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Top Selections from Napa’s Best Years - 11/28/2019 - Old and Rare Wines

With the current decade coming to a close, we thought it an excellent opportunity look back at Napa Valley’s many successes over the years. There is little question that we are in the midst of a golden era of California winemaking. This is best exemplified by the exceptional Cabernets and Bordeaux-styled blends from this impressive strip of land nestled between Mayacamas and Vaca Mountain Ranges. Whether you prefer your reds stately and demure or flamboyant and flashy, Napa Valley has a bottling suit your tastes. From the early 80s to the present, we’ve been dazzled by old-school expressions from the likes of Dunn, Philip Togni, and Mayacamas—wines that show us the innate beauty of this remarkable region. Likewise, we’ve been equally impressed by such newcomers as Scarecrow, Bevan, TOR, and Vineyard 29. This new guard has taken Napa winemaking to an entirely new level, crafting round and voluptuous expressions that appeal to our hedonistic side. In the selections featured here, you’ll find the top wines from such celebrated vintages as 2001, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2013. Additionally, we’ve culled a selection of the greatest back-vintage hits from the 90s and 80s. For fans of Napa, this is a tremendous opportunity to stock up on the best this singular region has to offer.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
1982 William Hill "Gold Label" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 1 $69.99 View
1984 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 2 $239.99 View
1985 Groth Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Lightly Bin Soiled Label) 93 1 $89.99 View
1990 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 3 $219.99 View
1990 Groth "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 6 $139.99 View
1994 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $299.99 View
1994 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 8 $224.99 View
1994 Spottswoode Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 2 $239.99 View
2001 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $229.99 View
2001 Merus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (wrinkled & torn label) 96 1 $159.99 View
2001 Ramey "Jericho Canyon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 96 4 $119.99 View
2001 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 1 $399.99 View
2001 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot 95 2 $89.99 View
2001 Tor Kenward "Clone 4" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 94 1 $99.99 View
2001 Volker Eisele "Terzetto" Napa Valley Proprietary Red 94 3 $54.99 View
2002 Behrens & Hitchcock "Dr. Crane Cuvee" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 96 1 $79.99 View
2002 Behrens & Hitchcock "Les Chats du Monde" Napa Red 93 1 $49.99 View
2002 Behrens & Hitchcock Spring Mountain Petite Sirah 93 2 $49.99 View
2002 Flora Springs "Rutherford Hillside Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 2 $74.99 View
2002 Joseph Phelps "Backus" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 2 $229.99 View
2002 Lail Vineyards "Blueprint" Napa Valley Red Wine 93 3 $49.99 View
2002 Ristow Estate "Quinta de Pedras Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 93 1 $79.99 View
2002 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $139.99 View
2007 Ackerman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 1 $79.99 View
2007 Alpha Omega "Era" Napa Valley Proprietary Red 94 4 $169.99 View
2007 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 6 $129.99 View
2007 Casa Piena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 4 $129.99 View
2007 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 3 $229.99 View
2007 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 3 $129.99 View
2007 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Nicked/Torn Labels) 95 3 $174.99 View
2007 Ghost Block "Estate" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 93 4 $69.99 View
2007 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 1 $1,299.99 View
2007 La Sirena "Barrett Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah 93 1 $59.99 View
2007 Larkmead "LMV Salon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 2 $174.99 View
2007 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $199.99 View
2007 Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $299.99 View
2007 Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $329.99 View
2007 Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $329.99 View
2007 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 1 $219.99 View
2007 Pride Mountain "Vintner Select Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 2 $119.99 View
2007 Rubicon Estate "Rubicon" Rutherford Bordeaux Blend 93 8 Price: Hidden View
2007 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $3,699.00 View
2007 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $424.99 View
2007 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah 96 1 $119.99 View
2007 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 1 $599.99 View
2007 Viader Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 94 1 $99.99 View
2010 Anthem "Estate" Mt. Veeder Merlot (Previously $75) 93 16 Price: Hidden View
2010 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $399.99 View
2010 Bryant Family "DB4" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 4 $149.99 View
2010 Carte Blanche Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 2 $99.99 View
2010 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 18 $324.99 View
2010 Château Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L (Previously $300) 95 2 $223.99 View
2010 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $359.99 View
2010 Corra Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 3 $159.99 View
2010 Duckhorn "The Discussion" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 94 33 $124.99 View
2010 Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $159.99 View
2010 Futo "OV" Oakville Bordeaux Blend 94 5 $119.99 View
2010 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 12 $224.95 View
2010 Herold by Mark Herold Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $139.99 View
2010 Kapcsandy "Grand Vin - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 100 3 $749.99 View
2010 La Sirena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 6 $144.99 View
2010 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 4 $124.99 View
2010 Lewelling "Wight Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 1 $89.99 View
2010 Moone-Tsai Cor Leonis Cabernet Sauvignon 94 2 $224.99 View
2010 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 14 $499.99 View
2010 Pride Mountain "Vintner's Select Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 3 $99.99 View
2010 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 93 3 $74.99 View
2010 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 $399.99 View
2010 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 1 $424.99 View
2010 Stone the Crows "Three Twins" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 1 $84.99 View
2010 TOR Kenward Family Wines "Hudson Vineyard/ROCK - Hommage Allan" Napa Valley Syrah 95 4 $44.99 View
2010 Turnbull Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 93 3 $74.99 View
2010 Vineyard 29 "29 Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 2 $129.99 View
2012 Amici "Morisoli Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 93 1 $89.99 View
2012 Arietta Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 2 $109.99 View
2012 Beau Vigne "Cult" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $179.99 View
2012 Bevan "Tin Box" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $249.99 View
2012 Blankiet "Mythicus" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 Price: Hidden View
2012 Cabaud "Benedictions" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 12 $119.99 View
2012 Caymus "40th Anniversary" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 3 $239.99 View
2012 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 2 $209.99 View
2012 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Bin Soiled Label) 95 4 Price: Hidden View
2012 Diamond Creek "Gravelly Meadow" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $199.99 View
2012 Favia "Cerro Sur" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 2 $149.99 View
2012 Gemstone Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 93 1 $99.99 View
2012 Groth "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 95 3 $99.99 View
2012 Hall "Kathryn Hall" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 13 $159.99 View
2012 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 8 $999.99 View
2012 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) 99 2 $1,949.99 View
2012 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 97 2 $219.99 View
2012 Larkmead "LMV Salon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 94 4 $129.99 View
2012 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 7 $244.99 View
2012 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 7 $109.99 View
2012 Maybach "Materium" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $299.99 View
2012 Myriad "Beckstoffer - Dr. Crane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (nicked label) 96 1 $159.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Au Paradis" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 98 6 $374.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Au Paradis" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 98 3 $699.99 View
2012 Peter Michael "Point Rouge" Knights Valley Chardonnay 100 9 $499.99 View
2012 Pott "Her Majesty's Secret Service - Stagecoach Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 94 1 $239.99 View
2012 Pott "Kaliholmanok - Kicu Ma" Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $150) 95 1 Price: Hidden View
2012 Ramey "Pedregal" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 6 $174.99 View
2012 Realm "Farella Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $229.99 View
2012 Rivers-Marie "Corona Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 Price: Hidden View
2012 Roberts + Rogers Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 93 2 $79.99 View
2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras - LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 5 $229.99 View
2012 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 12 $299.99 View
2012 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 100 1 $649.99 View
2012 The Crane Assembly "G.B. Crane" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 96 4 Price: Hidden View
2012 The Debate "Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 3 $139.99 View
2012 The Grade "Winfield Vineyard - Kingly Project" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 1 Price: Hidden View
2012 Tor Kenward "Torchiana-Beresini Vineyard" Napa Valley Chardonnay 94 4 $59.99 View
2012 Turnbull "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 2 $124.99 View
2013 Abreu "Cappella" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (wine stained labels) 99 2 $399.99 View
2013 Arrow & Branch "Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $179.99 View
2013 Beau Vigne "Cult" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 3 $129.99 View
2013 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 36 $139.95 View
2013 Blankiet "Prince of Hearts" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 93 3 $74.99 View
2013 Bond "Pluribus" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 1 $549.99 View
2013 Bryant Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 5 $529.99 View
2013 Cade "Reserve" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 97 6 $199.99 View
2013 Carter "Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard - The Three Kings" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $249.99 View
2013 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1L) 94 12 $139.99 View
2013 Chimney Rock "Clone 7" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 94 1 $99.99 View
2013 Clos du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 5 $49.99 View
2013 Cresta Velia Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 95 6 $84.99 View
2013 Dancing Hares Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 98 1 $159.99 View
2013 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 100 12 $524.99 View
2013 Duckhorn "Patzimaro Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 37 $99.99 View
2013 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 1 $69.99 View
2013 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $159.99 View
2013 Fairchild "Stones No.1 - Beckstoffer Las Piedras" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $549.99 View
2013 Fairchild "Stones No.2 Houyi Vineyard - Perrarus Block" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 4 $324.99 View
2013 Gargiulo "575 OVX" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 94 3 $159.99 View
2013 Gemstone "Estate" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 96 1 $144.99 View
2013 Hall "Jack's Masterpiece" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 2 $199.99 View
2013 Heitz Cellar "Trailside Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 15 $119.95 View
2013 Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 1 $49.99 View
2013 Lail "J. Daniel Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 5 $209.99 View
2013 Lewelling "Wight Vineyard" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 93 2 $89.99 View
2013 Macauley "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 9 $109.99 View
2013 Macauley Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 93 2 $74.99 View
2013 Mayacamas "Special Bottling-The Terraces" Napa Valley Chardonnay 97 7 $79.99 View
2013 Memento Mori Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 2 $209.99 View
2013 Merus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $160) 93 6 Price: Hidden View
2013 Myriad Cellars "Three Twins Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $140) 94 1 Price: Hidden View
2013 Orin Swift "Mercury Head" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 3 $179.99 View
2013 Orin Swift "Mercury Head" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 98 3 $359.99 View
2013 Outpost "True Vineyard" Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 99 4 $249.99 View
2013 Plumpjack "Reserve" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $369.99 View
2013 Pott "Kaliholmanok - Kicu Ma Vineyard" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $150) 94 1 Price: Hidden View
2013 Pott "Le Nouveau Western Star Vineyard" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (Previously $320) 95 1 Price: Hidden View
2013 Pride Mountain Sonoma-Napa Counties Cabernet Franc 94 1 $74.99 View
2013 Purlieu "Beckstoffer To Kalon" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 96 11 $179.99 View
2013 Raymond "1 1/2 Acre" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 93 1 $59.99 View
2013 Realm "Farella Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 4 $239.99 View
2013 Realm "Houyi Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 2 $274.99 View
2013 Realm "The Bard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 1 $329.99 View
2013 Realm "The Falstaff" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 99 2 $349.99 View
2013 Realm "The Falstaff" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (1.5L) 99 1 $659.99 View
2013 Realm "The Tempest" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 94 2 $139.99 View
2013 Riverain Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 93 1 $89.99 View
2013 Rivers-Marie "Lore Vineyard" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $179.99 View
2013 Rocca "Grigsby Vineyard" Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 93 1 $59.99 View
2013 Rocca "Tesorina" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 95 4 $129.99 View
2013 Sbragia "Godspeed Vineyard" Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $80) 95 >60 Price: Hidden View
2013 Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 3 $799.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer Las Piedras - LPV" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 97 1 $229.99 View
2013 Schrader "Beckstoffer To Kalon - RBS" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 3 $299.99 View
2013 Schrader "Old Sparky" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) 100 1 $1,299.99 View
2013 Seven Stones Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 10 $209.99 View
2013 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 99 3 $319.99 View
2013 Spottswoode "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 100 4 $229.99 View
2013 Staglin Family "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 98 3 $199.99 View
2013 The Crane Assembly "G.B. Crane" St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 98 1 $199.99 View
2013 Tor Kenward "Torchiana - Beresini Vineyard" Napa Valley Chardonnay 96 12 $59.99 View
2013 Yao Ming ''Family Reserve'' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94 10 Price: Hidden View


