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Collectible Napa Cabs That Won't Break the Bank - 11/07/2019 - Old and Rare Wines

Our Library Wine Department is a treasure trove of some of the most highly collectible and sought after wines in the market. From classic Bordeaux estates to the hottest new cult wineries, our selection is guaranteed to impress.

Assembled here are collectible Napa Cabs that can be had for under $100. These affordable gems show that best Napa can deliver without breaking the bank. You'll find such notable releases from Corison, Dominus, Shafer, Viader, TOR, Chappellet, and many more. Whether you looking to stock your cellar or are on the hunt for a bottle for a special occasion, these these elite expressions will certainly fit the bill. Quantities are limited.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2001 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot 95 2 $89.99 View
2003 Staglin "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml) 97 5 $79.99 View
2004 Coup de Foudre Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $94.99 View
2005 Arietta "H Block Hudson" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 95 2 $99.99 View
2007 Flora Springs "Hillside Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 3 $89.99 View
2007 Harris Estate "Lakeview" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 2 $79.99 View
2009 Viader Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 95 2 $99.99 View
2012 Groth "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 95 5 $99.99 View
2013 Arietta "Hudson Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot 96 2 $74.99 View
2013 Cresta Velia Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 95 12 $84.99 View
2013 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $130) 95 5 Price: Hidden View
2014 Keenan "Reserve" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $100+) 95 6 $94.99 View
2014 Nickel & Nickel "State Ranch" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 95 4 $99.99 View
2015 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 14 $94.95 View
2015 Farella Estate Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 >60 $64.95 View
2015 Grgich Hills "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 25 $59.95 View
2015 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 96 6 $94.95 View
2015 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 96 17 $89.99 View
2015 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $130) 95 5 $96.99 View
2015 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $80) 95 >36 Price: Hidden View
2015 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 31 $79.95 View
2016 Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 97 8 $94.95 View
2016 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 >36 $99.95 View
2016 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 96 45 $79.99 View
2016 Edward Lewis Cellars "Pretty Woman" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $100) 97 30 Price: Hidden View
2016 Emerson Brown "III Michaels Estate" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 95 2 $89.99 View
2016 Hayfork "Lewelling Ranch" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 95 36 $74.95 View
2016 Nickel & Nickel "State Ranch" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 95 3 $99.99 View
2016 O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 >36 $74.95 View
2016 Purlieu Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 36 $99.99 View
2016 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 95 >36 $89.95 View
2016 Shafer "TD-9" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 95 >36 $59.95 View
2016 Sinegal "Estate" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 95 12 $94.95 View
2016 Spottswoode "Lyndenhurst" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 27 $84.95 View
2016 The Crane Assembly "G.B. Crane Vineyard - El Coco" St. Helena Red Blend 95 21 Price: Hidden View
2017 Patria ''Oakville Ranch'' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 23 $89.95 View
2017 TOR Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 24 Price: Hidden View


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2001 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot - 2 available ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker: "It is hard to find a better California Merlot than this 2001 Peterson Family Vineyard. A saturated purple color accompanies a gorgeous perfume of espresso roast, Valhrona chocolates, black currants, and a hint of toasty oak. Rich, opulent, and full-bodied, this spectacular Merlot should drink well for 10-15 years. " (12/03) 92 points Wine Spectator: "A bold, rich, mouthcoating style, with ripe currant, blackberry and mocha-vanilla scents and a long, intense aftertaste that keeps pumping out the flavors. Best from 2004 through 2012." (11/03)

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2003 Staglin "Estate" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml) - 5 available ($79.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A striking, provocative, complex set of aromatics jump from the glass of this dense plum/purple-colored wine. Beautiful plum, anise and black currant fruit characteristics are found in this voluptuously textured, opulent, full-bodied wine. This compelling effort from the Staglin Family appears to be close to full maturity given its impressive aromatics and silky mouthfeel, but its impeccable balance suggests it will last another 15+ years. (RP)" (06/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "What a wonderfully rewarding wine. So delicious and elegant it dazzles, staying firm throughout, and getting even better through the finish. Its sweetly, opulently ripe, showing a panoply of red and black cherry and mocha flavors wrapped into ripe, dusty, fine tannins. Defines classic Rutherford. *Cellar Selection*" (12/2006)

93 points James Suckling: "This shows superb richness, depth and length. Full body with wild dried fruit: apple pie and dried mango. Long and intense. Right on." (03/2015)

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2004 Coup de Foudre Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($94.99)

98 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Editors' Choice* This wine is from John Schwartz, who partners with Heidi Peterson Barrett to make Amuse Bouche. For Coup de Foudre, he has paired with Danielle Price, MS, and wine director at Wynn Las Vegas, to produce this stunning Cabernet, which contains 12% Syrah. Grown in a 5-acre Stags Leap District vineyard, it shows stunning levels of blackberry and chocolate fruit enhanced with waves of smoky oak. Yet somehow, for all the opulence and power, theres an almost weightless elegance to the wine. Sometimes cult Cabs can lack restraint, be too obvious. This one teases with richness, then pulls back under a velvety cover of tannin. A major debut." (05/2007)

Wine Spectator: "Offers fruity aromas, with cranberry and berry scents. Turns smooth, with fleshy tannins and a mix of complex blueberry, currant and cedary, earthy notes. (Web Only2007)"

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2005 Arietta "H Block Hudson" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($99.99)

95 points Vinous: "Like all of the wines at Arietta in this vintage, the 2005 Red Wine H Block boasts striking aromatics and tons of sheer allure. Rose petal, star anise, dried cherries, blood orange and spices give the 2005 its exotic personality and aromatic lift. This is another superb 2005 from Arietta. (AG)" (05/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This intriguing blend from the famous Hudson Vineyard is 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot. A lesson in the complexity of Cabernet Franc is at hand with this brilliant wine. Distinctive and intellectually pleasing notes of mulberry, forest floor, spring flowers and spice jump from the glass of this dark plum/ruby-colored wine with some lightening at the edge. It is medium-bodied, round and generous, with silky tannins and a plush texture. This is how gorgeous Cabernet Franc, when blended with Merlot, can be. Interesting that the alcohol is relatively lofty at 14.8%, which is completely obscured by the wines sheer elegance and complexity. (RP)" (06/2015)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Wonderfully minerally, complex aromas and flavors of black raspberry, violet, graphite, mocha and truffle. Then plush, dense and smooth but very young, even a bit ungiving, in the mouth, with terrific intensity and energy promising a very slow evolution in bottle. This has the firm tannin/acid spine of a great Brunello. Still a baby. (ST) 94+" (06/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Offers complex aromas of mocha, espresso, rich plum, and berry, with shades of anise, licorice, light cedary oak, and cigar box. Ends with rich, full tannins that are supple and graceful. At a prime drinking stage. (JS, Web2015)"

