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American Cabernet

ADAPTATION (BY ODETTE) NAPA’17 – The 2017 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon delivers what wine lovers expect from the Napa Valley.  This wine is rich and generous from start to finish. Its alluring and bold black fruit aromas and flavors balanced with a nice accent of oak.”…..90.99

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.”……….101.99

BELLACOSA NORTH COAST’16……..39.99

BOGLE VINEYARDS CALIFORNIA “JUGGERNAUT HILLSIDE ”’17  –  “The 2017 Juggernaut Cabernet Sauvignon is carefully made, and aged for 20 months in French oak, which explains the vanilla and licorice aroma when you pull the cork. I noticed very rich blackberry and black currant flavors, with heavy, ripe tannins (also a good thing!). This is a velvet-smooth Cabernet that really packs a punch at almost 15% alcohol.”……..35.99

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.”…..118.99

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.”……155.99

CALLAWAY CELLARS PASO ROBLES “ELY”’18……..…27.99

CARPE DIEM NAPA’17……..…48.99

CASTLE ROCK COLUMBIA VALLEY’12…………….20.99

CASTLE ROCK COLUMBIA VALLEY’14 – “This wine pops with notes of ripe strawberry, cherry, herb and melon aromas. These notes carry to the palate.”…23.99

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.”…….23.99

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.”………27.99

CHARLES WOODSON NAPA “TWENTY FOUR”’06 – ‘The 2006 is a shade denser, rich in dark berry, mocha and black licorice, with firmer tannins.”……………108.99

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.”….108.99

CHARLES WOODSON CALISTOGA “TWENTY FOUR”’09 – “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.”….120.99

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.”….108.99

CHARLES WOODSON NAPA “TWENTY FOUR”’11 – “This wine has a deep burgundy hue at the core with an auburn tinge at the lip. The bouquet is fragrant and enticing with notes of pinewood, Asian five-spice, potpourri, strawberry and subtle alfalfa. Taking a sip, flavors of cigar box, baking spice, black plum compote, red beet and black fruit flavors hit the palate. This Cabernet Sauvignon has soft, yet bold, tannins that deliver a powerful wine without being overbearing with a finish that centers at the back of the palate and throat.”….108.99

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.”………90.99

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.”………69.99

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.”………102.99

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.”……33.99  

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.”……….249.99

DISTRICT 7 MONTEREY’16……….23.99

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.”………209.99

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.”………95.99

ENGINE HOUSE CALIFORNIA’15……….30.99

FISHER COACH NAPA “INSIGNIA”’15……..90.99

FRANK FAMILY NAPA’17……..…48.99

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.”…………157.99

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.”……88.99

GROTH NAPA “RESEVRE”’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.”………188.99

GUGLIELMO WINERY “TRE” CENTRAL COAST’11………………..23.99

GUGLIELMO WINERY “TRE” CENTRAL COAST’13………………..23.99

HAYES RANCH CENTRAL COAST’08…………………..……..19.99

HYATT COLUMBIA “RATTLESNAKE HILLS”’16……..…23.99

J. LOHR “SEVEN OAKS” PASO ROBLES13…….22.99

JOSEPH CARR CALIFORNIA “JOSH CELLARS”17………………25.99

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.”………132.99

LAKE SONOMA SONOMA16………………34.99

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.”………83.99

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.”………235.99

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.”………132.99

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!”………132.99

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.”……….176.99

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.”………122.99

McPRICE & MEYERS PASO ROBLES “BULL BY THE HORNS”’17…….32.99

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.”……….91.99

NOBLE TREE SONOMA “WICKERSHAM RANCH”’16……..…27.99

ODETTE NAPA’17 – The 2017 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District is a full bodied wine poised with charisma and energy, carrying notes of wild raspberries, luxardo cherries, plums, crème de cassis, lilacs, rose petals and potpourri that all marry together seamlessly as they dance across the palate. Multifaceted, layered and vibrant, this thrilling example of Cabernet Sauvignon brings precision and focus to the long persistent finish.”…..188.99

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.”………….41.99

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.”….143.99

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.”…………118.99

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.”……..20.99

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.”……….122.99

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.”…………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.”…….132.99

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.”……25.99

PINE RIDGE NAPA VALLEY’16………………90.99

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.”……………30.99

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.”………125.99

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.”………111.99

ROBERT HALL PASO ROBLES’16……..23.99

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.”……………76.99

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.”……90.99

ST. SUPERY NAPA’16 – “Attractive crushed violets and blackcurrants with bright and lively red plums on the palate, as well as ripe blueberries and plums to close. This blend of 85 per cent cabernet sauvignon with petit verdot, malbec, cabernet franc and merlot, has a lot of vibrantly appealing fruit.”……51.99

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.”…………32.99

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.”…….25.99

SEVEN HILLS COLUMBIA VALLEY’13 – “The aromas of cedar, fresh dark berries, thyme, garden herbs and flowers provide instant appeal, with woodsy accents following. Lively plum and raspberry flavors back them up, with fine-grained tannins and barrel accents speckled throughout.”……41.99

SILVER GHOST NAPA’16 – Smooth and approachable, this wine offers a tangy red-fruit flavor and bright acidity, with integrated oak and tannin. It is delightfully quaffable and finishes in layers of cedar and pencil shavings, remaining varietal and delicious through a steady finish.”………51.99

STEELE LAKE COUNTY “SHOOTING STAR”16………26.99

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.”……….258.99

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.”……….130.99

TREFETHEN NAPA’16 – Over the years, Trefethen Family Vineyards has mastered the art of producing rich wines without sacrificing balance. The 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent example of the winery does best.  This wine is nicely structured. Its aromas and flavors of refined black fruit and oak accents.”………62.99

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.”……66.99

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.”…………94.99

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.”………83.99

TWENTY BENCH  NORTH COAST’16   …….30.99

VALLEY OF THE MOON SONOMA’16……30.99

VILLA MT. EDEN MENDOCINO “SIGNATURE SERIES”’95 CELLAR AGED SELECTION – “Here’s proof positive that Mendocino can make great Cabernet. This is a dense, chewy, complex and concentrated wine brimming with currant, black cherry, herb, mineral and sage notes tightly framed by spicy, cedary, toasty oak.  Finishes with a long, full aftertaste.”…130.99

WILLIAM HILL CENTRAL COAST’16 …………….26.99