2007 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Klipsun Vineyard
2009 Jean Edwards Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard
2010 Turley Cabernet Sauvignon The Label
2011 Jean Edwards Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
2011 Charles Krug Winery (Peter Mondavi Family) Cabernet Sauvignon 150th Anniversary
2009 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon
These are miscellaneous Cabernet Sauvignon wines I had over the last couple of months that missed being included a previous posting at that time.
2007 Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon Klipsun Vineyard – $25.99
This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged in 100% French oak, 40% new.
The wine is a deep garnet to purple color. The spellbinding nose has cassis, licorice, chalky minerals, roasted leafy herbs, white pepper, cherries, baking spices, dried earth and violets. This has medium body with moderate tannins and very nice acidity. On the palate tart fruit is balanced with a solid savory edge. The finish has good length with chalky minerals and roasted herbs again buffering the fruit. This has outstanding balance and proof that an American wine doesn’t have to posses layers after layer of fruit to be delicious. This has 13.8% alcohol. (93 pts)
2009 Jean Edwards Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard – SRP $65
The wine is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot; aged 22 months in French Oak (50% new/50% one year old barrels).
The wine is a deep, dark purple color. The exhilarating nose is full of cassis, dried herbs, dying wood embers, black cherry, vanilla, Asian spices, dusty minerals, dark bittersweet chocolate, white pepper, tobacco and violets. This has medium body with solid tannins and very nice acidity. On the palate cassis, dusty minerals and wood embers jump out quickly followed by vanilla, cherries and white pepper. The long, lingering finish seems to last forever with dried herbs and a nice floral note entering the picture. This still has some upside and will reward additional cellar time. Another great job from Jean Edwards Cellars. This wine has 14.2% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (95 pts)
2010 Turley Cabernet Sauvignon The Label – $40.00
When I received the offer from Turley for this Cabernet, I had to grab a few bottles. I’ve had and enjoyed a couple bottles but it has been a while since I opened one, it’s time to check in.
The wine is a deep garnet color. The comforting nose has cassis, baking spices, cedar, violets, cherry, dried herbs, tobacco and a touch of dark bittersweet chocolate. This has medium body with moderate tannins and good acidity. The creamy palate has nice up front berries, cherries, and spice with dried herbs and some building dark chocolate coming in on the back end. The finish has decent length with a touch of earthiness and spicy oak coming into play. This may not have a ton of complexity but is an enjoyable wine and seems to be in a very nice drinking window. The QPR at $40 open for debate, but I’m glad I have more in the cellar. Don’t expect a Cabernet version of a Turley Zinfandel or you will be disappointed. This wine has 14.5% alcohol by volume and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (91 pts)
2011 Jean Edwards Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – SRP $65
This wine has 12% Merlot blended in with the Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine is a medium to deep ruby red color. The enticing nose has cassis, dusty minerals, mint, cherries, tobacco, cedar, white pepper, baking spices and violets. This has medium body with moderate tannins and good acidity. On the palate cassis, baking spices and minerals jump out on the front end with mint and cedar coming in later. The finish has very nice length with cherries and violets entering the picture and providing nice depth. This is still very young and will reward some additional cellar time, if you open one now give it plenty of air. This wine has 14.2% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (94 pts)
2011 Charles Krug Winery (Peter Mondavi Family) Cabernet Sauvignon 150th Anniversary – $22.49
This vintage celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the esteemed winery.
The wine is a medium to deep ruby red color. The open and appealing nose has cassis, cedar, roasted herbs, tobacco, scorched earth, mint and dried violets. This has medium body with moderate tannins and very nice acidity. On the palate cassis, cedar and roasted herbs jump out on the front end with tobacco, cedar and scorched earth coming in on the back end. The finish has decent length with a hint of mint adding depth. A nice offering for a cool vintage with minimal herbal notes. Not one to stash away, open this one over the next couple of years. This has 13.9% alcohol and the bottle is sealed with a natural cork. (88 pts)
2009 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon – $65.00
I’ve been on the Rudius mailing list since the beginning. The owner/winemaker is Jeff Ames who is also the winemaker for the prestigious TOR winery.
The wine is a deep ruby to maroon color. The hypnotic nose is full of cassis, tobacco, warm baking spices, black plums, eucalyptus, white pepper, dried violets and cedar. This has medium to full body with moderate tannins and very nice acidity. On the palate cassis, tobacco and cedar grab hold on the front end with plums, white pepper and spice coming in later. The finish has very nice length with a dried floral note adding depth and interest. This is still on the young side and will reward some additional cellar time. (94 pts)
2012 Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 7% Zinfandel and 4% Merlot from vineyards in Napa Valley, Lodi, Paso Robles and Monterey County.
The wine is a bright ruby red color. The smooth and comforting nose has cherries, baking spices, white pepper, dried flowers, raspberries and tobacco. This has a medium to full body with soft tannins and decent acidity. On the palate sweet fruit and spices hit first with white pepper and dried flowers coming on the back end. The finish has decent length and is dominated by sweet cherries and spices. This doesn’t offer much complexity but is an easy drinking way to relax over a glass of wine at the end of an evening. This wine has 13.8% alcohol. (86 pts)
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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines. I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar. I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com. Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear. There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.
Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase. I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but always check out the sale and close out items when in a store. Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges. None of the prices include the sales tax.
All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.