Banshee Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Napa Valley
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.
Ghost Block Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Oakville, CA$70.00
Intense, overt aromas of bright raspberry & hints of cassis and mint jump out of the glass. The wine is classic Napa Cabernet on the palate with enticing flavors of red fruits and dark mocha; lengthened by the integrated floral notes of violets and rose petals. These silky tannins make this wine very approachable and ready to drink upon release.
Madrigal Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, CA$45.00
Since the late 1930's, three generations of the Madrigal family have farmed some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards. Chris Madrigal’s father, Jess, a retired member of the US military, started the family’s vineyard management company that today manages over 800 acres. In 1985 – the same year that Chris began to work with his father’s vineyard management company – they began overseeing the vineyards of Clos Pegase and Duckhorn wineries and growing grapes for other premium wineries including Cakebread Cellars and Chateau Montelena. As their reputation soared and while still working the vineyards as often as seven days a week, Chris realized his dream of establishing the family’s own winery. From the outstanding 2014 vintage, this is a big, rich Napa Valley Cabernet with dark fruit and spice aromas and a hearty core of currant and black cherry flavors. The Madrigal Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley has all of the Bordeaux varietals in it (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 2% Merlot and comes from Madrigal's Vineyard and Levine Vineyard on Atlas Peak. The wine has excellent balance, soft tannins and a long, delicious finish. 1461 cases produced.
Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Stags Leap$83.00
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.