2017 Sharecropper’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley$22.00Add to cart
During the economic recession of 2001, and Owen Roe’s first couple vintages as a winery, Washington growers were facing hardship in selling their fruit, come harvest time. At Owen Roe, they wanted to help our farming friends and prevent missing out on such well-tended, beautiful fruit. We were presented with the difficult and costly purchasing of grapes to process, cellar and bottle, waiting several months to recover our costs on the finished wine. To overcome this obstacle, we decided to bring back the historical business practice of sharecropping, resulting in the aptly named wine, “Sharecropper’s.” This partnership meant that Owen Roe would take the fruit, make the wine and once it was sold, share the profits with our growers. This remains an important part of our history and due to the success of this wine; we are now able to pay our growers upfront. Everyone’s favorite go-to weeknight Cab does not disappoint in 2017. Sweet aromas of blackberry, candied fruit, vanilla and brown sugar leads to a more savory palate of pomegranate, green pepper and oil cured olives. This Cabernet finishes with bright acidity and lingering tannins. We recommend opening this wine now and enjoying it at a young age, however, this will age well for 4-6 years when properly cellared.
Angwin Estate “The Kissing Trees” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014$75.00Add to cart
“Our story starts in Angwin. I grew up in Angwin and attended Saint Helena High School, but left home to attend college, medical school and residency all over the United States. As we moved around the United States pursuing careers in anesthesia and surgery, we dreamed of the day when we could return to my home on top of Howell Mountain and produce wine of our own.” Jon Larson and Angela Henszel
The 2014 Angwin Estate Vineyards “The Kissing Trees” Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet in the glass. Hints of roses and crushed purple flowers give way to aromas of strawberry and raspberry with a hint of spice. Flavors of bright red and black fruit mingle with crushed herb, cedar, petrichor and graphite. Hints of fig, coriander, and pipe tobacco blend seamlessly with well integrated tannin. The finish is long and lingering with hints of spice and fruit that seem to extend to the horizon. Our 2014 wines are a bit softer than our 2013’s, offering more fruit and a bit less structure. This difference is not due to winemaking sleight of hand, but normal vintage variation. Buy now for $75.00
Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Knights Valley, CA$43.00Add to cart
Tucked into the foothills of Mount Saint Helena on the remote eastern edge of Sonoma County, Knights Valley experiences a moderated climate, offering a longer and later growing season that develops dark fruit aromatics. The 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is bold with black forest fruit and spiced plum, offering undertones of roasted coffee and crushed rock. Caramel and anise come through on the palate accompanied by broad tannins and a rich and persistent finish.
Banshee Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley$50.00Add to cart
Dark plum, cocoa, blackberry and sage aromas with powerful, well delineated flavors of dark chocolate covered cherry, macerated strawberry, wild herbs, mineral and touch of caramel. Well balanced with fine tannins, this wine is deep and multi-dimensional. 96% Cabernet Sauvignon – Calistoga, Rutherford, & Howell Mountain 4% Cabernet Franc – Howell Mountain. Will play well for 15-20 years.
Bonanza Lot 2 by Caymus$29.00Add to cart
The Wagner Family, the founder of Caymus, is synonymous with rich and delicious Californa Cabernet. Their new Cabernet Sauvignon is called Bonanza, and it is a knockout! To give Chuck Wagner maximum flexibility in crafting this wine, it carries a California appellation and a lot number rather than a vintage. While the winery does not disclose fruit sourcing, our suspicion is that it likely contains a good amount of fruit from the Wagner family’s vineyards in the Suisun Valley. We would not be surprised if a bit of Napa fruit also found its way in! As you would expect, the Bonanza “Lot 1” is full of ripe fruits, including black cherry, blackberry and blueberry, along with telltale flavors of green herbs, a bit of tobacco, vanilla and milk chocolate. Medium ruby-red, this wine opens with scents of currants and dried roses, grape pomace, and freshly tilled soil. The nose is nuanced with toasty oak imparting a subtle smoked meat character. Flavors of blueberries and blackberries mix with the warmth of vanilla and toasted bread. Silky tannins and striking smoothness. Mouthwatering, lengthy finish trails off with the taste of unsweetened chocolate and cassis -a wine that is structured, compelling and totally delicious!
