Cabernet Sauvignon

Widely accepted as one of the world’s best varieties. Cabernet sauvignon is often blended with cabernet franc and merlot. It usually undergoes oak treatment. Food pairings: best with simply prepared red meat. Districts: cabernet sauvignon is planted wherever red wine grapes grow except in the Northern fringes such as Germany. It is part of the great red Médoc wines of France, and among the finest reds in Australia, California and Chile. Typical taste in varietal wine: full-bodied, but firm and gripping when young. With age, polyphenols polymerize: the grip fades away. The rich currant qualities of the Cabernet Sauvignon wine change to that of pencil box. Bell pepper notes remain.

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  1. BV Cabernet Sauvignon Coastal

    BV Cabernet Sauvignon Coastal


    California- Dark ruby-violet color. This Coastal Cabernet Sauvignon promises much, and delivers more! The aromas suggest black and green peppercorn, with currant-mint and black tea overtones. Medium bodied, the aromas are echoed on the palate, and completed by hints of dark chocolate. Learn More
  2. CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon

    CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon


    CalNaturale is the newest entry of superb quality wine into two of the fastest growing segments in the wine industry – wine from organically grown grapes and Tetra Pak Flexible packaging. CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon has origins in the Paso Robles Appellation, situated on California’s acclaimed Central Coast region, know of rich, yet consumer friendly varietal wines. *CalNaturale is the First and Only California wine in Tetra Pak made from Organically grown grapes certified by C.C.O.F and Q.A.I. Learn More
  3. Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon


    Deep color, vivid oak, smoky aromas, and rich clove and blackberry flavors. It's full bodied, smoothly tannic in texture and has a lingering finish. Learn More
  4. Middle Sister Mischief Maker Cabernet Sauvignon

    Middle Sister Mischief Maker Cabernet Sauvignon


    Have you ever dated brothers? Worn leather pants to a wedding? Paired white wine with red meat? Then you just might be a mischief maker. You keep us up after bedtime on a school night. You change your hair color like most people change their socks. You make lives more complicated, but less boring. You'll be in the stories we tell our grandchildren. You love trouble. And we love you. Learn More
  5. 2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    2013 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


    This vintage produced a Bordeaux-like wine with greater depth and complexity than usual, featuring ripe cassis, black currant and graphite flavors that typify great Cabernet. Smoothly drinkable today and a great match with roasted meats, this is a real Cabernet-lovers Cabernet. A great success, and a great bargain at the price. Learn More
  6. Alto Tierruca Cabernet Suvignon

    Alto Tierruca Cabernet Suvignon


    Concentrated and complex nose full of raspberry, mint aromas and cassis with an elegant touch of toasted vanilla. Firm yet smooth tannins, well balanced and beautiful structure, leaving a long and friendly finish. Ideal pairing for red meats, spicy dishes and ripe cheeses such as Gruyere or blue cheese. Learn More
  7. RAWSON'S RETREAT Cab Sauv 2015

    RAWSON'S RETREAT Cab Sauv 2015


    Offering great bang for your buck, Rawson's Retreat Cabernet Sauvignon is a lovely drop that is bursting with fruity flavours with a touch of spice. It's a great match with red meat or hearty Italian. Learn More
  8. Bodegas Graffigna Centenario Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

    Bodegas Graffigna Centenario Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


    Bright medium ruby. Slightly reduced aromas and flavors of blackberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Juicy, intense and rather cool, with enticing violet lift. Has the mid-palate stuffing to support its serious tannic spine. Not hard, but I'd give this persistent wine a year or two to fill out. Learn More
  9. Cartlidge & Brown Cabernet Sauvignon

    Cartlidge & Brown Cabernet Sauvignon


    While packed with ripe berry and cherry flavors, this wine is also well-balanced due to good acidity and firm tannins that buoy the full flavors and give a lively tension in the mouth. Complementary spicy accents from oak come out with each sip. Learn More
  10. Auspicion Cabernet Sauvignon

