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American Wines Cabernet

AMAPOLA CREEK SONOMA “ESTATE”’12  – On the nose, this wine opens with a dusting of cocoa powder, followed by smooth black fruit. Swirl the glass for a moment and the fruit character expands into tart red pie cherries and rich, dark cassis. Give the wine another moment to open up, and you will find just the tiniest hint of white peppercorn mingling with toast. On the palate you will first notice firm acidity, and a delightful character of ripe summer blackberries. Stay with the glass and you will find juicy plum and boysenberry, underscored with subtle notes of candied orange peel and almond liqueur, all laced together with strong, smooth tannins that persist into a lengthy elegant finish.”……….119.99

BEHRENS FAMILY NAPA “HOMELAND”’13  – The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Homeland is another blockbuster Cabernet with an inky purple color, sweet crème de cassis and blackberry fruit, licorice, truffle, stunning concentration and a multi-dimensional mouthfeel. This is another tribute to incredible fruit and purity.”……….139.99

BLACK STALLION NAPA’15 – “With a woody nose of toasted oak and dried herb, this impressive wine is structured and bright, with fresh cassis and red cherry. Balanced and well integrated, it shows depth of flavor and complexity.”…..49.99

CANVASBACK WASHINGTON “RED MOUNTAIN”’14  – Coming from a warm vintage in a hot region, this wine brings light aromas of mineral and red and black fruit along with a barrel-spice top note. The black-cherry flavors are lush, full and palate coating, supported by firm tannins. It’s high on the delicious scale.”………………74.99

CASTLE ROCK COLUMBIA VALLEY’12…………….29.99

CASTLE ROCK PASO ROBLES’14 – “Blended with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this approachable, accessible and well-made wine is juicy with black fruit and smoky with integrated oak and tannin. Its powerful flavor and robust body ease up on the finish.”………33.99

CASTLE ROCK COLUMBIA VALLEY’14 – “This wine pops with notes of ripe strawberry, cherry, herb and melon aromas. These notes carry to the palate.”…….29.99

CHARLES WOODSON NAPA “TWENTY FOUR”’06 – ‘The 2006 is a shade denser, rich in dark berry, mocha and black licorice, with firmer tannins.”……………149.99

CHARLES WOODSON NAPA “TWENTY FOUR””07….149.99

CHARLES WOODSON NAPA “TWENTY FOUR”’08 – “A solid, tannic and racy effort, featuring flavors of ripe plum, wild berry and subtle raspberry pie. This raw-textured version remains in bounds, with a long, pure finish that echoes the medley of berry flavors.”….149.99

CHARLES WOODSON NAPA “TWENTY FOUR”’10 – “Offering distinctive black licorice and wild berry aromas, this is rich, dense and plush on the palate. Well-built and deftly balanced, this gains depth, holding a tight focus on the long, vibrant finish. The tannins are ripe and firm, giving the flavors traction.”….149.99

CHARLES WOODSON NAPA “TWENTY FOUR”’11  Sultry notes of chocolate covered cherries, vanilla and sweet oak dance with cassis and hints of smoke as aromas fill the glass. Bold expressions of powerful fruit are balanced by layers of coffee, cocoa, and violet in this polished Cabernet. Round, refined tannins add weight and structure that is echoed in the plush, velvety finish.”……………149.99

CHATEAU ST. JEAN SONOMA “CINQ CEPAGES”’13  “A huge, dense wine, the 2013 Cinq Cepages possesses tremendous richness and concentration. Inky blue and purplish fruit, crème de cassis, gravel, graphite and dark spices give the Cinq Cepages much of its flamboyant, extroverted personality.”……….109.99

COLLIER CREEK LODI “BIG ROOSTER”’15………29.99

COSENTINO LODI “THE CAB” CABERNET SAUVIGNON’16…………….29.99

CULT CALIFORNIA’15 – “Seductive aromas like chocolate-covered cherries, plenty of ripe fruit notes and good balance make this wine easy to enjoy. Blueberries and black cherries fill the palate and moderate tannins give a slight lift that counters the richness.”…….39.99

DARIOUSH NAPA “SIGNATURE”’14 – “Smoky leather and cigar make for a formidable entry on the nose before huge, layered tannins rise to the fore. A balance of acidity and brightness lurks beneath the weight, rounded by succulent blackberry and black cherry.”…………189.99

