I know you would never believe this, but I uncork or unscrew a new wine adventure just about every day. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine blogger, and someone who thoroughly appreciates and enjoys the liquid expression of a place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence, I often tell people that wine is one of the most intriguing beverages in the world. It’s a hobby where there is always something new to taste and learn as well as great people to meet in real life or via those wonderful social media portals called Facebook and Twitter.
Having a splash of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Below are a few of my recent sips accompanied by my tasting notes and a picture I snapped of each bottle. All three of these Cabernet Sauvignon wines are from the Napa Valley appellation. Two are from specific sub-appellations (Atlas Peak and Rutherford) within Napa Valley while one is a blend of sub-appellations. All three, in my opinion, are pretty delicious and offer the depth, length and structure you would expect to find in a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at these price points (which are within the ball-park). Variety, so they say, is the spice of life, so keep an open mind and an open palate and enjoy the experience. Drink well, my friends!
Black Coyote Reserve 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
1) Black Coyote Wines Atlas Peak Reserve 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $85): My current notes are pretty consistent with a bottle I opened up a several months ago. This is unmistakably Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It shows richness, good depth of flavor/length, ripe concentration, and sheer fruit intensity that is pure and focused from start to finish. It is full-bodied and expressive with an expansive, velvety texture and balanced tannins with layered red berry and purple stone fruit aromas/flavors that are accented by brown spice, cedar, and graham cracker crust. This wine is big, yet balanced, and lifted by a firm spine of acidity that keeps everything in check/harmony. The 2007 vintage is near impossible to find nowadays; unless you have a friend with some in his/her wine cellar. Wine Enthusiasts rated it 97 points and a regional wine chain surprisingly reduced the price to $50. Needless to say, the ‘Rating Hounds’ quickly snatched it all up. Several of my bottles are from a friend (who is a Rating Hound) who went on a mad hunt for this vintage when it received the high rating. Overall, this is a very tasty wine that’s drinking nicely now with enough acidity, fruit, and tannin to get interesting over time with proper cellaring. My plan is to hold a small vertical (2007-2010) to see if subsequent vintages are consistent (or not) with this bottle of liquid exuberance and lusciousness. Approximately 450 cases of this wine were produced. Click here to visit the producer's site.
CADE Napa Cuvée 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Raymond Vineyards District Collection “Rutherford”
3) Raymond Vineyards District Collection “Rutherford” 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $75): I had an opportunity to taste this selection for a recent CellarPass event. The Rutherford edition is one of two appellation specific wines from Raymond’s new small-batch “District Collection” series (the other is Calistoga). This wine displays a brilliant, deep ruby color with inviting blackberry, black currant, dark cherry, and cassis aromas with underlying mocha, and bittersweet chocolate notes along with a pleasant (sweet) spiciness. On the palate, the wine is (fairly) mouth-coating, richly textured, and layered with good depth of flavor, dusty tannins, and a long, persistent finish. I enjoyed this wine both on its own and with a smoked brisket dinner. Approximately 500 cases of this wine were produced. Click here to find this wine.
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