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  • pinitbutton Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon   Wine of the Week Review
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Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $95

Rating: 16.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Spring Mountain District), California

Varietals: 95.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 percent Cabernet Franc & 1.5 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 1,606 cases

Alcohol: 14.1 percent

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Tasting Notes: Hal and Fiona Barnett founded their eponymous vineyards in 1983 on the top of Spring Mountain on the west side of Napa Valley. With steeply sloped vineyards and an altitude of 2,000 feet, the region produces distinctive mountain wines. First released in 2006 and now aged nicely, the 2003 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon boasts incredible balance Continue reading “Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon   Wine of the Week Review
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Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $76

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Paso Robles, California

Varietals: 86 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 percent Cabernet Franc & 5 percent Merlot

Production: 326 cases

Alcohol: 14.9 percent


Tasting Notes: Michael and Margene Mooney founded Chateau Margene in 1997. They planted their six-acre Paso Robles estate vineyard in 1998 and built a winery in 2001. Chateau Margene produces about 3,000 cases annually, devoted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon and other red Bordeaux varietals. The 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a well-liked, sophisticated offering for the region. Elegant and balanced, it boasts concentrated, ripe black fruit Continue reading “Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »



A Taste of Aquaoir

on December 04th, 2013
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An “Aquaoir” box of Mira Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon


by Barnaby Hughes


Mira Winery made headlines earlier this year when it aged four cases of its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon underwater in Charleston Harbor for three months. When the wine was later brought to the surface and tasted, Mira winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez was quoted as saying, “It’s not better, it’s not worse and it is definitely different. The land wine is tighter versus Aquaoir-aged wine, which is more complex and broad, more open and relaxed. The result is proof certain that we have more to learn.”

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  • pinitbutton Lincourt 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon   Wine of the Week Review
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Lincourt 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $40

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Santa Ynez Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon

Production: 836 cases

Alcohol: 13.9 percent


Tasting Notes: When Bill Foley founded Lincourt in 1996, little did he know that Foley Family Wines would expand to include a dozen wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Washington state and New Zealand. Named for his two daughters Lindsay and Courtney, Lincourt lies at the far southern end of the Central Coast wine region. The 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex, well-balanced wine. Boasting blackberry, blueberry and black tea aromas, a plush mouthfeel and Continue reading “Lincourt 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »



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Abeja 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Price : $45

Rating: 15/20

Region: Columbia Valley, Washington

Varietals: 94 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 percent Merlot & 2 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 1,913 cases

Alcohol: 14.9 percent


Tasting Notes: Located in the Walla Walla Valley, Abeja is a beautifully restored historic estate comprising an inn and a winery. One of GAYOT’s Top 10 Wine Country Inns in the U.S., The Inn at Abeja provides guests a great way to experience the region and its wines, including Abeja’s fine Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from four vineyards, including Sagemoor Farms, Hedges Estate, Red Mountain Continue reading “Abeja 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »



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Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine

Price: $80

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Yountville), California

Varietals: 71 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 percent Merlot, 4 percent Petit Verdot, 4 percent Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 15.4 percent


Tasting Notes: Gemstone, a small, family-owned vineyard, concentrates on making red wines from Bordeaux varietals. The winemaker, Philippe Melka, consults on many estate wineries including Vineyard 29 in addition to running Melka Wines (makers of Métisse and CJ Cabernet Sauvignon) with his wife Cherie. The fruit for this red blend was grown on six small estate blocks on the sixteen-acre Gemstone vineyard along the Silverado Trail near the town of Yountville in Napa Continue reading “Gemstone 2009 Estate Red – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton Jericho Canyon 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon   Wine of the Week Review
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Jericho Canyon 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $90

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Calistoga), California

Varietals: 95 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 5 percent Merlot

Production: 420 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Drinkable now, yet capable of aging well for another decade or two, the Jericho Canyon 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon boasts an excellent balance of fruit, tannins and acidity. Offering orange zest and toffee on the nose, it reveals intense, concentrated black fruit flavors in the mouth with a hint of coffee.


Food Pairings: Lamb shank, filet mignon, venison, goat cheese

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  • pinitbutton Shafer Vineyards 2006 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon   Wine of the Week Review
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Shafer Vineyards 2006 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $215

Rating: 16.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Stag’s Leap District), California

Varietal: 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon

Production: 2,400 cases

Alcohol: 14.9 percent


Tasting Notes: While it’s always a good idea to cellar wine for a bit to give all of its components a chance to meld together and express themselves, the Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon can age for much longer. It is aged for three years in the barrel and another year in the bottle before release, so you can experience its vivacity and complexity immediately. Longtime Shafer Vineyards winemaker Elias Fernandez pulls another winner with the 2006 Hillside Select. Its fragrant nose bursts with black fruit, smoke and pepper aromas that continue long on the palate. Sturdy tannins provide depth and structure.


Food Pairings: Grilled or roasted lamb, beef and game; dishes featuring roasted red peppers or caramelized
onions

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