2007 Flora Springs "Hillside Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($89.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Reserve, from a vineyard planted in Rutherfords famed red soils, is a classic Rutherford Bench wine with exceptional concentration as well as depth. Brambleberry, cassis, black cherry, spice box, and cedar notes are accompanied by superb, full-bodied flavors, exceptional polished, refined tannins, and a finish that lasts nearly 45 seconds. It can be drunk now or cellared for 25 or more years." (12/2009)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* An amazingly rich, complex and ageworthy wine. Made from 100% Cabernet grapes, it shows firm, plush flavors of blackberries and black currants, with a sour cherry candy tartness that's clean and piquant in the mouth. But the wine is also very tannic, giving a dry astringency through the finish. Should reward time in the cellar. best 2012-2018." (06/2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright ruby-red. Brooding aromas of plum, mocha and chocolatey oak. Plump and sweet but less expressive and nuanced than the Holy Smoke bottling. Today the wine's chocolate and cedary oak elements give it a slightly chunky texture. Finishes with chocolatey, youthfully clenched tannins. This Cabernet from a Rutherford Bench vineyard will need a couple years to come into focus." (05/2010)

2007 Harris Estate "Lakeview" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($79.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most fragrant of this trio is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard. Beautiful floral, blackberry, blueberry, wild mountain berry, and forest floor scents soar from the glass of this opaque purple-colored 2007. Velvety-textured and opulent with terrific fruit on the attack, mid-palate, and finish as well as admirable intensity and power, this seamless wine can be drunk now (because of its awesome purity of fruit), but should evolve beautifully for two decades or more. These wines were first brought to my attention when Mark Herold was the consulting winemaker, but the 2007s were finished by Thomas Rivers Brown. All three are brilliant, mountain-styled Cabernets that showcase this hillside estate in the northern region of Napa Valley. (RP)" (12/2009)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby. Black fruits, tobacco, minerals, licorice and menthol on the nose, plus a suggestion of fresh herbs. Savory and not especially sweet in the mouth, with youthfully tight flavors of currant, spices and tobacco complicated by soil tones. Just a hint of drying oak on the firmly tannic finish." (06/2010)

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2009 Viader Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($99.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc, it has every hallmark of a young Napa Valley Bordeaux blend. Its dry, smooth and complex in tannins, with balancing acidity and an incredible array of flavors, including blackberry, black currant, cherry, chocolate, dried herb, smoky oak and spice. It has that important but hard-to-define quality of sophistication. Its delicious now, and it should develop in the bottle for at least 10 years." (12/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Lovely Cabernet franc-dominated aromas of flowers, menthol and caraway seed, plus a whiff of dusty clove. Silky-sweet and vinous, offering seamless yet sharply delineated flavors of redcurrant, graphite and flowers, plus a whiff of meat. This really pleasures the mouth. Beautifully made and graceful wine with a very long, edge-free finish. 'Two thousand nine was a classic vintage for us,' noted Alan Viader. This should evolve gracefully. (ST) 94+" (05/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Tight and well-built, with firm, grainy-gravelly tannins, but also a pleasant core of dark berry fruit that folds into a forest floor loaminess. (JL)" (10/2012)

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2012 Groth "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 5 available ($99.99)

95 points James Suckling: "This is very classy with mineral, black currant and spice character. Shows chili and Thai basil too. Full body, firm tannins and a bright and persistent finish. Extremely long and elegant. Best ever from here in years?" (07/2015)

93 points Vinous: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a very pretty, mid-weight wine. Eucalyptus, mint, rose petal and bright red berry are pushed forward in an attractive, mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon built on class. The tannins are still a bit sinewy, so a few more years in bottle will only be beneficial. Today, it is the wines brightness and freshness that are most impressive. This is a very pretty, understated Cabernet Sauvignon that will appeal most to classically leaning palates. (AG)" (08/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Sourced from the producer's Reserve Block and blended with 10% Merlot from its Hillview vineyard, this is classic Oakville Cabernet, velvety on the palate and spicy in cinnamon and clove on the nose. Blackberry, dried herb and baked cherry-plum pie all play a part in providing it with richness and complexity. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (03/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator: "There's lots to admire in this firm, rich Cabernet, with blackberry and blueberry flavors and hints of lead pencil and graphite. The gritty, edgy tannins stand out. (JL)" (10/2015)

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2013 Arietta "Hudson Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot - 2 available ($74.99)

96 points Vinous: "The 2013 Merlot Hudson Vineyard emerges from the oldest vines in Lee Hudson's famous Carneros vineyard. Deep, rich and unctuous, yet impeccably balanced throughout, the 2013 is a real head-turner. Layers of fruit open up in a distinctive, Merlot endowed with real depth and personality. The 2013 is even better from bottle than it was from barrel. Once again, I was quite taken with Fritz Hatton's Arietta. The wines are made in small quantities and are available only in a few markets, but from a purely qualitative perspective, they are as good as anything being made in Napa Valley today. Sadly, rarely I hear any buzz about Arietta, and that is a shame, as the wines are gorgeous and distinctive. Winemaker Andy Erickson has done a terrific job with these new and upcoming releases. (AG)" (10/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From the famed Hudson Vineyard, the 2013 Merlot tips the scales at nearly 15% alcohol and shows beautiful dark raspberry, chocolate and berry fruit, a lush, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful purity and exceptional balance. There is not a trace of heat in the long, lusty hedonistic finish. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (RP)" (12/2015)

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2013 Cresta Velia Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($84.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "These are two reasonable values in high-quality mountain Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa from chef and owner John Giannini. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a limited production cuvée that exhibits an opaque purple color and notes of cassis and blackberry liqueur, some licorice and underlying earthy notes. It is full-bodied, rich, dense and super-impressive for a relatively new producer. This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Eagle Summit Vineyard on Howell Mountain and was aged 20 months in 80% new French oak. (RP)" (12/2015)

93 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with Howell Mountain character. Inky blue and black fruit, graphite, crushed rocks and bittersweet chocolate are backed by a spine of incisive tannins. Powerful yet vivid at the same time, the 2013 oozes character. Ideally, readers should give the 2013 a few years in bottle to allow the tannins to soften a touch. This is an impressive effort. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2013 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $130) - 5 available Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 75% new French oak prior to bottling) demonstrates the vintages great intensity, purity, structure and potential high ceiling. Opaque blue/purple with notes of graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, charcoal, incense and a full-bodied mouthfeel, the wine has noticeable, but sweet, well-integrated tannins, acidity and wood. This wine is young and promises to be even better in another 5-6 years and keep for 20-30 or more years. Drink through 2041. (RP) 95+" (10/2015)

92 points Vinous: "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is bold, inky and powerful to the core. Crème de cassis, blackberry jam, mint, licorice and cinnamon meld together as this extroverted, powerful wine shows off its Howell Mountain pedigree. The 2013 is going to need at least a few years in the cellar to fully come together, but it is pretty special, even at this early stage. (AG)" (10/2015)