1982 William Hill "Gold Label" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($69.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "*Spectator Selection*" (06/1986)

K&L Notes: From the old days of William Hill, which was founded in 1978 on the Silverado Bench.

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1984 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($239.99)

94 points John Gilman: "The 1984 Marthas Vineyard has always lived a bit in the shadow of the 1985, whose reputation was already blossoming before either it or the 1984 were released. Nevertheless, I have always been a very big fan of this vintage of Marthas, and the recent bottle was a stunning wine. This is still relatively young and will continue to improve with further bottle age, but offers up a very deep and absolutely classic bouquet of red and black cherries, fresh mint, a deep base of soil tones, eucalyptus, incipient notes of nutskin, woodsmoke and the first stirring of chipotle pepper in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still a tad closed, with a great core of fruit, beautiful focus and balance, moderate, ripe tannins and stunning length and grip on the classy finish. A superb vintage of Marthas Vineyard, the 1984 really should still be given a bit more bottle age before broaching it in earnest. Drink between 2017-2075. 94+" (06/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "With coaxing, a surprisingly tight bouquet offers up damp, woodsy aromas intermixed with scents of mint and ripe cassis. Full-bodied, firm, and admirably concentrated, with a wonderful layered palate, this impressively-endowed wine requires another 4-5 years of cellaring. (RP)" (08/1994)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Dark ruby-garnet color. Complex aromas of ripe currant, mint, chocolate and black cherry, this is in pristine drinking condition, offering touches of mature Cabernet flavors while still retaining some youthful fresh fruit flavors. Excellent balance, depth and richness, with ripe tannins and fruit dominating the aftertaste. (JL, Web Only-2004)"

K&L Notes: Heitz Cellar has earned its reputation as one of the Napa Valley's best producers by making quality, ageworthy wines for decades. Stephen Brook: "Joe Heitz was not a man to move with the times. He tank-fermented his Chardonnay and blocked malolactic fermentation. He stayed loyal to the Grignolino rosé he had made as a young man, and he even made a Port-style wine from the variety. He aged his Cabernet, and some of the Chardonnay in Limousin oak - a practice that is continued to this day. He bought Limousin barrels because he disliked American oak, and the range of French oak in the 1960s was limited. I once asked Joe Heitz why he had stuck to a wood that most winemakers disliked, and he replied, 'In the beginning, we used what we had and it worked. Why should we change just because other people are sheep?' Joe Heitz was no diplomat." (The Finest Wines of California: A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines, pg 152-3)

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1985 Groth Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Lightly Bin Soiled Label) - 1 available ($89.99)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Powerful, concentrated and beautifully balanced, showing focused currant, herb and chocolate aromas and flavors, long and rich, not shy in the tannin department either. Probably best after 1994." (11/88) 91 points Robert Parker: "Groth turned in a superb performance with its 1985 regular cuvee of Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers beautiful, sweet, ripe, flashy, black-cherry and cassis fruit, toasty oak, and a subtle, herbaceous note. Rich, opulent, and fully mature, this velvety-textured, explosively fruity wine should be drunk over the next 5-10 years." (04/95)

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1990 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($219.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon-Special Selection appears to be the best Caymus has produced since 1986 and 1985. Two thousand, six-bottle cases will be released in February, 1994. The wine offers a saturated, dark purple color, and a rich, spicy, oaky nose backed up by generous quantities of jammy blackcurrants. Ripe, highly extracted, and full-bodied, with copious amounts of sweet tannin and layers of fruit, this is a knock-out, flamboyantly-styled Cabernet. (RP)" (10/1993)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Aging extremely well, this is rich, sleek and elegant, with a wide range of black cherry, anise, currant, plum and earth notes that offer depthand complexity, finishing in a long aftertaste. Tannins are softening. (JL)" (02/2001)

1990 Groth "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($139.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: " *Cellar Selection, Top 100 of 1994* Distinctive and has a lot of personality. Packs in ripe currant, black cherry, herb and coffee flavors that are deep and complex. Framed by toasty, buttery oak, it finishes with a broad range of flavors and firm but supple tannins. The winery's best since the '85 Reserve." (11/1994)

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1994 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($299.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Massive, rich and deeply flavored, packed with complex currant, mineral, spice, sage and cedary oak flavors and chewy but polished tannins. This one will require some patience. (JL, Web-1999)"

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The impressively rich, dense purple-colored 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Vineyard exhibits a blueberry/blackberry/cassis-scented nose, with a touch of violets and subtle new oak. In the mouth, the wine has disguised its tannic clout with extraordinary extraction of fruit, medium to full body, and a silky yet powerful personality. It is a 20-25 year wine that can be drunk now or cellared. The 1994, 1995 and 1996 possess fabulous purity and an undeniable sweet, rich, creme de cassis-like fruit character. David Abreu's mailing list should be a high priority for readers who love California Cabernet. (RP)" (12/1997)

92 points Vinous: "David Abreus 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch is a dark, exotic beauty. Mocha, espresso, plums, black cherries and incense meld together in a rich yet quintessentially mid-weight Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)" (09/2014)

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1994 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 8 available ($224.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This hedonistic Cabernet Sauvignon's saturated purple color is accompanied by an exuberant, sweet, enveloping fragrance of smoky new oak, and jammy blackberry and cassis fruit. In the mouth, this lavishly wooded, black fruit-filled Cabernet is extremely full-bodied, with superb levels of fruit, glycerin, and extract. Like many 1994 Cabernet Sauvignons, it possesses extraordinary equilibrium, with the sweet tannin giving the wine considerable accessibility. The finish lasts for nearly 30 seconds. This will be a fun wine to drink young, but do not discount its aging ability as it should last for two decades. (RP)" (12/1997)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Enormous complexity, depth and richness, with deeply concentrated blackberry, cherry, currant, anise and cedary dill and coconut scents, this is a powerful yet elegant young wine that is in peak drinking condition, finishing with a dash of herb and tobacco. (JL)" (11/2004)

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1994 Spottswoode Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($239.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "1994 produced 4,863 cases from a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc. This is one of the great vintages of the 90s, and Spottswoode hit the bulls-eye with this opaque, ruby/purple-colored wine that still has incredible youthfulness and vibrancy. Fabulous fruit intensity, blackcurrants, black cherries and blackberry, along with charcoal, chocolate and graphite, are all present in this superb, full-bodied, stunningly multidimensional wine that is only now approaching mid-adolescence at age 22. This wine has at least 25-30 more years of life left in it. It is a great one. (RP)" (08/2016)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "One of the measures of a great vintage is how well its middle-rated wines hold up. We know that the vintage's superstars, the Shafer Hillside and the Phelps Insignia are maturing into the dominant wines of the entire decade, and this wine is growing in status as it ages. It has just entered the period at which real complexity will begin to develop, and it has done so with both streamlined fruit and racy, solid structure still intact. This is a wine that is going to bet better and better. *Two Stars*" (04/2007)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Pleasantly balanced, rich and polished, it's in perfect drinking shape now, with well-defined currant and black cherry fruit, smooth, integrated tannins and a long, complex, elegant aftertaste that gives it a sense of grace and finesse. Finishes with a nice touch of cigar box. (JL)" (11/2004)

Jancis Robinson: "Notably dark. Well balanced and integrated nose already. Layers of flavour - some tealeaf again - with real refreshment and delicacy. Bravo! Transparent and really lifted and elegant. Serious with that brine quality again. By no means obvious but rewarding. Appetising dry (as opposed to sweet) finish. 18/20 points. (LM)" (11/2006)

K&L Notes: 98 points Lisa Perotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep brick color. Wow—what a nose! It comes charging out of the glass with mature, forthright notes of sandalwood, cigar box, powdered cinnamon, camphor and dried mulberries over a core of figs, prunes, gingerbread and kirsch with a waft of potpourri. Medium-bodied, the palate is an exercise in finesse, sporting exquisitely soft, silt-like tannins and seamless freshness to frame the intensely perfumed layers, finishing very long and very spicy." (10/2018)

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2001 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($229.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Caymus has been around for so long there is a tendency to under-estimate their wines. However, they have a brilliant track record as evidenced by the decade old 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage Selection. Abundant chocolaty, black currant, licorice and coffee aromas soar from the glass of this perfumed wine. It exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, wonderful opulence, a deep, full-bodied mouthfeel, fabulous depth and not a hard edge to be found. While seemingly fully mature, the supple tannins, expansive fruit and glycerin, depth and overall balance suggest it will keep for another 15+ years. (RP)" (06/2011)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (08/2004)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A lush textured wine that shows gobs of blackberry, cherry, plum, coffee, spice, herb and anise flavors, all framed in firm, ripe tannins. The finish is long, with a spicy edge. Quite intense and full-on." (12/2004)

93 points Wine Spectator: "Aging very well, with ripe, juicy wild berry, jam and spice. Full-bodied and persistent, gaining velocity and depth, impressive for its vibrancy and focus. Ends with firm tannins. (JL, Web Only-2011)"

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: "If generally among the richest Cabernets of the year, Caymus Special Selection bottlings are also among the most outgoing and obvious as well, and this latest very much proves the rule. Immensely oaky, but brought into balance by an equal measure of deep and dramatic fruit, the wine is laced with sweet spice and loamy complexities and is both concentrated and keenly focused from beginning to end. Its fine-grained tannins are so well woven as to be nearly unnoticeable, but they provide just the right spine and insurance for age. Three to five years should make a great thing better, and that many more may show this one at its best. *Two Stars*" (08/2004)

Staff ImageTrey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: July 25, 2011

The 2001 Caymus Special Select may go down as one of the finest Special Selects ever. I tasted this wine earlier this year up at the winery and it showed tremendous potential. Rich, spicy, deep and broad in the mouth, the wine is extracted and dense while not finishing hot or harsh. The tannins are definitely there but they are ripe and integrated. The 2001 is seriously good wine that should age well over the next 10+ years.

