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Tom M.
Tom M.
2009 - Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon
Great, great wine to drank while preparing food
Feb 09, 2013
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
GMP
GMP
2007 - Martini, Louis Cabernet Sauvignon
solid everyday cab
Dec 24, 2011
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Tannins quite evident. Needs some cellar time, but quite drinkable now. Excellent value at about $20/bottle.
GMP
GMP
2001 - Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon
Smooth!
Dec 24, 2011
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
10 years of aging smoothed this one out beautifully. Perfectly balanced. Drank this bottle at dinner (Filet with foie gras and truffle sauce) along with 5 other solid bottles of Napa Cab, including Stags Leap Artemis 07, Nickel & Nickel 05, and Silver Oak 07. The 01 Caymus stole the show. Was tough to go back to the others after this. Glad I have a couple more.
Sai C.
Sai C.
9998 - William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Gold Label Reserve
knowlegible
Jun 09, 2011
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
jorray
jorray
2005 - Steven Kent Cabernet Sauvignon
Light, modest experience
Nov 03, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star
Steven Kent Winery cabernet sauvignon is made from two vineyards in Livermore Valley, CA, by Steven Mirassou. You'll recognize thelast name from another popular California maker. The year 2005 was a challenging one in the fields around this area.Let's see what the wine is like. The Steven Kent 2005 cabernet is light-to-medium red in the glass. Aromas are of bright, sweet black currants that show an alcohol tinge.On the palate, the first sensation is in the mid-mouth, of plush,oaked fruit. This is complemented by a mellow, round acid that brings the fruit flavors to the sides of your mouth. Quite light tannins,with the fruit and slight acids bringing you into the next sip. Three stars out of five.More reviews at spiritofwine.blogspot.com.
Bill O.
Bill O.
2006 - Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon
Sep 22, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
William W.
William W.
2005 - Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
the perfect wine
Aug 07, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
I splurged after eyeballing this wine for years. It was worth the wait. Downed the whole bottle and didnt pay the price in the morning. Wish I could afford it on a regular basis!
David D.
David D.
9998 - McManis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Great cab for the price
May 18, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Larry M.
Larry M.
1998 - Strong, Rodney Cabernet Sauvignon
Apr 10, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Luis M.
Luis M.
2007 - Gott, Joel Cabernet Sauvignon, 815
smooth like a dancers bottom
Mar 15, 2010
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
will write in near future
Mike P.
Mike P.
2004 - Maybach Materium
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
3 hour decant.
A quiet beauty. Deep and dark with nary a sign of demise. The nose is all camphor, cassis, creme de kirsch and framboise. The palate has the cassis with a soft but firm mouthfell. There is the kirsch and the creme, but there is also some tar, and leather. Some black plums with a hint of super black cherry, This has surely quieted down since my last taste. A decent acid level keeps this lively and fresh. A long and exact finish beckons more.......and I'm glad to have more in the cellar. (94 pts.)
Mike P.
Mike P.
2003 - Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
30 minute quadruple splash decant. Dark and brooding. The nose is fragrant with black cassis notes, black cherries, and crème de kirsch. The palate has a silky and pure mouthfeel that is lush and elegant. Totally open for business. There is the crème de kirsch with some cocoa, black currants, black cherries, super black plums and pomegranate. Amazing intricately weaved tannins with a lilthy acidic 'bounce'. A very long and poignant finish that goes minutes, not seconds. A fantastic showing indeed. No rush, but no need to postpone enjoyment either. 94 points
Mike P.
Mike P.
2004 - Rockledge Cabernet Sauvignon The Rocks
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena

30 minutes decant. This is one of the darkest, densest wines I have had in months. Swirling coats the glass with a ruby tint. The nose has some cherry cola, creme de cassis and black currant jam. The palate shows a wonderful explosion of black fruits: Currant, black cherries, black berries, black plums. There is some soy and a hint of vanilla. All this is engulfed in a blanket of chewy textured tannins. Pure and clean, this is huge! A wonderful acid reminder-note toward the finish. A very powerful cabernet that begs for a grilled steak or chops. I think time will soften this, but its so enjoyable now with an extended decant (My third bottle). A super finish that I can still taste after 2 minutes while typing this. Wow.
 (93 pts.)

Mike P.
Mike P.
2006 - Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star

From 375.

Initially decanted for 1 hour.

Dark as would be expected. The nose has some very low key notes of cassis, vanilla, cherry cola, and black cherries. The palate is very subdued with an almost 'hollow' feel. After 2.5 hours this opened slightly. When food hit the table, even more so. Admirable cassis filled with eucalyptus, lead pencil , tar and leather. This has a medium weight feel to it. A very lively acidic base with some great 'things' hiding out. That's right, things.
A nice finish of 1 minute plus. This will never be a 'showey wine', but will be sure to please in 3-5 years. 89 points

Mike P.
Mike P.
2004 - Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium garnet in color. A beautiful nose of cherry cola, pencil shavings, and flower petals. The palate shows off a very showey and structured cab style I rally appreciate. Lots of red/black fruits: currants, blackberries, black cherries, red and black plum. Amazing showing of some dimensional traits of leather, pencil shavings, and spring showers on river stones. The cherry-cola notes never really end. This really opened up after about 30 minutes in the glass revealing a deft backbone filled with meshy tannins and bounded acid. The cola note remains long on through. The finish is 90 plus seconds. I really love this one's showing tonight. If you love a plush chewy, but not unruly cab, this might be the ticket. (93 pts.)
Mike P.
Mike P.
2005 - Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star
The nose on this was all blackberry and blueberry, something akin to a Cali Syrah. The palate had some great fruits of pomegranate, blackberries, black cherries, red plums, and a hint of creme de kirsch. Some soy, scorched earth, fresh rubbed leather and forest. The mouth feel was pure, and plush. A medium weight wine with tons of goodness packed deep within. Some dryness on the midpalate, the tannins still need some resolving. A great bright 'acid bounce' is present. A very balanced cabernet with tons of upside in the future. Not an in your face or flamboyant wine. A super long cherry filled finish. Would have scored higher had not it remind me of Syrah so much. (90 pts.)
Mike P.
Mike P.
2003 - Harris Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Jake's Creek Vineyard
Nov 30, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Opened 2 hours early. Not decanted. Nice deep dark with a lively purple edge. The nose is sweet cassis and creme de kirsch. The palate had a lush and pure feel with a deft & intricate tannin level. The alcohol was a bit noticeable early on but after about an hour this really began to sing. There were cassis, kirsch, black cherry cola, saddle leather & a hint of exotic tea leaf. Nice. I loved the way this just keep giving, never changing, just getting darker and plusher. Reminscent of another favorite Mark Herold wine, Merus. The family resemblance is uncanny. A very long ad smooth finish that lasts for more than 2 minutes. I have always loved this one, and I think it does not get the play it deserves. (92 pts.)
Mike P.
Mike P.
2003 - Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard
Sep 27, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
30 minute quadruple splash decant. Dark and brooding. The nose is fragrant with black cassis notes, black cherries, and crème de kirsch. The palate has a silky and pure mouthfeel that is lush and elegant. Totally open for business. There is the crème de kirsch with some cocoa, black currants, black cherries, super black plums and pomegranate. Amazing intricately weaved tannins with a lilthy acidic 'bounce'. A very long and poignant finish that goes minutes, not second. A fantastic showing indeed. No rush, but no need to postpone enjoyment either.
Mike P.
Mike P.
2001 - Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Sep 27, 2009
1 star 1 star
Decanted 3+ hours. A very classic cabernet, and not in the best of ways.
Dark and dense, the nose showed absolutely nothing save for a slight note of cassis, very ungiving indeed.
The palate had some `iron grip old Cali Cab' stylings. Realizing these need decades and not just years, we continued on anywho. All correct black fruits of currant and blackberries with some hints of leather, tar, & coffee beans. The tannins clobber and the clunky feel never really dissipates. The mouth feel is mid weight and the finish admirable.
A very correct wine if one wants to just drink correct wines. I don't. I want show and schnizzle, so the implied flaw in this case may be a byproduct of the taster and not the wine. My score may not be fair, but a 89 seems about right to me tonight.
Mike P.
Mike P.
2007 - Maybach Materium
Sep 27, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star

(1 hour double decant) had full throttle rich red & black fruits, a nice purity and a fullness-lushness I always appreciate. A touch of alcohol in the very end, but its an obvious baby. No travel or bottling shock in sight. This had a very different flavor profile than any of the previous 3 vintages: Maybe a bit redder and less cassis based while being less showy. This bottle was also less tannin driven. It's complex and pure and will be an earlier drinker in my estimation, unless it stiffens up with more bottle age. One that I may think would deliver for the next bunch of years and I may not necessarily hide it behind my 05s.---In all fairness, it is not fair to judge these so young. I appreciate the oppurtunity to do so and in reading my note now want to add this addendum: More bottle age? Compared to what, 20 minutes? This could and surely will gain weight with time in the bottle and should be a beauty upon release.

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