    Auspicion Cabernet Sauvignon


    A classic Cabernet in structure and finesse, Auspicion Cabernet is loaded with ripe berry and plum aromas; juicy black fruit is balanced by silky tannins and a lingering finish accented by touches of chocolate, toffee, and vanilla. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in oak for several months. Full-bodied and complex upon release, it will continue to develop and improve for up to five years. Learn More
  11. 2011 Baron Herzog Cabernet Sauvignon

    2011 Baron Herzog Cabernet Sauvignon


    Winemaker's notes - With aromas of blackberry and mild oak, this is a full-bodied, rich wine that boasts layers of berry, currant, and anise flavors, which linger on the finish. Best served with full flavor beef, veal and chickent or rich cheeses. Learn More
  12. Bacchus Cabernet Sauvignon

    Bacchus Cabernet Sauvignon


    Medium bodied with ripe plum, black currant, and blackberry flavors with a touch of mint. Cedar and dusty earth emerge on the long, layered finish. Learn More
  13. 2014 Hai Moshe Cabernet Sauvignon

    2014 Hai Moshe Cabernet Sauvignon


    Deep purple in color and supplying aromas of red orchard fruits. Lightly flavored with hints of black cherry, green olive and peppercor. Supported by a well defined tannic structure Learn More
  14. The Boatman Red Wine

    The Boatman Red Wine


    California is good at making inexpensive red wine blends that taste like melted jello, but rarely do these wines possess much in the way of character. The Boatman is the bomb man! Holy smokes is this supremely delicious and super drinkable. The rare Alicante Bouschet grape, known for being one of the few red wine grapes that has red juice, leads the darkly-hued charge. Malbec and Merlot add to the saturated color profile while giving it smooth edges and extra berry punch. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah add a little dust and grip to this tasty, ultra-satisfying blend. An all purpose, all star California wine for just about any occasion. Learn More
  15. Carmel Winery Sumaka Vineyard

    Carmel Winery Sumaka Vineyard


    Carmel Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the Samuka Vineyard in northern Israel. After fermentation and maceration on its skins, the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 16 months. Learn More
  16. 2013 Cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

    2013 Cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley


    Varietal: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot Appellation: 45% Howell Mountain, 40% St. Helena and 15% Rutherford Oak: Aged 12 months, 70% neutral French Oak, 30% new French oak Nose: High tones of mint, raspberry and mineral Palate: This is a unique style of Cabernet focused on preserving purity of fruit, natural tannin and acidity. Fresh and food friendly, this bottle belongs on your dinner table. Learn More
  17. Uppercut Cab Sauv

    Uppercut Cab Sauv


    Perfect with a sizzling steak, Uppercut Cabernet Sauvignon boasts aromas of dark fruit, espresso, violet and spice. Smooth blackberry, black cherry and cocoa flavors expand across the palate, revealing nuances of caramel and toffee from new oak barrels. This broad-shouldered Cabernet Sauvignon draws you in with its expressive nose. The deep flavors—structured with firm, approachable tannins and lively midpalate acidity—stand up to the bold flavors of grilled rib-eye steaks and braised short ribs. Its multi-layered personality is unmistakably Napa Valley Cab. Learn More
  18. Dalton Cabernet Sauvignon

    Dalton Cabernet Sauvignon


    The Dalton Estate Petite Sirah 2013 is part of Dalton's Estate series wines and is sourced from grapes grown in Israel's Galilee. It is a full bodied wine with big flavors of blackberries, currants, muddled red fruits, black pepper and strong oak flavors from being aged 12 months in American oak barrels. The wine is characteristically dry with lots of bite, but a more balanced finish with lower acidity and tannins. Learn More
  19. 2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

    2012 Duckhorn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon


    Winemaker Notes Though still in its youth, this is a wonderfully aromatic and fragrant wine, with vibrant, lifted aromas of spearmint, blackcurrant, violets, graham cracker crumbs and loganberry. On the palate blackberry and blueberry flavors mingle with cocoa and cola notes. Though the tannins impart a touch of youthful dryness, decanting reveals this wine’s classic Cabernet character, with a lovely structure, generous mouth-filling flavors and a long, satisfying finish. Learn More
  20. 2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