2001 Merus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (wrinkled & torn label) - 1 available ($159.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A superb effort from then-proprietor Mark Herold and his former wife, Erika Gottl, the 2001 Merus reveals an opaque purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of camphor, graphite, blackberries, blueberry liqueur and subtle oak. It has resolved most of its tannins and is now a full-bodied, concentrated, well-balanced, impressively endowed stunner that has hit its plateau of full maturity where it should remain for another 10-15+ years. Drink through 2026. (RP)" (06/2011)

95 points Wine Spectator: "Has gained with age; still big, bold, ripe and expressive, with tiers of juicy plum, blackberry, chocolate brownie and espresso, yet for all its girth it's elegant and graceful, ending with a touch of kirsch. (JL, Web Only-2011)"

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright ruby. Superripe aromas of black raspberry, roasted cassis, licorice, pipe tobacco and smoked meat. Dense, rich and sweet, with flamboyant flavors of cassis, licorice, leather, game and black tea. As extracted and high in alcohol (15.1%) as this is, its lovely ripe acidity somehow keeps it fresh and gives it shape. Finishes very long and sweet, with suave, melting tannins. Very impressive California Cabernet, and a wonderful example of the vintage. (ST)" (06/2004)

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2001 Ramey "Jericho Canyon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 4 available ($119.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The top wine, the Jericho Canyon Proprietary Red, emerges from a vineyard northeast of Calistoga. The inky/purple-colored 2001 Jericho Canyon Proprietary Red offers up a sumptuous perfume of licorice, espresso roast, graphite, blackberries, and currants. Unctuously-textured, with tremendous purity, high tannin, and a long finish, it reminds me of the old style vintages of Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon from the late sixties to the mid-seventies. Drink now-2025. (RP)" (02/2005)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A Bordeaux grape expression from Napa, ripe, complex and concentrated, a transitional mix of youth and maturity. Firm, structured and ending with a deep, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (JL, Web Only-2011)"

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full medium ruby. Superripe nose is distinctly porty yet bright. Then lush and deep in the mouth, with explosive, superripe flavors of blackberry, black raspberry, licorice and bitter chocolate. Boasts terrific sweetness and depth but distinctly bound-up today, even a bit medicinal. Finishes with powerful but thoroughly ripe tannins. Not now as harmonious as it seemed from barrel, but this may well merit a higher score with bottle aging. (ST) 91+" (01/2004)

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2001 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($399.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The practically perfect 2001 Sloan (only the second effort released by Stuart Sloan) is aging magnificently. Made from very young vines planted on the steep hillsides above the Auberge du Soleil in Central Napa Valley, it exhibits a dense purple color with only a slight lightening at the edge as well as a phenomenal nose of burning embers, white chocolate, espresso roast, black currants and graphite. Full-bodied with an expansive, broad, creamy texture as well as a voluptuous finish, the wine has shed a lot of its tannin and is just beginning to hit its plateau of full maturity where it should stay for another 15-25+ years. This is a great terroir and at age ten, the 2001 confirms the accolades I bestowed upon it eight years ago. (RP)" (05/2011)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A stunning wine, dark, rich, immense and concentrated, with youthful, grapey Cabernet aromas of crème de cassis, currant and wild berry, it turns supple and elegant on the palate, revealing uncommon richness, depth and concentration, and finishing with a long, detailed aftertaste that picks up melted dark chocolate and hazelnut flavors. (JL, Web Only-2004)"

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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)

2001 Tor Kenward "Clone 4" Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($99.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I thought the Pomerol-like succulence, hedonistic forwardness, and gorgeously proportioned, seamless 2001 Tor Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 4 to be even better than the West Block, although it probably will not be as long lived. It possesses plenty of tannin, but it is barely noticeable. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by a sumptuous perfume of melted licorice, black cherry liqueur, cedar, and spice box. Intense, impeccably well-balanced, and pure, it will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and keep for 12-15." (06/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red-ruby color. Aromas of currant, plum liqueur, tobacco and smoked meat, lifted by a suggestion of wildflower. Pure and firmly built, with currently reticent flavors of dark fruits, licorice and spices. This rather firmly tannic cabernet calls for five years of additional cellaring. 90(+?)" (06/2004)

2001 Volker Eisele "Terzetto" Napa Valley Proprietary Red - 3 available ($54.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Theres a tannic sturdiness here that suggests ageability, but its really delicious now. Black currant, chocolate, cherry and sweet herb flavors are perfectly meshed with fine, toasty oak. Brims with class and distinction. One-third each Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc and Merlot." (10/2004)

2002 Behrens & Hitchcock "Dr. Crane Cuvee" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($79.99)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The inky/purple 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Revealing the latter varietals gorgeous menthol, blueberry, and floral characteristics along with tremendous texture, this rich, long, spectacular 2002 holds great promise. (RP)" (12/2003)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Crushed black raspberry, black cherry and tobacco on the nose. Lush and creamy on the palate, with dark berry, licorice and saline flavors framed by sound acids. Powerful if somewhat unrefined; this tastes bigger than 14.2% alcohol. Finishes long and slightly salty, with dusty tannins." (05/2005)

2002 Behrens & Hitchcock "Les Chats du Monde" Napa Red - 1 available ($49.99)

91-93 points Robert Parker (06/05)

2002 Behrens & Hitchcock Spring Mountain Petite Sirah - 2 available ($49.99)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby to the rim. Expressive, urgent aromas of crushed blackberry, gunflint, game, mint and cracked pepper, all lifted by a violet element. Concentrated flavors of blackberry and baker's chocolate, with a distinctly saline suggestion of extract. The intensity here suggests very low yields. The wine's huge tannins reach the molars. This has been a very successful cuvee since the exotic 2000 release." (05/2004)

2002 Flora Springs "Rutherford Hillside Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($74.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Showing the best structure of Flora Springs impressive quartet of 04 vineyard desigated Cabs, this is a firm, well-sculpted wine whose pedigree stands out, but it needs time. Its a big, tannic, closed wine, dry and astringent. But theres a gigantic heart of blackberry fruit, and I would be surprised if this wine doesnt turn into a real beauty by 2010." (10/2005)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Two serious winners include the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Reserve, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 21 months in French oak. This was the debut vintage of a Hillside Reserve offering, and it is a powerful, rich, opaque purple effort that remains closed at ten years of age. It requires 3-5 more years of cellaring and should easily last 30-40 years. Locked and loaded, it boasts a huge nose of cassis, cedar, cocoa and black cherries, a full-bodied, powerful style with an underlying earthy minerality, massive tannins and tremendous ripeness as well as texture. It tastes more like a 3- to 4-year-old wine than one that is a decade old, a characteristic that is common in this vintage. (RP) 93+" (06/2012)

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2002 Joseph Phelps "Backus" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($229.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard is a massive, youthful blockbuster with an opaque purple color as well as firm tannins (despite the general openness and ripeness of the 2002 Napa Cabernets). Almost overly rich, it has a long evolution ahead of it given its firm tannins and off-the-charts concentration and extract. One has to admire this cuvee for its extraordinary structure and multidimensional personality, but at present, even with airing, the primary aromas of new oak, loamy soil, graphite, incense and black fruits are all one can expect. In the mouth, the wine remains brutally tannic, but there is enough stuffing to easily balance out the wines structure. It is a young, possibly great wine for the ages, and I would not hesitate to put my money where my mouth is. This 2002 should be absolutely amazing in 25-30 years. The Backus Vineyard is planted in the red soils of the steep hillsides of Oakville, overlooking Screaming Eagle and Rudd Estate. (RP) 96+" (06/2012)

95 points Connoisseurs Guide: "From first sniff to finish, this head-turning young wine is nothing less than a classic expression of all that is best in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Its juicy, concentrated aromas are rich in cassis and plentiful sweet oak while finding highlights of mineral and black soil terroir, and its very deep, keenly fruited flavors follow suit. Despite a bit of tannic hardness that is entirely in keeping with its varietal and age, the wine is wonderfully well-balanced and offers plenty of promise for an increasingly supple future if allowed the six to ten years of cellaring that its depth and beauty have surely earned. Kudos to Phelps for its one-two combination of stunners. *Three Stars*" (12/2005)

95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Right up there with the best of the 01 Napas. Smooth and polished, with a velvety mouthfeel that conveys cherry and blackberry flavors, without heavy extract. Oak plays a supportive role. The overall impression is of elegance, power and extreme balance." (03/2005)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Cassis, kirsch, menthol and roasted herbs on the nose. Rather muscular on the attack, then dense, lush and highly concentrated in the middle, with a deep core of dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. In comparison to the Insignia, this is a more rustic style of wine, but the concentration of phenolic material is impressive. (ST) 92+" (06/2005)

2002 Lail Vineyards "Blueprint" Napa Valley Red Wine - 3 available ($49.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Dominated by Merlot, this is a soft wine with cherry, blueberry and blackberry flavors. There’s an earthiness that keeps it from being a fruit bomb, as well as a sweetness from oak, that will delight chefs figuring out how to prepare duck or lamb. Very dry and complex, with a lingering finish, it is delicious now, and should hold for five years." (11/05)

