WINEMAKER:Thomas Rivers Brown
VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
SUB-APPELATION: Stag's Leap District
Crafted by winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, the initial release of our own elegant blend is made from select small lots from neighboring Stelzner and Regusci Vineyards-both family-run for generations, and part of the Napa Valley wine legacy. Both vineyards are sustainably farmed and meticulously cared for. Vines are also being planted here at 4 Winds, just below the Palisades.
The 2012 Cabernet has an enticing earthy aroma layered with dark fruit, mushroom and vanilla. Soft tannins provide a sensual mouth-feel while flavors of black cherry and licorice keep company with unexpected hints of eucalyptus and chocolate and well-integrated barrel influences. Deep garnet in color and intriguingly complex overall, this beauty of a wine would pair effortlessly with braised short ribs, rosemary-rubbed rack of lamb, black olives or a strong cheese like Cabot cheddar.
WINEMAKER: PIERRE SEILLAN
VARIETAL:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Knights Valley
ELEVATION: 750 feet
AGING: 15 months, 100% new French oak barrels
Wine Rating 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (10/2015)
92-95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(5/2014)
92 points Vinous (1/2015)
"The 2012s are the most showy and forward of the three vintages, which is not surprising, since the vintage is flamboyant and they are already three years of age. Even as impressive, but showing more truffles, charcoal, graphite and camphor, along with blackberry and cassis, is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota (1,017 cases). This wine shows even more fruit than its sibling and is bigger, bolder and slightly broader across the palate. All these wine are highly recommended and are brilliant efforts, but will probably need coaxing and patience in the cellar, given their rather bigger-than-life styles and richness. The winemaker behind the Anakota high-elevation mountain vineyard sites in Knights Valley is no other than Pierre Seillan, the Bordelais guru who makes the fabulous wines of V̩rit̩ from the same proprietor, the Jackson family. There are two cuv̩es from various elevations in Knights Valley, the lower elevation called Helena Montana and the higher site, the Helena Dakota. Production of these cuv̩es ranges from the smallest in 2013, with just over 500 cases of each produced, jumping to 700-800 in 2014 and a whopping 1,000-1,300 in 2012 -the most generous of the three vintages. These are all 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% French oak and are meant for long, long-term aging. I would suggest that these may be, potentially, the longest-lived wines being made in Knights Valley..." (RP) (10/2015)
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VARIETAL: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon,7% Petite Sirah, 3% Malbec,2% Cabernet Franc
APPELATION: North Coast
WINEMAKER: Greg Kitchens
Alcohol14.5% åÊPh3.56 åÊTA6.2 g/L
Our 2014 Aquinas Cabernet Sauvignon represents the quintessential elegance that is a well-balanced North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. Exhibiting complex layers of cassis, black cherry, and tobacco leaf balanced with hints of graphite and bitter cocoa nibs that create the full body and smooth finish. The Petit Verdot added to the blend bolsters not only the color and complexity of this wine, but also brings a light and fruity flavor to the table. The Malbec‰۪s aroma of leather and tobacco as well as smoky finish help to balance out this Cabernet Sauvignon to a point of perfection. Roasted lamb and rosemary fingerling potatoes, grilled cheese with gruy̬re cheese, thyme and shallots, and cr̬me brÌÈl̩e make the perfect mates to this luxurious wine.
Our 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the best appellations in California‰۪s North Coast. The North Coast AVA (American Viticultural Area) is one of California's premier wine-growing regions, covering more than three million acres in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake counties, as well as parts of Marin and Solano. Bordered by the Pacic Ocean to the west and San Pablo Bay to the south, the area is composed of rugged coastal ranges, volcanic mountains, gentle rolling hills, deep valleys and wide alluvial plains. With tremendous diversity in soil types and microclimates, the North Coast produces grapes that are deeply influenced by terroir, infusing the wines with character and a unique sense of place that can't be found anywhere else in the world.
With another year in the record books, the 2014 vintage came in at the third-largest grape harvest ever, down eight percent from the previous year. A mild winter and spring with drought conditions persisting, bud break occurred early. From southern to northern California winemakers have stated that it was an even earlier harvest then years before, starting with sparkling grapes in July and ending mid-October for later ripening varieties. Despite the drought, California will produce another great vintage. Arid conditions have given the grapes a chance to struggle, which thins out the vines and allows the clusters to gain concentration of flavor, intensity and complexity.