    90 POINTS

    Wine Spectator
    The 2012 vintage began with textbook conditions that continued through much of Harvest. Spring bud break was ideal with steady flowering and even fruit set. A lengthy stretch of warm days and cool nights during the summer months allowed for optimal ripeness to develop in the grapes and an exceptional quality overall. Late and light rains held off until the grapes found ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush. Located 17 miles northwest of the winery, Knights Valley vineyard is approximately 600 acres, and has rocky, well-drained soils that are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Grapes for the 2012 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested between October 4th through October 26th.

    The 2012 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of dark blue fruits and spices. Notes of cassis, sweet licorice and a juicy core of fruit are balanced by nice acidity and a silky, lingering finish. 

    To maintain the unique characteristics of the different lots from varying areas of the vineyard, Chief Winemaker Laurie Hook monitored each of the lots through vinification and aging. The wines were then aged in a combination of seasoned oak barrels with a small amount of new oak for 17 months to both round and soften the tannins and bring in some additional spice notes. The foundation of the Waymaker is Syrah, a varietal that demonstrates great richness and generosity from Camatta Hills. Cabernet Sauvignon comprises the majority of the balance of the blend, and lends great depth of fruit as well as lifted spice notes. Laurie blended in a portion of Petite Sirah for its aromatics and rich, inky color.



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  21. 2011 Stonestreet  Cabernet Sauvignon

    2011 Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon


    The Wine Enthusiast: 96 points (note: rating from 2009 vintage, please call store to inquire about current in-stock vintage) A dramatic wine, authoritative in tannins, bone dry and noble. Withholds its best under a cloak of astringency, but already shows its mountain terroir in the complexity of its structure and deep, intense blackberry, currant, blueberry and dried herb flavors. Should develop bottle complexities for at least a decade and probably longer. Learn More
  22. 2013 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

    2013 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon


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  23. 2012 Odette Estate Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon

    2012 Odette Estate Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon


    Mother nature was incredibly kind in 2012, giving us a stress-free beautiful growing season to craft wines with intense purity of fruit, density and concentration. Sunny, warm and moderate temperatures allowed for peak hang time and optimal ripeness in the vineyards. This wine reflects the characteristics from paring a great vintage with great vineyards in the Napa Valley.

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  24. 2012 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    2012 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


    90 POINTS "In a league of its own when it comes to cost and availability... Well-built, with a firm core of dark berry, cherry and wilted rose, showing good density and intensity. This gains depth and holds focus, ending with ripe, chewy tannins. Drink now through 2022." -James Laube, Wine Spectator 90 points "Pure aromas of redcurrant, loam and licorice. Pliant and sweet, offering good texture and extract to its flavors of plum, currant, mocha and brown spices. Finishes with broad, sweet tannins and a drop of milk chocolate." -Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar Learn More
  25. 2012 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 375ml

    2012 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 375ml


    The 2011 vintage has delivered a beautifully fragrant wine with layered aromas of blackberry, cassis, cinnamon cake, anise, cardamom, tobacco leaf and mocha. On the palate, the entry is soft and smooth with blueberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors, as well as notes of red currant, cedar and sweet spice. The tannins are firm and youthful on the long finish, adding structure and the promise of a long life in the cellar. Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc Learn More
  26. 2012 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon

    2012 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon


    The Wine Advocate 91 points: The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, rich wine bursting with dark fruit. This is a fairly immediate style, some serious tannins notwithstanding. Smoke, tobacco and licorice develop in the glass, adding complexity and nuance. The powerful, fruit-driven finish is totally rewarding, but this will be even better in a few years’ time. Learn More
  27. Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


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    Our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts alluring, complex aromas of dense dark cherry, boysenberry and blackcurrant fruit supplemented by enticing toasted oak and dark chocolate scents. Rich and lush on the palate with deeply concentrated cassis, blackberry and black fig flavors, the wine culminates in a remarkably long finish showcasing ripe fruit, dark chocolate and wood spice tones framed by finely grained tannins. Seductive now for its luscious fruit, this classic Napa Valley cabernet will evolve beautifully in bottle over the next 7-10 years.