2002 Ristow Estate "Quinta de Pedras Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 1 available ($79.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "How a Cab can be completely soft yet filled with power is a wonder, but this is such a wine. Its dry and dustily grippy in tannins, with a finely astringent finish, and will easily hold for a decade. If you must drink it now, a good steak will cut through the density and coax out the sweet cassis and cherry fruit." (12/2005)

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2002 Switchback Ridge "Peterson Family Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($139.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The extraordinary, inky/purple-colored 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Family Vineyard offers a marvelous perfume of espresso roast intermixed with explosive quantities of blackberries, cassis, licorice, and Chinese black tea aromas. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, with awesome opulence, a voluptuous, silky texture, and layers of fruit and concentration. The finish goes on for close to a minute. Drink this beauty over the next 12-15 years. (RP)" (02/2005)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Dark, rich and concentrated, with intense layers of mocha, currant, espresso bean and exotic spices, this full-throttle, high-extract Cabernet gushes with mouthcoating flavors and finishes with an intense band of oak and Cabernet. (JL)" (11/2005)

2007 Ackerman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($79.99)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide: " *Two Stars* Deep, wonderfully well-focused and rife with classic Cabernet fruit, this concentrated and decidedly complex working sports a fascinating mix of currants, sweet oak, new leather and cola in both its explicit aromas and long, very serious flavors. While the wine is moderately tannic, it is no more so than a good young Cabernet should be, and it is as good a bet to grow better in time as any good bet can be." (12/2012)

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2007 Alpha Omega "Era" Napa Valley Proprietary Red - 4 available ($169.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet with a hint of remaining purple to the color, the 2007 Era Proprietary Red Wine is still sporting bags of black fruit preserves on the nose with notions of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry pie and Black Forest cake plus hints of cedar chest, baking spices and potpourri. Big, rich, full-bodied and with a firm yet plush texture, it has a racy line lifting the generous fruit to a very long, spicy finish. 94+ (LPB)" (08/2018)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The richness of this wine is immediately evident. It defines lushness, opulence, velvety ripeness, complexity, in short, Napa Bordeaux at its heady best. It's not subtle, offering waves of blackberry jam, black currant and chocolate flavors, but it's so good, you just can't keep from drinking it. And after all, that's the first duty of wine. Only 550 cases produced." (12/2010)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A wine of considerable magnitude, firm, intense and powerful, with a dense, chewy core of herb- and mineral-laced blackberry, crème de cassis, black licorice and mocha-laced oak. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2023. 525 cases made. (JL, Web only-2011)"

93 points James Suckling: "Very typical Napa Cabernet with lots of juicy ripe fruit, vanilla, light hints of herbs, and coffee undertones. Full bodied, round and velvety with a deep center palate. Give this three or four years to mellow. Pull the cork after 2014. 14+23+23+33. Find the wine" (04/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, dark ruby-red. Perfumed, showy nose offers black cherry, licorice, graphite and spices. Broad and creamy on entry, then a bit imploded in the middle palate, showing a slightly medicinal quality to the dark fruit and licorice flavors. Less fruity and sweet today than the 2008 version, but with a serious tannic structure for aging. In a distinctly closed stage. 90+ (ST)" (05/2011)

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2007 Beringer "Private Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($129.99)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "There were close to 10,000 cases produced of the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve, which is an incredible wine any way you look at it. Based all on Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a number of vineyards (mostly Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer), its still deep purple-hued and has a stunning bouquet of crème de cassis, white truffle, damp earth, flowers, and bouquet garni that develops beautifully with time in the glass. While it still has plenty of baby fat and opulence, its at the early stages of maturity and has full-bodied richness, a layered, elegant texture, sweet tannins, and flawless balance. This is a brilliant, brilliant Napa Cabernet Sauvignon thats going to continue drinking well for another two decades. Hats off to Berninger for delivering a wine at this quantity of this quality!" (11/2019)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored with a hint of purple, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve sings of fragrant cassis, blackberry pie and plum preserves notes with sparks of kirsch, violets, chocolate box and allspice plus earthy wafts of truffles and underbrush. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, the fruity flavors are just starting to evolve into tertiary earth and spice layers with a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and lively freshness, finishing with epic length. (LPB)" (08/2018)

93 points Vinous: "Bright, dark ruby. Knockout nose combines wild blackberry, cassis, kirsch, animal fur, tobacco and leather scents. Plush, opulent and fine-grained but also has a Médoc-like peppery, herbal underpinning that energizes the flavors of black plum, blackberry and tropical dark chocolate. Plush but structured wine from a rich, generous year. Big, ripe tannins spread out to saturate the palate and front teeth. This wine makes the very good St. Helena bottling seem a bit dilute and dry by comparison. (ST)" (05/2017)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Insistent, very precise Cabernet fruit is the bearing by which this well-made wine steers, and its deep theme of optimally ripened cassis shines through its ample blanket of rich oak and powers on past the youthful tannins that presently rough up its finish. There is even now a sense of precision and style that sets this one apart, and, if never an especially big wine in build, it is very well-stuffed and exudes real varietal confidence from beginning to lasting finish." (12/2010)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Laurie Hook blended this wine from a collection of seven vineyards, the majority coming from Howell Mountain's Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer sites (70 percent). The power and dark extract of that mountain fruit are plumped up by juicier notes of plums and fat blackberries, all of it wrapped in the char of oak. A potent vintage of Private Reserve, this is built to age ten years or more." (06/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator: "A chewy, rustic, earthy style, rich and layered, with dark berry, licorice and loamy, gravelly earth notes. The fruit works past the tannins and gains on the finish, but this may take time to smooth out. (JL)" (01/2017)

90 points James Suckling: "This is dense with a velvety texture and a lovely palate of toasted oak, coffee, and blackberries. Its full and round with plenty of structure." (04/2011)

K&L Notes: This is Beringer's top-of-the-line blend, exceeding even their single vineyard Cabernet in price, and perhaps acclaim. Made with the assistance of senior winemaker Ed Sbragia, the "Private Reserve" is indeed a well-respected blend from a brand that may be otherwise familiar to wine consumers for their less inexpensive, everyday wines.

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2007 Casa Piena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($129.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A new project, and an impressive one at that, Casa Piena is owned by former lawyer and football executive for the San Francisco 49ers, Carmen Policy. None other than Thomas Brown is the winemaker at this facility, which is situated at the crossroads of Silverado Trail and the Yountville Crossroad, a pretty classy neighborhood, considering that Cliff Lede and Kapcsandy are also nearby. The wine at Casa Piena is aged 20 months in 80% new French oak casks and is virtually 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2007, which was the debut vintage from this 14-acre parcel, is beautiful. Elegant, silky notes of red and black currants intermixed with lead pencil shavings, bay leaf, licorice, and earth are presented in a seductive, medium to full-bodied, fleshy, opulent style. Beautiful purity, texture, and length all make for an impressively well-balanced wine that is already showing complexity and savory elements. It should continue to drink well for 15 or more years." (12/2010)

Wine Spectator: "Tight and concentrated, this is backward but rich in flavor, with a mix of black licorice, blackberry, graphite, iron and mineral. Full-bodied and most promising on the finish, where the flavors gain depth and complexity. Best from 2012 through 2020. 280 cases made. (Web-2010)"

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2007 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($229.99)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A firm, ripe, muscular wine thats tight, deep, structured, intense and concentrated, serving up a mix of ripe currant, cassis, plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit thats clean, pure, complex and layered, with touches of anise, cedar and black licorice. Ends with chewy tannins. *Highly Recommended* (JL)" (07/2010)

95 points James Suckling: "Seductive nose of blueberries, mulberries, mint, tar, cinnamon, and cloves. Full-bodied, with a firm tannin structure. Very round and polished with a firm long finish. Layered and beautiful. Don't touch it for at least three years." (04/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (100% Cabernet Sauvignon, now bottled earlier than in the past) exhibits an inky/blue/purple color in addition to sweet aromas of cassis, graphite, licorice, tobacco leaf and toasty oak. Bold, flamboyant and opulent, it should drink well for 15+ years. (RP)" (12/2010)

93 points Vinous: "Bright, full ruby. Very sexy nose combines blackberry, plum, mocha, graphite and black pepper, plus a suggestion of reduction. Very suave and fine-grained, showing an attractive restrained sweetness as well as a slightly wild aspect to its plum, dark berry and licorice flavors. The slight reductive quality carries through on the palate but this wonderfully silky wine blossomed dramatically with 24 hours in the recorked bottle to offer more pliant, exotic flavors of dark berries and chocolate. Finishes with ripe, dusty tannins and terrific length. A bit powerful in a 2007 way but finishes with excellent grip. This is probably not going to be a 30-year-wine but give it some aeration if you plan to open it anytime soon. Drink through 2029. (ST)" (05/2017)

Jancis Robinson: "Suave and plush in the typical Caymus style. To European palates, it may seem too soft and hedonistic, yet this wine improves remarkably with cellaring. 17/20 points. (LM)" (12/2010)

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2007 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($129.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate displays a very slowly evolving nose of crème de cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, vanilla pod and smoked meats with touches of dried Provence herbs, cedar chest and cloves. Medium-bodied, plush, rich and generously fruited in the mouth, it has a wonderfully spicy character and long baking spice and black fruit-laced finish. (LPB)" (02/2018)

94 points Vinous: "Good dark red. Musky nose combines blueberry, black raspberry, cedar, licorice pastille, chocolate, mocha, licorice, sage and wild herbs, along with a lightly resiny quality. Supple, spicy, dry and classic, showing lovely lift and depth to its rather primary blueberry, licorice and spice flavors. The wine's high-pitched floral quality and its resiny spice tones nicely perfume the middle palate and finish. With its enticing lift and light touch for the vintage, this is just about ready to drink, but I suspect it will continue to gain in weight and thickness with further cellaring. (ST) 94+" (05/2017)

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Not a wine for drinking now or anytime soon. It's so hard in tannins, it basically locks down the palate, and the astringency seems to accentuate the acidity and dryness. However, there is a deep core of blackberry essence and, after all, this is Montelena. All indications are that it will be a terrific wine in another 8 or 10 years. *Cellar Selection*" (02/2012)

92 points James Suckling: "I am loving the intense currants, mint, eucalyptus, and blackberries in the nose. Reminds me of a Lynch Bages or Mouton. Full bodied and chewy, with lovely fruit and round velvety tannins. The finish is packed with some serious fruit, but this could still use some time." (04/2011)

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2007 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (Nicked/Torn Labels) - 3 available ($174.99)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2007 Howell Mountain is one of the most approachable, sexy wines Ive tasted from this estate. Still ruby/purple color with beautiful notes of blue fruits, forest floor, Asian spices, and lead pencil shavings, it hits the palate with a forward, opulent texture and ripe, polished tannins. The tannic austerity this estate is known for is certainly not present, yet its fleshy, beautifully concentrated, and has an awesome finish. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years." (11/2019)

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2007 Ghost Block "Estate" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($69.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "A beautiful Cabernet. Dark, dry and elegantly structured, it has classic Napa tannins and is nicely trimmed in acidity. The flavors are complex and delicious, suggesting ripe blackberries, black currants and cedar." (11/2010)

K&L Notes: This is one of our highly recommended picks for folks that want one of the best of the vintage without paying a three-digit price for it. K&L's Trey Beffa says, "A group of us from K&L tasted this wine this past February at the Premier Napa Valley Auction. This 2007 is big, rich and dense with a sweet mid-core of fruit and ripe, fleshy tannins. I think this wine will drink well upon release but will even be better with a few years in a cellar." Ghost Block is made at Bonded Winery #9.