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2014 Keenan "Reserve" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $100+) - 6 available ($94.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain (97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, all sourced from their high-elevation vineyards on Spring Mountain) is the deepest, richest wine of the entire portfolio, with an opaque purple color and a super-pure nose of crème de cassis and blueberries. The wine is rich, full-bodied, nicely textured, and very long in the finish, with ripe tannins. It can be drunk now or cellared for another 15 or more years. (RP)" (12/2016)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "Michael Keenan and his team selected this reserve from the Big K vineyard, where their estate cabernet sauvignon vines were 17 years old; Keenan attributes the wines incipient complexities to their maturity. This has the elegant austerity and youthful restraint of a wine grown at high elevations, catching the morning sun. The flavors start out black, revealing hints of floral strawberries and cardamom. Savory and nuanced, this wines structural tension will carry it for a decade or more in the cellar." (06/2018)

93 points Vinous: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is an impeccably balanced wine that brings together firm mountain structure with ripe, unctuous fruit. Dark cherry, plum compote, spice, licorice and menthol are some of the many notes that give the Reserve its mid-palate density and sweetness. The firm tannins need time to soften, but this is impressive juice. (AG)" (12/2016)

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 10, 2018

This is an absolutely beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon from the family owned and operated Keenan winery. This solar-powered, sustainably grown property is up in the historic Spring Mountain District where Cabernet thrives and produces concentrated berries and wines that are made to last. This reserve bottling definitely shows that. Rich, dark fruit character with dried herbs and eucalyptus and a solid tannic structure. With some time spent in the cellar, this wine will shine.

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 09, 2018

When it comes to Napa, and especially when it comes to such prestigious areas as Spring Mountain, the expectation is high. Even so, Keenan's Reserve Cabernet exceeds all expectations. This wines is powerful, layered, and complex, yes, but it also is crafted to age for the long haul. I was immediately reminded of a young Bordeaux from one of the more pricey Chateaux on the left bank. But it goes without saying that the Keenan wine packs a heartier punch than its French counterparts. I truly can't wait to see where this wine goes in 10 or 15 years.

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2014 Nickel & Nickel "State Ranch" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($99.99)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine comes alive on the expansive, fleshy palate of black pepper and olive tapenade flavors. It walks a fine line between tenacious structure and high-cheekboned fruita mélange of raspberry, cassis and blueberry compote. The aromas are enticing and reminiscent of violets. Though it can be enjoyed now, it will evolve well through 2034. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (12/2017)

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2015 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($94.95)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "This understated, elegant study in the variety opens in beguiling aromas of floral rose before opening into a finely made, structured and gracefully constructed wine that's fully in balance. Leather, black cherry and dark chocolate highlight a midpalate of finely polished, tamed tannin and integrated oak. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (11/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A bright, high-pitched style, featuring damson plum, red currant and cherry fruit flavors, laced with rose petal and jasmine notes, giving this a distinctive profile, while bramble-edged grip and bright acidity let all the elements play out through the energetic finish. Poised to age well. (JM)" (12/2018)

93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of ripe fruit with blackcurrants, dark chocolate, hazelnuts and spices that follow through to a medium to full body with very fine tannins. A linear and fresh finish. Shows tightness and focus. Beautiful to drink now. But will age beautiful." (05/2018)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Chewy and warm when first opened, this wine takes time to settle into cooler tones of roses, herbs and tobacco. Its dark-berry flavors are gentle and savory, its tannins fine. Cathy Corison blends this wine from fruit grown in three benchland sites west of Highway 29, at the border between Rutherford and St. Helena." (09/2018)

92 points Vinous: "Cathy Corison's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is dark, succulent and inviting. In 2015, the Napa Valley Cabernet is decidedly sumptuous by Corison standards, while the flavor profile leans towards the inkier end of the spectrum. Dark red and purplish stone fruit, licorice and floral notes are nicely pushed forward. Readers won't have to wait too long on the 2015, as it is built to deliver pleasure from the get go. (AG)" (03/2018)

K&L Notes: An all time staff favorite at K&L. Classicly styled, ageworthy Napa Cabernet from one of the the greatest winemakers in the region's history.

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2015 Farella Estate Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($64.95)

95 points Vinous: "Farella's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is super-polished, elegant and refined. Bright floral/savory notes and silky tannins add complexity to a core of blue and purplish berry fruit in this expressive, wonderfully nuanced Cabernet. All the elements fall into place. Quite simply, this is a stunning wine, especially within the context of the year. Drink through 2030. (AG)" (12/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Dark and winey, with steeped black currant, fig and blackberry fruit flavors, inlaid liberally with smoldering charcoal and sweet tobacco notes. Anise and tar details score the finish, adding length and range to the depth and energy. Best from 2021 through 2035. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 257 cases made. (JM)" (06/2019)

93 points James Suckling: "In spite of its excellent ripeness, offering the whole spectrum of black-fruit aromas, as well as generous, supple tannins, this Napa red retains poise and the delicate hint of sweetness is just enough to make it caressing on the palate. Long, polished finish. Drink or hold." (02/2019)

K&L Notes: Winery note: "The 2015 vintage was the third in a string of remarkable vintages. Smaller fruit sets brought on by a fifth year of drought yielded small tight clusters with thick skins. The 2015s from Farella are dark and full of power, with high acid and high tannic structure and a promise to age for decades. Wine Details: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate vineyard in the heart of the Coombsville AVA. The Cabernet components are from our Old Vine, Rockpile and TBud blocks which are positioned on a fairly steep slope facing due west. For the moderate temperatures of Coombsville, the exposure to the late afternoon sun, a key to the inherent richness and slow development of color & tannin. Vines age from 22-39 years. Cases produced: 257."

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This lovely Coombsville Cabernet has great aromas of violets and cassis.On the pallet I get blue and black fruit, licorice and dark chocolate. This wine has great structure and texture with grippy tannin and a long lasting finish.

Staff ImageNeal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 16, 2019

This is a deep, dark, heavy Cabernet fit for your next Goth party with a nose of intense baking spice, black fruit, and heady floral aromatics. The palate smacks of blueberry, bramble berries, graphite, spicebox, and strong tannic grip. Beautiful and focused, with 95 points from Vinous.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 08, 2019

This is dynamite Cabernet by any measure. A perfectly struck balance of power and precision. This beautiful wine from Farella combines the richness and concentration of Napa Valley with the freshness, structure and length of great Paulliac. Coming from the oldest Cabernet vines in the area (planted in the late 1970s) and from one of the cooler sub-regions of Napa, this is highly aromatic wine with crushed violets, blue fruit, cassis, pencil shavings, graphite and sandalwood. Medium plus bodied but long and linear rather than thick and broad. No excessive extraction or jamminess here; the mouthfeel is akin to polished, modern Bordeaux. A powerful, structured wine with great ageing potential, purity and poise. Very serious wine...one I hope others in the valley can emulate...this is Napa Cab done very well - bravo!