VARIETAL Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELATION: Napa Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
A rich garnet core with a blood red rim invites you in to this classic cabernet as aromas of ripe black cherries, lavender, sweet tobacco and a bit of cr̬me brule greet the nose. Juicy red cranberries and raspberries on the front move to cherry pie, dusty rose, ripe fig and coffee beans in the mid-palate. Vibrant acidity and elegant tannins greet lush blueberry, cherry, and a touch of baking spice on the very long, classic Cabernet finish. The mountain cabernet structure promises a wine that will reward extended cellaring; decanting reveals a delicious glimpse of its future.
This deep, garnet-colored Cabernet blend shows our characteristic dusty, earthy, minerality in the nose, joined by notes of mocha, black cherry and violets. Higher tones of red cherry, ripe red berries and pomegranate blend with white lilac and jasmine, at first sip, leading to smooth espresso, blackberry, wet river rock and mandarin orange spice in the mid-palate. A touch of rich rhubarb compote accompanies the velvety tannins on the very long, dynamic finish.
WINE RATING 97 Points Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
"The two blockbusters are proprietary reds, although certainly dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 Obsidian Proprietary Red is a 580-case blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. A complex nose of spring flowers, white chocolate, black cherry and cassis as well as touches of blackberry and espresso is followed by a multi-layered wine with stunning concentration, seductive and sexy notes of low acidity, plenty of glycerin and sweet tannin. This is a full-bodied beauty that was aged 22 months in 100% French oak. The alcohol is a moderately high 14.8%. Anticipated maturity: now-2032." RP
DESCRIPTION:The Arkenstone Obsidian consists entirely of fruit from our Howell Mountain Estate ranging from 1,400 to 1,650' on the western shoulder of the mountain. Each year the blend is comprised of the top performing blocks from 16 of our 22 blocks dedicated to the Obsidian. By having complete control over the vineyard we are able to begin to shape the wines while on the vine. Once picked, we process all of our fruit here at Arkenstone where the grapes are sorted and fed by gravity down into our fermentation hall. As the grapes come in, all lots are kept separate to ferment and age individually. Once the wines have aged about 11 months in barrel by lot we will begin to make our blend. Once blended the wine will go back into barrel for an additional 11 months and then into bottle for an additional year before release.
A complex nose of spring flowers, white chocolate, black cherry and cassis as well as touches of blackberry and espresso is followed by a multi-layered wine with stunning concentration, seductive and sexy notes of low acidity, plenty of glycerin and sweet tannin.
92 Points Wine Spectator- This Pauillac-like version offers perfumed cassis, floral, dark berry and mocha flavors that are rich and concentrated, deep and persistent, ending with an impressive push of dense berry notes. Drink now through 2028. 270 cases made.
Winemaker: Kirk Venge
Beau Vigne (Bo-Veenya) was founded in 2002 by Ed Snider. We are a small, family winery with a production of about 4,000 cases per year and are known for our Cabernets.
Our vineyard goes by the name of Stags Ridge and is the benchmark and centerpiece of Beau Vigne. Stags Ridge Vineyard & Ranch is located on the Eastern edge of Napa, situated in the Atlas Peak appellation at the very top of Soda Canyon Road overlooking Pritchard Gap, Haystack, and Stagecoach Vineyards.
Beginning with only a few acres of planted vines in 2002, Stag’s Ridge is now comprised of nine acres (eight acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre of Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot).
As the Beau Vigne brand has grown, so has the need for exceptional fruit. We have sourced from some of the best vineyards on the North Coast and Napa Valley such as Bacigalupi, Dutton Ranch, and Lewelling to maintain the level of quality our patrons expect from us.
Beau Vigne has a great philosophy to winemaking that hasn’t changed since we began. Although we fly under the radar as a small boutique winery, we do so with impressive stature and enjoy our “hidden gem” status. We are world renown and recognized by wine critics as a winery that produces exceptional, intense, balanced, rich and multidimensional wines. Beau Vigne is home to family and extraordinary wines, where “great Cabernets are grown, not made.”
ur family’s roots run deep in the Napa Valley. Martin Garzoli, Ed’s grandfather, arrived in the Valley in 1913. He was a Swiss Italian who, in Italy, was trained in winemaking. Martin would work the Hayfields of Napa and Sonoma during the day and make wine in an old barn at night. Nearly 100 years later the Beau Vigne Family is still making wine.
