#CabernetDay on Twitter inspired me to write about some of the wonderful Cabs or Cab blends I had in California. Here are a few ready to drink or that make great special occasion & cellar wines:
White Oak Winery - Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 -$30.00
Cherry & Vanilla on nose, cherry and currant on palate. Lovely wine, great value!
Cornerstone - Howell Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Napa Valley - $79.00
Tasted in a vertical, all were lovely but '06 stood out - nose of licorice, eucalyptus, earthy, dark fruit. Followed through in lovely balance of dark berry with minty herbal notes.
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Benziger Family Winery- Tribute - Cabernet Sauvignon blend 2007, Sonoma Mountain - $80.00
Cherry, blueberry, cocoa & spice. Beautifully integrated blend, silky and smooth
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Pine Ridge Winery - Stag's Leap - Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Napa Valley - $80.00
Cigar box, extracted cassis - beautifully integrated - complex.
Flora Springs - Rennie Reserve - Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Napa Valley - $100.00
Super-extracted fruit - cherry, raspberry - hint of mocha. Velvety Cab with long fresh, finish.
I am not an expert, just a discerning wine lover or amateur de vin (as the French say), but everyone has a different palate, likes and dislikes so it must be understood that any of my recommendations are personal. I just hope that you find them useful or at the very least - interesting. I also hope you enjoy my photos. It is more fun sharing then keeping them backed up on a hard drive.