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Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013 Product #29777 (In Stock)
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2013

The 41st edition of this benchmark Napa Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards in 8 of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with about 75% of the fruit coming from the Valley floor and 25% from hillside sites.  It’s ripe, and rich, and bursting with blackcurrant, dark cherry, spice, and milk chocolate aromas and flavors with a nice lift of crushed violets on the nose and palate.  Although it’s technically bigger than the 2012 – about 0.5% more alcohol here – the texture feels more elegant and pure, with the ripe fruit a bit more fresh and acids just a touch more crisp.  The finish is long and generous with fruit, chocolate, spice, licorice and violet notes lingering nicely over sweet, smooth as silk, tannins.

Robert Parker rated the 2012 Caymus Cabernet – the winery’s 40th vintage – at 96 points for its powerhouse structure and exuberant, even flamboyant, personality and balance of lavish oak and massive fruit.  The 2013 is just as silky smooth as the 2012 and pumps out just as much flavor, but has more detailed flavors and a longer finish.  Personally, I like the 2013 more than the 2012 and I’m sure many critics will agree with me.  I suspect others – probably including Parker – will give the nod to 2012.  No wrong answers here, just personal preference.  If you like Caymus, you’ll love the 2013!

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Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Product #28442 (In Stock)
Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

The last wine Mike Hirby releases from each vintage, and the most impressive Artefact Cabernet to date.  The wine’s backbone is fruit from the tiny (3 acre) Corona Vineyard in the hills just west of Oakville.  Mike describes the site as “a moonscape, with tiny shale pebbles going who-knows how deep.”  The poor soils and small berries here give a wine of fantastic intensity and power.  You’ll find deep aromas of crushed blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate, and sweet spices and flavors to match.  There’s plenty of structure to support the lush fruit, and while you probably should hold this for 3-5 years, it’s hard to resist right now with a rare steak!

“78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% cabernet franc and 8% malbec): Aromas of cassis, briary blackberry and bitter chocolate, lifted by a violet topnote. Large-scaled, chewy, mountain-style wine (it's from the Corona vineyard at the top of the Oakville Grade), with a medicinal quality to its flavors of black cherry, blackberry and licorice. This youthfully musclebound cabernet finishes with substantial tannins and very good energy. Serve it with a rare steak now or, better yet, hold it for five years for more complexity. These small, thick-skinned berries ripen late, notes winemaker Mike Hirby.”International Wine Cellar 92(+?) points

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Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Product #29651 (In Stock)
Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

"A classic, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon offers plenty of crème de cassis and spring flower characteristics as well as beautiful density, sweet tannin and good underlying structure as well as definition. Aged 18 months in French oak, it is a beautiful example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that can be drunk young, but will be even better in 3-4 years. It should age effortlessly for 12-15 years."Wine Advocate 90 points

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Shafer Cabernet One Point Five 2012 Product #29686 (In Stock)
Shafer Cabernet One Point Five 2012 Shafer Cabernet One Point Five 2012

A great vintage for this Napa classic.  Limited, thought.

"Dark plum, mocha, red cherry, spice and tobacco are some of the many notes that blossom in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five. The 2012 is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon built on voluptuous fruit, power and pure resonance."  Vinous 93 points

"The cool fruit and richness to this is fantastic. Tar, raspberries, blueberries and hints of coffee. It’s subtle and rich, going on for minutes on the palate. This comes mostly from vineyards on the flat land of southern Stag’s Leap and shows a minerally undertone. Makes you want to drink it. Slightly more than 15% alcohol but it remains fresh and crisp. Some violet and oak nuances. Why wait?" 94 points

"The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon One Pint Five is a big-time winner, a blend of almost all Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine has an opaque bluish/purple color, almost indigo, and is full-bodied with dense chocolaty crème de cassis notes, licorice and a touch of minerality. The wine has well-integrated wood, is full and seems balanced and rich enough to age for two decades or more."Wine Advocate 94 points

"Crushed blackberries compete with a hearty bouquet of violet in this gigantically powerful and structured wine. Soft and leathery, it features spikes of black pepper, vanilla and pungent black earth amid a dense, concentrated finesse of tannin and oak, with a lengthy finish awaiting. This is power at its best, a reflection of an idyllic vintage in the hands of a skilled producer."Wine Enthusiast 94 points

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