Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

NAPA VALLEY WINE PICK: pureCru | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley | California | 2009 | $42 | 93 pts

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A number of years ago, long-time Napa Valley winemaker Mitch Cosentino relinquished his remaining interests in the winery he established in the 1980s — Cosentino Winery, on Highway 29 in Yountville — and along with several partners founded a new venture called pureCru Napa Valley.  … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Grace Patriot Wines | El Dorado County | California

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We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Grace family at their winery — Grace Patriot Wines — in El Dorado County, California.  Their property lies just a few miles east of Placerville, the county seat, in an area known as “Apple Hill” … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA WINE: Highlights from Virginia Wine Month at the “Taste of Culpeper”

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October is Virginia Wine Month, and the time is ripe for visiting Virginia wineries, learning about grape growing and winemaking in the state, and most importantly, tasting Virginia wines.  In celebration of this special time of year — and in … Continue reading

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VERTICAL TASTING: Saddleback Cellars | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley | California | 2004 – 2007

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In terms of size and style, Saddleback Cellars is quite modest by Napa Valley standards.  The winery, located in Oakville and nestled about halfway between Napa’s iconic Route 29 and Silverado Trail, has only 15 acres planted to vine — most devoted to … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Lail Vineyards | Blueprint | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley | California | 2009 | $50 | 91 pts

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Aromas:  blackcurrant; black tea; pencil shavings Character: dry; full-bodied; silky and elegant; dusty tannins; medium acidity; forward oak Flavors:  black- and blue-berries; sweet cured tobacco; touches of tarragon and spice; mineral undercurrent Food Pairing:  crisped pork belly; beef shortribs; crispy duck; roasted pork … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Cedarville Vineyard | Cabernet Sauvignon | El Dorado County | California | 2007 | $29 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  deep, black cherry; cocoa; vanilla. Character:  dry; rich & full-bodied; fruit & earth in balance; medium tannins; medium acidity; well integrated oak. Flavors:  black currant; sweet cured tobacco; black tea; pepper & spice; graphite. Food Pairing:  sharp cheeses; steak; grilled … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Chateau Ste. Michelle | Indian Wells | Cabernet Sauvignon | Washington State | Columbia Valley | 2008 | $18 | 87 pts

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Aromas:  candied plum; vanilla; spice Character:  dry; full-bodied; moderate tannins and acidity; oaky Flavors:  blackberry; cured tobacco; dark chocolate; raspberry jam Food Pairing:  sharp cheeses; steak; hearty dishes   In my perennial search for high-quality “everyday” wines, I somehow keep coming back … Continue reading

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