Tag Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

Christmas Wine Review: 2005 · Groth · Cabernet Sauvignon · Oakville, CA

It came down to 3 wines, including an ’05 Justin Isosceles, an ’05 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir from Foxen, and the Groth, also 2005. I hemmed and hawed, so Carey decided. This was our first Christmas away from the folks in 29 years, so we had to do something special—and this happened to be one […]

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Update review: Block 925 · Cabernet Sauvignon · Howell Mountain · Napa Valley, CA

What a difference a year makes. The last time I tasted the ’06 Howell Mountain, it was beside one of my all-time favorite Blocks, the 345 Rutherford. Both these wines were exceptional, far exceeding any expectations of what I would expect from a $20 Napa Valley Cabernet. But these weren’t just Napa reds; these were […]

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Wine Review: 2001 · Tres Sabores · Perspective · Cabernet Sauvignon · Rutherford, CA

Rutherford Perspective: noun; I. the experience of tastes relative to one another, as determined by one’s distance from a glass of luscious Cabernet, 2. a special vision resulting in hand-crafted wine from the western Rutherford bench. I love debut vintages. Not that I purposely seek them out—it’s more an interest in experiencing a winemaker’s initial […]

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Wine Review: 2008 · Domaine Skouras · Saint George/Cabernet Sauvignon red wine · Peloponnese, Greece

The next time you are browsing through a wine store—most of which are arranged by varietal and/or country or region of origin—bypass the typical “Cabernet,” Chardonnay,” or “Bordeaux” sections and head straight for the rack labeled Agiorghitiko. Reaction? Are tears streaming out of your eyes with laughter? Because if I was an all-things-vino stand-up comedian this would […]

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Christmas Wines: Vineyard Block Estate · Block 946 Howell Mountain · Block 331 Rutherford · Block 214 Oakville

Duck breast and spiral-cut ham, onion tartlets and twice-baked potatoes, triple-cream goat cheese, wild rice, and cranberry sauce—Christmas dinner at my Aunt and Uncle’s house. After the usual packed house the night before, the crew slimmed down on Christmas night as family members went off in different directions. Our only obligation was to bring some […]

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Wine Review: Vineyard Block Estates—Howell Mountain (Block 925) vs. Rutherford (Block 345)

I want to start by referring to the Block 512 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir review from the day before as an introduction to this review. The 512 was the first example I tasted of these generic district wines bottled under the title, or name, Vineyard Block Estates. The concept behind these wines is simple: purchase […]

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Wine Review: 2005 · Souverain · Cabernet Sauvignon · Alexander Valley · Sonoma County, CA

The Souverain A.V. Cabernet has for years been a Burden household favorite, accompanying many family meals and holiday get-togethers. 1998 was the first year I can picture Souverain Cab being poured into my glass, and I always remember having at least the current release and previous year’s vintage in stock and ready to be pulled at […]

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Wine Review: New York State of Wine (Finger Lakes & Long Island)

With an upcoming trip to the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York in the works, Carey and I have started pulling local wines off the shelves at our wine store in Saratoga, Purdy’s. The cool climate whites have been surprisingly good so far (2007 Ravines, Keuka Village & 2007 Salmon Run by Dr. Konstantin Frank), and provided […]

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Cellar Tracker: Seghesio Family Vineyards

Recommended asset allocation: 30% U.S. Stocks, 30% Foreign Stocks, 10% Inflation Adjusted Treasuries, 10% High-Yield Bonds, 10% High-Grade Bonds, 5% Precious Metals, and 5% Seghesio. I just finished entering my wine collection onto CellarTracker.com, the best online community of member only tasting notes, and cellar management tools I have come across. Here is a photographic […]

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