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2015 Grgich Hills "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($59.95)

96 points Decanter: "A sumptuous wine with abundant blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry, spice and wonderful dried herbs. Ripe tannin and balanced spicy oak. Real potential to develop further. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot."

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Cabernet is blended with 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Fresh tones of brioche and currant meld with crushed rock, pencil and sweet tobacco. Youthful tannins offer a structured frame to this undeniably elegant wine. (VB)" (06/2019)

91 points James Suckling: "This shows some of the classic Grgich hallmarks with fresher fruit that runs in the red to black plum spectrum as well as fresh herbs and grass. Medium to full body, grainy tannins and a minerally, dynamic finish. From biodynamically-grown grapes." (12/2017)

K&L Notes: *biodynamic*

2015 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc - 6 available ($94.95)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain has a very deep purple-black color, revealing a drop dead gorgeous perfume of red roses, violets and black tea over a core of kirsch, red currants and black raspberries, with wafts of cinnamon stick and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, very finely textured and refreshing in the mouth, it offers wonderful perfumed red fruit layers and a long, mineral-laced finish. 522 cases produced. (LPB)" (12/2017)

92 points Vinous: "La Jota's 2015 Cabernet Franc is fleshy, dark and expressive. Mocha, espresso, grilled herbs, licorice and spice notes give the 2015 lovely aromatic depth to play off the natural richness of the fruit. There is a good bit of tannin that is going to need time to soften. This is very nicely done. (AG)" (03/2018)

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2015 Mt. Brave Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($89.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 87.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 1.5% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder gives up notions of crème de cassis, violets, baker's chocolate, licorice and yeast extract with a touch of beef drippings. Full-bodied, concentrated and wonderfully expressive, the palate gives lovely ripe tannins and great freshness, finishing long and earthy. (LPB)" (12/2017)

94 points Vinous: "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is another Mt. Brave wine that is going to need cellaring. The 2015 plays a big game, with huge fruit and equally imposing tannins. Deep, inky and ample, the 2015 is very hard to read today. That won't be an issue in a few years, but today, the Cabernet is a forbidding, young Mt. Veeder wine endowed with serious intensity in all of its dimensions. (AG)" (03/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator: "This is filled with lush cassis, boysenberry and blackberry compote flavors, supported by dense, lush tannins. The finish is polished, with anise and roasted apple wood notes seamlessly integrated throughout, with a tarry echo at the very end keeping this grounded. A modern expression of mountain fruit. (JM)" (02/2019)

92 points James Suckling: "Another blue-fruited nose that's never overripe with blackcurrants, citrus rind, some burnt orange, orange peel and brambles. Full-bodied with grainy tannins, fresh acidity and a chewy finish." (12/2017)

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 26, 2018

I knew this wine was selling well, but I finally got a chance to taste it for myself, and now I'm just surprised that we aren't sold out. What a beautiful Cabernet! This strikes a great balance between power and delicacy. It's full and rich with plenty of depth, but without being overly sweet or syrupy. Rather, the fruit is cool and balanced, with excellent structure, subtle eucalyptus and savory olive notes. The finish is quite long, and the wine is built to age. I'd love to try this again in about 10 years, as I'm sure the development will be stunning.

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2015 Outpost Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $130) - 5 available ($96.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the Bordeaux releases, the 2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet that spent 20 months in 80% new French oak. Deep purple color and loaded with textbook Howell Mountain blue fruits, graphite, and crushed rock, its full-bodied, impeccably balanced, and has fine, polished tannin. Its a complex, complete Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the coming 20 years or so." (12/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up notions of cassis, blackberries, black cherries and plums with touches of pepper, aniseed, sage and tilled soil plus a hint of cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, taut and firmly structured, it has a lively backbone lifting the muscular fruit, finishing on a savory/mineral note. (LPB)" (12/2017)

94 points Vinous: "Outpost's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Aromatically intense and penetrating, the 2015 is endowed with tremendous fruit density and structure. All of the natural richness of the year comes through in bold, racy, cherry jam, espresso, chocolate and licorice flavors. Everything falls into place in an ample, large-scaled Cabernet that captures the essence of the Outpost house style under the direction of proprietor Frank Dotzler and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. (AG)" (03/2018)

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2015 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $80) Price: Hidden

95 points Vinous: "One of the highlights in this range, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Mt. Veeder) is seriously beautiful. A healthy dollop (24%) of Merlot gives the wine terrific mid-palate pliancy and fruit depth to play off of the more intensely mineral and soil-drive signatures, of which there are many. Raspberry jam, crushed rocks, blood orange, white pepper and red cherry jam infuse this deep, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Craig. I would give the 2015 at least a few years to settle down, as the tannins are imposing at this early stage. (AG)" (03/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From one of my favorite terroirs in the valley, the saturated purple-colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder (76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot) is a violet-tinged, blueberry, sage brush, charcoal, and menthol scented 2015 that offers full-bodied richness, a notable minerality, good mid-palate density and a beautiful finish. Closed, backward, yet impressively concentrated on the palate, it's a beautiful wine that needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years, and it should keep for two decades. 93+" (12/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blackberry and blueberry with crushed stone. Full body, soft and silky tannins and a fruity finish. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot." (12/2017)

K&L Notes: Winery notes: "After 22 years sourcing our Veeder Cabernet from the Pym Rae Vineyard, the 2015 will be our final bottling from the late Robin Williams’ 19-acre property. Pym Rae is on the north end of the appellation, free from coastal influence, where the fruit develops incredible structure and purity. Our 2015 Mount Veeder offering is a towering wine of tremendous tannin structure coupled with dense color. Classic Mount Veeder markers are present in force; dried cocoa, pencil shaving, cassis, and mountain violet are woven into this tightly wound wine. This Mount Veeder release is without doubt one of the most profound Cabernets that we have produced at Robert Craig Winery in terms of its size and power. If enjoying this wine young, a two-hour decant is recommended. The 2015 Mount Veeder will cellar comfortably for decades yet should start to show well as soon as 2020."

Staff ImageStephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 31, 2018

What a truly phenomenal value for top notch Mount Veeder Cabernet! The fruit for this wine comes from the Pym Rae vineyard which is one of the highest in the AVA at over 1800 feet in elevation. This is Robert Craig's last vintage from this property, so I wouldn't hesitate to grab a bottle. The nose just screams Mount Veeder with blackberry, cherry, pencil shaving and eucalyptus character. It has a big, robust palate with firm structure that will begin to show fantastically in a few years.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 17, 2018

This stunning release from Robert Craig reinforced to me once again that Mt. Veeder is my favorite sub-region in Napa for Cabernet Sauvignon. Cool breezes from the pacific ocean and poor, rocky mountain soils bring forth a classic, balanced, structured expression of the grape. The aromatics boast briary, dark red fruit, pipe tobacco, shaved cedar and dry spices. The palate is powerful, but quite linear and focused. Nothing jammy or sweet about this flavor profile; instead it's much more restrained and savory then many modern expression of Napa Cab. Redcurrant, plum, mulberry and dried fig. The tannins are long and polished and acidity beautifully integrated with the fruit. All the components are beautifully tuned and working in unison; an effortlessly powerful wine with regal pedigree. Don't miss this last of an era Pym Rae vineyard Robert Craig release, it's quite a swan song.

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2015 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($79.95)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Sports an intense and pure beam of raspberry and cassis flavors, flanked by sage, incense and black tea aromas and backed by mouthwatering licorice snap notes and a bramble-filled finish. A beautiful example of mountain fruit. Best from 2022 through 2040. (JM)" (03/2019)

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "Spring Mountain Vineyard is an 850 acre estate of forest and vineyard on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain which rises behind the town of Saint Helena. The vineyard occupies about 226 acres of the estate and is broken into 135 small and separate hillside vineyard blocks. Each small block and slope has a unique soil, exposure to the sun, and microclimate. Many blocks are terraced and vines are typically trained in the vertical goblet method. Each vineyard block produces a unique wine, giving the winemaker a wealth of choices. The property produces a traditional Bordeaux red blend as its primary wine. The wine is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon with small components of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot."

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 17, 2019

The full story of Spring Mountain Vineyard is too long and complex for this staff review but let me condense it as best I can. The estate as it stands today started as three separate properties first established in 1873. It was the first Cabernet Sauvignon to be planted on Spring Mountain. In 1882 the second piece of the estate was planted by the Beringer Brothers. In 1891 the third section was established by a French immigrant named, Fortune Chevalier. The estate today is comprised of 135 individual blocks with over 1000ft in elevation change. The property is very steep with an average slope of 25-30%. The wines of Spring Mountain Vineyard hold a very special place in our hearts at K&L. We have sold these wines for many decades. In fact one of the first wines we ever promoted by email blast in the late 1990's was Spring Mountain Vineyard Cabernet! When aged bottles show up in our Old & Rare department, staff race to buy them! A few years back a bottle of the legendary 1976 vintage showed up in our bin-end close-out section with a fill that was barely up to the low shoulder...even with that low ullage it turned out to be the best wine of the night, still packed with black and blue fruit, tobacco, cedar and leather. The 2015 release is an absolute classic Spring Mountain Vineyard expression. Dark fruits laced with pencil shavings, dried tobacco, crushed rocks. There are big, structural tannins wrapped in the currant and cassis fruit. Facing east, the shaded afterno

2016 Chappellet Napa Valley Cabernet Franc - 8 available ($94.95)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Cabernet Franc is a beautiful expression of the variety and has a classic, complex, seamless style in its flowery blue and black fruits, forest floor, damp earth, blood orange, and leafy herbs. Pure, elegant, and perfectly balanced, with great intensity and depth, it will be better with short-term cellaring and drink beautifully for 15 years or more. Even at this price, it's a smoking value." (01/2019)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The very deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Franc comes sashaying out of the glass with tantalizing rose hip tea, baked raspberries and forest floor scents with a core of redcurrant jelly and black cherry pie plus hints of menthol and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals impressive tension and bags of energetic red fruits, framed by grainy tannins and finishing long and perfumed. (LPB)" (10/2018)

94 points James Suckling: "Shows a fresh, foresty edge of cabernet franc with a thread of attractive, toasty oak across some quite dark berries and cassis. The palate has an assertively focused style with seamless, smooth darker-fruit flavors. Plush finish. Drink or hold." (11/2018)

92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley) is a very pretty and expressive wine with lovely varietal character and nuance. Pliant red and purplish fruit, along with expressive Franc aromatics, yield a racy, layered wine loaded with personality and character. Mocha, game, tobacco, rose petal, and blood orange all shape the nuanced finish. The 2016 can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring or cellared for another decade-plus. (AG)" (12/2018)

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2016 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($99.95)

95 points John Gilman: "The 2016 vintage of Cathy Corisons estate cabernet is the lowest octane version I can remember in a month of Mondays, as the wine comes in at an extremely svelte 13.1 percent this year. The bouquet is classic, wafting from the glass in a complex and very classy blend of black cherries, sweet dark berries, Cuban cigar wrapper, Rutherford dust, a deft framing of cedary oak and just a hint of eucalyptus in the upper register. On the palate the wine is extremely pure and focused, full-bodied and beautifully bound up in its sophisticated structural chassis, with a gorgeous core of fruit, great soil signature, ripe, buried tannins and superb length and grip on the seamlessly balanced finish. This is stunning juice, but it is built for the long haul (like all of Cathys wines) and will demand fully fifteen years of patience in the cellar before it edges into its plateau of maturity. It is an understated beauty, but this will be one of Cathys finest vintage for her estate bottling cabernet when it is fully ready to drink. But, let it hibernate in the cellar, as it deserves patience!" (08/2019)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "In spite of a lightness to the palate weight, this is no doubt a serious wine. It's complex and integrated, with intriguing aspects of leather, earth and truffle. Soft and supple, it shows flavors of clove, tart red raspberry and cassis, and is deliciously memorable in every way. (VB)" (09/2019)

93 points James Suckling: " This has a great cassis and sour-cherry nose with hints of lilacs, wet stones and licorice. Quite powerful, but restrained and elegant, this medium-bodied Napa cab has impeccable balance with a very long, clean and dry finish that pulls you back to the glass for more. A great food-wine with just 13.1 per cent alcohol!" (02/2019)

92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is bold, luscious and gracious, all in the mid-weight style that is such a signature of Cathy Corison's Cabernets. Floral overtones add freshness to this super-expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Rose petal, lavender, licorice, mint and dark cherry fruit get an extra kick of vibrancy from the natural brightness of the year. What a gorgeous wine this is. (AG)" (12/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The value-priced effort is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, all from St. Helena and brought up in barrel. This classic effort has lots of cassis, leafy herbs, some damp earth, and sappy spring flower aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and downright elegant, it's not a powerhouse, yet has terrific purity, balance, and length. I'd happily drink bottles over the coming decade or more." (01/2019)

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2016 Dominus "Napanook" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($79.99)

