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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

CAMBRIDGE CELLARS  CENTRAL COAST “ LIMITED”’13 –Smooth and bright with juicy plum and raspberry; generous and ripe with velvety texture and a long, fresh finish.”………37.99

CANVASBACK WASHINGTON “RED MOUNTAIN”’13   Firm, focused and dense, with cherry, black currant and licorice flavors, hinting at black pepper as the finish persists against a thick layer of fine tannins.”…………………74.99

CAREL NAPA’13  – Elegant expressions of ripe and pleasant rich fruit including black cherries, red currants, dark raspberry, cassis, plum, mocha and toasty vanilla oak. It’s mouthwatering with layers of fruit and rounding tannins.”……….69.99

CARTLIDGE & BROWNE NORTH COAST’13   Another great buy from C&B, who this time have made a subtle, concentrated and rich Cabernet with good blackberry and woody, oaky flavors and a big mouthfeel.”……31.99


CAYMUS  NAPA’14 –This opaque and pitch black colored Cabernet Sauvignon from Caymus is terrific. It opens with an attractive black cherry bouquet with hints of blueberry and oak. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, well balanced, rich and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty blueberry with notes of oak and RC cola. I also detected hints of black currant and a touch of raspberry towards the end. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins linger and last for quite a while.”…….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.”….179.99

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


COPPOLA CALIFORNIA “DIAMOND COLLECTION – BLACK LABEL” CLARET-CABERNET15  – “This signature red wine is layered with flavors of blackberry, cassis and roasted espresso. Claret is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, blended in the classic Bordeaux style.”…………29.99


DUCKHORN NAPA MONITOR LEDGE’12  A tight and reserved red with blueberry black currant and hints of licorice aromas and flavors. Medium body fine tannins and a fresh finish.”……159.99

EBERLE PASO ROBLES “VINEYARD SELECT”13 –Delivers a tight beam of firm currant, dark berry, anise and cedar notes, with an underlying touch of earthiness, giving this a dusty edge on the finish. Well-structured.”………32.99

ESSER MONTEREY’13 – Deep garnet color. Aroma: Deep aromas of black cherry, blackberry, plum, dark chocolate and oak spice. Palate: Mouth-filling flavors of black fruits, cacao and vanilla are harmonized with integrated tannins with a finish of ripe fruit and subtle spices with a lingering finish.”………32.99

FOLIE A DEUX SONOMA’13…………………………39.99

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

GHOST BLOCK NAPA “OAKVILLE”’13  – “The 2013 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits the typical distinctive flavors of Ghost Block and the Rock Cairn vineyard. Finesse oriented with an elegant balance and structure. Bright floral aromatics, such as rose petals and tobacco. A full-bodied cabernet that attacks with loads of dark berry fruits, cocoa and nutmeg. The palate is supported by the lasting finish of black cherries and coffee.”…….119.99


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

HELLER ESTATE CARMEL VALLEY-CACHAGUA “ORGANIC” ’05   Fragrant suggestions of currants, cherries, dusty minerals, and cocoa emerge on the nose. Notes of cassis and black cherry mingle with hints of cedar, earth, and roast coffee on the palate. A lush wine, with ample fruit and a bright background of minerals, it’s ideal for fans of smooth yet effervescent.”………………..59.99

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

J. McCLELLAND NAPA’12   Mainly from vineyards within the Oak Knoll District, and blending in 10% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, this wine is yeasty and firm in tar, graphite and soy. Leathery on the palate, it sings in blackberry and black cherry around oaky clove.”…………………79.99

JOSEPH CARR CALIFORNIA “JOSH CELLARS”’14  – “This cab (90 percent Cabernet Sauvignon with 10 percent Merlot) is a medium-bodied, creamy, extremely drinkable wine. Its finish offers strawberry with a bit of dryness.  It’s not a big screaming cab by any means but it’s not a fruit bomb, either. A great go-to wine.”…………………35.99

KATHERINE GOLSCHMIDT ALEXANDER “CRAZY CREEK”’14  –The Alexander Valley vineyard is a unique plot growing old vine Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2014, another outstanding vintage in Alexander Valley, it brought low-yield Cabernet grapes with intense flavor and ideal balance. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine was aged 18 months in 20% new oak, a combination of French, American and Hungarian. The 2013 received a 94 point rating from the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge. This 2014 follows with the same character and finesse. It shows ripe Cabernet fruit, with cassis and black cherry nuances and beautifully polished tannins that bring a seamless, supple quality that lingers on the finish. This is a real bargain for single vineyard Alexander Valley Cab.”………36.99

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 NAPA’14 –Recognized as the #1 in the world on the 2016 Wine Spectator Top 100 List for their 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet, Lewis Cellars is, based on price/quality, the best Cabernet Sauvignon produced in Napa Valley.   Oozing with provocative dark berries and lavish extract, Lewis Cellars’ 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet beautifully delineates the full spectrum of gloriously persistent flavors.  Poised for perfection, this monumental effort boasts striking purity and a multitude of nuances that continually unmask new components with aeration. And, although their 2013 sold out earlier this year, this new vintage is even better.  This wine spends 15 months in high quality oak barrels, and is sourced from several carefully chosen vineyards throughout Napa Valley.  Each specific site adds its own distinctive stamp, contributing to the wine’s absolutely compelling flavors and aromas.”……….179.99