DAVIS ESTATE NAPA“PHASE V”’13 “How can you miss with a wine that sounds like a NASA rocket class? All of Philippe Melka’s powers were brought to bear to craft this beauty, Davis’ ultimate “statement” Cabernet. The bouquet is headily perfumed with spice cake and cardamom, with a fresh undercurrent of ripe red and black fruit.”……….349.99

FORMAN NAPA’13  – “A beautiful wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and the rest tiny proportions of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. Opaque ruby/purple with beautiful blueberry and black raspberry fruit moving toward cassis on the palate, it is plush, medium to full-bodied, well-delineated, juicy and succulent. This is another terrific 2013. This one was aged 22 months in barrel, but 60% was new oak, and it was never fined prior to bottling.”…………199.99

FRANK FAMILY NAPA “WINSTON HILL” CABERNET BLEND’12   A red with tension and backbone plus black currant and spice character. Full body, tight tannins and finesse. Mineral too. Best wine from Frank Family Vineyards.”……299.99

FROG’S LEAP NAPA15………………….99.99

GROTH NAPA “RESERVE”’13 – “Subtle and complex with mint, black currant and licorice aromas. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a fresh finish. Clean and refined. A delicious Cabernet to drink now or later. Yes.”…………219.99

GUGLIELMO WINERY CENTRAL COAST “TRE”13………………..29.99

HAWKES SONOMA “ESTATE”’13 “Perrotti-Brown says that the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate “is evolving into a deliciously complete and harmonious wine,” and with praise like that, who wouldn’t want to seek out this wine? Hawkes is located in the majestic and tranquil appellation of Alexander Valley.”……….99.99

HEWITT NAPA “RUTHERFORD”’11 – “ A dense, sturdy effort, firmly tannic, richly extracted and built around dark berry, currant, smoke, cedar and tobacco flavors. Ends with crushed rock—laced tannins.”…..179.99

JOEL GOTT NAPA “13”13  – “Gott is the famous proprietor of some of our country’s greatest hamburgers and ahi tuna burgers, as well as Chinese chicken salad and killer milkshakes at Gott’s roadside stand in St. Helena. Joel Gott also makes wine. The deep ruby/purple color of his 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up beautiful crème de cassis fruits, vanilla and spice with a medium to full body, beautiful purity and texture. This is a luscious Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 7-8 years. Talk about a multitasker capable of serving up fast food at the highest level of quality in the country, while also turning out delicious Cabernet Sauvignon. That’s a skill-set worth having“.……….113.99

JOEL GOTT NAPA “815”15  – “Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of dried powdered fruit and purple Pez, tangy black currants, salinity and minerality, and planked oak and oak with a tangy, dry full body and a stimulating, brief finish with earthy, woody tannins and moderate oak.…….37.99

JOLIESSE CALIFORNIA’16  –  With a rich garnet color, you are greeted with aromas of bing cherry & a hint of pepper. On the palate, you find darker notes of blueberry, violet & subtle minerality. The smooth tannin structure coats your palate in an elegant & approachable way, with a lingering finish.”…………..29.99  

JOSEPH CARR PASO ROBLES’15 – “This is a solid, well-priced and widely available wine. Deep in color, it offers sultry blackberry jam, cocoa and coffee aromas. Soft tannins coat the palate, bringing tart cherry and woody spice flavors. The acidity and grip are just right.”…….39.99

KEENAN NAPA “RESERVE”’12  The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the estate in Spring Mountain Vineyards is the thirty-sixth vintage for the Robert Keenan Winery. This wine has 7% Cabernet Franc added into the blend and 700 cases were produced. A blockbuster wine for sure, with an inky/purple color, sweet crème de cassis, graphite, chocolate a hint of charcoal and burning embers – almost as if it wanted to behave like a Graves from Bordeaux. This is full-bodied, very rich, powerful and still moderately tannic. It’s a baby for sure, but what an impressive one.”……179.99

LEWIS CELLARS NAPA “MASON’S”’15 – “Both spicier and more powerful than in the past, the new “Mason’s” Cab reflects the concentration of the tiny 2015 crop. The nose is a piquant, focused, heady perfume of black cherry, Italian Maraschino cherry, cherry pit, black currant, mocha, black licorice, cola, clove, star anise and laurel scents. It proves as juicy as expected on the palate, where substantial tannic grip sits beneath the mulberry, black fig, black currant, dark cherry, licorice root, clove, bitter chocolate and graphite flavors. The finish is as heavy in body as the mid-palate, if a bit more savory at this point.”…………129.99

