Rich and juicy are the beginning traits of this very famous wine. 2007 was a wonderful vintage in Napa and the European stylings of Dominus fit right in to the ripeness of this vintage. Black jammy blends of plum, blackberry, and black currants lead the charge on fruit and cassis is creeping in now with the age. Highlighting the fruit is vanilla and a cinnamon clove combination and an essence of black olive.
Napa Valley, California
JaM is short for John and Michele, the proprietors of this California winery.
Vibrant ripe plum and dark berry aromas are complemented by a spicy undercurrent of anise and a hint of oak. Lush blackberry and ripe black cherry flavors greet the palate while subtle vanilla and rich spiced plum continue to entice along the length. The opulent fruit is balanced by bright tannins and lively, linear acidity. Its youthful vivacity makes this wine perfect for grilled meats.
A blend of petite syrah and petite verdot
Aromas of sweet bing cherry and ripe, lush plum. The opulent sweetness of peak-season, fully-ripe fruit brings about abundant yet soft tannins. The core of this wine is a silky and amiably rich, textured base, with a pure Napa Valley cabernet focus. Flavors of cocoa, currant and sweet tobacco. This rich and chalky wine, devoid of assertive astringencies, drinks well now and should endure for a decade or more. Caymus, Napa Valley
The 2005 Frank Family Vineyard’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense inky purple color. The aromas are abundant; expressing ripe briar-berries juicy black cherries and wild blueberries.
Beautiful aromatics of black fruits, black currant, licorice, dark chocolate and integrated French vanilla oak; well structured with great length of sweet and silky tannins melting into your palate. The lingering finish exhibits complex flavors of rich delicate fruits and warm gravelly earth.
According to the winery, it displays the typical cassis and blackberry notes along with spicy oak aromas that have become synonymous with the Far Niente house style. Time enhances the flavors and nurtures the bottle bouquet, offering elegance, and earning Far Niente the reputation for creating age-worthy wines.
The grapes for the wine are handpicked, pressed and then the juice is settled. The winery states: “Aromas of melon, hazelnut, citrus, fig and spice are complimented by toasty notes in the nose”.” The palate offers a full entry with floral notes that lead through layers of fruit that give structure and complexity”. The Wine goes well with breaded veal cutlets, chicken and chicken salad made with mayonnaise.
Scents of unsweetened cocoa, black currant juice and baking spices integrate well. Made by Diamond Creek in Napa, California. A good dry wine with a full body. Tastes of black fruit, blackberry preserves and cinnamon. Pair this one with lamb chops, braised lamb.
Produced by Stags Leap in Napa Valley, California. Subtle aromas of baking spices and cassis with undertones of cinnamon and blackberry jam. A superb full bodied dry wine. Complements meals that include port wine and glace reductions, braised lamb or red wine reductions.
2007 was a banner year for the Valley. Our Estate-grown, single-vineyard Cabernet delivers cherry cola, black currant, dark chocolate and delicate spices with a supple, fruity yet dry body.
This is a very lively and somewhat boldly stated Napa Cab. It has a wonderful aroma of rich black cherry, mocha, black licorice, crushed herbs and rocky soil. It is a brooding arrangement of Cabernet in its masculine form. The palate is thick and dense with more of these aromas taking shape in the mouth. The licorice leaps quickly into play, followed by the blackberry fruit, dried black stone fruits and savory minerality. The tannins are firm but not too pushy. More sincere black chocolate and mocha than pure tannic adrenaline. The mouthfeel is filling and speaks in many ways to the terroir of where this wine is from. It is a “young soul” Cab for certain.
From the winery: Romeo is a thrill from the first pour. This wine begins with a beautiful color of purple and black hues that cloak the glass. The aromatics of blackberry, cassis, black cherry and toasty oak are just what you would come to expect from a complex cabernet. This wine exhibits hints of tobacco leaf and a kiss of French Oak. The mouthfeel of this cabernet is very youthful and fresh. Bright red fruits are warmed by a wrap of vanilla and white chocolate. Several sensations of maraschino cherries, black licorice, and savory oak spices come to mind.
Since 2005, we’ve noticed the Hourglass Vineyard achieve an optimal balancing point. The canopies evened out and the fruit matured in unison throughout the three different blocks. This was a 12 year evolution of roots burrowing through fractured bedrock – the intense rock slowing the process and making the vines struggle for water and resources in the earlier years. Since ‘05 Hourglass has achieved remarkable consistency, and the 2008 vintage is no exception. Earth, black licorice, pomegranate, cassis and mint weave with toasted espresso and caramelized brown sugar to elicit a dark haunting aromatic. (Decanting for several hours can dramatically open up the aromatics and provide deeper layers of concentration on the palate.) Brooding and dark in aroma, the wine comes alive on the palate. Bright, natural acidity (a hallmark of Hourglass) provides structure and lift to the darker cassis and deep, black fruit flavors. Seamless integration from start to finish is a function of polished ripe tannin, which delivers a silky texture and lingering finish. This wine’s balance and nuanced subtleties lead us to think it will age with the grace of vintages like 2001 and 2005.