MOUNT VEEDER NAPA’13  – The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, sumptuous and inviting, which is to say very much in the style of the year. Super-ripe dark fruit, pencil shavings, spices, leather, savory herbs and menthol power through to the huge finish, where a blast of intense fruit and tannin awaits. Dollops of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah round out the blend.”……….89.99

HILARY GOLDSHMIDT NAPA-OAKVILLE “CHARMING CREEK”’14  Juicy and elegant with bright plum, raspberry and spice; generous and rich, tangy and balanced; dense, long and complex.”………….74.99

OAKVILLE WINERY NAPA’13   Charming, offering an elegant array of supple-textured licorice, sage and dusty red and dark berry notes. Most impressive on the long, tapered finish, which lets the flavors glide along on the aftertaste.”…………………89.99

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

PARDUCCI MENDOCINO “SMALL LOT BLEND”’11  –  The color is deep and dark, and the aroma showcases currant, plum and vanilla. These carry over to the flavor, where they mingle with a raspberry element, the very discernible flavor of chocolate and just a hint of oak. This wine has a wonderful softness about it and reflects many of the flavor and aromas that are found only in well-aged wines.”……..29.99

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

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

PIETRA SANTA CIENEGA VALLEY’11……………………………..36.99

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

RAVAGE CALIFORNIA’15  In the glass, expect a dense, dark plum and black cherry hue. The purple aspects indicate that the wine is still quite young (though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing). The nose is loaded with dark fruits, cassis, some cedar tones, plum and blueberry. On the opening palate, juicy blackberry cobbler flavors, blueberry creme brulee and vanilla cola tones instantly become evident. The body is largely medium.  Pay close attention to your palate as the wine progresses across the tongue. You should be able to pick up more vanilla and toasted oak tones, indicative of the New French Oak aging. Tannins are soft and velvety, making for a very pleasant, mildly astringent drinking experience.  Towards the back-end of the palate, dark cherry, pomegranate and more plum tones layer across damp forest floor. Finish is medium in length.”………29.99

ROUND POND ESTATE NAPA-RUTHERFORD’11 – Offers an easy-drinking allure, with vivid, snappy notes of berry, light oak, dried herb and fresh tannins.”……..119.99

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

SIMI SONOMA’13  – Mocha, dark chocolate, campfire smoke and hickory stick. A full-bodied, savoury Californian Cabernet.  Attractive notes of black fruit and smoke.”……52.99

SMITH & HOOK CENTRAL COAST’14  – BOLD:  Juicy, Black Cherry, Dark Fruits, Spice. The Smith Ranch had been a horse ranch, while the Hook Ranch had raised cattle for generations; their prime location provided a perfect setting for growing premium varietal fruit. Smith & Hook Winery released its first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon to high acclaim in 1980. We were kind of missing this classic juicy Cabernet style from the Central Coast — until now! This juice over delivers big time.”…….39.99

SPOTTSWOODE NAPA “LYDENHURST”13 –One of the iconic wineries of Napa Valley, their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst, a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is s softer, less prodigious wine than the flagship wine from their estate in St. Helena. This wine exhibits a nice, healthy, dark ruby/purple color, a sweet nose of black cherries and blackcurrants and Margaux-like finesse in a medium-bodied, supple and seductive style.”………149.99

STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLARS NAPA “CASK 23”’12The spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 appears to be the finest Cask 23 since the glory years of the mid-eighties. It boasts a dense purple color, complex notes of spice box, Christmas fruitcake, blackcurrant jam, mulberries and spring flowers, as well as a full-bodied, opulent personality.”……….349.99

THE OTHER GUYS CALIFORNIA “LEESE-FITCH”10 – “At first it had a slight medicinal edge, but rapidly molasses, toasted oak, red raspberry, black cherry, and dark chocolate took over.  Threads of tea and orange meringue emerged, with layers of coffee and leather. This complex beauty had very soft tannins and not much perceived acidity. It was smooth, round, and well-balanced, with a lovely silky mouth feel that expanded into a lingering yet gentle finish.”………31.99

TREFETHEN NAPA’13 –The 2013 Trefethen Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the brightest stars from one of the Napa Valley’s best vintages in recent years. Beautiful from start to finish, the wine’s impressive nose—bold black fruits, lively black currants, sweet oak—scripts a scene of delight.”………69.99

TRIONE ALEXANDER “BLOCK TWENTY ONE”’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

TURNBULL NAPA “OAKVILLE”’ 13 Turnbull’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, their least expensive wine in the portfolio is the most forward and precocious of the cuvées and shows what great winemaking and vineyard sources the Turnbulls are dealing with. The color is opaque purple, the wine shows slightly less tannins than its counterparts, with gorgeously intense blueberry and blackberry fruit, cedar wood, forest floor and spice box. It’s full-bodied, opulent, rich and, while still young with a good 10 years of upside, this wine will still be drinking great 20 years from now.”……139.99

TURLEY NAPA’13 –The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Turley Estate Vineyard (15% alcohol) has an inky ruby/purple color, beautiful, sweet crème de cassis fruit, a touch of toasty oak and spice, full-bodied opulence, and impressive purity. The fruit quality and overall character and personality shine more clearly and brightly in this wine than in the Howell Mountain cuvée.”……….109.99

VINE CLIFF CALIFORNIA “ROCK BLOCK”’08–Opaque garnet color. Delicate, toasty aromas of chocolate nut fudge, dried berries, and light brown spices with a oily, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, medium-long cassis pie, cedar, hazelnut nutskin, and minerals finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A powerful, fruit-driven yet slightly brooding cabernet that will reward patience.”………67.99