LOCKWOOD VINEYARDS MONETREY’13.……29.99

LYNDENHURST NAPA’14  “A rich and dense red with a powerful palate of ripe fruit and chewy tannins. Lots of blackberry and blueberry character. Expanding tannins.”………169.99

MEYER FAMILY OAKVILLE NAPA“BONNY’S VINEYARD”’08…………….225.99

NAPANOOK NAPA CABERNET BLEND’11  –  “The 2011 Napanook is deep, rich and intense for the year. Plums, mocha, spices, licorice all flesh out in an inviting wine to drink now and over the next few years. The 2011 has no hard edges or greenness, but the medium-bodied structure suggests it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. The blend is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc.”…….119.99

NEYERS NAPA “NEYERS RANCH – CONN VALLEY”’14 – This balanced wine is rich in velvety texture, with a backbone of structured tannins and a hint of earthy minerality. The fruit takes on a compelling tone of linzer torte, with layers of juicy blackberry and black cherry, but never veers too far, pulling back on the ripeness to find complexity, harmony and grace.”……119.99

NOBLE TREE SONOMA “WICKERSHAM RANCH”’15 ………..39.99

ONE HOPE CALIFORNIA’13………………..29.99

PALMAZ NAPA’10 – “The aromas of the 2010 Palmaz Cabernet Sauvignon are reminiscent of of ripe black mission figs enlivened with a chiffonade of basil. From beginning to end the structure displays an elegant crescendo with a finale that begs for an encore.”….199.99

PARADIGM NAPA’13 – “This pitch black colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Paradigm is Excellent and impressive! On the palate, this wine is full boded, balanced, juicy and nicely coats your mouth. The flavor profile is a delicious black currant and oak blend with notes of minerality. I also detected hints of black licorice and black pepper. The finish is dry and its bold tannins stick around for a very long time.”…………159.99

PARIS VALLEY ROAD CALIFORNIA’13 –Dark garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of roasted olives and cherries, roasted nuts and coconuts, and lacquered wood with a tannic, crisp, dryish medium body and a medium-long pickled berries and cucumber and cedar bark finish with woody tannins. A interesting, herbal oaky, cabernet for the table.”……29.99

PATRIA NAPA “OAKVILLE”’13 –This is very classy with mineral, black currant and spice character. Shows chili and Thai basil too. Full body, firm tannins and a bright and persistent finish. Extremely long and elegant. Best ever from here in years.”……….179.99

PATRIA NAPA “OAKVILLE”’14 –The 2014 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in 100% new French oak and is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Cabernet Franc. Dense ruby/purple with blueberries and spring flowers in the aromatics intermixed with some background oak, underbrush and forest floor, it is full-bodied, ripe, opulent and ideal for drinking now and over the next 15 or so years. Unfortunately, there is very little of it left.”……….169.99

PEIRSON-MEYER NAPA’14 – “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a 395-case cuvée from Calistoga’s Kenefick Ranch. This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 75% new French oak for 20 months. Dense purple with notes of creosote, charcoal embers, blackcurrant fruit, licorice and chocolate. It is full-bodied, rich, concentrated and layered.”…………179.99

PINE RIDGE NAPA STAG’S LEAP”’13 – “Softly mellow yet surprisingly powerful, this 100% varietal wine speaks loudly to its sense of place, born of a region known for combining elegance with sheer force. Cherry and plum highlight a supportive layering of subtle oak, while the gravely texture is juicy and lengthy, a mix of ageworthy complexity and instant appeal.”…..219.99

PINE RIDGE NAPA’15 – “The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color with baked berries, earth, dried herbs and leather scents. Full-bodied with a good concentration of fruit, the tannins are a bit firm but good black fruit comes through on the finish.”…..129.99

PELLET ESTATE NAPA’12   The beautiful 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Pellet Vineyard exhibits lots of blackberry and blueberry fruit, supple tannins, excellent purity and outstanding depth and texture. This is an elegant, medium-bodied wine that can be drunk now.”…….189.99

RAMEY NAPA’13 – “Deep garnet-purple, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of crème de cassis, ripe plums and pencil shavings with hints of sautéed herbs and beef drippings. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with concentrated black fruit and earth flavors, framed by grainy tannins and finishing with an herbal lift.”…….119.99