96 points James Suckling: "This is a flamboyant red that offers hazelnuts, dark berries and a hint of chocolate. Full-bodied with round and soft tannins. So fresh. So rich, enticing and layered." (11/2018)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Very deep purple-black in color, the 2016 Napanook Proprietary Red Wine is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 7% Cabernet Franc aged in 20% new oak. A beautiful perfume of violets, aniseed, truffles and lavender is just starting to emerge over a core of warm cassis, blackberry preserves and ripe plum plus hints of cedar chest, chocolate box, rare beef and cardamom. The palate is medium to full-bodied and firmly textured with very ripe tannins, gradually revealing layers of black and blue fruits plus loads of earthy sparks, finishing with amazing freshness and depth. (LPB)" (10/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the 2016s, this was a more abundant year for this estate and the vintage was compared to 2006 by the winemakers. The 2016 Napanook is another terrific wine and has a more elegant, pretty, seamless style than the 2015, with the purity of the 2016 vintage front and center. Classic red and blue fruits, spring flowers, and tobacco leaf notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced red that will keep for 10-15 years." (01/2019)

92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Napanook will give readers tons of pleasure pretty much upon release. Open-knit and deep, with terrific fruit purity, the 2016 is impeccably balanced from start to finish. In this vintage, Napanook is distinctly medium in body, which adds to its immediacy and sheer appeal. Expressive aromatic top notes and silky tannins round things out nicely. (AG)" (12/2018)

Staff ImageRyan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 24, 2019

Is there any better high-end value in Napa? Coming from the same vines as the First-Growth-quality Dominus Estate vineyards, Napanook is crafted under the stewardship of the same remarkable team. Deep aromas of blackberry, forest floor, and red florals lead the way to a gorgeous texture and waves of fruit that are balanced beautifully by the mouthwatering acidity. Echoes of blackberry turn more red towards the finish that lasts for a considerable amount of time. This is my favorite Napanook since the epic 2013, and it has all the pieces to age beautifully. It is a serious wine, but it is utterly delicious now all the same. Brilliant.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 24, 2019

I'm at risk of sounding like a broken record...but for several years in a row I've preferred the Napanook bottling over Dominus' premier label on first impressions! Sure Dominus has the edge in sheer power and impressive structure, but the last few releases of Napanook have had supreme drinkability and have been very expressive, open knit wines right out of the gate. The 2016 is vibrant, and full of life. Bright red currants, fresh plum, bay laurel, hints of pipe smoke, red earth. Medium bodied, very supple, soft, satiny mouthfeel, not at all austere. If you're looking for something from Napa, made in a more traditional style but with great accessibility for drinking right now, this is your wine. Also given the wine's quality and pedigree the price point of is still very reasonable compared to modern day costs in Napa!

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2016 Edward Lewis Cellars "Pretty Woman" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $100) Price: Hidden

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "My favorite of the trio was the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Pretty Woman, which includes 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot that spent 20 months in 90% new oak. This full-bodied effort offers a sexy, ripe, layered style that still has considerable purity and elegance. Revealing notes of both red and black fruits intermixed with plenty of crème caramel, dried flowers, and spice, its a brilliant, multi-dimensional 2016 that will drink well for two decades." (01/2019)

K&L Notes: Before founding Edward Lewis Cellars in 2016, Ed Snider founded Beau Vigne in 2002, a hidden gem in the Atlas Peak AVA, which is well known for its top-scoring Cabernet Sauvignons. Although Beau Vigne has flown somewhat under the radar their history runs deep in Napa Valley. Ed's grandfather arrived in Napa Valley in 1913 after having trained as a winemaker in Italy. To his credit, Ed, along with winemaker Kirk Venge have produced a string of brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon's including their epic 100 point (Robert Parker) 2013 Reserve.

Staff ImageBlake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 05, 2019

Looking for an amazing Cabernet with silky tannins, elegance, and balance? Look no further. Pretty Woman from Edward Lewis Cellars (Beau Vigne) has it all. And with our current price, it's a stunning value, and perhaps a fantastic gift for the Cab lover, but honestly, worthy of any dinner party you have coming up. It's very approachable, easy drinking, and has nice flavors of vanilla, black currants, and just about everything I want in a Napa Cab. Treat yourself, don't cheat yourself.

Staff ImageKaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 05, 2019

The Pretty Woman cuvée from Edward Lewis Cellars is one of the most delicious Cabernets Ive tasted this year. Its an absolute stunner in terms of depth and complexity with a finish that lingers on and on. I'm still in awe of this amazing Cabernet deal. This best-of-barrel selection Cabernet Sauvignon has a just enough Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot to remind me of the legendary Dalla Valley Maya which currently sells for well above $400 bottle. Though it's not exactly the same blend, it possesses that hallmark Maya expression of monolithic depth with hints of cigar wrapper and black slate. This is such a stunning wine!

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 04, 2019

The "Pretty Woman" has that extra something that distinguishes GREAT Napa Cabernet from the regularly very good pack. Leaning towards deep layers and fleshy and ripe fruit this wine is loaded with copious amounts of cassis, coffee and , the wine is reminiscent of the top cuvees from Darioush, Cliff Lede and even Tim Mondavi's Conundrum. All of which could send you well north of $150. And this was up there at one time! Sure, it's still not cheap but where most noteworthy Napa cabs start around $50, for just a few dollars more, you're drinking from the upper echelons of the Valley! This is serious juice for sure.

2016 Emerson Brown "III Michaels Estate" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($89.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon III Michaels Estate is a step up yet has a similar level of purity and elegance. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 60% new French oak, this beautiful wine sports a saturated purple color as well as notes of blueberries, toasted spices, dried violets, and hints of savory earth. With medium to full body, subtle background oak, and silky tannins, it can be drunk today with incredible pleasure or cellared for 15+ years. (JD)"

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: III Michaels Esatate, now known as Rancho Pequeno, is located on the Eastern Bench of Oakville. We love the site because it has great exposure but also cool, heavy soils that help the vines retain natural acidity all the while letting the fruit fully ripen deep, dark, intense flavors. Expressive, complex aromas of black currant, cassis, dried lavender and cocoa powder. Explosive blue and black fruits immediately entice the palate with a slow building, persistent, fine-grain tannin profile throughout. Ripe black cherry, baking spices, culinary herbs, slow cooked brisket, cocoa on a dusted bonbon. Incredibly integrated, concentrated and powerful, this Cabernet will age well for decades but is incredibly exciting and drinkable upon release. Keith Emerson makes this wine from Bart and Daphne Araujo's Rancho Pequeño vineyard.

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2016 Hayfork "Lewelling Ranch" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon ($74.95)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "I loved the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch from winemaker Haley Wight, a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot that spent 20 months in 75% new French oak. It shines for its purity and elegance just as much as its richness and depth and gives up medium to full-bodied notes of red and blue fruits, violets, and espresso roast. With silky, ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish, it tastes like it cost 2-3 times the price. 790 cases." (01/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lewelling Ranch is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot aged 20 months in 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with exuberant red and black currants notions with hints of black truffles and rose hip tea plus fragrant earth, Chinese five spice, dried lavender and dusty soil. Big, full, rich and seductive, it has a plush frame of velvety tannins and wonderful energy, finishing long and spicy. 790 cases produced, to be released in the spring of 2019. (LPB)" (10/2018)

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "This energetic vintage is flush with exuberant fruit, violets, espresso roast, fragrant earth, and lively spice. With the vibrance and purity of the 2015 vintage plus more depth, the 2016 Hayfork Lewelling Ranch Cabernet is brilliant, full-bodied, and decisively balanced."

