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!
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.
95 Points! The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is exquisitely layered and nuanced, yet also captures plenty of the vintage's intensity and pure power. Inky dark fruit, licorice, dark spices, menthol and new leather are all laced together in a super attractive, mid-weight wine loaded with nuance and personality. With time in the glass, the 2013 blossoms nicely and acquires more savory, cedar, tobacco and underbrush notes. Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, October 2015
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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
Love Porsches? This is your wine! Carrera is a Bordeaux blend of estate fruit meant to reflect the best of each unique vintage, with varietal percentages varying widely each year. The winery pays close attention to what Mother Nature features each year, and that is what will go in this bottle. Carrera is a beautiful, integrated, delicious wine meant to drink immediately or age gracefully for many years.
92 Points! Keenan's 2014 Merlot is a very pretty wine that shows the more translucent side of Merlot. Lifted, bright and articulate, the 2014 offers lovely finesse in its red-toned fruit and floral aromatics. I would prefer to drink the 2014 sooner rather than later given its mid-weight structure. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
93 Points! Lots of boysenberries and blackberries with hints of flowers. Red licorice. Flower petals, too. Full body and round, firm tannins. Beautiful finish. Finishes with black olives and berries. - JamesSuckling.com Learn More
90 Points! Blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this Merlot is a tannin and powerful wine. It offers earthy flavors of leather and oak around a rich and decadent core of dark plum. - Wine Enthusiast Learn More
Winery notes: The 2012 Titus Merlot delivers a lavish and complex wine. The aromas are built on a core of red cherry, cassis and fruit leather that are complemented by notes of tobacco, baking spice, mocha and black tea. Learn More
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
94+ Points! Reviewed last year under the K Vintners label, the 2013 Super Substance Merlot Northridge is a serious effort that’s reminiscent of a top flight Pomerol. It sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as ample black currants, plums, wet clay and earth in a rich, full-bodied, concentrated, layered package that’s already hard to resist. Nevertheless, I suspect it will be even better with 2-3 years of bottle age and drink well over the following 10-15 years. - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate #225
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.
91 Points! Succulent peach, melon and citrus flavors reveal pretty details of spice and dried floral notes in this stylish white, with crisp acidity and a drizzle of honey on the finish. Drink now. - Wine Spectator Learn More
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
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