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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

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”’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



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

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

GROTH NAPA’14 – Complex aromas of blackcurrants and blackberries with hints of stones and pine needles follow through to a full body, firm and round tannins and a flavorful finish.”……….129.99


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

HOLLIS NAPA’15………89.99

JOEL GOTT NAPA “815”16…….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  


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 “RESERVE” NAPA’15 –This brims with intense dark berry, mocha and espresso flavors, with just enough tannins, tempting you to take another sip.”………329.99


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.”……….249.99


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


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

NEYERS NAPA“NEYERS RANCH”’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.”……….139.99

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.”……….125.99


OBERON NAPA “MICHAEL MONDAVI”’16 – “Finding a Cabernet Sauvignon “value” in the high rent Napa County AVA is becoming increasingly difficult. The 2016 Oberon is one of the area’s best deals.  This wine is smooth and beautiful.  Its black fruit and multitude of berries in its aromas and flavors.”…………….46.99

ODETTE NAPA’15 –Very deep purple-black colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate bursts forth from the glass with opulent crème de cassis, baked cherries and mocha notes with touches of charcuterie, licorice, sandalwood and forest floor. Big, rich and full-on sexy in the mouth, it delivers loads of black fruit preserves, exotic spice and savory layers. Framed by soft, very fine-grained tannins, it finishes with lingering anise and chocolate-covered cherries notions. Yum!.”………249.99

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

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

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

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

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

SECRET CELLARS PASO ROBLES’16 – “Black garnet color. Aromas of plum pie, polished leather furniture, lemongrass, and chocolate silk with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length molasses cookie, roasted nuts, and chocolate genache finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry and chocolatey Cabernet for lovers of rich sultry wines.”…….36.99

SHAFER “ONE POINT FIVE” NAPA’15 –A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot and 3% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap has an earthy/meaty nose, featuring notions of tar and charcuterie over crème de cassis and baked plums plus a hint of licorice. Very big, full-bodied and packed with black fruit preserves in the mouth, it has a chewy backbone and lively lift to the earthy/savory finish.”………189.99

SHRADER NAPA-OAKVILLE “DOUBLE DIAMOND”’16 – “Without question, the 2016 Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oakville AVA is the best value in amongst the ultra-premiums in the marketplace. TASTING NOTES: This wine shows an amazing richness and outstanding balance. Its aromas and flavors of black fruit and dried earth are persistent and beautiful.”…………….139.99

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

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.”……….249.99

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 “RED HILLS” CABERNET SAUVIGNON’15 – Deftly balanced, rich and layered, with a mix of mocha- and herb-laced currant, plum, herb and light cedar flavors. Very impressive for the long, pure finish.”…..39.99

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

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

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

TURNBULL NAPA’15 – Fresh blackcurrants, licorice, cut grass and oyster shell. Medium body, fresh acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now or hold.”………109.99

TURNBULL NAPA’16 – The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a gorgeous entry-level offering. Savory herb, blood orange, mint and floral notes bring an extra kick of freshness to the red and purplish berry fruit. Medium in body and absolutely impeccable in its balance, the straight Napa Valley Cabernet has a ton to offer. The core of this wine is Turnbull’s Amoenus property in Calistoga, complemented with dollops of fruit from Fortuna and Weitz, both in Oakville.”………109.99


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