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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

ANTINORI NAPA “ANTICA”’13  – Elegant and on the more austere side of the variety, this wine is graceful and complex. Tight-grained waves of cherry, cranberry and cassis marry well with its velvety texture and restrained use of oak.”……….99.99

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

CADE NAPA “HOWELL MOUNTAIN”13  – “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec and 15% Petit Verdot, tipping the scales at 15.1% alcohol) has an inky purple color, a beautiful nose of blueberry and blackberry fruit, licorice and spring flowers. It is complex, rich, full-bodied, opulent, sexy and lush. This is a 2013 to drink now.”…………179.99

CADE NAPA “HOWELL MOUNTAIN”14  – “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate from their Howell Mountain vineyards is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. A beauty, with mulberry, blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, graphite and spice, the wine cuts a broad swath across the palate with no hard edges. The color is a healthy, deep purple and the wine full-bodied, rich, and while drinkable now, is capable of evolving for up to 15-20 years.”…………179.99

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

CAYMUS NAPA’15  “Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with lifted crème de cassis, violets and chocolate box notes plus hints of lilacs, raspberry leaves, anise and cardamom. The perfumed black fruit preserves and chocolate-laced notes completely pack the full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. Definitely one for hedonists seeking immediate gratification.”……….159.99

CHARLES SMITH COLUMBIA VALLEY “SUBSTANCE”’15 – “One of the best values I’ve tasted in a long time, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from the team at K Vintners was hand-harvested, natively fermented and aged all in French oak. Smoking good notes of cassis, black currants and hints of plum all emerge from this rich, beautifully textured, layered beauty that has solid tannic grip, a silky, elegant texture and a great finish.”………34.99

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.”……………179.99

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

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

DOMINUS NAPA “NAPANOOK” CABERNET BLEND’11  –  “A very Bordeaux style Napa red wine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes. More earthy and elegant than not fruity for forward. Lovely earthy, smoky finish.”…….119.99

DRUMHELLER  COLUMBIA VALLEY’15…………….35.99

DUCKHORN NAPA “HOWELL MOUNTAIN” CABERNET BLEND’12 – “Deep, intense and well-structured, sharply focused on a tight-knit mix of gravelly earth, blackberry and wild berry notes, with touches of anise, licorice, dried herb and underbrush flavors, this ends with a burst of ripe fruit and dusty, fine-grained tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.”……………..159.99

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 NAPA’14…………………..99.99

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

HAYES RANCH CENTRAL COAST’08…………………..……..27.99

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

KATHRYN HALL NAPA ’12  – Full-bodied, opulent, absolutely spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon….Kathryn Hall’s winery is certainly one of the more dramatic as well as up-and-coming superstars of Napa Valley. It seems every effort is made to propel these wines into the very top echelon of quality.”………..259.99

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

KEEVER NAPA’12 – “A real stunner, rich and plush, with layers of plum, currant, blackberry, raspberry and subtle mocha notes. The pure fleshiness of the texture is admirable, sustaining the flavors on a long, layered finish that keeps pumping out fruit.”…..189.99

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

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

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

PITTSBURGH WINERY NAPA “RESERVE”12………….39.99

PLUMPJACK NAPA “ESTATE”’13  – The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Oakville is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot aged in 80% new French oak. A beautiful, saturated purple color offers up blackberry, crème de cassis, licorice, charcoal and camphor. Full-bodied, yet still youthful and tight, it is bursting with terrific purity, texture and length.”………219.99

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

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

ROMBAUER  NAPA’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.”……………99.99

ST. SUPERY NAPA’14 – Really dark purple color, impervious to light. The nose leans heavily on blackcurrants with a touch of spearmint of all things. It’s really unique and very nice. The initial attack is all dark fruits with some gripping tannins. Flavors of plum come out on the midpalate along with blackberries. The tannins are ever present. The finish is medium in length and the dryness of the tannins goes on forever. This wine will go the distance. Really tasty- 91 points.”……….66.99

SALVESTRIN NAPA “ST. HELENA”’14  – “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

SILVER OAK NAPA’11  – This new vintage of Silver Oak’s flagship “Napa” bottling is a bold, full bodied Cabernet blend guaranteed to thrill devotees of Napa’s most iconic red wine. A bouquet of inviting black currant, boysenberries, and sage introduce a deftly balanced palate offering tightly wound notes of cassis, dark berries, plus hints of espresso and vanilla cream on the finish.”……….199.99

SILVERADO VINEYARDS NAPA’13  – “Jon Emmerich blends this wine from three estate vineyards—Stag’s Leap, Mt. George and Oakville Station. It’s a deeply mineral-inflected wine, with chipped-stone tannins that are neither pushed nor heavily extracted, but gracious in their taut structure. The purple fruit may be concentrated, but it also has a pretty side, hinting at redder tones and green-olive salinity underneath.”…………109.99

SMITH & HOOK CENTRAL COAST’15……………..39.99

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

TRINCHERO NAPA “MARIO’S VINEYARD”’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.”…………….89.99

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

WILLIAM HILL CENTRAL COAST’13 …………….34.99

XTANT WINERY NAPA “PETIT BATARD” CABERNET BLEND12…………79.99