- Relic Artefact Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Product #29025 (In Stock)
Mike Hirby picked a great time to gain access to Cabernet Sauvignon from one of Napa’s most exciting sites – the Kenefick Ranch in Calistoga. A great Calistoga site like this - across the road from Frediani and Araujo’s world-famous Eisele Vineyard – was the key to making good wine. Blending in juice from Oakville and adding dashes of Merlot and Cabernet Franc for plushness and aroma allowed Mike to make one of the very best 2011 Napa Cabernets we’ve tasted at any price point.
It takes a little time in the glass or a vigorous swirl to coax the aromas out of this very young Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, but then you'll be rewarded with very pure, deep, scents of red currant, black cherry, coffee, dark chocolate, spicebox and crushed herb. It's a big wine in the mouth, with rich, powerful, Napa Cab flavors of currant, blackberry, mocha, vanilla, spice, cedar, violet and more. The powerful flavors and rich texture are nicely balanced by fine-grained tannins and juicy acids, making this an outstanding match for grilled or roasted meat today and an even better candidate for improvement in cellar over the next decade plus. This is a very winning bottle of Cabernet that frankly outperforms most of the $100+ 2011s we've tasted to date. An exciting, delicious, and deeply satisfying bottle of Napa Cab.
- Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon Rock Cairn 2010 Product #29244 (In Stock)
A classic Oakville Cabernet from a site near Yountville with deep gravel soils that always gives concentrated, plush, wines. In 2010, you'll find black cherry and currant fruit with briary notes of crushed herb and wood spice on the nose. Rich and deeply flavored, the fruit here is framed by spicy, chocolaty, oak and supported by firm, ripe, tannins. A big wine, but not harsh or hard.