Cabernet 2012, Frediani Vineyards$240.00Add to cart
The 2012 Cabernet, Frediani Vineyards is full of toasted spices, sun-warmed earth and wild dark fruits. A wonderful expression of black currants in a lush package of balanced acidity and fine textured tannins. There is definitely that touch of oak with little licorice and a bit of bittersweet chocolate.
Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Stags Leap$83.00Add to cart
99 points, RP “…Flirting with perfection, this wine boasts blueberry and blackberry notes, spring flowers a hint of charcoal and subtle toast, a full-bodied mouthfeel and stunning concentration.”Intense blackberry liqueur and espresso bean develop into rose and truffle oil aromas as the wine opens. Creamy and opulent, flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, mocha, and plum layer the front and mid-palate. A beam of fresh minerality (archetypal Stags Leap District character) frames the long silky finish. Decanting is recommended. Revisit over 24 hours as new layers develop with time.
Collier Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Dry Creek Valley$50.00Add to cart
The wine is deep, dark red in color with aromas of black cherry, tobacco, and cedar box. This is a rich and complex hillside Cabernet with notes of earth, blackberry, and Christmas spice along with velvety tannins and a soft vanilla finish. We recommend 20-30 minutes of decanting to fully showcase its soft flavors and lingering finish of dark fruit.
DOUBLE GOLD & 95 PTS – San Francisco Intl. Wine Competition – February 2019
GOLD – Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Compassion Without Borders Cabernet Sauvignon 2015$22.00Add to cart
Here’s your opportunity to help even more. 25% of each sale of the Compassion without Borders Wine goes directly to the Compassion without Borders non-profit group. Compassion without Borders focus their passionate efforts in Mexico and the Central Valley of California where the need is the greatest and where animals are the very least likely to be helped due to financial, geographic, and cultural barriers. Their stunning label is paired with our outstanding 2015 Sonoma County red wine, selected from Brenda Lynch’s best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon. Tight aromas of new French oak and hints of red and black fruits signal the wine’s youth. Bright fruit flavors combine with caramel and toasty oak in a structured mid palette that explodes into a chewy, dense finish with sweet, ripe tannins. Drinks great now!
Cuttings Cabernet Sauvignon 2017$39.00Add to cart
Inspired by the age-old method of using cuttings from idyllic sites for the propagation of new vines, the Cuttings Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 showcases some of our favorite hillside vineyards. Cuttings combines the deep, intense flavor of Cabernet Sauvignon with the structure and richness of Petite Sirah and Syrah. A small amount of Zinfandel adds a nice layer of complexity and spiciness.
Deliciously smooth with flavors of blueberry, dark cherry, and cocoa. Aromas of fresh roasted coffee, black currant, vanilla bean, brown spice, and wild berries.
80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 20% Blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Zinfandel.
Daou Cabernet Sauvignon 2018$39.00Add to cart
Standing alone at an elevation of 2,200 feet, the Daou mountain rises from the heart of the Adelaida District in the rugged coast range west of Paso Robles.
It is a terroir of symmetry, power and purity. Here, the Daou brothers’ vision is to produce California “first-growth” wine, fulfilling the Adelaida District’s destiny as the world’s next benchmark for Bordeaux varieties. The Daou Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 reflects the true character of the 2017 vintage. It is a full-bodied wine that is highly concentrated yet still offers aromas of chocolate, plum, black fruit and hints of a cigar box. Reflecting the beauty of the vintage, the combination of flesh and fat make this wine rich and voluptuous.
94-96+ points, Jeb Dunnuck
93-95 points, Robert Parker
DAOU Soul of a Lion 2016$148.00Add to cart
If there was ever a perfect vintage, 2016 would be it. The smooth and silky tannins are very well integrated with the fruit and acidity of the DAOU Soul of a Lion 2016 In the glass, the wine reveals a deep and complex bouquet of cassis, black currant, licorice, incense, ripe plums and a hint of vanilla. . On the palate, the wine is full bodied, layered and complex with a persistent finish. It is hard to drink this wine without respecting the great structure that will allow it to evolve nicely for years to come A true blockbuster vintage that showcases the great power that comes from DAOU Mountain. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
98 points, Jeb Dunnuck
94-96 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate