For an eight year old wine, there is still plenty of opaque purple color, albeit with some garnet showing on the rim of this Napa Cabernet which ws served from a Double Magnum, aka a Jeroboam of wine. Slow moving legs and a bit of staining on the walls give me clues of what to expect. The nose has ample primary fruit aromas of black plum, blackberry, cassis, menthol, eucalyptus, black raspberry and cherry cola. Baked black fruit hints are starting to emerge as this wine starts its evolution. It’s still youthful with lots of cellaring ahead. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium tannins that are super smooth and fine grained. Very rich black fruit flavors with some oak treatment caress my mouth, the spices and vanilla very faint. It’s very balanced and smooth with a medium body and medium length finish. I really like the fact that it is still rather primal yet the structure has really mellowed out and is a seamless play of acidity, balance and alcohol on a medium weight wine. Delicious and worthy of 93 points from me. A regular bottle will run you $45 making this a 5 star effort that has rewarded medium-term cellaring and will drink beautifully till 2028. Salut….
It’s Sunday Roast and I’m cooking a rather lean cut of meat today- Eye of Round. It needs a fruit driven, medium tannin wine to complement the texture and lack of fat in the meat. I would normally depend on an aged Bordeaux for this type of meal but today it’s a younger Napa Cab.
Inky purple in the glass the thin legs don’t hint at the whopping 15.6% ABV. Wow. The nose is exactly what I was hoping for- deep rich black fruit, oak nuance, steely minerality. I get aromas of blackberry coulis, blackcurrant cassis, sweet coconut, baking spices and mint. The palate is loaded with ripe fruit, medium tannins (perfect for my beef choice), juicy acidity, full body and a long finish. The black fruit, oak influence and varietal hint (mint) are all present alongside some charred wood and a gritty graphite streak. The mineral note hits on the mid palate. This wine is still young and will drink beautifully for many years, maturing along the way and hopefully developing tertiary notes. I would hold on to some till 2027 at the least and pair with steaks, roasts or a tray full of cold cuts and cheese. This complex and layered wine gets 94 points from me and for the princely sum of one C-note you too can drink this 5-star elixir. Salut….
Opaque ruby in the glass. Blueberry, charcoal, sasparilla, vanilla and blackberry pie. A stunning nose that also includes some black licorice and a mineral note. The palate of this Napa Cab is super smooth- blue and black fruits, oak nuance, spice and beautiful structure await. The tannins are so well integrated it’s obscene. The acidity balances but doesn’t overpower the whole melange of fruit, tannic grip and tartness. This wine has mouthfeel out of this world with gobs of primary fruit and structure that will make it cellarworthy till 2028 but why wait? You can taste and smell the California sunshine in this one folks. It’s stunning right now and gets 96 points from me. Probably one of the best Cabs I have come across. Pricy at two bones, it’s a treat to behold. 5 stars for its near perfection. Salut….
My friends Arty and Keef opened this bottle for a pre-Thanksgiving drink. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon this Napa jewel has Merlot and Cab Franc blended in as well. Deep ruby in the glass the nose gives me currants, black cherry, charcoal, plums, black currants- a pretty complex set of red and black fruit aromas. Super smooth on the palate with lithe tannins and easygoing acidity that makes for a great mouthfeel. Red and black fruit flavors, charred oak notes, chocolate powder and a medium finish with super fine-grained tannins. Yummy stuff to drink till 2027. 92 points for this $65 wine makes it a 5 star treat. It needs a Filet or some other lower fat cut of meat. Salut….
Bright purple in color and fully opaque. On the nose I get lush blackberry, iodine, tar and currants. The initial palate is very round and mouthfilling. Black currants, fresh tannins and violets. The mid palate is quite dry with more black fruits, oolong tea, tar and mocha. The finish is quite tannic and long. Ribena, black berries and tea take center stage. There’s a smokiness from the oak that hits rights at the end as well as some Sasafrass. A really delicious, medium weight Napa Cab. 91 points and 4 stars for this $118 dazzler. Drink till 2028 with some grilled meat. Salut….
The nose is all-singing and dancing Napa Cab. You can smell the sunshine. Wow….. Ripe, lush blackberries. Vanilla, coconut and several other oaky traits are evident without being obnoxious. On the palate there’s a ton of vanilla alongside black fruits, jammy currants and a dose of the wood. The mid palate is very smooth, full bodied. Juicy and jammy with gobs of black fruit, lithe tannins and some deft oak. The finish is very smooth, loaded with those wood nuances and providing me with a beautiful mouthfeel. 93 points. For $100 it’s quite pricy, but then again Napa Cabs are not cheap. 5 stars. Drink till 2027. Salut….
Medium shade of purple and semi-opaque in the glass. The nose offers up strawberry and raspberry notes alongside sweet bramble, perhaps even honeysuckle. It’s a pleasing nose for sure. The palate is very sprite, unlike some Napa Cabs that are full throttle- this one is more seductive in its approach. Sweet blackberry versus the red notes I got on the nose are intriguing. There is a violet and damson streak as well. The tannins creep in on the midpalate and I taste some charcoal as well. More plums and a touch of acidity round it out. The finish is quite dry but not cloying. I am enjoying the mouthfeel and look forward to pairing it with peach baked Beef Brisket. The acidity is going to be a good cut for the sweetness of the dish. I am enjoying this wine and think it will cellar nicely till 2025. 90 point and 4 stars for this $24 Cab. Salut….
Very dark purple and opaque AF. The nose is vibrant with black currant, berries and coconut. The palate is rich and fruit-forward with gobs of black fruit, lapsang souchong tea, a touch of licorice and some juicy acidity. Tannins start to appear on the mid palate and they caress the mouth to a nice full finish of more black fruits, spice box and a touch of leather. It’s a really nice mouthfeel, lasting a good 30-40 seconds. I’m digging this wine and have some lamb tenderloins I will grill up to pair. Drink till 2028. 91 points and 4 stars for this $58 offering. Salut….
This is the third tasting of the Tapestry over an eight year period. The cork broke in half which gave cause for concern, the bottom part showing off a deep stain, nearly black. That normally bodes well for me, except the failed cork part.
The wine still has a lovely purple hue with a touch of orange bricking. The nose gives off tons of leather, tobacco, some red currants and black cherry. The palate is focused and concentrated. Tertiary flavors are forefront- earthiness, that parched tobacco and leather … black fruits appear after a while but it’s not a seamless transition. The wine has very integrated tannins and a nice streak of acidity. It’s holding up well for 13 years old, but I would drink by 2027. It has evolved well and will continue to soften, shedding the fruit along the way. It’s a nice Napa Cab that gets 90 points from me and can be found for $55. 4 stars. Salut….
Very dark purple in the glass with feint legs, interesting as it boasts 14.5% alcohol. The nose is rich with cassis, plum extract, oak and tea. The initial palate starts off jammy, full bodied and tannic. The dark fruit is very unctuous and the flavors just keep coating my mouth. The mid palate shows off a nice acidic bite alongside more cassis and leather. The finish turns a touch blue, berries and oak come to mind. This is a really delicious yet still young Napa Cab that shows off the Cali sun in a nice, full bodied package. 92 points and 4 stars for this $75 beauty. Drink till 2030. Salut….