Jack Discovered Some New California Cabernets…

New California Cabernets in Stock!!!

2009 Rudius Panek Vineyard Cabernet – “The nose on the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and very dense with pronounced notes of blackberry, roasted meats, black truffles, and rich cocoa. On the palate, this wine has a very rich, dark fruit-driven entry. Hints of espresso and cassis lead into a very long, smooth finish. The richness of flavor is balanced by just enough tannin structure to keep it fresh and clean.This Cabernet should be very drinkable on release but will gain complexity and depth for at least 7-10 years.”

2008 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet – “The most sought?after wine in the Chappellet portfolio, this limited?production Cabernet Sauvignon represents the pinnacle of Chappellet winemaking, and embodies the elegant power and complexity of Pritchard Hill winegrowing. Like the great Bordeaux wines that first inspired Donn Chappellet, this wine is crafted by blending Cabernet Sauvignon with other classic Bordeaux varietals. The wine was aged for 20 months in 100 percent new French oak, and for an additional eight months in bottle prior to release. Grown exclusively on our rocky, mountainside vineyards, our Cabernets have consistently displayed an ability to age for several decades.”

2008 Cliff Lede Stags Leap Cabernet – “The least expensive cuvee, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap, exhibits a deep plum/ruby/purple color along with a sweet perfume of cedar, black currants, flowers and a subtle hint of toast. Medium to full-bodied with beautiful density, ripeness, elegance and balance, it should drink well for 15+ years. Elegant, well-made Cabernets continue to emerge from this reputable as well as increasingly high quality producer in the tiny corridor of Stags Leap where the Yountville Crossroad intersects the Silverado Trail. Cliff Lede’s forward, delicious 2008s merit attention from readers. An early look at the 2009s suggests these will be early drinkers as they possess forward fruit, soft tannins and endearing, mid-weight styles. For most wineries, 2009 is clearly not a blockbuster vintage, but rather one that might turn out to be similar to 2005, underrated initially, but putting on weight and showing beautiful balance in what was clearly a cooler year.”

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