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With a warm, dry spring hastening the onset of budbreak, the 2013 growing season began full of promise. The perfect weather persisted for flowering and fruit set, producing smaller canopies and small berries with intense concentration and firm tannins. With the exception of one heat spike in late June, the consistent, moderate temperatures, lack of major heat spikes, beautifully long season, and a very early harvest made for one of the most superb vintages in Napa Valley’s history. Our grapes were hand-picked between September 16th and 27th, fermented individually in small tanks, aged in 100% new French oak barrels and bottled after 23 months in barrel on August 28th, 2015.
On the nose, this wine is full of black fruit aromas enlivened by notes of black tea, savory spices, chaparral and tobacco leaf. In the mouth, the wine envelops the palate with super plush, fine-grained tannins and intense flavors of brambly fruit, coffee, and dark chocolate, overlying a core of superb minerality that continues into a lingering and deliciously satisfying finish. Notes winemaker Francoise Peschon, This wine, with its generous aromas, flavors and supple tannins, reflects the fine terroir of the vineyards and the extraordinary vintage.
"Debut vintage of the Araujos' new venture. Mid (not deep) crimson. Light and lifted on the nose. Very distinctive. Very racy and new wave. Françoise Peschon is the winemaker, Michel Rolland the oenologist. Polished. The winery that bought the rest of the grapes kept them on the vine for another three weeks! Very long. Drink 2018-2030."- Jancis Robinson
"Accendo's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a surprisingly open-knit, succulent wine for the year. There is good lift and creaminess throughout, but less of the energy, depth and structural intensity that is such a signature of this vintage. Mocha, black cherry, spice, and tobacco are some of the notes that open up in the glass. This is one of the more supple, accessible 2013 Cabernets readers will come across."- Vinous
Dark red cherries, mocha, plums, mint, new leather and cedar open up as the 2010 shows off its hugely appealing personality. Floral and lifted, yet also wonderfully expressive...
Ampère High-Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon conveys the true expression of the Pine Mountain terroir, our high-elevation farming practices, and the artistry of winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. Our vineyard, located northeast of Cloverdale on the upper western flank of Pine Mountain, sits at an elevation of 2,200 to 2,800 feet and delivers fruit intense in color and flavor.
Araujo is considered one of the greatest Napa Valley wines of all time, and "the object of a cult like no other among California wine lovers" according to Robert Parker. One of the most extraordinary vineyards of Napa Valley Araujo's Eisele Vineyard, which boasts a 40+ year history of producing compelling wines.
Made from 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the wine exudes heady aromas of black currant, blackberry and dark plum, enhanced by touches of anise, smoke, cinnamon and cola. In the mouth, the fruit notes are pure cassis spiced with nutmeg and sarsaparilla, leading to more earthy notes of loam, graphite and espresso. The wine is dense and concentrated but balanced, its core sweetness embraced by firm but silky tannins; the wine seems to dance across the palate into a lingering finish of spice and minerals. Notes winemaker Françoise Peschon: Beginning with soft creaminess on the attack, becoming powerful and rich in the mouth, and finishing with a supple sweetness, there is tension in this wine that holds your interest throughout. It is a wine of power, persistence and grace.
The Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon jumps out from the glass. Immense amounts of blackberry, blueberry pie, and rich chocolate dominate. Secondary elements of sweet char, caramel, and wet earth is also apparent. This wine is round and plush with black currant, caramel and sweet chocolate on the complex palate. The tannins are fuller this year, providing a wonderful backbone to the wine which is complemented by the mountain acidity. The black currant continues on the long finish,
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot. A beautiful example of Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon with its blue and black fruits (raspberries, blueberries interwoven with white flowers), this wine has an opaque purple color, a wonderful sweet kiss of delicate oak and forest floor. It is full-bodied and rich with supple tannins. It is a classic 2014 that is approachable, and frankly irresistible already, but promises to evolve gracefully for another 15 or more years." -The Wine Advocate
Barnett Vineyards is located at the top of Spring Mountain with spectacular views of the Napa Valley 1700' below. Founded in 1983 by Fiona and Hal Barnett, this rocky mountainside is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon and the blending varietals of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 1984, the first vines were planted in terraced rows with total plantings numbering fourteen acres by 1988. The vines yield an average of less than two tons of fruit per acre resulting in rich, intense wines that have become synonymous with the Barnett name.