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2007 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($1,299.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The prodigious 2007 Harlan Estate reminds me of a hypothetical blend of the 2002 with a touch of the controversial 1997. Dense plum/purple-colored with sweet aromas of barbecue smoke, blueberries, blackberries, cassis, licorice, hot rocks and subtle oak, it is a splendidly opulent, pure wine with a skyscraper-like texture as well as stunningly deep fruit that expands gracefully across the palate. The finish lasts nearly a full minute. Because of its overwhelming richness and sweet tannins, this brilliant wine seems to be approachable now, but I suspect further nuances and complexity will emerge after 4-5 years in the bottle. This wine will still be going strong at age 25-30. Like the offerings from its sister estate, Bond, these Harlan Estate offerings are uncompromisingly brilliant examples of Napa viticulture and winemaking at its finest. Kudos to proprietor Bill Harlan. (RP)" (12/2010)

98 points Vinous: "The 2007 Harlan Estate is fabulous. Explosive and dense, with tremendous persistence, the 2007 has all of the opulence and raciness that makes the wines from this vintage so distinctive. Scents of tobacco, leather and mocha develop in the glass, but above all else, the 2007 is a wine of sumptuous richness. It will continue to deliver considerable pleasure over the next two decades or so. What a wine! Empting describes 2007 as a warm, but not excessively hot, year with a long growing season. The wines presented naturally high dry extracts. Because of that, Levy and Empting opted for macerations that were a bit longer than usual. (AG)" (09/2017)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines dark berries, graphite, cedar and flowers. The palate offers uncanny clarity and depth of flavor, combining elegance and density in the way of a great grand cru site. Wonderful energy here, as well as inner-palate floral lift. A great vintage for Harlan Estate, with nothing overdone about it. (ST)" (05/2010)

97 points James Suckling: "Heavy aromas of sweet tobacco, coffee, ripe fruits, violets, and dried flowers. Full bodied, and very, very powerful. This is muscular yet agile. The finish is subtle and fruity, with minerals, mint, and currants. A blockbuster." (02/2011)

96 points Wine Spectator: "Intense and a bit rustic, with complex loamy earth, dried currant, black licorice, mocha, roasted herb, porcini and toasty oak. Full-bodied and balanced, deep, focused and persistent, ending with pebbly, minerally notes and firm tannins. To be released spring 2011. Best from 2012 through 2024. 1,370 cases made.(JL)" (10/2010)

K&L Notes: From a great vintage in Napa Valley, featuring a long growing season without intense heat. One of Harlan Estate's top vintages in their quarter century in the western hills of Oakville.

2007 La Sirena "Barrett Vineyard" Napa Valley Syrah - 1 available ($59.99)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Syrah tries to strike a balance between rich opulence and controlled elegance, and it largely succeeds. It's has exquisite tannins and fine acidity, finishing bone dry. The flavors are complex, immediately suggesting ripe blackberries, with notes of beef tartare, grilled wild mushrooms splashed with tamari, black pepper and minerals. You can draw analogies to the northern Rhône if you want. Will it age? Hard to say, but it's a great wine now." (10/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Syrah Barrett Vineyard is beautiful. This vintage seems especially well suited to the site and the style Heidi Barrett is going for. Layers of dark red fruit, smoke, licorice and tobacco flow from this generous, textured red. Floral notes are woven throughout, adding an element of lift and complexity. (AG) 92+" (12/2011)

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2007 Larkmead "LMV Salon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 2 available ($174.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A prodigious effort is the 2007 LMV Salon (a 1,000-case blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot). A proprietary red of this quality with a Napa appellation usually sells for $200 or more. A dense purple color is followed by a beautiful perfume of spring flowers, ink, espresso roast, creme de cassis, and black cherries, a full-bodied, voluptuous texture, staggering depth and purity, and a 50-second finish. This exceptional Napa Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for 20-25+ years.One of Napa Valleys finest estates, and one that is not as appreciated as it should be, Larkmead fashions top-flight wines that should evolve for 15-25 years or more. Scotsman Andy Smith is the consulting winemaker for this estate, which is located off the valley floor just north of St. Helena. (RP)" (12/2009)

95 points James Suckling: "Lots of graphite and lead pencil to the nose and palate. Full yet racy and long with a beautiful backbone of acidity and ultra-fine tannins. Almost a saltiness. Savory at the end. I like this slightly better than 2007. Wonderful length." (06/2011)

92 points Vinous: "Bright full ruby. Slightly high-toned aromas of blueberry pastille, licorice and violet. Very concentrated and rich but clearly tougher than the last two Larkmead bottlings, with dark berry, licorice and herb flavors firmed by a solid mineral underpinning. Finishes with strong but fine-grained tannins and resounding notes of licorice and bitter chocolate. This still needs time. (ST) 92+" (05/2017)

2007 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($199.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari Reserve is a 1,000-case blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. While it reveals less up-front accessibility than the LMV Salon, it is a textbook Napa Cabernet exhibiting notes of high-class unsmoked cigar tobacco, blackberries, black currants, licorice, and graphite. With superb purity, elegance, density, and precision, as well as full-bodied power, this beauty can be enjoyed over the next 25 years. (RP) 96+" (12/2009)

93 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Pungent scents of blackberry, cassis, minerals and bitter chocolate. A fruit bomb on the palate, showing a lovely restrained sweetness and a plush texture to its cassis, blackberry and licorice flavors. This wine comes across as sweeter than the basic Cabernet Sauvignon bottling, not to mention more pliant today. The purple fruit flavors are complemented by a note of bitter chocolate on the long, suavely tannic finish. Very sexy juice. (ST)" (05/2017)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium ruby. Currant, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate on the nose and palate. Lush, sweet and spicy, with excellent breadth; this really spreads out to coat the palate. Compared to the LMV Salon, this shows more mineral and menthol notes on the back end, and yet the tannins are more suave. (ST) 92+" (06/2010)

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2007 Lokoya Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($299.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The most limited production offering, the opaque purple-hued 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain displays classic, Bordeaux-like characteristics of cedarwood, tobacco leaf, creme de cassis, licorice, and spice box along with a note of minerality all presented in an elegant, powerful, full-bodied style with sweet tannins. Representing elegance and terroir allied with considerable power and purity, this offering is made from a vineyard planted in the mid-1970s. While approachable, it will be even better in 5-6 years, and should still be going strong at age 25-30. (RP)" (12/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and gutsy, firmly tannic and deeply extracted, with dark berry, cedar, mineral and tobacco leaf. Ends with a plush, mouthcoating carpet of tannins. Best from 2014 through 2026. (JL, Web-2012)"

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2007 Lokoya Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($329.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Classic aromas of graphite, crushed rocks, boysenberries, black raspberries, blackberries, and subtle wood soar from the glass of the inky/purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. Full-bodied and formidably endowed with awesome purity as well as a stunning, layered texture, this beauty has it all. Give it 5-6 years of bottle age and enjoy it over the next three decades. It is a prodigious Howell Mountain wine from Jess Jacksons Keyes Vineyard. (RP)" (12/2009)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Shares the muscular, tannic profile of the other Lokoya's, yet has a seam of supple cream woven within, offering mocha, dried currant and dark berry, ending with dry, extracted tannins. Best from 2014 through 2028. (JL, Web-2012)"

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full ruby. Wild, musky aromas of medicinal black cherry and blueberry, nutty oak and bitter chocolate. Lush and sweet, with a slightly liqueur-like quality to the fruit flavors without going roasted. Shows the sweetness of the vintage and finishes broad and long, with good verve. Winemaker Chris Carpenter notes that this site is a bit warmer than La Jota. (ST)" (06/2010)

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2007 Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($329.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder features an incredible perfume of potpourri, baking spices, charcuterie and forest floor with a core of ripe red and black plums, blackcurrant cordial and black cherries plus a hint of violets. Full-bodied, very tightly knit and incredibly youthful, the concentrated fruit flavors reveal a myriad of earth and mineral accents with a rock-solid, grainy texture to support and a very long, lively finish. Give this beauty another 4-6 years in bottle and then drink it over the next 25+. (LPB)" (08/2018)

91 points Vinous: "Good medium ruby. Distinct medicinal cast to the aromas of black cherry, violet, licorice and menthol. Juicier, tighter and more imploded than the Keyes Vineyard example, with an element of fruity peppercorn giving lift to the middle palate. The substantial dusty tannins arrive late, allowing this very primary young wine to unwind a bit. (ST) 91+" (05/2010)

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2007 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($219.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet in color with a hint of purple, the 2007 Proprietary Red Wine absolutely sings of violets, chocolate-covered cherries, mulberries, star anise and cinnamon stick with a core of cassis, spiced blueberries and warm red plums plus a touch of unsmoked cigars. Full-bodied and jam-packed with opulent black fruit, the palate has a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and perfumed. (LPB)" (08/2018)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red. Slightly syrupy dark fruit aromas complicated by truffle and earth, with an element of minerality providing lift. Then surprisingly ripe and lively in the mouth, with very intense, rich black fruit, licorice and mint flavors. Offers a lovely combination of sweetness and lift and a real impression of small-berry concentration. (ST)" (05/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A big, muscular wine still on the way up, with a dense core of blackberry, currant, licorice, cedar and sage flavors. Though the tannins and oak stand out, the fruit holds its own. Ends with a burst of fruit and chewy tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.--Blind 1997/2007 California Cabernet retrospective (January 2017). Drink now through 2026. (JL, Web Only-2017)"