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2016 Nickel & Nickel "State Ranch" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($99.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch is deep garnet-purple colored with violets, chocolate box, menthol, cassis, black raspberries, tea and new leather on the nose. Full, firm and grainy, the palate is packed with black fruit layers, finishing long and perfumed. (LPB) 95+" (12/2018)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch comes from a site in Yountville and is similarly purple-colored, with a deeper bouquet of cassis, blueberries, scorched earth, dark chocolate, violets, and graphite. As with the Hayne Vineyard, it's pretty, elegant, and silky on the palate, with medium to full body, ripe tannins, and outstanding length. It will drink well for 2+ decades." (01/2019)

94 points James Suckling: "This bottling has an earthy edge with black-truffle, blackberry and cassis aromas leading to a very suave, plush and quite powerful palate that delivers a long, flavorful finish. Pure cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold." (11/2018)

92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon State Ranch is soft, open-knit and quite expressive, which makes it an excellent choice for drinking with minimal cellaring. Blackberry preserves, mint, lavender and sweet spice add to the wine's forward feel, but a good bit of structural underpinning emerges with air to round things out nicely. (AG)" (12/2018)

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2016 O'Shaughnessy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($74.95)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Starting with the base 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, it's an interesting blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% St. Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. It offers a brilliantly pure, seamless bouquet of crème de cassis, toasted spice, new saddle leather, and leafy herbs and lavender. Deep, rich, and multi-dimensional on the palate, it's a full-bodied, layered, awesome entry level wine that can be drunk today with tons of pleasure or cellared for 15-20 years." (01/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% St. Macaire, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals notions of scorched earth, tar, tilled black soil and fungi over a core of blackcurrant cordial, aniseed, dark chocolate and espresso plus a waft of tobacco. Full-bodied, concentrated and very earthy in the mouth, the rich, black fruits are superbly framed by firm, grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. Drink through 2045. (LPB) 94+" (12/2018)

94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is gorgeous. Vibrant and focused, with tons of savory energy, the Napa Valley Cabernet is once again a huge overachiever in this range. An exotic mélange of black cherry, plum, pomegranate, blood orange, chocolate, savory herb, leather and sage builds into the deep, resonant finish. Most of this fruit is young-vine Cabernet from the Wools Ranch on Mt. Veeder. O'Shaughnessy's Napa Valley Cabernet is the hidden gem in this range and also one of the very finest wines in its peer group. Don't miss it. (AG)" (11/2018)

93 points James Suckling: "A very richly fruited blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon with cabernet franc and petit verdot. Ample plum and toasty oak intermingle on the nose. The palate has a sense of deep concentration, plushness and freshness with plums and blackberries holding vibrant into the finish. Drink or hold." (11/2018)

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Whilst this wine is only due for official release on March 1st 2019, tasting with O'Shaughnessy at last year's Premier Napa Valley still sticks in my mind as one of the highlights of the event. O'Shaughnessy's wines consistently deliver power, structure, and balance. The interesting mix of Bordeaux varietals on their Howell Mountain estate (including some obscure ones - St. Macaire) make their way into the wines, and whilst only in small percentages I believe they give they wines a distinct advantage over some competitors when it comes to layers and multi-dimensional complexity that is present here in spades. This is undeniably one of the strongest showings from a sub-$100 Napa Cab I have come across to date.

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2016 Purlieu Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($99.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up exuberant notions of blackcurrant pastilles, blackberry compote and stewed red plums with touches of kirsch, potpourri, fragrant earth and cigar box. Full-bodied and opulently fruited in the mouth, the powerful flavors are well framed by firm, ripe tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. Drink through 2045. (LPB)" (10/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Solid, featuring a direct beam of cassis and raspberry reduction flavors, flanked by anise, apple wood and bramble notes. A loamy echo chimes through the rich, polished finish. (JM)" (06/2019)

92 points Vinous: "Purlieu's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is dark, plush and enveloping. Blackberry jam, chocolate, new French oak, spice and leather meld together in a supple, juicy Cabernet that will drink well with minimal cellaring. The flamboyant, sumptuous style that works well for a wine that will most likely be enjoyed on the young side. Floral and spice notes add lift on the finish. The 2016 is an especially fine vintage for the Purlieu Napa Valley Cabernet. (AG)" (12/2018)

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2016 Shafer "One Point Five" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ($89.95)

95 points James Suckling: "Very strong and pure aromas of blackcurrants with violets and lightly herbal notes, leading to a palate that has dark-mineral allure. This delivers attractive, ripe dark berries with a very long, focused and assertive, neatly cut finish. Elegance with power." (11/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five Stags Leap is very deep purple-black in color and gives up intense Black Forest cake, black berry pie and blackcurrant cordial scents with hints of licorice, eucalyptus, espresso, tar and chargrilled beef. Full-bodied, it packs the black fruit preserves flavors and earthy accents into the palate, with a firm frame and great freshness on the finish. (LPB)" (10/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine is sourced from the producers Hillside Estate and Borderline Vineyards two miles south of the winery. It offers toasted oak, leather, clove and cinnamon - a savory profile thats deceptively fresh in underlying acidity. Dark plum and black cherry flavors are lushly textured and spicy on the palate. (VB)" (07/2019)

93 points Vinous: "Another gorgeous wine in this range, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five is fabulous. Rich, powerful and explosive, the 2016 is endowed with real energy. Lavender, sage, menthol, licorice, spice and crème de cassis are some of the notes that build in this super-expressive, layered Cabernet from Shafer. The One Point Five isn't quite the screaming value it was a few years ago, but it is nevertheless terrific. (AG)" (12/2018)

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2016 Shafer "TD-9" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($59.95)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "The winerys proprietary blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec is hugely impressive and memorable, with a smoky, toasted oak character. Plush flavors of blackberry and cherry jam meld with spice on the rich, round midpalate. It offers plenty of grip and concentration, finishing on a handful of dried herb. (VB)" (05/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Red Blend TD-9 is blended of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec. It has a very deep purple-black color and displays ready-for-biz, fragrant scents of warm plums, Black Forest cake and blueberry compote with touches of baking spices, bay leaves and potpourri. Full-bodied with a serious, firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, the palate delivery loads of black fruit and spicy layers with bags of vivacity and panache. (LPB)" (10/2018)