•ÈÀ•ÈÀWine Rating 92 points, Robert Parket,åÊ•ÈÀWine AdvocateåÊ
Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Varietal Composition:åÊ75% Cabernet SauvignonåÊ15% MerlotåÊ4% Cabernet FrancåÊ3% MalbecåÊ3% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Napa Valley
Acid: 5.6 g/L
75% European Oak
25% American Oak
Ageability: 2015 to 2022
Alcohol %: 14.9
"The impressive 2012 Reserve Tapestry, a blend of Bordeaux varietals, is more elegant and slightly less intense than the Private Reserve. It offers up sweet black cherry fruit notes intermixed with licorice, spice box and dusty, loamy soil undertones. Medium to full-bodied and deep with loads of ripe fruit, low acidity and sweet, velvety tannins, it can be enjoyed over the next decade." RP
Considered a superb vintage, the dry, sunny growing season gave our 2012 Reserve Tapestry its opulent, dark-fruit character and plush-textured mouthfeel while five Bordeaux-heritage varietals contributed layer-upon-layer of flavor complexity. This is a wine that shows the artistry of the winemaker. Jeffrey chose Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for the wine‰۪s core briary blackberry and cassis expression and its plush mid-palate structure. He then added Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec to complete the blend with nuances of ripe plum, rose forest loam and graphite.
Wine Rating 91 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Beringer Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Napa Valley, Napa Valley
Red wine from United States
Drinking window: 2016 - 2024
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a blend from a handful of sites, is outstanding. Racy and pliant, with tons of vintage 2012 resonance, the Cabernet Sauvignon impresses for its overall balance. The flavors are bright, floral and energetic throughout, with lovely palate presence and tons of near-term appeal." -Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: October 2014
Beringer's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted to reflect the Napa Valley appellation, but with stylistic differences from the Private Reserve – differences that highlight the range of terroir found in our Napa Valley vineyards. Possessing great structure and concentration, this wine is still immediately approachable and appealing.
97 Points, Anitonio Galloni, Vinous
96+ Robert Parker
Blankiet Estate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mythicus Paradise Hills Vineyard
Yountville, Napa Valley
"Graphite, melted road tar, dark spices and black fruit are some of the signatures that emerge in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mythicus. Towering and vertical in the glass, the 2013 possesses magnificent intensity and overall structure. The 100% new oak gives the Mythicus much of its unctuous texture and overall gravitas. Today, the Mythicus is a bit heavy, especially next to the 2014, but it is super-expressive just the same." -Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: October 2015
Review by Robert M. Parker Jr.
The 2013 Mythicus is so backward, but a wine of extraordinary intensity. Loads of tannin, massive extract, a blue/purple color, gorgeous purity and overall depth make for a compelling wine, but this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon effort is one for patient connoisseurs. Forget it for 5-7 years, and drink it over the following three decades. It is hard to believe that Claude Blankiet’s first vintage was 1999. Of course, this is a fabulous vineyard that also looks marvelous from the famous Route 29. This is pure Yountville AVA on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just above the valley floor vineyard of Christian Moueix’s Dominus. Blankiet’s blends are made by Denis Malbec, who also works not too far away as the consultant for Kapcsandy. These wines often need time in bottle to show their character, and I thought the 2012s performed even better than they did from barrel. The 2013s look incredible as well. These may be Blankiet’s two greatest vintages to date, even eclipsing the 2001s and 2002s.
Drink 2016 – 2046 -Robert Parker Dec 2016
Wine Ratings: 98-V 98-RP
Vinous (Oct. 2015)
Review by Antonio Galloni
"A brooding, dense red, the 2013 Proprietary Red Paradise Hills Vineyard captures all of the mineral and savory intensity of the year. Today, the 2013 is incredibly tight and shut down, with massive tannins and structure backing up the fruit. It will be quite a few years before the 2013 is ready to deliver the full breadth of its potential. Even today, though, it is magnificent. Next to the Mythicus, the Proprietary Red is a bit more aromatic, with less overt oak influence in its flavor profile and contours. In 2013, the Cabernet Franc is higher than in either 2012 or 2014. The blend is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
Blankiet fans will find much to admire in these current and upcoming releases. The 2012s continue to develop positively in bottle, while the 2013s capture the utter profoundness of this great Napa Valley vintage. But it is the 2014s that could turn out to be the most surprising wines in the three vintages spanning 2012-2014, as they exude brisk energy, striking aromatics and fabulous overall energy. Comparing the 2013s and 2014s here will be a fascinating exercise for many years to come. Proprietors Claude and Katherine Blankiet spare no expense to put only the very best in the bottle, while winemakers Denis and May-Britt Malbec continue to refine their approach to getting the most out of these pristine hillside vineyards. The flagship Proprietary Red and new 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Mythicus will get most of the attention, but readers should also take a look at the Prince of Hearts, which is one of Napa Valley’s very finest values in artisan, world-class wine."- Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Review by Robert M. Parker Jr.