K&L Notes: 96+ points Robert Parker in Wine Advocate: "The sensational 2007 Proprietary Red Wine (a 7,000-case blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is slightly more restrained aromatically than the Merlot, but there is no doubting its extraordinary bouquet of subtle smoked meats, oak, mountain wild flowers, blueberries, blackberries, coffee, and cassis. Super-rich and full-bodied with noticeable, but stunningly sweet tannins, it possesses a rare minerality and definition, characteristics that seem to be found across the board in Napa’s 2007s. This dense, powerful red needs 3-5 years of cellaring, and should have 25 years of life ahead of it." (12/2009)

2007 Pride Mountain "Vintner Select Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($119.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The outrageously delicious 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintners Select (100% Napa fruit) possesses sweet blackberry, cassis, licorice, chocolate, charcoal and graphite aromas. A classic 2007 on the palate with a voluptuous texture as well as tremendous opulence, purity and depth, this broadly flavored, expansive wine cuts quite a swath across the palate with no hard edges. Enjoy it over the next decade. (RP)" (12/2010)

91 points James Suckling: "This has loads of plum, light vanilla, and hints of sandalwood on the nose. Full bodied, with loads of dried dark fruits and silky tannins. This is elegant and fine, with nice fresh acidity." (02/2011)

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2007 Rubicon Estate "Rubicon" Rutherford Bordeaux Blend - 8 available Price: Hidden

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "New oak stands out in toast and caramelized wood sweetness on this Cab, overshining to some degree the underlying blackberry, cherry and black currant fruit. Its quite a fashionable, delectable young wine, and will probably be consumed too early by many people who buy it, but its really a cellar candidate. Made with a few drops of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it should develop for 1215 years. *Cellar Selection*" (12/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Complex aromas of fresh leather, currant, spice, tobacco, black licorice and plum lead to a ripe, rich, full-bodied palate, elegantly proportioned and stylish, firming on the finish where this picks up a touch of mineral and crushed rock." (10/2010)

90 points Wine & Spirits: "Dominated by tannins at first, this yields little beyond coffee-scented richness until it reveals bold, juicy fruit after a day of air. It's a sweet, rich vintage of Rubicon, needing several years to mellow and develop complexity. For seared steak." (04/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The flagship wine, the 2007 Rubicon (94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc) has a nose of burning embers, subtle smoke, black currants, and sweet cherries. It is clearly the best of these wines. Medium-bodied, elegant, and meant for immediate consumption, it has enough stuffing and overall balance to evolve for 10, or possibly even 12-15 years in a very cold cellar. (RP)" (12/2010)

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2007 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($3,699.00)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2007 Screaming Eagle opens with a dazzlingly beautiful fragrance of red roses, violets and lavender over a core of red currant jelly, kirsch, cassis and black raspberry layers plus blueberry preserves and stewed tea accents and a waft of cigar box. Medium to full-bodied, the tannins are firm yet wonderfully plush with a great intensity of perfumed red and blue fruits that are at once intense and ethereal, finishing on a lingering mineral note. This 2007 truly shows the personality of Screaming Eagle at its best. It is approachable now, still possessing plenty of primary fruit with those tertiary layers beginning to unfurl and therefore it cannot fail to impress even at this youthful stage. However, give it another 5-7 years to really get the full dividends of careful cellaring. (LPB)" (08/2018)

100 points Vinous: "As impossible as it might seem, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon takes things to another level. An exquisite, celestial bouquet melds into endless layers of fruit as this rich, voluptuous wine blossoms on the palate. Full-bodied and seductive, the 2007 conquers all of the senses with its head spinning, beautiful personality. As always, Screaming Eagle is a bit more restrained next to Napa Valley's other heavy hitters, yet the pedigree of this opulent vintage comes through in spades. A kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors flows through to the creamy, textured finish. I have tasted the 2007 several times recently and it has always been magnificent. The 2007 appears to be shutting down just a touch, but that is probably a good thing for the future. (AG)" (12/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A wine with a purpose, notably dense, dark, rich and layered. Fairly powerful, but what stands out is the finesse and agility, centered on ripe plum, anise, dark berry and light cedary oak. The tannins give the flavors traction, yet they're sufficiently ripe to let the flavors flow unobstructed. (JL, Web-2017)"

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Dark medium ruby. Captivating violet lift to the aromas of blackberry, cassis and minerals. Wonderfully fine-grained, lightly medicinal wine with terrific inner-mouth definition and energy. The flavors of dark berries, iron and minerals are still tightly coiled yet dance on the palate. This impeccably balanced wine finishes with suave, refined tannins and outstanding mounting length. Really stains the palate and reverberates in the retronasal passages. (ST-in Vinous)" (05/2017)

96 points James Suckling: "Wow, love or loath the style, this is full throttle on the nose and palate with pure fruit and raspberry jam. Black currants and blueberries. Full and flamboyant but then holds back with gorgeous berries and milk chocolate. Wonderful length. Fascinating." (02/2011)

K&L Notes: 100 points from Robert Parker in a previous Wine Advocate review: "The most profound Screaming Eagle since the 2002 and 1997, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (an 800-case blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc) offers up a prodigiously pure, complex nose of cassis, spring flowers, licorice and black currants, the latter component being so intense and lingering that it makes this cuvee stand apart from other Napa Valley wines. Full-bodied in the mouth, like a ballerina on her toes, this wine glides gracefully across the palate with a cascade of purity, equilibrium and compelling complexity. Extraordinary balance and elegance combined with power make for an utterly stunning wine that should drink well for two decades or more. Even though the estate is being reconstituted and a new winery built, this wine still came from the old sector of the vineyard (15.5 acres) that was used by the previous proprietor, Jean Phillips." (12/2010)

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2007 Shafer "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($424.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep purple-black colored, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select exudes beautiful notions of violets, dark chocolate, black olives, spice cake and cedar chest with a core of crème de cassis, blackberry pie, plum preserves and fragrant earth plus a waft of unsmoked cigars. Full-bodied, super concentrated and jam-packed with multilayered black and blue fruits, it has a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long with tons of exotic spice and savory sparks. Drink through 2052. (LPB)" (08/2018)

97 points Wine Enthusiast: "In keeping with the voluptuous approachability of the 2007 vintage, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is simply fabulous now for its flood of the ripest, sweetest blackberrries, cherries, cassis and chocolate imaginable. Especially noble is the tannin structure, firm and soft, dry and sweet, a combination of opposites. The depth is vast, and the spicy finish goes on for a long time, suggesting the wines concentration. Simply a joy to drink, it should develop over many years, but you might want to err on the side of youthfulness and open it by 2015." (04/2012)

97 points James Suckling: "This won't be out until next year and will mark 25 years of Hillside Select. Nice aromas of mint, mineral, dark fruits, and delicious currants. Full bodied, with a soft beginning that just builds and builds. This is muscular and toned, very impressive. Save your money to get plenty of this. Thought provoking wine. Don't drink this for four or five years." (04/2011)

95 points Vinous: "Saturated bright ruby. Very deep, dark, almost liqueur-like aromas of cassis, black cherry, cocoa powder and mocha. A huge, chocolatey-ripe wine with an obvious warmth and compelling sweetness to its fine-grained cherry liqueur and dark berry flavors. Big but harmonious tannins spread out to saturate the entire palate on the very long back end. This wine is just now embarking on its plane of peak maturity and will probably remain there for quite some time. Some critics of flamboyantly ripe Napa Cabernets may find this wine a bit extreme (as is the case with numerous other 2007s) yet it manages to retain its balance--and its depth of fruit is extraordinary. (ST)" (05/2017)

94 points Decanter: "The ruby-black, unctuously-textured 2007 Hillside Select is a large-scaled wine, even by the standards of this extravagant cuvée. It bursts from the glass with ripe aromas of kirsch, cassis, blueberries, charcoal and subtle woodsmoke. On the palate the acids are fresh, and the wine's vast volume is nicely balanced out by mid-palate depth. This seems to bear a close kinship to the Rubenesque 2002 vintage, and is a real success in that paradigm. (WK)" (06/2017)

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2007 Shafer "Relentless" Napa Valley Syrah - 1 available ($119.99)

96 points Connoisseurs Guide: "It is no exaggeration to say the 2007 version may just be the best Relentless to date, but even if not, it is a deep and formidable wine by any standard. Its inky appearance correctly implies a wine of great weight and extract, but, what separates this bottling from its equally well-filled predecessors is its terrific sense of structure and balance. It is tough to be sure, but it never lets go of its plentiful, peppery, blackberry fruit, and it will not come close to showing its best until at least another decade has passed. *Three Stars*" (03/2011)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah, the 2007 Relentless displays a very deep purple-black color and slightly closed, rather broody, still youthful nose of crushed blackberries, warm black plums and baked blueberries with touches of tar, licorice, chargrill and black peppercorns plus a waft of garrigue. Full-bodied and decadently fruited on the mouth, it fills the palate with juicy black fruit and peppery layers, framed by firm, rounded tannins and finishing long and spicy. Drink through 2035. (LPB)" (08/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator: "A gorgeous wine, ripe and juicy, with black cherry, plum and currant flavors joined by spicy cedar, graphite, tobacco and dried sage. Full-bodied and powerful, yet restrained and ageworthy. (JL)" (02/2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Relentless, a blend this year of mainly Syrah and Petite Sirah, is alway a very good wine. The '07 strikes one as, above all, tannic and dry. Then the blackberry, black cherry, dark baker's chocolate, herb tea and smoked meat flavors kick in, impressing with their complexity. It's a distinctive wine, quite unline anything else in California. Despite the hard tannins it's drinkable now, and will challenge chefs and sommeliers to figure out what to serve it with. The winemaker suggests braised short ribs, smoked lamb, roast duck, and Cheddar cheese." (04/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Distinctly musky aromas of dark berries and dark chocolate. Lush, sweet and concentrated, with fine-grained, rather polite dark berry and pepper flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. The lightly musky quality adds sex appeal to this very young wine. Finishes with broad, suave tannins and excellent length. This is built to age. (ST) 91+" (06/2011)

