Friday, March 1, 2019

Great Napa Cabernet

A Couple of Classic Napa Valley Cabernets

I still remember tasting my first Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet, the 1997 was an eye opening experience for me as a young wine buyer. Now almost 20 years later tasting 2015 I am reminded why this is such a special Estate and Wine. 

2015 Chateau Montelena “Montelena Estate”Cabernet Sauvignon...$125.98
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a brilliant wine and one of the gems out there from this estate. It offers crème de cassis, crushed violets, purple iris, and white flowers, with beautifully integrated background oak. It’s deep, rich, medium to full-bodied, and seamless, with fine tannins, truly brilliant purity of fruit, and a great, great finish.
Rated 97/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Another stellar effort from Cade, you won't find a better Cabernet under $100 anywhere in the world.
2016 Cade Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Estate...$99.99
The 2016 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. It has a deep purple-black color and wonderfully pure, vibrant notes of crushed blackcurrants, black cherries and baker's chocolate with touches of Indian spices, licorice and cloves plus an earthy waft of damp soil. Full-bodied, rich and powerful in the mouth with a rock-solid frame of ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, it finishes with layer after layer of black fruit and exotic spices.
Rated 96+/100 The Wine Advocate

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