    DECEMBER 12, 2014

    Five Stars

    QRW - The Wine Magazine

    "Big, rich, powerful, black fruit and smoky oak flavors; long, resonant finish."

    OCTOBER 01, 2014

    90 Points — Drink: 2014-2029

    Robert Parker Online

    A classic, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon offers plenty of crème de cassis and spring flower characteristics as well as beautiful density, sweet tannin and good underlying structure as well as definition. Aged 18 months in French oak, it is a beautiful example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that can be drunk young, but will be even better in 3-4 years. It should age effortlessly for 12-15 years.



    The grapes for our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon come from top vineyards throughout the valley’s finest cabernet sauvignon appellations. Securing fruit from multiple, diverse sites, including our own estate vineyards, enables us to craft a rich, yet elegant cabernet sauvignon marrying the lush black fruit and sturdy tannins typical of the valley’s warmer northern districts with the bright fruit and acidity characteristic of its cooler southern climes. In 2012, winemaker Julianne Laks tasted each vineyard lot a dozen times, conducting eight blending sessions to determine the final blend.


    2012 was a near-ideal growing season in Napa Valley, with a warm, dry spring fostering early budbreak and trouble-free flowering and grape set. Consistently mild summer weather free of rain or unwelcome heat spikes allowed us to harvest our cabernet sauvignon grapes with an optimal balance of ripe, concentrated fruit flavors and lively acidity.


    Each lot of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is separately harvested, fermented and barrel-aged before blending. Each is also cold-soaked for two days prior to fermentation to enhance color, flavor and tannin extraction. Tank size, yeast strain, fermentation temperature and barrel type are specifically tailored to the fruit character of each lot. In 2012, the component wines aged six months in French oak barrels, 54% new, before they were blended in May, 2013. The final blend then spent another 12 months in barrel before bottling in May, 2014.

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  29. Caymus Cab Sauv 2014

    Caymus Cab Sauv 2014


    The 2014 growing season was another great one in Napa Valley. Our Cabernets are a blend of wines from eight of the sixteen sub-appellations – a bottling that represents complexity through judicious blending. Deep red and opulent in color with the vibrant scent of dark cherry and blackberry, subtly layered with warm notes of vanilla. The palate is explosive, bright and balanced with cassis at the center, with flourishes of cocoa and sweet tobacco. Learn More
  30. 2012 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap

    2012 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap


    "A revelation, it is hard to believe the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot) came from a challenging vintage of cool weather and rainy periods. It boasts an inky/purple color along with sweet cassis and mulberry fruit intermixed with notions of high quality toast and spring flowers. Although it does not reveal the mid-palate density and impact or finish of the 2010, the 2011 is an outstanding success for the vintage. " Robert Parker Learn More
  31. 2009 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia

    2009 Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia Ornellaia


    The 2009 Ornellaia caresses the palate with layers of seamless, radiant fruit. Sweet red berries, mocha, flowers, new leather and spices are some of the many notes that are layered in this sumptuous, totally beautiful wine. The 2009 stands out for its silky tannins and phenomenal overall balance. This is one of those wines that will probably enjoy a long drinking window. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 made a very eloquent case for itself as the wine of the vintage. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. In 2009 winemaker Axel Heinz used the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc ever in Ornellaia and gave the wine less time in oak, both with the goal of preserving as much freshness as possible. 97 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Learn More
  32. 2011 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

    2011 Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon


    This 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex and layered expression of California Cabernet. The wine has a dark garnet color and is bursting with fruit even as it is poured. It has a nose of cassis, violets, licorice, allspice and roasting coffee. On the palate, it has an extraordinarily rich attack, a satin texture and an exuberant expression of fruit on the mid-palate that comes from picking grapes at the peak of their ripeness. The wine finishes with notions of savory umami, and fruit with a medium tannic grip. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2032. Learn More
  33. 2010 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto

    2010 Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto


    Score: 95
    Release Price $125
    Country Chile
    Region Maipo
    Issue May 31, 2014
    Top 100: 2014, Rank: 9
    Tasting Note
    Refined and elegant, with silky tannins behind the mineral, macerated cherry and damson plum flavors. Quite creamy, revealing hints of paprika and hoisin sauce. The long, lush finish is filled with notes of cocoa powder and dust. Drink now through 2020. 10,100 cases made.–KM
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  34. 2011 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall Vineyards

    2011 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Kathryn Hall Vineyards


    WS 93 Pts - Winemakers Notes - This 2011 bottling is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit selected from a spectrum of vineyards — from St Helena to Howell Mountain to our Sacrashe estate in Rutherford. Perfectly integrated, the palate teems with soft and lingering tannins, with notes of black currant and candied violets. Our 2011 HALL “Kathryn Hall” Cabernet Sauvignon is a pure and nuanced wine to enjoy now and over the next 15+ years. According to the Wine Spectator - Beautifully orchestrated, rich and juicy offering an opulent array of deliciously ripe and layered red and black fruits, with blackberry, currant and raspberry flavors, shaded by mocha and toasty-cedary oak nuances. Drink now through 2025. Learn More
  35. 2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection

    2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection


    Wine Spectator: 93 points Learn More
  36. 2012 Pulido Walker Napa Valley Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

    2012 Pulido Walker Napa Valley Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


    Pulido Walker Cabernet Sauvignon "Melanson Vineyard" Napa Valley 2012 Sold out all over, we loved it and we bought a few extra for our clients 2012 Pulido-Walker Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard Even more compelling is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard, which comes from high on Pritchard Hill at a 1,400 foot elevation. A killer Cabernet, it reveals copious aromas of blueberry liqueur, graphite, blackberry, licorice, incense and forest floor. Full-bodied, long, rich and even more complex and deeper than the Panek Vineyard cuvee, it should drink well for at least two decades. This is a very impressive start-up. Thomas Brown is the consulting winemaker for these two impressive Cabernet Sauvignon debut releases. MELANSON VINEYARD Between boulders clinging stubbornly to the steep slopes of Pritchard Hill, the Melanson Vineyard sits east of Oakville among some of the most highly regarded and closely held vineyard properties in the Napa Valley. Vines grow at elevations from 1,100 to 1,380 ft. above sea level, in fractured serpentine and clay soils laden with igneous and seabed rock. Melanson’s southwestern exposure is a distinct advantage, especially at elevations that translate to later bud break and harvest. Solar radiation is magnified at this altitude, while variations between high and low temperatures are moderated. The result is mountain fruit with thicker skins and higher tannins. The ink-black, super-concentrated berries are powerfully expressive of the site, with pronounced granite minerality. The higher tannins give the wine more structure with less weight on the palate and excellent aging potential. Vineyard Facts Appellation: St. Helena, Napa Valley Site: 10.5 acres on Pritchard Hill, adjacent to Colgin Estate Elevation: 1,100–1,380 ft. Soil Composition: Fractured serpentine and clay with igneous and seabed rock Planted: 1999 Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Clones: 7 and 337 Learn More
  37. Beaulieu Vineyard George Latour 2013

    Beaulieu Vineyard George Latour 2013


    The superb 2013 vintage gave the 2013 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon its unctuous fruit character and dense structure. Hugely complex, the wine reveals a broad spectrum of briary blackberry, black cherry and currant notes, with nuances of violet and bittersweet chocolate. Muscular tannins support the plush, expansive palate, while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy. Integrated caramel and toasted oak spices, from aging in new French oak barrels, heighten the aromas and linger on the finish. To enjoy this wine at its full potential, we recommend at least five years of bottle aging; however, if you can’t wait, decant before serving. Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot. Learn More