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2007 Sloan Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($599.99)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Sloan, now in bottle, has lived up to the extraordinary quality it exhibited from barrel. A world-class, perfumed nose of charcoal, espresso roast, white chocolate, black currants, sweet plums, Asian soy and a Grave-like scorched earth aroma soars from the glass of this dense purple-colored wine. Full-bodied and seamlessly constructed with a multidimensional mouthfeel as well as a phenomenal finish, this 2007 carries considerable tannin, but at present it is concealed by the wines luxurious levels of fruit, glycerin and intensity. This spectacular 2007 should drink well for 25-30+ years. (RP)" (12/2010)

97 points James Suckling: "A nose of sweet tobacco, coffee, chocolate, berries, and spices. Full bodied, with a delicious center palate of Christmas cakes, mulberries, chocolate, and pie crust. This is powerful and layered, intense, with a long finish." (04/2011)

94 points Vinous: "Saturated bright ruby. Superripe, exotic scents of black raspberry, truffle, coffee/mocha and caramel oak, with an exotic note of coconut emerging with extended aeration. Plush, dense, moderately sweet and superconcentrated, with its velvety, seamless dark raspberry and mineral flavors complicated by spices. Tannins are firm, dusty and nicely integrated, showing no aggressiveness. Finishes very long, with lingering spice character. This very full but also solidly structured wine was already rich and pliant in its early years. (ST)" (05/2017)

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2007 Viader Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend - 1 available ($99.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This lush wine epitomizes the modern Napa style of soft richness and extreme drinkability when young. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, its beautiful now for its blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate and cedar flavors. For all its approachability, it should age well for the next six to eight years." (02/2011)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide: "This complex and decidedly sophisticated effort comes without the slightest suggestion of swagger, and it is instead a compact and keenly balanced bottling that only gradually gives up its gifts. It smacks of cherries, ripe raspberries and currants with glimmers of sweet cream and cola showing up here and there, and, if overtaken by eleventh-hour astringency just now, its ample fruit exhibits fine staying power and is a guarantor of a decade or more of certain improvement. *Two Stars*" (12/2010)

91 points James Suckling: "A clean and jammy wine with dried berries and milk chocolate. Full bodied, with round tannins a fruity finish. Delicious already." (02/2011)

90 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby. Distinctly roasted black fruits and tropical dark chocolate on the nose. Fat, ripe and sweet; atypically chocolatey for a wine from this producer but still maintains sound acidity. Finishes with big, building, tongue-dusting tannins and notes of cola and dark chocolate. (ST)" (05/2017)

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2010 Anthem "Estate" Mt. Veeder Merlot (Previously $75) Price: Hidden

93 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and supple, with currant and vanilla aromas and ripe but layered black cherry, mocha and minerally herb flavors, lingering on the finish. (TF)" (11/2013)

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2010 Araujo "Eisele Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($399.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Araujos 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard is a picture perfect example of the year. Vibrant, precise and beautifully chiseled, the 2010 boasts serious depth and concentration. The aromas and flavors are incredibly vivid in this textured, dazzling Cabernet Sauvignon. Hints of dark blue and black fruit, mocha, espresso and grilled herbs flesh out on the huge finish. Today the 2010 is unusually open, but it is almost certain to shut down in bottle over the next 6-12 months. The 2010 is a super-classic Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon from Araujo. (AG)" (12/2012)

97 points James Suckling: "A unique nose of hot earth, stones and river bed with iodine, ink and currants. Full body with a fabulous depth of fruit: blueberry, blackberry and minerals. It's tannic but balanced and chewy. This needs at least five to six years of age but it is already a mesmerizing experience. Biodynamically grown grapes." (05/2014)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good full, deep red-ruby. More floral and refined on the nose than the Alta Gracia, offering ineffable aromas of blueberry, brown spices, menthol, bay laurel and cedar. Marvelously silky on entry, then opens out dramatically on the back half, showing insidious, savory flavor concentration but also finishing with outstanding grip and verve. The very fine-grained, building tannins are perked up by notes of pepper and herbs. This wonderfully poised wine, delivering great richness without any undue weight, displays classic Eisele Vineyard character without any signs of roasted fruit. Understated today, this beauty may well merit an even higher score eight or ten years down the road. (ST) 95+" (06/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Pure, rich and delicious, with a sumptuous core of melted black licorice, dark berry, nutmeg-scented spice, loamy earth and dried herb. Shows impressive focus, density and persistence. Tempting now, but should age well. (JL)" (11/2013)

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There has been a ton of hype surrounding the recent purchase of Araujo from the owner of Chateau Latour. Released Sept 1st of this year, the 2010 shows a great combination of elegance and power. The middle texture is lush, rich and seamless, while the finish is extremely long and spicy. The wine is still held together with a firm structure and plenty of acidity . Serious Napa Cabernet! It will be interesting to see what happens to this property after the sale. I know one of the goals will be to take Araujo global. Which, means less wine for us in the states. May want to buy now!

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2010 Bryant Family "DB4" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($149.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 DB4 is insanely beautiful. Crushed rocks, plums, cinnamon and licorice jump from the glass from this striking, delineated wine. In 2010, the DB4 has a level of pure energy and vibrancy that is missing in the 2009, most likely because it also includes declassified lots from the Bettina. This is a great showing from Don Bryant and his team. In most cellars, the DB4 would be the top wine, but here it is the second label. Top flight Napa Cabernet is seldom inexpensive, but this is just about as good as it gets for the money. Drink 2015-2025. (AG)" (12/2012)

K&L Notes: The "DB4" is Bryant Family's second wine, a blend of estate fruit as well as fruit from David Abreu's vineyards, crafted for immediate enjoyment.

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2010 Carte Blanche Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($99.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another powerful, young wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly dense and virtually impenetrable. Blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, licorice, new leather, menthol and tobacco flow through to an incisive finish layered with graphite and crushed rocks. Today, the 2010 is cool and implosive, suggesting it needs at least another few years to come together. The addition of 10% Petit Verdot seems to give the wine some of its brooding personality. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028. Carte Blanche is a partnership between proprietor Nicholas Allen and winemaker Luc Morlet. Although a new project started only in 2008, all of the wines I have tasted so far have been impressive. The 2010s are no exception. (AG)" (12/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright, deep ruby. Sexy crushed blackberry, blueberry, minerals, bitter chocolate and violet on the youthfully medicinal nose. The palate is dominated by medicinal black fruit (from the petit verdot component?) and bitter chocolate flavors, yet comes across as broad, sweet and tactile, with dense, chocolatey tannins giving the wine a solid underpinning for further development in bottle. An excellent showing today." (06/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This pure red delivers ripe plum and red berry fruit, offering notes of crushed rock, loamy dried herbs and cedar. Ends with chewy tannins, showing an impressive push of flavors on the finish." (10/2013)

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2010 Caymus "Special Selection" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($324.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection exhibits an opaque purple color, slightly more toasty oak in the aromatics, and explosive richness on the attack, mid-palate and length. The nose is slightly more restrained than in the regular bottling, but there is no doubting the Special Selection is a cut or two above the Napa bottling when it hits the palate. Extraordinary purity of fruit, creme de cassis, licorice and incense all emerge from this full-bodied, iconic classic. It can be enjoyed now and over the next 25+ years. (RP)" (10/2013)

96 points Wine Spectator: "A seductive style that's openly fruity, showing supple plum and black cherry notes, with floral scents and spices, turning creamy and gaining a mocha-espresso-vanilla scent that's enticing. Finishes with a smooth texture, fine-grained tannins and then another burst of fruit. *Top 100 Wines of 2013, Collectibles* (JL)" (06/2013)

93 points Vinous: "TThe 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is, big, rich, voluptuous and totally sexy. Mocha, chocolate, plums, sweet spices and black cherries jump from the glass in this full-bodied, intense wine. This is one of the more immediate wines of the vintage, but all the elements are very nicely balanced. Once again Caymus has produced a gorgeous Special Selection that is delicious on its own, but that is also remarkable for a relatively large production of 9,600 cases that will make it easy to find. (AG)" (12/2012)

92 points Wine & Spirits: "Heady and polished, this is a rich Napa Valley Cabernet focused on sweet black fruit. Its based on a mix of owned and leased vineyards in eight Napa sub-AVAs, 75 percent in the valley, the balance on hillsides or higher into the mountains. New French oak comes across in scents of espresso-roast coffee and cedar, while the fruit has blue-black depths of plum skin. Its tight and relatively austere for this style of Napa Valley Cabernet, needing bottle age to show its best." (12/2013)

K&L Notes: A cool summer pushed the final days of the 2010 harvest into the month of November, and Caymus reduced production by 40% to select grapes that were up to the standards of their benchmark Cabernet.

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2010 Château Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L (Previously $300) - 2 available ($223.99)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Exceptional aromatic purity and complexity to the aromas of blueberry, cassis, cocoa powder, mocha, spices and minerals; some very ripe berry pie notes emerged with air. Wonderfully creamy, silky and deep; an utterly seamless wine with the underlying soil-driven minerality to energize and frame its fleshy flavors of dark fruits and spices. This is yet another 2010 whose impression of refinement belies the weather extremes of the growing season. Finishes with building but perfectly integrated tannins and outstanding length. This is already approaching its plane of peak drinkability but I'd still want to hold my bottles for at least a few more years. (ST-in Vinous)" (05/2019)

94 points Vinous: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is immediate, juicy and expressive in this vintage. At the same time, it seems pretty clear that the 2010 needs at least a few more years in bottle. Today, it is a bit disjointed as it is neither primary, nor showing too many tertiary notes or complexity. Sweet tobacco, leather, licorice, menthol and spices emerge over time, but the 2010 is a wine built for the cellar. There is plenty of density, but it needs time to emerge. (AG)" (11/2013)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a little mute at this stage, offering up glimpses of crushed blackberry, red plums and wild blueberries notes with touches of pencil shavings, dried Mediterranean herbs and forest floor. Medium-bodied, it has a velvety backbone and mouth-filling red and blue fruits, finishing long and earthy. (LPB)" (02/2018)

93 points James Suckling: "Extremely attractive aromas of asphalt, blueberry and rose petal. Full body with very well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Montelena estate shows a refinement and balance one expects in traditional Napa Cabernet Sauvignon." (05/2014)

K&L Notes: Dating back to the 1880s, Château Montelena is one of the most important estates in Napa Valley. Its modern era dates back to the first wines that Jim Barrett made in 1972, and the rest is certainly history. The diverse terroir of their Calistoga AVA property is paramount to the profile of their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2010 is a vintage in which terroir reigns supreme. The vineyard features volcanic and alluvial soils sloping gently down toward the Napa River.