"The 2013 Proprietary Red, which is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, is another prodigious effort from Blankiet. Inky purple, with notes of lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, espresso bean, blackberry and cassis, the wine hits the palate with a crescendo of blue and black fruits, a touch of toast, licorice and foresty notes. Stunningly rich, full-bodied and impressive, this wine will age for at least 30 more years. It is hard to believe that Claude Blankiet’s first vintage was 1999. Of course, this is a fabulous vineyard that also looks marvelous from the famous Route 29. This is pure Yountville AVA on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just above the valley floor vineyard of Christian Moueix’s Dominus. Blankiet’s blends are made by Denis Malbec, who also works not too far away as the consultant for Kapcsandy. These wines often need time in bottle to show their character, and I thought the 2012s performed even better than they did from barrel. The 2013s look incredible as well. These may be Blankiet’s two greatest vintages to date, even eclipsing the 2001s and 2002s."
Drink 2016 – 2046
92 Points Robert Parker - Former Russian Olympic and professional hockey player Valeri Bure has hired Luc Morlet to fashion these 100% Cabernet Sauvignon cuv̩es from cuttings from the Margaux clone (which is also present in the Bosch̩ Vineyard of Freemark Abbey). The Estate wine comes from St. Helena, the Duration from the Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper and To Kalon vineyards, and the Thirteen is from St. Helena. The 2012s and 2013s are very impressive wines, possessing both complexity and richness.
Rating 95+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.
One of the two flagship cuvées, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour is a fabulous wine. Obviously, this is the one wine that received the most meticulous attention from their outside consultant Michel Rolland. A great effort in 2013, as one might expect in this vintage, this wine needs 5-6 years and seems capable of lasting 30-40 or more, given the history of the great BV Private Reserves. Inky purple to the rim, with an extraordinary nose of créme de cassis and kirsch, licorice, cedarwood, and a touch of underbrush, the wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, powerful, concentrated, dense style, has great acidity, moderately sweet tannin, and a long, long finish. This wine is young and still slightly unformed, but loaded with potential and upside. Forget it for 5-6 years and drink it over" RP Oct , 2015
Wine Rating- 86- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Oct 2013
"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (from purchased fruit) is somewhat angular, dry and austere, but there is decent fruit, and the wine is competently made. Drink it over the next 7-8 years."
Wine Rating 98, Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve comes in a unique bottle that is similar to the special bottle used by Joseph Phelps for their Insignia (which reminds me of a grenade). A blockbuster superstar, this inky/purple-hued 2012 is filled with crème de cassis, blueberry and mulberry fruit that hides any notion of its oak aging. Opulent, voluptuously textured, multilayered and stunningly rich with a finish that lasts 45+ seconds, this magnificent Cabernet should age effortlessly for two decades or more. But who can wait that long? Not me." -RP
Wine Rating 97 -RP
Production: 59 barrels Varietals:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 15.9% CADE RESERVE
VINEYARD NOTES The CADE Estate is situated on a 54 acre property with 21 acres planted to vines with an ideal southwest facing exposure. Located in the heart of Howell Mountain, the CADE Estate Reserve Vineyard sits at elevations ranging from 1,500 to 1,850 feet and is planted to 19 acres of cabernet sauvignon and 2 acres of merlot.
FERMENTATION The juice was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks (95%), and 500L new French oak puncheons (5%). Fermentation was hot and fast with temperatures reaching a maximum of 92°F and the juice macerating on the skins/seeds for 6 to 9 days. ELEVAGE The wine was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Only free run wine was used in the blend, no press fractions were selected. Racking occurred immediately after the completion of malolactic fermentation, then on a quarterly basis until bottling. COOPERAGE Darnajou, Taransaud, Sylvain, Nadalie, Ermitage, and Dargaud et Jaegle. BOTTLING Bottled on July 10th, 2015 OUR THOUGHTS This is another stunningly proportioned, majestic mountain Cabernet, with dark chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, roasted coffee and floral notes that are concentrated, full-bodied and multilayered. This skyscraper-like Cabernet Sauvignon is majestic, super-pure and a stunner. This is a beautiful, full-throttle, full-bodied wine that is impeccably well-balanced, with great purity, depth and concentration. This wine is a reflection of the best of the vintage and the best representation of Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from the CADE Estate Vineyard.
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