Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The KING: Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This week we're featuring special pricing on several of our favorite cabernets. 

2010 Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. This Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby in color and displays aromas of raspberry, cassis and cigar box. Once in your mouth, the wine’s silky raspberry fruit flavors and the combination of oak and tannin nuances create a well balanced, rich and full bodied wine that draws you in for more. Give this Cabernet a brief decanting. After that, the aromas and flavors match up in cherries, blackberries and cassis, with a savory coating of sweet oak.

2007 Salva Tierra Cabernet Sauvignon
The calling card of this great vintage is the depth and richness of the wines, while still maintaining a smooth and silky texture, without being too extracted or overripe. The wines balance the luscious Napa Valley fruit and the elegance of a wine with intense history. The wine is full of depth and complexity with typical Napa Valley Cabernet characteristics. The aroma is very fruit forward dominated by the blackberry notes, and underlying cassis and anise. The mouthfeel is deep and rich with plenty of big tannins for cellaring.

2008 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine Spectator gave this wine 91 points and said it was, “firm and well-structured, delivering a tight, focused core of mineral, dried berry, spicy mocha, cedar and oak. But what's most impressive is the balance of texture, flavor and weight.” We couldn’t agree more and thought it has Black cherry and blueberry fruit with hints of exotic spices are perfectly balanced by sweet oak. The palate is full and rich with moderate tannins and a long finish.

2008 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is made from organically grown fruit sourced from the Rock Cairn vineyard in Oakville, one of the Napa Valley's top sub-appellations. Yields were low in 2008 because of funky weather through the growing season, but that just adds to the concentration of this powerful Cab. This vintage smells like rose petals, tobacco and Asian spices mingled with cassis and cherry, and the aromas follow seamlessly to the palate, where there's just a hint of bittersweet chocolate and a squeeze of citrus that brightens everything up. Full-bodied with supple tannins, the finish is long, with lingering spice and roasted coffee bean notes.

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