Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Knights Valley, CA
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.
Sean Minor Four Bears Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Paso Robles California USA$20.00
Sean Minor was born in Kansas but he began his career in the wine industry after a formal education in finance from Arizona State University where he also met his wife, Nicole. They moved to California after graduation, where he began working for Napa Valley’s Beaulieu Vineyard. At the same time he took classes at U.C. Davis in Viticultural and Enology in hopes of developing a further understanding of grape growing and wine production. Then Sean moved to the Pacific Northwest after being recruited by King Estate Winery (widely renown for producing Oregon’s largest and most highly regarded Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris) to manage the Estate. He met Will Bucklin, King Estate’s then winemaker, and developed an even stronger knowledge of winemaking and gained a lifelong friend. Sean learned firsthand the importance of site-specific viticulture, and ended up leaving King Estate to lead Benton Lane Winery then the family returned to California in 2001 where Sean had the opportunity to manage Renwood Winery and enhance his wine experience growing and marketing some of the Golden State’s best Zinfandel and Syrah. Four years later, he founded Sean Minor Wines.
This lovely Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby in color and displays aromas of lavender, cedar and raspberry fruit. Flavors of blackberries and raspberries combined with hints of savory spices coat the palate. The soft tannins and sweet oak balance lead to a long and lingering finish.
Rabble Cabernet Sauvignon 2016$25.00
The Rabble Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 comes from the Mossfire Ranch in Paso Robles. Mossfire Ranch is a scenic 320-acre property on the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail, in the eastern side of the Paso Robles AVA. Admired for its striking beauty, epic views and superior fruit, the 243 planted acres boast an eclectic mix of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Tempranillo. A farmer’s fist full of blueberry pie sprinkled with cinnamon spice. Concentrated blue fruit explodes with boysenberry giving way to anise, clove, subtle smoky wet earth. Velvet tannins balance the juicy mouth feel and a finish that lasts late into the evening.
CADE Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014$108.00
With a shared vision, Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover imagined the addition of a complementary estate vineyard to the valley floor terroir of their Oakville estate at PlumpJack Estate Winery. In 2005, that dream came to fruition in the form of a 54-acre estate, elevated high above the fog line, on the dramatic slopes of Howell Mountain – it would become CADE Estate Winery. The CADE Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 dazzles with its opulent, brambly blue and blackberry layers, balanced by dark chocolate and an incredibly welcoming personality. This gorgeous wine is unusually open, resonant and richly layered. Hints of smoke, tar, licorice and minerality add complexity to the intense dark fruit. “This is a wine I want to drink, not merely taste”, says winemaker Danielle Cyrot. All the elements come together in an effortless, inviting wine loaded with layers of intrigue.
93 points Wine Advocate
92 points Wine Spectator
92 points VINOUS