RAYMOND NAPA “GENERATIONS”14  – “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Generations tends to be a mix of four vineyards, two in St. Helena, one in Oakville and one in east Napa. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was bottled unfined and unfiltered, after spending 19 months in 60% new French oak. Production is a modest 1,600+ cases. A brilliant wine from Boisset, it exhibits notes of blackberry and cassis, truffle, chocolate and spice bow. Layered and multidimensional with terrific opulence and purity, this is a “wow” wine, and while drinkable now.”…………359.99

ROBERT MONDAVI NAPA’14 – “Classic and restrained, with herbal components and a firm tannic backbone, this is a finely made wine at a respectable price that’s easy to enjoy and share. Savory currant, leather and oak define it best.”………69.99

ROBERTS & ROBERTS NAPA ST. HELENA” CABERNET14  – “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Louer Family hails from St. Helena. Slightly more backward and dense, this is a more substantial 2014, with a dense ruby/purple color, loads of crème de cassis, black cherry, earth and spice. It is full-bodied, rich, concentrated and impressively endowed. It is accessible enough to drink now.”…………139.99

SALVESTRIN NAPA “ST. HELENA”’13  – “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes from the estate vineyards and is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. This showed well. It’s a 2013, but the blend, which was aged 22 months in French, American and Hungarian oak, is lusty, savory, hedonistic, rich and mouth-filling, with a dense purple color and not a hard edge in sight. This blockbuster fruit bomb has complexity, richness and a savory intensity that has to be tasted to be believed. Kudos to the winery.“.………..119.99

SHAFER NAPA “ONE POINT FIVE”’13 “This powerful, savory bottling named for the two generations behind the family winery opens with toasted barrel and meat aromas before expanding on the nose and palate with additional black pepper and soy components. The fruit is distinctly spicy—a mix of blackberry, clove and cinnamon.”………169.99

SIGNORELLO NAPA’11  –  “Exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet notes of cedar, black currants and spice box, medium to full body, and good acidity and purity.”…….199.99

SPOTTSWOODE NAPA’14  “This slightly opaque and ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Spottswoode is Excellent! It opens with a very aromatic red raspberry and black cherry bouquet with a hint of cranberry. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, nicely balanced and a little juicy. The flavor profile is a very tasty black cherry and black currant blend with notes of oak and minerality. The finish is rather dry and its building tannins are substantial, but do not get in the way. As a matter of fact, this was the longest finish of the year.”………299.99

STEELE LAKE COUNTY “SHOOTING STAR”14 – “This well-balanced, flavorful and medium-bodied wine smells lightly spicy, tastes like raspberries and red cherries and has light tannins that add some needed grip.”………34.99

TERRA ROBLES PASO ROBLES’10…………………………………39.99

TOM  GORE CALIFORNIA14………………..29.99

TREFETHEN NAPA’15 – “Blended with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot, this is an impressive wine well worthy of the producer’s 50th anniversary. Currant, boysenberry and light handfuls of spice are wrapped in soft, polished tannins that offer an elegant length.”…..99.99

TRINCHERO NAPA “MARIO’S RESERVE”’13 – A rich, sturdy, muscular style, with plenty of finesse and refinement. Offers a dark fruit core, with spice, cedar, dusty herb and earth notes. Taut tannins add to the texture and mouthfeel.”……96.99

TRIONE ALEXANDER “BLOCK 21”’10  While the producer holds back its heartier reds in bottle before release, this complex, rich wine will keep going with more cellaring, giving it a chance to further hone its already-developed layers of leather, earth and backbone of black fruit. Smooth and velvety, it retains sizable tannin weight on the finish.”…………………129.99

TRIONE ALEXANDER “BLOCK 21”’12 – “This classically styled red with 9% Merlot and 2% each of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot impresses with perfumed violet and its soft, smooth and succulent black cherry and currant flavor. Approachable and round, it has cedar and mocha undertones that make it memorable and compelling.………… 119.99

TWENTY BENCH  NORTH COAST’16   …….39.99

WHITEHALL LANE “RESERVE” NAPA’00 – CELLAR AGED SELECTION – “A complex, concentrated style. Firm, earthy tannins support a center of mocha, currant and plum Cabernet flavors, with hints of dill and cedar woven in. Shows a burst of fruit on the long, rich aftertaste.”…203.99

WILLIAM HILL CENTRAL COAST’16…………….34.99