($36)C
Tasted and bought the 2001 Steinhauer at the Beringer Cellar Sale so the normal price would be over $50 a bottle. At $35 this is a steal. 93 points from Parker and is drinking really well today. One of the better wines we tasted out of a list of 40+
Jan 17th, 2012
Bennett Lane2007 Maximus ($35)B
Supposedly a critics favorite, 93 points from Wine Spectator, it is a more traditional Napa cab with lots of fruit and fairly big but not much by way of tannin that suggests this will be a good cellar wine. Time will tell.
Bennett Lane2008 Maximus ($35)B
Slightly less green and herbaceous than the 2007. Not destined for greatness.
Dec 31st, 2011
d Arenberg1998 The Coppermine Road ($50)C-D
Big dense purple Cab. Nice bit of acidity and tannin that works with the red fruit flavors. Needs to be decanted and run through a strainer, serious amount of sediment. Will revisit after decanting properly and letting breathe to see if it gets a C in the not too distant future. Indeed a decanter and a strainer did have a very positive effect on the wine. Drinking very nicely.
Dec 21st, 2011
Seavey Vineyard2006 Caravina ($60)C
Drinking the best today out of the amazing collection of wines we tried. Another great Cabernet (and second label)
Seavey Vineyard2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($95)C-D
Another monster wine from Seavey that has a lot of potential. I really would like to try this again in a few years as it will only get better. Big, big fruit and finish. Classic Howell Mountain Cabernet with 90.5% Cabernet and 9.5% Petit Verdot. 95 points from Robert Parker. A great wine!!
Seavey Vineyard2008 Caravina ($55)C
Wow. I really love this wine. Having such a strong second label wine makes it difficult to justify the price difference to get the first label. You can almost get 2 of these for the price of one Seavey Cabernet; and this is a really good Cabernet. Again I would like to try this in a few years as it will get better. Beautiful!!
Nov 21st, 2011
Iron Horse Vineyards2007 Wedding Cuvee ($38)B-C
Very nice rose, solid effort for a domestic. Nice fruit flavors and toasted notes at the back end. There are better and cheaper French versions but here are also ones twice the price and not as decent so a reliable drinker from its prior ratings.
Nov 18th, 2011
Iron Horse Vineyards2006 Ocean Reserve ($40)B
Gets the B for the fact it donates $4 from every bottle to National Geographic fund to benefit the Ocean. A particular nose/taste that actually smells/tastes salty makes it resemble the Ocean a little too much. Probably better with food.
Nov 5th, 2011
Jacques Puffeney2007 Poulsard ($30)B-C
As usual a slight funk to these Jura wines and the style of Jacques Puffeney. Light mountain wine with good acidity, bright red fruits. Great nose but a light finish, great with food.
Silver Stag Winery2008 Cabernet Sauvignon ($49)C
I bumped into the winemaker of Silver Stag at a local Costco and after a good discussion, took a bottle home with me for dinner. We really enjoyed it - good fruit up front, and an excellent finish. Plus the fact that Costco were selling the wine for $25 makes it a very good wine at a very good price!!
Sep 9th, 2011
Palmaz2007 Cabernet Sauvignon "Gaston" ($150)C-D
Unbelievably smooth Cabernet (100%). The tannins are very smooth and this wine is really drinking well today. I would love to see how this wine ages
Palmaz2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($100)C-D
Another excellent Cabernet Sauvignon from the really fantastic 2007 vintage. This wine is drinking really well today. Very well balanced with super smooth tannins. I'd love to see how these wines age. 22 months in new French oak
Jul 31st, 2011
Clos Du Val2007 Stags Leap Distrcit Cabernet Sauvignon ($75)C
Smooth tannins and good body - a little tight and good potential. The Three Graces was the best so far.
Clos Du Val2007 Three Graces ($65)B-C
Nicely balanced Bordeaux blend - good and smooth, drinkable now and potential to age. First year of this blend - great first effort
Pine Ridge Winery2005 Andrus Reserve ($110)C
Lots of fruit, big tannins - will improve with time. Tasted at winery, 5 minutes out of the bottle, would be better with a couple of hours of decanting. It's a shame there be no more of this after 2006.
Pine Ridge Winery2007 Fortis ($112)C-D
Beats the Andrus, very robust and lots of potential. Long finish of cherry and berry fruit, good balance and silky finish. Will improve with time - best of the day.
Pine Ridge Winery2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($43)B
Good solid cab, medium finish and good cherry tones.
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