Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

For Medlock Ames in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley, 2014 Was a Very Good Year

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Coming on the heels of the exemplary 2012 and 2013 vintages, 2014 yielded yet another terrific season for grape growing and winemaking in California — and it so happened to be the third consecutive year of severe drought throughout the … Continue reading

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Two Distinguished Paso Robles Reds from Vina Robles

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Vina Robles founder/proprietor Hans Nef and Managing Partner Hans — R. Michel, both natives of Switzerland, operate their Paso Robles winery according to one essential maxim:  “European Inspiration — California Character.”  Two of their current-release red wines — crafted by winemaker Kevin … Continue reading

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Cornerstone Cellars | Two Sophisticated Reds from Napa Valley’s 2012 Vintage

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Merlot | Oakville Station | Napa Valley | California | 2012 | $75 92 Points | “Highly Recommended”  (A Cellar-Worthy Selection) This 100% Merlot is sourced from Oakville Station Vineyard blocks in the celebrated To-Kalon vineyard in Oakville, at the … Continue reading

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Avenel Cellars | Cabernet Sauvignon | Reserve | Oakville | Napa Valley | California | 2012 | $45 | 90 Points

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Avenel Cellars Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by veteran California winemaker Marco DiGiulio. Marco is a native San Franciscan and U.C. Davis graduate who has devoted years to mastering the oenological art that is Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. His influence … Continue reading

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Low Places | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley | California | 2012 | $45 | 91 Points

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“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” Named for the valley floor vineyards from which it was sourced, here is a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that we think hits all the right notes for fans of the “benchland” style. This is a Full Monty Cabernet … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Seven Rings | Cabernet Sauvignon | Oak Knoll District | Napa Valley | California | 2013 | $28 | 89 pts

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89 POINTS | “RECOMMENDED” Crafted by the California winemaking team of Alison Crowe and Barbara Ignatowski, Seven Rings is named for the number of years it takes for a newly-planted grapevine to begin producing wine-quality fruit. Their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Honig | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley | California | 2012 | $35 (Avg.) | 91 pts

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Honig Vineyard & Winery, located in Rutherford, Napa Valley — family-owned and operated since 1964 — focuses its production on two varieties that flourish particularly well in the region:  Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is Honig’s most attainable Cabernet, sourced from select … Continue reading

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PICK of NAPA VALLEY: Selections from pureCru | Vintage 2010

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Last February we introduced you to pureCru, with our review of their impressive 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (93 pts). Several years ago, veteran Napa Valley winemaker Mitch Cosentino founded pureCru with several partners with an ambition to produce small-lot wines with fruit … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Viña Alicia | Paso de Piedra | Cabernet Sauvignon | Luján de Cuyo | Mendoza | Argentina | 2010 | $20 | 90 pts

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Founded in 1998 by Alicia Arizu, wife of Argentine winemaking pioneer Alberto Arizu, Viña Alicia sits in Mendoza’s Luján de Coyo region — Argentina’s first officially recognized wine producing appellation.  Luján de Coyo is distinguished by high elevations (upwards of 3,000 feet), sandy alluvial soils, and a dry Mediterranean … Continue reading

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WEEKEND WINE PICK: Sebastiani | Cabernet Sauvignon | Sonoma County | California | 2012 | $15 (Avg) | 87 pts

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Sonoma County’s historic Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, now owned by Bill Foley, consistently impresses us with varietal wines that are personable, affordable, and well-crafted.  A fitting example is their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, which offers equal doses of sophistication and drinkability.  On the nose are notes of blueberry … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Columbia Crest | Grand Estates | Cabernet Sauvignon | Columbia Valley | Washington | 2011 | $12

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Here’s another winning everyday red from the folks at Columbia Crest that’s widely available, value-priced, and perfect for sultry summer sipping.  It’s a casual and relaxed Cab, with aromas and flavors that touch on some of the savory hallmarks of the variety:  blackcurrant, … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICKS: J. Lohr and Estancia | Cabernet Sauvignon | Paso Robles AVA | San Luis Obispo County | California | 2011 | $12

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Our latest everyday wine picks hail from California’s rugged Central Coast — namely, the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) in San Luis Obispo County.  Wedged roughly halfway between Monterey (to the north) and Santa Barbara (to the south), this appellation is distinguished by rugged … Continue reading

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