Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon based blend

2001 Chateau St. Michelle Artist Series

Wow! This was a real beauty. Nice garnet color, with some browning to it. On the nose, medium+ intensity, loaded with secondary bouquet, cigar, pencil shavings, tomato leaf, but still holding on the some black cherry, black currant, and plum fruit, with moderate oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, layered and complex, medium- tannins, medium acidity, and good length to the finish. This wine made me realize that we do make amazing wine in Washington, and although lately I have been bored by the two dimensions of new world wine, I saw that sometimes it takes 11 years for greatness to come to fruition.

2006 Cardinale Napa

Wow, this was monstrous, loaded with complexity, big explosive black cherry and currant fruit, framed by tobacco and spice, herbs, and beautifully integrated oak. On the palate, muscular, medium+ tannin, black cherry punch in the face, layered with spices, a brilliant balance, medium acidity, and a big time presence, and an awesome finish.

2005 Buccella Napa Valley

Bright black purple color. On the nose, youthful, med+ intensity, classic opulent black cherry and creme de cassis fruit, with layered spice, and loaded with milky oak flavors, with no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, med+ intensity, beautiful and full of body, with layered fruit and oak, medium tannin, and medium acidity, with a pretty rich finish but I doubt it’s worth the price tag.

2003 Merryvale Profile

Had this the night before last, insane depth! Black Garnet color. On the nose, medium+ intensity, cigar and leather, with layered black currant and black cherry, a wealth of spices, and a creamy spice driven nose. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, layered with a delicious quality I’m not so easy to give out to a wine. I simply wanted more.

2008 Chateau Les Barraillots Margaux

Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, black cherry, currants, leather, dirt, ash, perfume, some oak, and layered mineral notes. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, good acidity, medium tannins, balance, structure, and a solid finish. A hard sell considering no one has ever heard of it, but it delivers.

2006 Chateau Tour du Roc Milon Pauillac

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, 5% Petit Verdot/ Malbec. Ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, plum, cherry, mineral, spice box, tobacco, leather, some oak, and loaded with earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, with good balance, medium tannins, medium acidity, chocolate spice laden finish, solid wine with good enough weight to stand up to a lot a hearty meat.

2004 Stags Leap Winery Cask 23

From a three liter bottle. Ruby with brown color. On the nose, developed, medium intensity, black currants, fig, cedar, leather boot, with some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, layered mineral, tobacco, some fading black fruit, bittersweet chocolate, nice balance, and good body, with a solid finish. Very old world in style, I expected more fruit out of this format and vintage, not sure what happened.

2004 Woodinville Wine Cellars Little Bear Creek

I picked up a six pack of this in 2006 on a “field trip” to the winery, had the last bottle last night, and it paired well with the movie I selected, Kick Ass! Purple to ruby in color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, currants, figs, plums, cedar, violets, immense tobacco, and a chalky earthy component, with moderate oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, and medium acidity, with medium+ body, beautiful balance, awesome spice and mineral, and the fruit stepping back a bit, on a solid finish! I felt like I was drinking a good quality right bank from Bordeaux, we should be cellaring more wine!