• Columbia Crest, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grand Estate, Columbia, Washington

    Ripe and generous on a soft, open-textured frame, offering currant and plum fruit and a touch of peppery herbs on the finish.

  • Kendall Jackson, Grand Reserve, CA

    Elegant and tropical with hints of lemon oil essence, key lime and yellow grapefruit. Notes of ripe pineapple and mango can be found throughout this exquisitely balanced Chardonnay. Lushly layered and viscous with a firm acidity and enchanting creamy texture. The finish lingers on and on.

  • Truth, “Lindsey’s Cuvee”, CA, 2006

    Upfront and forward with good brightness to its sweet plum, toast and vanilla flavors.

  • Worthy “Sophia’s Cuvee”, CA, 2006

    The Worthy Sophia’s Cuvée is a Bordeaux-style blend from Napa Valley. Worthy is a nice “second label” wine from renowned producer Axios.

  • Honig “Jevin’s Wine”, CA, 2010

    Honig Cabernet Sauvignon is quite luscious in the 2010 vintage. Bing Cherry and plum fruit character balanced with cinnamon spice and anise. The wine has a rich mouth-feel, with plush tannins and well integrated oak.

  • Buehler Cabernet, CA

    On the palate, the wine shows layers of deeply extracted flavors that only mature hillside vineyards can give. Our Estate Cabernet is the most age-worthy wine we produce.

  • Joseph Phelps “Le Mistral”, CA, 2006

    Intense and full-blown, with spicy, beefy wild berry, red beet root, dried currant and a medley of dried herbs, gaining complexity and nuance. Ends with a dash of pepper and spice.

  • D’arenberg, “Coppermine Road” Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia 2001

    An outstanding cab, shows qualities of vanilla, cedar and chocolate. Full bodied with a spicy tannic and dense flavor. It was introduced at our March 2006 wine dinner.

  • Plump Jack “Oakville”, CA, 2001

    The 2001 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a remarkable wine. Within its deeply concentrated ruby color, aromas of blackberries, black cherries, roast coffee, vanilla beans and rosemary stir.

  • Concha Y Toro “Don Melchor” Chile 2004

    a rich, full-bodied wine with unmistakable character in the bouquet and on the finish. Drink with any hearty dish, lamb, steak, and strong cheeses.

  • Etude, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2002

    Great structure, deliciously rich and complex, deep and fragrant, with layers of concentrated black cherry, plum, currant and wild berry, picking up pretty spice and floral notes with a long, lingering finish.

  • Mollydooker, “Maitre D” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

    This is a classic Aussie Cabernet with an intense varietal nose and delicious ripe fruit. This wine is named after Sparky, who earned money to put himself through winemaking college as a left-handed Maitre D’.

  • Viader, Meritage, Napa Valley, California, 1999

    A Mountain grown blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc with deeply concentrated currant, leather, tobacco, earth, cedar and mocha flavors.

  • Vineyard 29 Cabernet, CA, 2001

    The 2001 is opulent, rich, and full-bodied, with an explosive bouquet of macerated blackberry and cassis fruit, a huge tactile impression, an opulent mid-palate, and a glorious finish with great purity, fruit, and glycerin. It is the finest offering I have yet tasted from this Napa estate. This seamless, provocative, gorgeously intense 2001 will be at its best between 2005-2015.

  • Axios, Cabernet, CA, 2005

    A great wine. Big and bold.

  • Chateau Montelena, Cabernet Sauvignon, The Montelena Estate, Napa, California, 1999

    Beautifully crafted, dark, rich and polished, with a tight beam of blackberry and currant fruit that’s sharply focused and tightly wound. Turns supple and finishes with a long, lingering, fruit-propelled finish.

  • Paul Hobbs Cabernet, 2002

    As full, as fleshy and as out-and-out mouth-filling as any Cabernet from the vintage, it is a hedonist’s dream with the solidity, structure and unstinting fruit.

  • Staglin, CA, 2001

    The 2001 vintage is one where legendary wines are produced. This 2001 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is such a wine.

  • Caymus, Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Select, Napa Valley, California, 1998

    Ripe, rich, and complex, with layers of juicy plum, blackberry, anise, coffee, and wild berry. Turns supple, with a sense of elegance and finesse. Firms up on the finish, where the tannins fold in.

  • Joseph Phelps, Insignia, Napa Valley, California, 1996

    Super-rich and seductive version of this prestigious red, its layers of currant, black cherry, chocolate and ginger turning smooth and polished, with a long, intricate aftertaste.

  • Caymus, Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Select, Napa Valley, California, 1999

    Dark, rich and intense, a vibrant, deeply concentrated and firmly tannic style. Young and tight, this wine packs in lots of rich, chocolaty plum, black currant, cherry, anise and sage and herbal flavors. Really revs up the flavors on the finish, with unfolding layers of complexity and depth.

  • Shafer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Hillside Select, Napa, California, 1998

    Has lots of richness, depth and complexity, with layers of earthy currant, anise, black cherry and blackberry fruit, showing far more depth and ripeness than most from this vintage.

  • David Arthur, Cabernet Sauvignon, Elevation 1147, Napa, California, 1999

    Enormous complexity, depth and purity of fruit flavors, with layers of cassis, currant, black cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavors that are sharply focused and deeply concentrated. All kinds of extra facets and the kind of length and intensity that bodes well for aging.

  • Joseph Phelps, Insignia, Napa Valley, California, 2000

    The 2000 Insignia is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec. It reveals a smoky, rich cassis characteristic, medium to full body, and an open-knit, lush, generous style without the austere tannin and backwardness of the 1999. This expansive, fleshy, and seductive offering should drink well for 15-16 years.

  • Harlan Estates, CA, 1998

    The 1998, which is a candidate for the “Wine of the Vintage”, was produced from yields of 0.9 tons per acre. There are only 1,100 cases, and it is the first Harlan Estate to be composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A spectacular achievement, it boasts an opaque plum/purple color as well as a sumptuous nose of espresso, mineral, blueberry, blackberry, tobacco, licorice, Asian spice, and roasted meat smells. In the mouth, it is seamless, full-bodied, with an unctuous texture, gorgeously sweet tannin, and layer upon layer of concentration. This is a tour de force in wine making. It is hard to believe that a wine such as this has emerged from 1998.

If you open it up and enjoy it, it's a good wine.

- Frank Reno

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