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95 Points (Gold Medal), 2022 Decanter Wine Awards
The expert reviews on this incredible new release from Herve Fabre are insane. 90 points and a ‘Best Buy’ designate from Wine Enthusiast, 90 more from Suckling. Ditto from Vinous who called this “young, firm, with well-worked tannins and good structure”. But in a crowded see of nearly 20,000 wines at the Decanter Wine Awards in 2022 – this stole the show. The only 95-point, Gold medal Cabernet that you can get for under $20/bottle, its second straight year in the most rarified air.
WS #4 2019 Wine of the Year, 96 Points, Wine Spectator
2016 was an incredibly special year in Napa Valley. It was essentially the 5th straight vintage of near perfect-conditions and a lot of the big boys produced some of their biggest, most elegant Cabernets to date. Groth’s was still one of the standouts in any group, a deeply concentrated, weighty Cab with sappy, juicy fruit and a carefully intertwined tannic structure. Absolutely gorgeous.
Chad’s 2020 McKinley Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is drop dead gorgeous and actually makes zero sense at all at this price. Dark purple to the rim with aromas of black fruits, violets, creme de cassis and a hint of spice. On the palate, full-bodied, round and juicy with elegance and the gorgeous, pure fruit– red and black currants, blackberries and a touch of sweet tobacco. It’s a delicious bottle of Cab.
95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 95 Points, Vinous
“If you’re a Coleraine lover—and let’s be real, any self-respecting Cabernetphile is—then you’ll know that the Awatea Cabernet represents sensational value for the money. Slightly lighter framed and less dense/powerful than the Coleraine, and with an admirably open and lusty fruit profile, the 2020 Awatea Cabernets Merlot gives the people what they want. It leads with leafy, elegant, very fine Cabernet fruit laden with cassis, pomegranate, ferrous notes, a hint of iodine and loads of bramble and bay leaf. The palate is populated by very fine, powdery tannins that shape the flow of flavor. Gorgeous. The draw of flavor across the palate is sensational.”
This one is our little secret. Cooper’s Reed Cabernet Sauvignon allows the distinction of the grape to shine unabashedly. This wine is a nod to history. It’s aged in large vessels sealed with reeds, engrained with the wisdom of the past. This is the fresh take on a crowd-pleasing classic. This pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon evolves with each sip and gracefully unfolds on the palate. A slightly bashful beginning leads to an exuberant end. And it’s about 1/5 the price of the other Rutherford bottling, if you catch my drift.
The CJ Cabernet Sauvignon is one that is very close to the heart of superstar winemaker Philippe Melka. It comes from his home vineyard and is actually named after his kids. It explodes right out the glass with dark blackberry and black cherry notes, that play nicely with a hint of vanilla from the oak. It’s wonderfully built, a Cabernet that combines brute force and finesse to get a creamy, velvety expression. It’s got great balance and length to the finish and should be a force for the next 15-20 years, easily.
The Adaptation Cabernet allows superstar winemaker Jeff Owens to make a Cabernet with other Bordeaux varietals from a collection of the top vineyards from across the valley. This is PlumpJack’s “Quilt” so to speak. It features Cabernet along the Silverado Trail in Stag’s Leap from their own Odette Vineyards as well as Heitz’s Trailside Vineyard, to go with fruit from St. Helena, Chaix’s vineyard in Rutherford, Merlot form mountainous terrain of Howell Mountain, along with fruit from Oak Knoll, and Carneros. Together, this blend comes together effortlessly Owens, who has woven a particularly juicy, dark-fruited Cab that will knock peoples’ socks off.
Do not be confused!!! This is not their regular Estate Cabernet Sauvignon that you see on the internet. This is the ‘Limited Reserve’ release, which only has the very best juice from all the Estate vineyards and only gets released in special vintages. In the 2021 vintage, which saw their regular Estate Cabernet receive double 93 point reviews, this one is at least 3 or 4 points better than that wine, though I doubt they’ll bother to even get it submitted for scoring. There’s not much of it to go around, but for me it’s of the same pedigree as the Austin Hope.
I have only a few of these special four-packs to give away which represent some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings made anywhere in the world. Both of these wines are extremely highly rated, scarcely available to the general public and represent one of the very best collectors’ items of the year. Each 4-pack includes 2 bottles each of the following:
Anakota Helena Dakota Vyd Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (99 pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 97-100 pts, Lisa Perotti-Brown)
Anakota Helena Montana Vyd Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 (97+ pts, Parker’s Wine Advocate – 97 pts, Jeb Dunnuck)
The influence of the Caymus training on Austin Hope is maybe a little too obvious. The big, dark fruit-forward expression of Cabernet owes so much to that Wagner Family experience but featuring that unique Paso Robles’ layer of dense, rich smokiness. The wine is so big, yet perfectly chiseled, it’s no surprise it has emerged as the likely standard bearer out of Paso Robles.
Another gem from the Wagners and the story is pretty interesting. Chuck has been hunting Cabernet sources for over 50 vintages now and has a short list of extremely interesting and high quality vineyards that are a bit off the beaten pack. Here he sources all over the valley and takes the fruit through the Caymus winemaking machine – somehow, defying the odds with a big, bold Cabernet at a crazy good price.
The 2021 Napa Valley East side Cuvee is an instant classic. From the first whiff to the moment it hits the lips, its clear that this is a fabulously concentrated, serious wine: black in color, and featuring aromas of cassis, cedar and chocolate-tinged purple fruit. The mouthfeel is plush and voluptuous with a firm, solid finish that speaks to its potential for considerable aging.