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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
The 2015 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon redefines approachability - a fusion of fruit flavors that include wild blackberries, mulberries, sweet cherries and cocoa dipped blueberries invade your senses followed by wispy notes of forest floor and bittersweet chocolate. An exuberant, multi-dimensional mouthfeel is complemented by dynamic acidity that forges freshness, energy and length to the palate.
Opaque black violet color. Bright, attractive, fruity nutty aromas of cassis pie a la mode, toffee, creme brulee, and nuts and leather with a satiny, lively, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, very long spicy meringue, nougat, and fine oak finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A remarkably plush, inky, and thoroughly delicious and balanced cabernet.
With another very warm vintage for Washington State, 2015 proved that once again fruit like Cabernet Sauvignon has no problems getting to full ripeness while maintaining balance with acidity. This wine, composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, mostly from Chapoux and Two Blondes vineyrds, possesses intermingled notes of red plums and dark cherries, with undertones of cedar and violet. 292 cases were produced.
"Saturated ruby-red. Highly nuanced, Graves-like aromas of black plum, raspberry, warm stones, tobacco, minerals and nutty oak. Sweet, suave and wonderfully fine-grained wine with a fleshiness given shape by harmonious acidity. A step up in intensity from the '03 bottling, with the petit verdot component adding aromatic character and structure. Finishes with lingering sweet notes of cherry and currant."- Steven Tanzer
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.
Comprised of 85% Sangiovese and a balance of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this laid-back Chianti offers red-skinned berry and baking spice aromas. The palate is simple, with easygoing tannins and ripe red cherry and clove flavors. Enjoy soon.
Blacksmith Cellars is a 1,500 case winery that rests upon the vision, dedication and hard work of one man, Matt Smith. Passionate about both the science and art of wine, he approaches his craft in ways that seem simultaneously systematic and inspired. He makes his wines in a warehouse located on the grounds of the former Naval Air Station in Alameda - across the bay from San Francisco. Because he doesn’t own a patch of vineyard, he’ll make wine from whatever comes through his network of growers - or even the spot market. Originally from Virginia, Smith was studying Chemistry at Sonoma State University in the early 19990s when he was hit by the winemaking bug. A stint at Beaulieu Vineyards was followed by an enology degree at Fresno State and then being hired as assistant winemaker to Sam Dashe, a fellow “urban winemaker” who became an important mentor. Smith struck out on his own in 2004 with an Alexander Valley Cabernet. With that first wine, Sam established his method of doing all the jobs himself: tending the vines, picking, sorting, crushing, pressing, punching down, blending and bottling. From the start, Blacksmith Cellars has received critical accolades and plenty of fans, but the need to maintain control of his process and vision has restrained any temptation to grow the winery to beyond what Smith can do solo. Happily for us, he has also resisted the temptation to raise prices. From Blacksmith Cellars we can get an artisan product - delicious, well-made wine from top appellations at an affordable price.
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
Brilliant dark magenta core with ruby rim. Lively nose of ripe Rainier cherries, blackberry compote, winter spice, and heavy cream leads to Asian apple and Meyer lemon followed by dark chocolate, tiramisu, and fresh baked croissants/brioche. Time in the glass brings forth rose petal potpourri, tea rose perfume, brandied cherries, and heavy whipping cream. Silky mouthfeel, medium-bodied yet markedly vibrant. Over time the integration of its blended components will make this a wine to revisit again and again, each bottle revealing a new dimension as it evolves. Drink now through 2030.
Our Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of boysenberry jam, blueberry compote, wild lavender, chocolate covered cherries, roasted coffee, rose petals ripple through your senses with a kiss of graham crackers and toast marshmallow. Velvety on the palate with a satin mouthfeel with bold skyscraper tannins. The finishing flavors are echoes of the initial aromas, with warm cherry pie, cran-raspberry jam, cocoa nibs, toasted cinnamon, fresh strawberry and raspberry coulis.
The 2015 vintage was a memorable one, with extreme drought conditions, early bud break, low yields and hot growing conditions throughout the season. Our harvest initiated and concluded very early, almost two weeks ahead of average. This formula resulted in a beautiful wine with abundant aromas of whole cloves, wild blackberries & boysenberries and baked blueberry pie. Texturally, the wine coats your palate like soft, smooth satin but maintains an elegant structure. The 2015 vintage has an elegance and roundness to it which makes it ideal for drinking now or cellaring for 5-7 years.
The 2011 growing season was cool and the latest on record for CADE. Following some unseasonable rain in October, the fruit from our Estate sitting at 1800 feet in elevation actually had a chance to dry out and gain ripeness. The wines are a bit lower in alcohol but still have the classic Howell Mountain tannins and bright red and black fruit. The 2011 CADE Estate Cabernet is a powerful and dynamic wine with all of the bright, savory and floral notes typical of the year. Our Estate Cab is done in an approachable Howell Mountain style, with subdued tannins and terrific overall balance.
Pretty aromas of ripe boysenberry, dark cherry and cassis, coupled with scents of sweet oak and herbal spice, introduce plush, deeply concentrated, black fruit flavors bolstered by bright acidity and well-structured tannins. This classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a long, lovely finish featuring savory fruit, spice and mineral tones. Delicious now, it will age gracefully in bottle for another 7-10 years.
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
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!
The aromas are lively and vibrant, with layers of red fruit, rum raison, cola, vanilla and cedar. On the palate, mouth coating tannins are nicely integrated into a rich, full body that offers inviting flavors of ripe berry, spiced chocolate and toasted oak. Throughout, the interplay between the five Bordeaux varieties creates a lovely underlying complexity that carries through to a lingering finish.
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.
This full, fruity wine is packed with acidity as well as ripeness. It has a fresh black-currant character, and the structure underneath is strong. It will develop relatively quickly, but then could hold at its peak for many years.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot.
The nose delivers an intense, fruity blend of cherry and cassis.
It is supple and fleshy on the palate, surprisingly round for such a young wine. A pleasant sweetness accompanies soft and smooth tannins.
A fine woody, vanilla and spicy note characterizes the finale, rounding out the fruity notes.
This is a wonderfully indulgent wine to be enjoyed without delay.
The blend between Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is different for each vintage but the Merlot percentage is usually more important than the one in the Château Cantenac Brown.
The 12 months-long ageing in 20% to 25% new oak barrels is traditional; we rack it every 3 months. Before the bottling, we do the fining with egg whites.
It is on purpose if the bottles of BriO are different from the ones of Cantenac Brown: we want BriO to become a brand on its own, and it’s true that we talk much more about “BriO” than about “BriO de Cantenac Brown”.
We want BriO to be a wine you drink before, during and after a meal; just for your pleasure.
65% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Cabernet Franc
Deep, vivid purple with a beautiful bouquet of blackcurrant and notes of violets. The palate has plenty of fruit, smooth tannins and good acidity. Well structured and very elegant with finesse. The finish has very good persistence and is long. Overall well balanced, an archetypal “claret.”
Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot