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American Wines Cabernet

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.”……….144.99


BOOKER NAPA “MY FAVORITE NEIGHBOR” PROPRIETARY RED’17 – “A barrel sample blended of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot, the 2017 My Favorite Neighbor Proprietary Blend is deep garnet-purple in color and a little cedary to begin, giving way to fragrant blackcurrants, black cherries and black raspberries with touches of spice cake, Sichuan pepper, violets and hoisin. Full-bodied, densely packed and with velvety tannins, it delivers tons of tightly wound flavors, finishing long…As I’ve commented in the past,the wines from Eric Jensen at Booker are some of the most impressive releases coming out of California. While in the past, they relied on pure fruit and texture to impress, today they possess layered, elegant and complex characters paired with serious depth, richness and structure.”…..169.99

CADE NAPA HOWELL MOUNTAIN’16 – “The 2016 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. It has a deep purple-black color and wonderfully pure, vibrant notes of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries and baker’s chocolate with touches of Indian spices, licorice and cloves plus an earthy waft of damp soil. Full-bodied, rich and powerful in the mouth with a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, it finishes with layer after layer of black fruit and exotic spices.”……222.99


CANVASBACK WASHINGTON RED MOUNTAIN’16 – “This midnight purple colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Canvasback opens with a mild black currant bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black currant with notes of vanilla oak and black olive. I also detected hints of blueberry at the very end as well. The finish is dry and its fruit flavors and moderate tannins drift away nicely. This Cabernet is food friendly.”……79.99

CARPE DIEM NAPA’17……..…69.99

CASTLE ROCK COLUMBIA VALLEY’14 – “This wine pops with notes of ripe strawberry, cherry, herb and melon aromas. These notes carry to the palate.”…….32.99

CASTLE ROCK PASO ROBLES’15 – This is a classic, rich cabernet savignon with a dark purple color and expressive aromas of black cherry and spice. On the palate the wine is intense, lusious and full-bodied with a rich core of berry flavors, and there are hints of spice and vanilla in its long harmonius finish.”…….33.99

CHARLES SMITH COLUMBIA VALLEY “SUBSTANCE”’17 – “The base 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliant, and as Cabernet Sauvignon goes, it’s a value that’s hard to beat! Classic black and blue fruits, damp earth, violets, and tobacco notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied effort that stays pure, impeccably balanced, and vibrant on the palate. It’s the real deal.”……….38.99

CHARLES WOODSON NAPA “TWENTY FOUR”’06 – ‘The 2006 is a shade denser, rich in dark berry, mocha and black licorice, with firmer tannins.”……………154.99

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.”….154.99

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.”….154.99

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.”……………154.99

CHATEAU MONTELENA NAPA’16 – The largest production cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, which comes mostly from Calistoga (there’s a small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Oak Knoll) and spends 16 months in roughly 20% new French oak. Its ruby/purple color is followed by a vibrant, juicy wine that has plenty of black cherry, blackberry, spring flowers, and graphite. It’s medium-bodied, elegant and seamless, with terrific purity and a balanced, juicy style. It’s beautiful, classic Napa Valley Cabernet.”………129.99

CHATEAU SAINT MICHELLE COLUMBIA “RED MOUNTAIN”’16 – Lush, silky, and dense with rich and charming notes of plum and spice. Lavish, long, and refreshing, it’s proof these guys can make killer wines.”………99.99

COL SOLARE COLUMBIA’14 – The aromas bring notes of plum, blue fruit and barrel spice. The palate comes off as considerably darker, with rich fruit flavors supported by firm tannins. There are lots of good things going on if the aromas and flavors sync up, though it doesn’t seem much like Cabernet.”………145.99

CROOKED PATH PASO ROBLES’17  –  “Fresh blackberry, herbs and a bit of wet slate show on the nose of this bottling. It’s very dry on the palate, with savory flavors of roasted beef, cola and berries, framed by ample tannins and decent acid.”……47.99  


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.”……….354.99


DOMINUS NAPA’11 –Christian Moueix and his team at Dominus have experience with rainy vintages in Bordeaux. They also farm a site that is particularly well adapted to draining excess water. So they produced a remarkable 2011, a late vintage challenged by rain close to harvest, It’s proof that a challenge met can create something sublime-like this floral, red raspberry-scented vintage of Dominus. It’s tense chord of flavor incorporating green herb, tobbacco, casis and raspberry in a lasting harmony. The sophistocated structure suggests it will age with grace, while the gentleness of that structure will make it accessible along the way.”………299.99

DUCKHORN NAPA’16 – Warm plum, blackberry and boysenberry reduction notes glide through, infused with sage, melted licorice and warm tobacco leaf accents. Takes on a gently mulled feel on the fleshy finish.”………135.99




FRANK FAMILY NAPA’17……..…69.99

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.”…………224.99

GROTH OAKVILLE NAPA’15  –  Blended with 15% Merlot, this has a classic character of Old World savoriness, opening in a burst of cassis before becoming more well defined in cedar, clove and crayon wax. The firm tannins never distract, instead supporting a core of full-bodied roundness and plush texture.”……125.99

GROTH NAPA “RESERVE”’16 – Groth owns 121 acres smack in the middle of Napa’s coveted Oakville AVA. Founded by Dennis and Judy Groth in 1982, the Oakville estate has endured some ups and downs, including a large-scale replant that resulted in the absence of a Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from its lineup from 2000 to 2004. The vineyard is now in its prime, and the reserve blocks total 27.5 acres, generating a focused and refined Cabernet with an intense, fruit-driven core. Winemaker Cameron Parry ferments in stainless steel and presses before full dryness, lending a sweet fruit quality to the wine. He then ages it in 100 percent new oak for 22 months.”………269.99



KINSELLA ESTATE SONOMA “SPENCER”’16 – These releases are made by Thomas Rivers Brown. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Spence Vineyard comes from a site in the Dry Creek Valley and reveals a deep purple color as well as a pure bouquet of currants, cassis, spice box, tobacco, and earth. I love its balance, and it has full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and a dusty, mineral-like character on the finish.”………189.99

LARKMEAD VINEYARDS NAPA “ESTATE”’16 – This stellar, powerhouse wine is perfumed in aromas of pencil, leather and sage that season a core of mineral and crushed rock. The fruit is equally savory in currant and plum, with a dusting of dark chocolate.”………119.99

LEWIS CELLARS “RESERVE” NAPA’15 –This brims with intense dark berry, mocha and espresso flavors, with just enough tannins, tempting you to take another sip.”………334.99

LEWIS CELLARS NAPA’16“Solidly built, with loam and warm licorice notes melding into dark currant and blackberry compote flavors. Broad and fleshy through the finish. A bit stolid in personality, but the depth and definition is there.”………189.99

LEWIS CELLARS NAPA’17 – The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is pure pedigree on the palate, as bold black fruits hug the corners of your mouth, while layers of graphite (or maybe asphalt?), chocolate, purple flowers and spiced vanilla will have your engine in the red for all the right reasons. No time for a pit stop… grab the checkered flag on this future Napa Cab champion while we still have some in the tank!”………189.99


LOUIS MARTINI NAPA “LOT 1”’14 – Offers a charming mix of rich flavors, graceful texture and deft balance, with a long, persistent finish, echoing dark berry, licorice, cedar and light mocha.”……….254.99

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.”………174.99


MADRIGAL NAPA’13 – “This is a likably round, approachable and affordable varietal wine, blended with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Sage, blackberry and mocha dot the landscape of a rugged, succulent bounty, finishing with power and concentration.”…69.99

NEYERS NAPA“NEYERS RANCH”’15 – From the producer’s home site, this wine opens with a tobacco-laden nose, leading to a palate with moderate structure and plenty of grip. Savory in character, this is defined by tones of dried herb, cassis and toasted oak.”……….130.99


OLEMA SONOMA’16 – “Blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot and 1% Petite Sirah aged 14 months in 50% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Olema is deep garnet-purple colored and features textbook cassis, warm plums ad blackberries notions with hints of cedar, sandalwood and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, it bursts in the mouth with juicy, crunchy fruit, framed by soft tannins and a lively line, finishing on a refreshing minty note.”………….59.99

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.”….204.99

PARADIGM NAPA’15 – “Heidi Barrett is well-known as the original winemaker for Screaming Eagle, but Paradigm is her secret sleeper from Oakville in Napa Valley. The brilliant new Paradigm 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is gorgeous now, but the patient may see it rival the wonderful 1999 Paradigm as this winery’s best Cab ever.”………….169.99

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.”……….184.99

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.”……….174.99

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.”…………184.99

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.”…….194.99

PELTIER LODI’15 – “This wine is big and bold, offering a ripe black-fruit aroma along with complex nuances of black olive, sage and black pepper. These tones carry to the full-bodied palate and are supported by a firm tannic structure.”……35.99