    A rich, dense ruby color, hints at the dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant that carries through to the palate, interwoven with complex aromas of black licorice, anise and crème de cassis. On the palate, the wine opens up to reveal an earthiness, with brown spice, cigar box and ripe dark fruits that linger throughout the extracted and long finish. The texture is opulent and rich, yet has a velvety quality with supple density. Rich, fine-grained tannins are balanced with ripe fruit, acidity and oak. Learn More
  39. 2011 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz

    2011 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz


    Rich, supple, complex and expressive, this is dense with smoky blackberry, wild blueberry, tomato leaf and exotic spice complexity, finishing seamlessly with refined tannins and just enough acidity to keep it all together. Shows tremendous presence. Best from 2015 through 2025. 925 cases made. Learn More
  40. Caymus Vineyards Cab Sauv 2014

    Caymus Vineyards Cab Sauv 2014


    One of the most requested bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley year after year. Limited stock available now! This pioneer wine from Napa Valley is sure to continue its track record and shine in 2014, another consistent and dependable wine from the Wagner family and Caymus. What we know about 2014 Napa so far: Overall a very consistent year with little temperature fluctuation, hence yet another great growing season on top of 2013 and 2012. Robert Parker calls the vintage, "a very good to excellent year" and predicts "fruit-forward, delicious, charming wines." Like previous vintages from Caymus, we expect high demand so grab this while it lasts today. Chances are, like previous vintages, this will fly! Learn More
  41. 2008 Seaver Vineyards Diamond Mountain District "GTS"" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "

    2008 Seaver Vineyards Diamond Mountain District "GTS"" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "


    2008 Vintage Winemaker’s Notes 2008 is the best year we have ever seen for Diamond Mountain. The naturally small crop coupled with an early start to the vintage produced wines with completely ripe, resolved tannins for the first time in recent memory. The vintage in general definitely favors the hills where the heat both helped to get things ripe earlier but also tempered the really hot days with elevation. As we sat down to blend the 2008 GTS, we were struck by how consistently good all three Cab lots were. In the end, putting everything together made the best wine so for the first time ever we will only offer one bottling. Extraction is never an issue with Diamond Mountain wines and this is no exception. Black to the rim, the color hints at the concentration. More effusive than any previous vintage, the nose opens with notes of purple and blue fruit, pain grille, bittersweet chocolate and espresso roast. Sweet tannin helps to frame the blackberry, cherry, and kirsch fruit components on the palate with some lively acidity coming up in the end to lengthen the finish. This is one to drink now or hold (a nice option for a Diamond Mountain wine) and a quality that speaks to the greatness of the vintage. Thomas Rivers Brown Learn More
  42. 2011 Seaver Vineyards Diamond Mountain District "GTS"" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "

    2011 Seaver Vineyards Diamond Mountain District "GTS"" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon "


    2011 Vintage Winemaker’s Notes On the whole, 2011 was the toughest, most challenging vintage in recent memory. Early rain, late rain and a wide spread botrytis outbreak wreaked havoc with many sites. Everyone, regardless of location, required expert farming and precise attention to detail. Without it, the vintage could have been a total loss. As it so often happens, location was paramount. Fortunate sites in 2011 were either upvalley or high atop the hills with great exposure, like Seaver. Being near the top of Diamond Mountain, we avoided the valley floor fogs that plagued early October. The shallow soils kept everything dry and intact until we were able to harvest perfectly ripe fruit that required minimal sorting. The 2011 GTS Estate is slightly brooding as one would expect from a young mountain wine. The fine tannins grab just slightly upon entry leading to blue and black fruits with remarkable depth and purity. The mouthfeel and texture, which are hallmarks of the Estate, are front and center once again. The fruit remains highlighted as the acidity keeps the wine fresh and long through the finish. Decant if drinking near-term. The NLS, formerly known as Nancy’s Fancy, is the more approachable of the offerings, given in large part to the healthy dose of Clone 7 this wine receives. Dusty and red fruited, structured by lithe natural acidity, one is struck by the completeness of the wine at this early stage. Drink now – 2024. Thomas Rivers Brown Learn More

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