Their 2013 Rattlesnake Cab is nearly black in color. The complex nose is very serious in its youth, but after a bit of air the layers of complexity emerge. Blackcurrant puree and fresh blackberries are matched with dark chocolate, crushed violets and coffee grounds. Beautiful underlying aromas of spring rain and volcanic earth begin to emerge. Silky at the beginning the tannins begin to emerge and show the wines youth. Blueberry pie and more dark chocolate are prominent on the palate. The sizeable tannins are in a chalky complex form that are matched by the acidity but scream for cellaring. This beautiful and substantial wine will age amazingly over the next 18-20 years (2033-2035).
Black cherry and blackberry flavors are ripe and focused in this expressive red, accented by licorice, mineral and spicy notes, well-integrated tannins. Balanced and elegrant, featuring a lingering finish. 45% Garnacha, 30% Mazuelo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.
"A fruity Priorat with a ripe red-berry and soft-spice character. Medium body and firm tannins. Lovely tension and form. Better in 2019." James Sucklin
Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec
"The least expensive wine in the Cade portfolio is their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12 % and 9% Malbec. This is a soft, juicy, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon that fits the vintage profile. Beautifully dark ruby/purple with plenty of cassis, black cherry and plum, the wine is medium to full-bodied with supple tannins and lushness in a front-end loaded, consumer-friendly style. Drink it over the next decade." -Wine Advocate
"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Howell Mountain has a little more depth than the 2011 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. The bright savory and floral notes typical of the year meld into dark red cherries, raspberry jam, cloves, mint and pine. The balance of high-toned aromatics and plush fruit works beautifully here, as the elements play off each other nicely. This is a fairly approachable style for Howell Mountain, with relatively subdued tannins and terrific overall balance. Once again, Howell Mountain shows how favored it was in this tricky, challenging vintage."- Vinous
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.
"the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Howell Mountain (100% Cabernet Sauvignon with a screw cap) tips the scales at 15.9% alcohol. This is another stunningly proportioned, majestic mountain Cabernet, with mulberry, blueberry, blackberry and floral notes that is concentrated, full-bodied and multilayered. This skyscraper-like Cabernet Sauvignon is majestic, super-pure and a stunner. The alcohol is totally hidden, so unless you’re paranoid, simply see the number, and have an immediate loss of reason, this is a beautiful, full-throttle, full-bodied wine that is impeccably well-balanced, with great purity, depth and concentration. Drink it over the next 15-20 years."- The Wine Advocate
This wine is bottled with cork or screwcap closure*.
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has dark fruit, black plum, spice and a hint of chocolate. It is full on the palate with good concentration and considerable structure in the finish. Pairs beautifully with burgers, NY steak, short ribs, lamb chops, pizza, pasta with bolognese sauce, Stilton cheese and chocolate desserts!
Chappellet, this wine is crafted by blending Cabernet Sauvignon (83%) with other classic Bordeaux varietals (8% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot). The wine was aged for 22 months in 100 percent new French oak.
This is a classic expression of mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon that combines exceptional structure and concentration with graceful purity and poise. The aromas reveal deep layers of blackberry, cassis and anise along with notes of cedar and violet. The palate is velvety and rich, with underlying tone and structure. Dark fruit flavors are accompanied by hints of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and oak spice that carry through to a long, satisfying finish.
"Gorgeous nose with lots of dark fruit like plum and blueberries. Crushed pepper and chalk with wild strawberries and vanilla. Dense and velvety on the palate with superbly polished tannins and great depth. It's absolutely gorgeous now but needs at least five to six years of bottle age to really shows its great quality."- James Suckling
"The blend is largely dominated by 85% Merlot, with some Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc also included. Inky/purple-colored, the wine has an exceptionally full-bodied, layered, moderately tannic mouthfeel and impressive power. Loads of melted chocolate/fudge and black fruits galore along with some coffee bean, mocha, as well as some background oak are all present in this big, formidably endowed, masculine style of Pomerol that will take longer to shed its tannin than the 2009. I would give this wine 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 30+ years. "- The Wine Advocate
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
"This big, smoky wine has great richness and a big, concentrated structure. The feel is dark, solid, based on spice, new wood and ripe black plums touched with red berries, the tannins sheltering beneath."- Wine Enthusiast
Wine Cellarage Tasting Notes: Beautiful garnet color. Aromas of wild berry fruit, cassis and blueberry with a hint of licorice and cocoa. On the palate, the wine is supple and pleasant with a continually building structure. The tannins are velvety and polished.
"Solid, with a very juicy core of lightly mulled plum and blackberry fruit, a polished apple wood note that runs along the edges and a solid, gravel-tinged finish. Sports nice terroir and leaves a mouthwatering feel on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2027"- Wine Spectator