The 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a garnet color with a ruby red rim and bluish tint. It has an alluring nose of chocolate-covered strawberries, vanilla, nutmeg, truffle and sage. On the palate, it has a broad yet delicate entry and offers cranberry flavors. These flavors are complimented by raspberry and plumcot flavors and savory black olive characters on the mid-palate. The wine finishes with silky tannins, cedar and bramble flavors with excellent length and return.
The 2012 Goldschmidt Yoeman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, decadent and generous wine. 100% varietal, this is both floral and fruity, bright in cherry and raspberry alongside herbal cedar and vanilla. A medium weight surrounds softly integrated tannins, leading the way to an explosive, juicy finish. This is a classic example of the appellation's prowess in approachable power.
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
The 2015 ARTEMIS Cabernet Sauvignon opens with inviting aromas of dark cherry and berry fruit, cassis, sweet vanilla and a hint of olive. On the palate, the wine has a smooth entry with a rich mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste of black cherry and dusty cocoa.
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Merryvale 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 22 months in 50% new French oak and 50% used oak, is a real sleeper selection from Merryvale with an attractive price as well. Dense ruby/purple with sweet crème de cassis notes intermixed with black cherry and toast in a medium to full-bodied, supple, velvety seductive style. This is a beauty and should drink well for at least 10-15 years.
91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Unfiltered Cabernet is dark and inky in color, Aromas of black currant, violets, mocha, aniseed and wild herbs blend seamlessly. The palate is full bodied with rich saturated black fruits supported by a chocolatey richness and graphite like minerally tannins rounding out this powerful, robust wine.
93 Points - James Suckling
92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 growing season was marked by kind weather, a few curveballs and an abundant crop. The winter was one of the driest on record, but heavy rains before bud break gave the vines a well timed drink. The dry winter produced berries smaller in size, but more concentrated with flavors, and an earlier than normal harvest showed immediate promise of high quality. Gorgeous black fruit, gravel, violets, black cherry, anise, juicy palate with nice stucture and velvety tannins along with chocolate flavors. Finishes with very elegant bittersweet tannins.
This is just a spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley! This medium bodied wine is both lithe and expressive, with embracing tannins wrapping gently around a focused core of dried herb-accented black cherry and licorice flavors, dancing with finesse on the finish.
90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Enticing aromas jump out of the glass with this beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon. Notes of black currant, anise, and cedar intrigue the senses. Flavors of cassis, blackberry, and black cherry coat the palate leading to supple tannins that carry through a lengthy finish. The Double Lariat Cabernet is highly elegant yet accessible for any occasion and any connoisseur.
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
With attractive aromas of black fruit and spice, this smooth, ready to drink Cabernet Sauvignon is made with the same care as the highest quality, traditionally crafted Bordeaux styled wines. Our grapes are hand-picked and sorted by the berry for consistent quality and flavor. JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon then spends more than a year in traditional small oak barrels to impart depth and complexity, highlighting the influence that our limestone rich soils and unique climate of Paso Robles add to the classic Cabernet character of this exceptional wine.
Deep ruby color; the nose is complex and shows layers of dark fruit flavors, including blueberry, rich plum and red raspberry. Soft notes of vanilla and toast provide aromatic
richness. The 2016 is lush in the mouth with smooth tannins and a long finish.
The flavors are layered with tones of blueberry jam, pomegranate and chocolate. The texture is rustic, yet silky, with a unique savory and inviting finish.
92 Points - James Suckling
Opaque, deep, dark and dense. Ya, this Cabernet Sauvignon has astounding depth in color and flavor. Blackberry, black plum, cigar box. Silky smooth and continuing long with pencil lead and wet earth. With a finish that says WTF. Okay... Look that one up. Tremendous.
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92 Points - James Suckling & Robert Parker
90 Points Wine Spectator & Wine Enthusiast
This Winemaker’s Handprint Merlot is a classic. Dark fruit like currants and cherries marry on the nose with hints of toffee and caramel. The wine explodes on your palate with more cherries, and hints of the best strawberry rhubarb pie you’ve ever had. There’s no shortage of subtle, toasty oak and big, powerful tannins throughout the palate and finish of this wine. This wine will age beautifully and develop more richness and roundness for years to come.
Whole-berry fermentation and cold soaking enhanced the rich fruit expression, while barrel aging added toasty oak nuances. Merlot grapes sourced from the Los Carneros and Oak Knoll AVAs, in the cooler, southern half of Napa Valley. Spicy lamb meatballs, roasted duck with cherry sauce, chicken thighs grilled with red peppers and onions, and steak with mushrooms are a few delicious pairings. Aging in French and Hungarian oak barrels softened the tannins as it added toasty oak spice. 91 Points
This vibrant and lifted Merlot exudes rich plum flavors with undertones of both red and dark fruits with a soft touch of oak. As the wine develops in the glass, layers of chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom spices come to the fore. The soft mouthfeel and tannin integration allow for all the beautiful flavors of this wine to shine through.