Named after the “blue line” streams that enhance both its beauty and terroir characteristics, Blueline Vineyard is a steeply sloping vineyard situated in the nook where two canyons converge, just south of Calistoga in northeastern Napa Valley. Composed of Perkins, watershed alluvial gravel, sand, and loam soils, this vineyard has that magic combination of soil type, aspect, and micro-climate for Bordeaux varieties to develop the intense concentration and phenolic ripeness needed to produce structured, ageworthy wines. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty. Aromas of cassis and blackberry, with baking spice, mint leaf, and mineral accents leap from the glass. With air, dark chocolate notes come forward, accentuating the ripe fruit and sweet earthy tones. On the palate, firm tannins frame a creamy, rich core. Toasty vanilla and savory spices flavors fold in, adding layers of complexity as the wine moves toward an impeccably polished finish. Decant now, or lay away for further development in bottle.
Gorgeously ripened black fruit aromas leap from the glass, framed by the warm clove and cinnamon spice notes of the Tokaji barrels. There is an indelible pedigree and power to this wine, as it is as dark in color and plush in texture as one can imagine a wine to be. This character comes from the drought-suffering berries which really struggled to grow to full size, and in the final days of the season, lost a fifth of their weight due to evaporation from an astonishing dry spell. But it was precisely these conditions that provided the power, weight and density that makes this wine extraordinary. It is a show stopper.
From the winery: This rich, fruit-forward wine offers intense aromas of ripe cherries and vanilla. Blackberry jam and mulled spice flavors linger on the palate. The densely layered and complex flavor profile and subtle oak influence integrate with the soft tannic structure, ending in a long and satisfying finish.
The 2009 vintage was picture-perfect in the Napa Valley with overall temperate conditions and few swings in either direction. Late spring brought a few light rains that took the pressure off of irrigation. The region experienced less rainfall than is typical and relatively few truly hot days. The result was beautiful ripened fruit across all varietals
From the winery: From the Winery: The D.R. Stephens Cabernet Sauvignon from Moose Valley Vineyard shows the color, aroma and flavor intensity resulting from this very small harvest. A deep, rich garnet color, the aromas abound with the perfumed cedar and blackberry notes for which this vineyard is noted. Additionally, spice, vanilla, and sweet chocolate add dimension. Texturally, the wine is full, lush, and very ripe, with heavy, melted-chocolate texture of heavy satin. This wine will continue to gain complexity and weight for the next 4 to 8 years
This is a medium-bodied Merlot with a smooth and appealing taste. Try it with roast beef. It also goes well with French food. Or enjoy it with creamy cheese.
From the winery:
This is our second release of Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon from
the Somerston vineyard. A refined classic hillside Cabernet
Sauvignon. It shows enticing aromas of black cherry, raspberry,
vanilla and cedar while displaying immense concentration and supple
texture. Could benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age or a good decant.
A premium wine classic in the Bordeaux style, blending Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes for a complex experience. Firm tannins, with spice, blackberry and currant flavors. Hints of sage and other herbs make this outstanding Napa Valley wine an excellent pairing with roast pork or turkey.
From the winery: This Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised of fruit from many Districts of the Napa Valley which include the Spring Mountain District, Diamond Mountain District and Atlas Peak District, high above the Napa Valley and other Districts in the Napa Valley. This wine has the structure one expects from Napa Valley vineyards yet it is approachable and enjoyable now because of the silky smooth valley floor Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville. The combination of ripe tannins, dark fruit flavors and a big round structure make this a one to enjoy for some time to come!
This well balanced Napa Valley Merlot exhibits red berry and plum flavors along with notes of mocha. With firm tannins and a lingering finish, the wine will pair well with grilled meats and game
From the winery: ”This full bodied, deep garnet Cabernet Sauvignon is dense and rich with long soft tannins and a smooth integrated structure. Classic Napa Valley, the wine is aged in French oak to create roundness and an age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon. Shows black fruits, a touch of chocolate and notes of holiday spice on the nose. The palate is rich with black berry pie, figs, smoked meats and hints of sage brush. This wine will age easily 10+ years.”
Made from the noblest of grape varieties, our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon captures all the delicate aromas and complex flavors for which this region is renowned.
Firm structure and rich layers in perfect balance, this wine offers aromas of blackberries, cassis and mocha with the distinctive flavors of black cherries, fig and dark chocolate. Pair it with grilled and roasted meats, rich pasta dishes and your favorite cheese varieties.