Terrific deal on a REAL Napa Valley Merlot. The Ahnfeldts are calling it a career and you benefit from their closing up shop. This one was 'aided' by the consultancy of Paul Hobbs, who put his juicy, supple, richly velvet sheen on this bottling sourced from southside Napa fruit. A steal!
96+ Points! The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve is rich, sumptuous and totally gorgeous. Plums, black currants, blackberries, menthol, licorice and sweet herbs jump from the glass as this intense, full-bodied wine shows off its considerable personality. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly as the 2009 continues to open up over time. This is a gorgeous 2009. Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, December 2012
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98+ Points! The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Family Reserve has a dense, opaque, black/purple color, enormous extract and massive fruit, full-bodied power and stunning purity and depth. Readers are often too young to remember what some of the great classics of the late 1960s and 1970s tasted like, particularly the Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignons of 1968-1974. Well, I bought those wines, and tasting these Meteor Vineyard wines reminded me of their super-richness and almost overwhelming extract and power. This is another great achievement, but a real connoisseur's wine in that it's going to take 8-10 years to come around and last 30-40 years, if not longer. - Robert Parker, robertparker.com
In the glass, the nose jumps forth loaded with spicy red and black fruits. On the palate, all of the promise of the nose is delivered with the fruit character persistent from the cool black fruit core to the more jubilant, redder fruit center to the wine at large, with plenty volume to the flavors delivered. If someone told you this cost $50, you’d taste the wine and look at the (single vineyard) Napa Appellation, and have no reason to question anything. The kicker here is it is less than half that ($25)! Same as it ever was, this is one of the pre-eminent deals on Napa Valley Cabernet.
91 Points! Made from 80% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, the 2012 Walter Clore Private Reserve is a rich, smoky, plum and coffee bean scented effort that has medium to full-bodied richness, lots of oak, notable tannin and excellent mid-palate depth and concentration. This needs a good decant if drinking anytime soon, as it continued to freshen up with time in the glass. It will be at its best from 2017-2027. - Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com Learn More
94 Points! Kerr's 2016 Napa Valley Reserve is absolutely gorgeous. Blackberry jam, graphite, smoke, leather, menthol, licorice and flowers give the Reserve striking nuance and complexity, but it is the wine's structural intensity and explosive energy that make the Reserve so compelling. A drop of Petit Verdot adds to the wine's distinctly savory personality. This is a superb showing. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media Learn More
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98 Points! Made from 100% Merlot, the 2015 Merlot Roberta’s Reserve has a deep garnet-purple color and gorgeous nose of black plums, warm blueberries and mocha with touches of anise, red roses and spice box. Medium to full-bodied and densely packed with layers of blue and black fruits and perfumed notions, it has a firm yet plush backbone to support and a very long, layered finish. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com
96 Points! The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is dark, inky and voluptuous. Super-ripe black cherry, plum, chocolate and cloves are all amped up in this unctuous, inky Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. There is more than enough fruit intensity to fill out the wine's ample, full-bodied frame. This powerhouse Cabernet is going to need at least a few years to come into its own. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
96 points! The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve is rich, sumptuous and totally gorgeous. Plums, black currants, blackberries, menthol, licorice and sweet herbs jump from the glass as this intense, full-bodied wine shows off its...
91 Points! The value-priced 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is well worth seeking out and is ideal for readers who feel all the wines in Napa are over-priced. This sexy, rounded effort sports a deep, inky color as well as upfront cassis and jammy blackberry fruits, medium body, sweet tannins, and terrific overall balance. - Jeb Dunnuck, January 2019.
Hiedler's 2012 Riesling Gaisberg is pithy and piquant and in a way that reminds me of the 2010, however different those two vintages might otherwise be. Surprisingly lean in texture for a 2012, it penetrates and persists with grapefruit and orange rind, apple-pip, ginger, stone and alkali. Full yet rather austere, this generates interactive dynamic encompassing also floral and herbal essences, as such representing a formidable advance beyond the performances of its Steinhaus and Urgestein siblings. I'm anxious to witness how it evolves but would tentatively suggest planning on service through 2016, though I hope that projection proves conservative, even ridiculously so. - David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate #212
92 Points! Montelena's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Pliant and supple, the 2015 offers notable density and raciness in an up-front style that will drink well upon release. Succulent red/purplish fruit, spice, new leather and licorice are front and center. A wine of total allure, the 2015 hits all the right spots. Best of all, at $62 a bottle it is one of the best values readers will find in Napa Valley Cabernet. Don't miss it. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
93 Points! The 2001 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, all from the Wente Estate in Livermore Valley. Leighton has been excelling with this wine for decades, and the 2001, at age 14, is an incredibly fresh, exuberant wine, with beautiful caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, lanolin, medium to full body, great acidity and a long, heady finish. This is a gorgeous wine that was bottled without filtration after aging sur lie in French oak, of which 50% was new. It will certainly last for at least another decade or more. - Robert Parker, RobertParker.com
98+ Points! The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a deep purple-black color, revealing youthfully reticent notions of black soil, cigar box, stewed tea and truffles with a core of crème de cassis, Black Forest cake, plum preserves and star anise plus wafts of underbrush and pencil lead. The bold, concentrated, full-bodied palate is a hedonist's dream, featuring bags of black fruit preserves and earthy accents and framed by very firm, super ripe tannins, finishing with epic length and depth. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
92 Points! The largest production cuvée is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, which comes mostly from Calistoga (there's a small amount of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Oak Knoll) and spends 16 months in roughly 20% new French oak. Its ruby/purple color is followed by a vibrant, juicy wine that has plenty of black cherry, blackberry, spring flowers, and graphite. It's medium-bodied, elegant and seamless, with terrific purity and a balanced, juicy style. It's beautiful, classic Napa Valley Cabernet to drink over the coming 10-15 years. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
93 Points! The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch Vineyard is superb. Precise, strikingly beautiful aromatics make a strong first impression. Beautifully sculpted, precise and nuanced, the Lewelling Ranch captures the very best qualities of this terrific Napa Valley vintage. Polished tannins round things out in style. This is a compelling, delicious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that will drink well with minimal cellaring. Don't miss it. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
This surprising complex Napa valley 'red' is in fact 96% Cabernet Sauvignon! It has a real almost-old-school feel to it, reminds us of some great Napa Cabs from the mid-90's as Napa was just entering its cult period and things hadn't gotten too 'out of hand'. Wonderful balance here with a dense, juicy core of black fruits. A deal! Learn More