POSTMARK NAPA’18 – “The 2018 Postmark Cabernet Sauvignon paints a lovely and accurate picture of a Napa Cab.  This wine is firm, yet layered and smooth on the palate. Enjoy its nicely-elevated textures and flavors of blueberries and oak.”……………42.99

RAMEY NAPA“ANNUM”’14  “A steady ascent of supple flavors rises from modest to grand. The elegant array of anise-laced currant, berry, light cedar and earth notes making a second glass a necessity.”………179.99

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.”…………364.99

REVANA NAPA TERRIOR”’16  “Elegantly styled, rich and creamy, with a pure mix of dark berry, licorice, cedary oak, mocha and dried herb. A mix of grace, finesse and density, ending with a dash of espresso.”………159.99


ROMBAUER NAPA’16 – “Blended of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals notions of pure cassis and crushed plums with tobacco, sage and forest floor in the background. Medium-bodied, it has great vivacity and a plush texture with a peppery finish.”……129.99

ROUND POND NAPA “RESERVE”’15 – “Exhibits a mix of creamy oak, dense dark berry, mocha, graphite and cedar flavors. At points this is smooth and supple, yet also shows a tannic backbone. Impressive finish.”……………109.99

75 WINE COMPANY NORTH COAST’18  –  “Grown in Mendocino and Lake Counties, this Cabernet is filled with aromas of fresh cherry and cinnamon. On the palate, it’s silky smooth with notes of strawberry and blackberry, culminating in a long, lingering finish with just a hint of dark chocolate from a year spent aging on French oak.”…………46.99

SECRET CELLARS PASO ROBLES’17 – “This Cabernet Sauvignon unveils the full potential of Paso Robles, a region just north of Santa Barbara. It opens with notes of plum, candied black fruits, dried herbs and tobacco that delight the palate in a firm texture, but already accessible.”…….39.99

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.”…….204.99

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.”………304.99

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.”………37.99


THE BURN COLUMBIA “BORNE OF FIRE”’17 – Just bottled, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon The Burn checks in as a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Zinfandel, which is a variety you don’t see much in Washington. It’s healthy ruby/purple color is followed by a seamless, balanced, downright delicious red that has loads of sweet red and blue fruits, hints of spring flowers, medium body, no hard edges, and a great texture.”………45.99

TOR KENWARD NAPA “HERB LAMB”’14 – “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard comes from the lower hillsides of Howell Mountain. Tor Kenward uses the middle section of this vineyard that was earlier used by Ann Colgin for her Herb Lamb bottlings. This wine has always been noted by its blueberry component, touch of licorice and underbrush. This wine has all of that, medium to full body, beautiful acidity and loads of fruit.”……….369.99

TOR KENWARD NAPA “OAKVILLE”’17 – “A barrel selection from the gentle slope and steep hillside terraces of the Tierra Roja vineyard. This is the first release of an Oakville designate Cabernet, and what a debut it is. Classic Oakville East with its pure cassis, cherries, raspberries, licorice, dark chocolate, espresso, violets, and dried Mediterranean herbs. There is a warm red rock minerality to support the sumptuous yet fresh, juicy mid palate and ripe, chewy tannins. The pedigree is perfect, Screaming Eagle, Maya, and Rudd are all neighbors. It is just a lovely Cabernet to drink.”……….185.99

TRINCHERO NAPA “MARIO’S RESERVE”’14 – “Chewy and intensely herbal, this bold, powerfully built wine is bittersweet in tobacco and cigar box elements. The fruit leans into dark cherry and cassis, with a dusting of cocoa powder seasoned seductively throughout.”……94.99

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.”…………………134.99

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.………… 124.99

TRIONE SONOMA “BLOCK 21”’13 – “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Block 21 from Alexander Valley has a dense ruby/purple color, crisp, tart acids, ripe tannin, but a relatively compact, narrowly constructed mouthfeel. This could use more flesh and expansiveness, but what is there is pure and attractive.”………119.99

TURNBULL NAPA’15 – Fresh blackcurrants, licorice, cut grass and oyster shell. Medium body, fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now or hold.”………114.99

TURNBULL OAKVILLE’17 – 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc 4% Petit Verdot 2% Malbec.  2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon captures the spirit of the 2017 vintage with dazzling finesse of flavor and stunning balance. Muddled ripe strawberries and boysenberries compel the nose to complex tones of creamy red cassis, spice box, and delicate herbs de Provence. Red fruit tones delight the palate, rising and falling with amplitude and grace to a brilliant finish that leaves the brain tingling and heart yearning for the next sip.”………95.99



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.”…208.99