93 points Vinous: "The 2016 TD-9 is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. Bright floral notes and a rush of red cherry/red plum fruit give energy to this pliant, super-expressive wine. The 2016 has firmed up a bit since it was bottled, so a few more months should do the trick. The blend is 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Malbec. (AG)" (12/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Leading off the reds, the 2016 TD-9 checks in as 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 16% Malbec and is a cuvée first made in 2015. Revealing considerable elegance and purity as well as medium to full-bodied richness, it offers up a terrific bouquet of black cherry and blackberry fruits, tobacco, lavender, and an alluring forest floor character. Its already drinking beautifully yet will keep for upwards of a decade." (01/2019)

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2016 Sinegal "Estate" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($94.95)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and the rest Malbec that was brought up in 85% new French oak. This black-fruited beauty has tons of blackcurrants, scorched earth, graphite, and hints of violets. It opens up beautifully with time in the glass, has beautiful purity and elegance, silky tannins, and a great finish. Elegant and seamless as well as concentrated, this attractive Cabernet will keep for 20-25 years." (01/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot and 3% Malbec. It has a deep garnet-purple color and intense redcurrants, black raspberries, cassis, warm plums and kirsch with hints of violets, tobacco, forest floor and wild sage. The palate is full, firm, grainy and concentrated, finishing long and perfumed. (LPB) 95+" (12/2018)

94 points Vinous: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has turned out beautifully. Dark, supple and generous on the palate, the 2016 possesses terrific depth and textural richness. Black cherry, plum, bittersweet chocolate, dark spice and menthol flesh out in this super-expressive, inviting Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2016 can be enjoyed young or cellared for a number of years. Dollops of Cabernet Sauvignon from Georges III and Merlot from Oak Knoll round out the blend. (AG)" (12/2018)

92 points James Suckling: "Some meaty, modern, barrel-derived aromas with plenty of sweetly fragrant baking spices. The palate has a plush, fleshy and deeply satisfying delivery of plush, velvety dark fruit and fresh, silky tannins to close." (10/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A dark and loamy style, with steeped currant, blackberry and fig notes inlaid with accents of baker's chocolate, tobacco and licorice root. The muscular finish lets the loamy edge take control. (JM)" (08/2019)

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2016 Spottswoode "Lyndenhurst" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($84.95)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "This wine continuously overdelivers for its price point, offering elegantly powerful flavors of fig, forest and earth. Grippy in firm tannins, it dances in secondary notions of black currant, sage, cedar and flint, with spicy clove lingering on the finish. Editors Choice." (07/2019)

94 points James Suckling: "Attractive, fresh, violet-like flowers, roasting herbs and cassis, leading to a medium-to full-bodied palate that has a smoothly succulent resolve at the plum-soaked, velvety finish. A blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon with touches of petit verdot, merlot, petite sirah and cabernet franc and a dash of malbec. Drink or hold." (11/2018)

92 points Vinous: "Another gorgeous wine in this range, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst is wonderfully fresh, vibrant and nuanced. Black cherry, plum, spice, lavender, new leather and menthol overtones develop in the glass, but like so many 2016s, the Lyndenhurst simply dazzles with its exquisite balance and total class. (AG)" (12/2018)

K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "The 2016 vintage is our 15th year crafting Lyndenhurst, our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is incredibly expressive, youthfully polished and generous, effortlessly straddling the line between opulence and elegance. The warmth of the 2016 growing season added a luxurious undercurrent of power and gravitas, while our intuitive approach to vineyard and canopy management has ensured the wine retains its balance, freshness and verve."

2016 The Crane Assembly "G.B. Crane Vineyard - El Coco" St. Helena Red Blend Price: Hidden

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 62% Zinfandel, 32% Petite Sirah and 6% Merlot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 G.B. Crane Vineyard el Coco sings of dried plums, cherry cordial and Christmas pudding with nuances of potpourri, Ceylon tea, roses and Chinese five spice. Wowthe palate is super concentrated with voluptuous fruit and a plush frame plus plenty of freshness, finishing very long. 880 cases produced. Drink through 2035. (LPB)" (06/2018)

94 points Vinous: "The 2016 El Coco G.B. Crane Vineyard is a gorgeous Zinfandel/Petite Sirah/Merlot blend. Dark, enveloping and beautifully textured, the 2016 hits all the right notes. Rose petal, lavender, mint and blood orange overtones add intriguing aromatic presence to this super-expressive Zinfandel-based red. Hints of plum, chocolate, new leather and spice infuse this voluptuous, racy finish. All the elements are wonderfully fused together. (AG)" (03/2018)

2017 Patria ''Oakville Ranch'' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($89.95)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the 2017 barrel samples, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch is deep ruby/plum-colored and has a fruit-forward, sexy, full-bodied profile as well as beautiful complexity. It has sweet tannins and plenty of mid-palate depth, and I suspect it will drink nicely right out of the gate." (01/2019)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This vineyard sits between Dalla Valle and Ovid. A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple colored and features notions of Morello cherries, wild blueberries and cassis with touches of red currant jelly, rose hip tea, dusty soil and bouquet garni. Medium-bodied, the palate is refreshing and elegantly styled, with soft, approachable tannins and a perfumed finish. (LPB)" (10/2019)

94 points Vinous: "The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ranch is powerful and also tightly wound, with the combination of fruit richness and bright acids that is such a signature of this Oakville site. Readers will have to give the 2017 at least a few years in bottle, as it is especially closed right now. Sweet red cherry fruit, mint, spice, licorice and rose petal give the wine striking brightness, but the best is yet to come. Today, the 2017 is tightly coiled and more nervous than it was from barrel, which is probably a good thing for its medium- and longer-term prospects. (AG) 94+" (01/2020)

2017 TOR Oakville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Price: Hidden

94-95 points International Wine Review: "The 2017 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is a selection from Tierra Roja. This stunning Cabernet opens to aromas of blackberries and dark currants which come together with graphite, herbs, tobacco and hints of dusty notes. Medium to full-bodied with remarkable overall balance and structure with a core of ripe dark fruits underlined by a lovely mineral character leading up to the incredibly long finish. This is a remarkably well made Cabernet that should go on to offer a drinking window that spans two decades. (JD)" (04/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is the first time TOR has made a barrel selection from their Oakville vineyards, predominantly Tierra Roja in Oakville East. It is composed of barrels selected to reveal the "red-fruited, softer, juicier side of the Tierra Roja vineyard". Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon comes sashaying out of the glass with open-knit notes of warm red and black plums, kirsch and cassis with wafts of bay leaves, tar, underbrush and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, the palate has bold freshness and a firm frame of chewy tannins with a core of evocative, crunchy red and black fruits, finishing long and earthy. (LPB) 92+" (10/2019)

91 points Vinous: "The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is soft, supple and inviting. Bright red cherry, wild flowers, mint and spice give the 2017 striking brightness and energy to play off a core of rich Oakville fruit. This is such a pretty and enticing Cabernet. (AG)" (01/2020)