Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Continuum 2007 Red Wine Napa Valley

A fabulous effort from Tim Mondavi and family, this fine blend comes from a property perfectly situated high above the Napa Valley floor, near estates belonging to Colgin Cellars, David Arthur, and Ovid. The 2007 vintage is characterized by bold flavors of dark scorched earth, mocha java, black currant, and cedar.

Colgin 2006 Cariad Red Wine Napa Valley

Ann Colgin, who has been crafting breathtaking wines since 1992, describes her label’s style as “seductive, hedonistic, and memorable.” These descriptors could not be more accurate. The Colgin name on a bottle elicits the same kind of reaction from wine collectors that Picasso’s signature does from connoisseurs of art. This definitive Napa Meritage expresses flavors […]

Dominus Estate 2006 Napa Valley

Tasting notes: The 2006 offers aromas of black cherry and a long finish of cedar, brown spice, and toasted vanilla bean. Worth knowing: Dominus is the brainchild of Christian Moueix, whose family owns (among other properties) Châteaux Pétrus in Pomerol. Moueix—together with the daughters of Napa winemaker John Daniel, the great-nephew of Gustave Niebaum and […]

Celani Family Vineyards 2005 Ardore Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting notes: The Celani Family Vineyards 2005 Ardore Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits fruit and sarsaparilla aromas and an alluring blend of boysenberry, black-cherry, and currant flavors. The French-oak barrels used for aging lend spice to a long finish that promises great cellaring potential. Worth knowing: Theories about the function of the punt—the depression in the bottom […]

Viña Cobos 2005 uNico Mendoza

Tasting notes: Inky, powerful, and saturated with plum and spice, the wine presents amazing structure and complexity that leave no doubt that Argentina is redrawing the map of world-class wine regions. Worth knowing: Although winemaker Paul Hobbs produces remarkable wines from his base in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, his greatest efforts lie far to […]

Bond Estates 2004 Melbury Napa Valley

Tasting notes: Grown northeast of Rutherford, Calif., near Lake Hennessey, this inky, voluptuous wine gives off heady, spellbinding aromas of blackberry, black cherry, rose water, and wildflowers, while its equally complex and protean palate seems to shift and alter endlessly, from flavors of blueberry and mineral to Asian spice, blackberry, plum, and violets. Worth knowing: […]

Shafter 2004 Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay

Tasting notes: Creamy pear melds with lemon and peach, while crisp acid gracefully balances the wine’s rich sweetness. Worth knowing: Named Red Shoulder Ranch after the species of hawk that hunts in its rows, the Shafers’ vineyard produces such dense fruit that the wines require nearly twice the typical number of months in barrels. Originally […]

Spring Mountain Vineyard 2002 Elivette

Tasting notes: Voluptuously thick, a powerful, shadowy bordeaux blend that is almost like Turkish coffee with luxurious berry and black cherry, dark chocolate, and big yet velvety tannins. Worth knowing: Spring Mountain Vineyard’s 800-plus acres comprise some of Napa Valley’s most historic 19th-century vineyards, the potential of which winemaker Jac Cole and vineyard manager Ron […]

Harlan Estate 2004 Napa Valley Proprietary Red

Tasting notes: Full-bodied, this vintage is a complex blend of dark berry, coffee, and mineral that remains balanced and precise to its lengthy finish. Worth knowing: Long regarded by many as the first “First Growth” of California, Harlan Estate is situated in the rolling foothills of the Mayacama Mountains above what is known as the […]