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  • Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


    “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, aged for 17 months in 56% new French oak. Very deep garnet-purple in color, it comes strutting out of the glass with confident, classic cassis, warm plums and cedar chest notes with touches of pencil lead, bouquet garni and tilled soil plus a waft of cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with bags of black fruit and spicy sparks, framed by firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering earthy note. Drink: 2019-2030. 91+ points”

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (09/19)

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  • Cakebread Cellars Merlot 2017


    “The 2017 Merlot is deep, fruity and quite expressive. Black cherry, plum new leather, dried herbs and spice are nicely layered in a deep, resonant Merlot. Drinking window: 2020-2027. 90 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • Cakebread Cellars Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019


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    Corison Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


    “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is bold, luscious and gracious, all in the mid-weight style that is such a signature of Cathy Corison’s Cabernets. Floral overtones add freshness to this super-expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Rose petal, lavender, licorice, mint and dark cherry fruit get an extra kick of vibrancy from the natural brightness of the year. What a gorgeous wine this is. Drinking window: 2022-2036. 92 points

    Cathy Corison’s 2016s are truly stunning across the board. Corison describes 2016 as an ideal vintage, with not a single day over 100 degrees and nighttime temperatures that dipped into the 40s in the weeks leading up to harvest. As for the wines, they are remarkably complete, harmonious and striking in their beauty.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/18)

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  • DuMOL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


    “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a blend of fruit from sites in Coombsville and Spring Mountain. A wine of sublime aromatic intensity and sensuality, the 2014 is absolutely brilliant. Bright red cherry, plum, tobacco, white pepper and a host of savory notes give the 2013 its super-classic profile and structural feel. If you can find it, don’t miss it! Drinking window: 2020-2034. 95 points

    Andy Smith has turned out a striking set of wines at DuMol. Over the last few years, Smith seems to have settled into a more relaxed, comfortable style at DuMol that is helped by not having to divide his attention between DuMol and Larkmead, as he once did. Smith is picking a bit earlier and going for more freshness and energy in his wines. The results are truly spectacular. There are many, many highlights in this range. Readers should not miss the 2014 Cabernets, both of which have really blossomed since I tasted them from barrel last year. The Cabernet program grows to five wines in 2015, so there is plenty to look forward to, including new wines from Meteor (that fruit went into the Napa Valley bottling in 2014), Ballard and Tench.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/17)

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  • HDV Belle Cousine 2016


    “The 2016 Belle Cousine is another absolutely gorgeous wine in this range from Hyde De Villaine. Ripe plum, mocha, new leather, spice, menthol and grilled herbs infuse the 2016 with striking complexity. Despite its considerable appeal, the 2016 is potent and massively tannic. Time in the glass gives a good idea of what will develop in time; readers should plan on being patient. The Belle Cousine is very clearly a special wine in the making. 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drinking window: 2023-2036. 96 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • Joseph Phelps Insignia 2016


    “Bottled in January 2019, the 2016 Insignia is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is a little reticent to begin, needing a fair bit of coaxing to reveal beautifully beguiling notions of wild blueberries, warm blackberries, black currant cordial, cloves and cedar chest with nuances of camphor, yeast extract, charcuterie and candied violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has fantastic elegance and depth, revealing loads of subtle floral, black fruit and earthy layers with a firm, very finely grained texture and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length. 13,400 cases were made. Drink: 2022-2060. 99 points”

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (245)

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  • Ulysses 2015


    “The 2015 Ulysses brings together the richness of the year with a good bit of underlying support. Dark and powerful in the glass, but with silky tannins and striking purity of fruit, the 2015 is a wonderfully complete wine. Black cherry, plum, gravel, lavender, and menthol give the 2015 many of its aromatic and flavor signatures. Readers will find much to admire in the 2015. The interplay of aromatics, fruit and structure places Ulysses among the finest wines of the vintage. Drinking window: 2022-2040. 96 points.

    Christian Moueix and Tod Mostero made a stunning wine at Ulysses in 2015. Moueix bought this small vineyard on the southern edge of Oakville in 2008 and has subsequently proceeded to replant the entire ranch. Needless to say, it will be very interesting to see how things develop here as the vines age.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/18)

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  • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


    “The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. Soft, fruity and easygoing, the Napa Valley Cabernet shows the mid-weight structure of the vintage nicely. In 2017, Montelena did not pick one 11-acre vineyard because of the fires, which means that the blend has a bit more Merlot than normal. That, in turn, adds to the wine’s supple, forward feel. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Drinking window: 2019-2027. 88 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • Dominus Napanook 2016


    “The 2016 Napanook will give readers tons of pleasure pretty much upon release. Open-knit and deep, with terrific fruit purity, the 2016 is impeccably balanced from start to finish. In this vintage, Napanook is distinctly medium in body, which adds to its immediacy and sheer appeal. Expressive aromatic top notes and silky tannins round things out nicely. I would prefer to drink the 2016 over the next decade or so. Drinking window: 2019-2028. 92 points

    Tod Mostero echoed the feelings of most winemakers regarding 2016 when he explained that it was a warm vintage until August, when temperatures dropped. I remember that vividly, as my team mapped Dominus and Yountville that summer. As for the wines, 2016 is another superb vintage for Mostero and proprietor Christian Moueix. Truth be told, though, I have a slight preference for Ulysses, Moueix’s Oakville Cabernet, over Dominus today.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/18)

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