This lush and inviting Merlot displays enticing aromas of blueberry, raspberry and cassis, underscored by a French oak-inspired hint of cocoa. The layers of luxurious fruit continue on the palate, where lively acidity adds poise and structure, and silky tannins carry the wine to a long, juicy finish.
A fantastic blend of 57% merlot and 43% shiraz. Sweet plums and blackcurrants from the merlot and cherries and spice from the shiraz. A wine that is very accessible and smooth with fruity flavours lingering on the palate. This red blend is a must with every braai, but also suited to rich game dishes.
Winemaker Bill Arbios makes this Alexander Valley Merlot from a small vineyard situated behind the not-to-be-missed Jimtown Store. A Double Gold Medal winner at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, this formidable Merlot is aged in American oak barrels from Wisconsin chosen for the extreme tightness of their grain. This begs for a fine cut of beef.
Beautiful aromas of clove, dark chocolate, blackberry, and rose petals demonstrate the unique, bold personality of the Russian River Valley. On the palate, distinct flavors of dark plum, espresso bean, and black licorice lead to a broad, balanced wine with food-friendly acidity.
A brilliant Pinot Noir! Rose, lavender and rosemary aromas spring from the bottle with an alluring and clear first impression of true Pinot form. Layers of ripe strawberry, cranberry, red plum, raspberry and Rainier cherry unfold shortly thereafter and are rounded out by the warmth of cardamom, clove and vanilla spice from time spent resting in elegant French oak. Tasting reveals more of its youth and vigor than its bouquet suggests. Textured fruit flavors of blood orange, cranberry and pomegranate burst through the mid-palate and carry through a long, mouthwatering finish nuanced by Carneros terroir notes of sage and forest floor. A wine to quaff, to contemplate or to complement a meal... this wine is pure pleasure.
Nice intense and bright color. The nose is very fruity, with both red and black fruit, and has delicate spices—licorice and cinnamon—and floral notes. The palate reveals a balanced wine, with an excellent freshness enhanced by lacy minerality and the delicate flavors of cherries, blackberries, and raspberries.
93 Points - Wine Spectator
We really enjoy Carneros Pinot Noir, because although the fruit presents itself readily, there is an undercurrent of ‘Pinot funk’, an earthy element that adds complexity both on the nose and the palate. This wine offers a balanced celebration of plum, dark cherry and cola spice that's velvety and textured. With moderate acidity keeping it fresh in the glass, it offers depth and length, as well as a slight tease of orange peel.
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of crushed cherries and blue fruits lead the way to flavors of plum and earth, perfect notes for any weekend adventure. The mouthfeel is balanced with a smooth, silky finish. Flavor continues to intensify with increased exposure to fresh air.
91 Points - James Suckling
Sourced from the same family vineyard that Aldo, Nonna, Bob Biale and the Biale family have farmed their whole lives, with additional grapes from our neighboring winery vineyard. The Oak Knoll winegrowing region is prevalent in this wine with its ripe aromatics and juicy acidity. The nose is full of vibrant Bing cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, white cake, fresh purple flowers, subtle dried herb and toasty brown spices. The entry is bright and gives way to supple, round tannins. The lovely finish is the signature of this elegant and remarkably balanced Zinfandel.
This Kidd Ranch Zinfandel is showcasing rich, complex flavors with good balance; a vibrant zinfandel drinking well! The aroma and flavors show complex nuances of blackberry, cocoa, hibiscus, black cherry, and vanilla notes. It readily displays the character of our estate Kidd Ranch vineyard and the elegance of many Napa Valley zinfandels, offering a lighter weight and smoother texture than our Riverwash Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley.
One of the Dry Creek Valley's greatest traditions is consistently producing the most interesting and tastiest Zinfandels. This Zinfandel is our tribute to the early Italian wine-growing families of Dry Creek Valley. Intense fresh-picked black raspberry aromas are laced with spices and a hint of wild fennel. Bright acidity and juicy dark berries encompass the palate contributing to the robust nature of this wine. Dark cherry, along with traces of mocha, floral and anise, join in, while the lightly spiced texture crescendos into a spice-driven finish where the flavors linger.
This Zinfandel begins with warm and intense aromas of cinnamon and cloves. Those spices give way to aromas of blackberries, currants, and sage. The texture is round and the fruit expression is concentrated and lush. Soft tannins accentuate the richness of the wine, while pleasant acidity keeps it fresh on the finish.
This Mendocino County Zinfandel has notes of bramble berry and plum. Hints of sage and lavender are framed by notes of vanilla. A full-bodied wine with a purity of fruit and refreshing acidity.
The 2016 Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows spicy, bright strawberry, with coffee and chocolate characters. Ripe fruit and soft tannins make this a mouth-coating rich vintage. Aging on new and used oak has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that nicely complements the explosive fruit notes. Enjoy now or cellar for 5 to 7 years.
91 Points - Wine Spectator