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The 2010 vintage may not have been as talked up as the more forward 2007, but this wine comes on like a more subdued version of 2007: a savory, sage aroma with a dusty, gravelly background opens up to a medley of brown baking spices and sweet fruit, finally, revealing itself on the palate. Clean, old school Cab! Tasted from 1.5L, January, 2018.

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2010 Colgin "Tychson Hill Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($359.99)

98 points James Suckling: "This is incredibly aromatic and perfumed. Impressive violets, berries, cloves and spice. Full-bodied but starts off slowly and then builds toward the finish. It's dense but very harmonious and beautiful. Hints of chocolate at the finish." (05/2014)

97 points Vinous: "Deep red-ruby. Sappy aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, mocha and cracked pepper. Incredibly vivid and high-pitched on the palate, with the vibrant dark berry flavors complicated by orange peel, espresso and pungent minerality. Conveys an impression of great density without weight. Best today on the inexorable, slowly mounting finish, which finishes with substantial but utterly refined tannins and great lift and length. Stunning already but it would be a shame not to allow this beauty to express itself more fully, as it has the size, balance and acidity to support a long and graceful evolution in bottle. I underrated this wine in the early going. (ST)" (04/2015)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill is virtually all Cabernet Sauvignon except for tiny dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It offers up gorgeous aromas of lavender, creme de cassis, violets, toast, incense and camphor. Layered, full-bodied and rich with great purity, focus and symmetry, this stunning effort from one of the tenderloin corridors of Napa Valley can be drunk early on or cellared for another 25-30 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Very firm and tannic, yet with a pleasingly dense and richly flavored core of dark berry, mineral, graphite and licorice. Unfolds slowly, ending with a dash of espresso and mocha. Needs time. (JL)" (10/2013)

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2010 Corra Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($159.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Plums, mocha, espresso and pencil shavings all burst from the glass as the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon shows off its large-scaled, intense personality. With time in the glass, the 2010 becomes even richer, with endless layers of fruit that flesh out beautifully. This big, voluptuous wine is super-exciting from the very first taste. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. (AG)" (12/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator: "For all its intensity, density, focus and concentration, there's a wonderful sense of lift and elegance to this, with tiers of dark berry, mocha, espresso, currant and wild berry. Keeps gaining depth, length and persistence. Drink through 2025. (JL)" (06/2013)

93 points Vinous: "(40% from Rutherford, 40% from Pritchard Hill and 20% from Oakville): Good bright medium ruby. Black cherry, tobacco leaf, smoky herbs and hints of tar and licorice on the classic cabernet nose. Suave and fine-grained, offering a felicitous sugar/acid balance and very good grip to its deep black fruit and dark chocolate flavors. An element of violet lift suggests some cabernet franc but this is 100% sauvignon. Finishes with serious tannins and excellent length. Winemaker Celia Welch uses some whole berry fermentation, especially for the Pritchard Hill juice, to give her wine more buoyancy and pliancy of texture. This has turned out very well. (ST)" (05/2013)

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2010 Duckhorn "The Discussion" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($124.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Given extra time in the bottle, this wine combines a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, aged entirely in French oak. The entry is sanguine and generous in red currant and denser blackberry, while elements of thyme lurk on the back of the palate. While the tannins remain sizable, theyre silky, and should take on additional plushness in time. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (10/2015)

K&L Notes: This kind of "discussion" is still going on in wine country: varietal wines, or blends? Some thirty years ago, the Duckhorns chose to focus on varietals, but this blend of mainly estate-grown Cab and Merlot, with a bit of Petit Verdot in tow, represents the winemaker's best lots of the vintage.

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2010 Forman Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($159.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with an exotic, beguiling melange of violets, cassis, spices and menthol. Layers of fruit supported by vivid, beautifully articulated tannins cover every inch of the palate. Rich and powerful, the 2010 never abandons its classic sense of structure. Today, the 2010 is a bit compact, but time should prove to be very beneficial in releasing the wines true potential. There is absolutely nothing out of place in this majestic Cabernet Sauvignon. The tannins are virtually imperceptible, as is the new oak. The long growing season produced a wine that is among the finest of the vintage. This is an unforgettable wine from Ric Forman. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. (AG)" (12/2012)

98 points Vinous: "Formans 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon has become much more refined over the last few years. Initially a virtually impenetrable brute, the 2010 now shows gorgeous layers of aromatic nuance that have taken some time to develop. Crushed rose petals, mint, herbs and red stone fruits open up effortlessly in the glass. There is no shortage of depth or tannin, but the 2010 appears to now be headed in the direction of finesse, whereas when it was young it was a real powerhouse. This is a stellar showing from Ric Forman. (AG)" (06/2015)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium ruby. Aromas and flavors of black plum, black raspberry, cassis, coffee and licorice, plus a sexy suggestion of white peach and a complicating herbal nuance. Fine-grained, classy and seamless, with compelling sweetness perfectly buffered by bright acidity. Wonderfully spicy, sharply delineated Cabernet with outstanding inner-mouth energy. Best today on the ripely tannic, extremely long finish, which builds subtly and inexorably and leaves the mouth refreshed. Ric Forman told me that the fruit in 2010 was "massively ripe, without a single raisin." Another beauty from this outstanding vintage, and built for a long life in bottle. (ST)" (07/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Pure and direct, this rich, potent mix of red and black fruit offers touches of currant, spice, dried herb, tobacco leaf, black licorice and cedar, ending with a pleasing road tar and loamy earth aftertaste, and tannins that caress and grip. (JL)" (11/2013)

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2010 Futo "OV" Oakville Bordeaux Blend - 5 available ($119.99)

94 points Vinous: "Dark berries, raspberry jam, flowers, graphite and mint all flesh out in an inviting, textured wine loaded with class and pedigree. A sumptuous, layered wine, the 2010 impresses for its overall balance and poise. Futo's OV would best most top labels in Napa Valley. It is that good. Quite simply, this is a drop-dead gorgeous wine from Tom Futo and his team. (AG)" (11/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 OV boasts a serious core of fruit backed up by firm, imposing tannins. Graphite, incense and crushed rocks come to life in the glass. The 2010 is a structured, intense wine that is going to need another few years in the cellar. Far from an easygoing second wine, the 2010 is stacked and packed. A deep, mineral-drenched finish laced with exotic floral notes rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. (AG)" (12/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Weaves together a complex mix of dark berry, mocha-laced oak, cedar and black licorice flavors, appropriately firm and tannic and most interesting on the finish, where the flavors glide along. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. (JL)" (10/2013)

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2010 Heitz Cellar "Martha's Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 12 available ($224.95)

96 points Vinous: "Not surprisingly, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard is the least expressive of these wines. At the same time, so much of its appeal is in its tightly-coiled energy and tension. Cherry pit, smoke, blood orange, mint and spice open up with time in the glass, but the 2010 is clearly built for cellaring. The wine's brightness and focus are compelling, but the 2010 needs time. (AG)" (10/2015)

95 points Wine & Spirits: "The remarkable aspect of this wine is its texture and weight, its flavors complete and fully concentrated into something as ephemeral as the brush of a silk scarf. Its a gracious cabernet, sunny but not sweet - distinctly savory in the way its tannins cool the bright red fruit. This vineyard tucked into the western benchlands of Oakville benefits from the cooler morning sun, the vines organically farmed on alluvial gravels by the May family. Whatever eucalyptus influence there may be from the trees surrounding the vines reads in this vintage as green olive and black licorice rather than mintiness. As W&S senior editor Luke Sykora pointed out, 'This has a gentle firmness, what people initially liked about Napa Valley cabernet in the 1950s and 60s.'" (08/2016)

95 points Decanter: "One of Napa Valley's classics, Martha's Vineyard is a legendary site in west Oakville at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains. Heitz's 2010 rendition opens up with fragrant black fruit, mint chocolate and rich soil tones, revealing supple, layered tannins and bright acidity on the palate. Like all the Heitz wines, this is unmistakably fresh and savoury. Drink 2020-2050. (WK)" (06/2016)

95 points John Gilman: "The 2010 Marthas Vineyard bottling of cabernet sauvignon from the Heitz family is still a very young and primary bottle in the making, but it seems likely to be outstanding with a decades worth of bottle age. The bouquet is very deep and fairly ripe, offering up a fine mélange of black cherries, cigar wrapper, incipient notes of Rutherford Dust, a touch of clove, a superb base of soil tones, woodsmoke, a very faint presage of eucalyptus and a suave base of new wood. The customary mintiness of Marthas Vineyard is not yet in evidence in the 2010. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and youthful, with a core of ripe fruit, firm, well-integrated tannins, tangy acids and a long, nascently complex and very well-balanced finish. At 14.5 percent octane, this too has just trace elements of heat on the backend today, but I expect these will fully dissipate as the wine has a chance to blossom with bottle age. It is a very promising and classic vintage of Marthas Vineyard and the only missing ingredient here is the passage of time! Drink between 2023-2065." (08/2016)

95 points James Suckling: "Violets and blue fruits. Thai mint and basil. Full-bodied, very tight and long. Tangy and beautiful. Tight and fresh acidity. Beautiful and so drinkable. From organic grapes. Drink now or hold." (05/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "The mighty Martha's spends three-and-a-half years aging in French Limousin oak barrels. It has years to go, its structure so expertly captured in the bottle, yet still willing to impart a lightness of sage and sarsaparilla, the tannins firm and integrated, with slight hints of cigar, coconut and that ever-famous mint. Drink now through 2025. *Cellar Selection* (VB)" (11/2016)

K&L Notes: Martha's Vineyard is certinaly one of the most important Napa Valley bottlings over the last half century, and is one of the last wines to be released from any given vintage. The CCOF organically certified vineyard in Oakville has been the flagship bottling of Heitz since 1966. From the winery: "A great success in a challenging year, this wine is a true testament to the vitality of Martha's Vineyard itself. A very inviting wine with rich aromas of boysenberry, cassis and mint all tightly woven around a sweet core. On the palate this Cabernet is firm with rich, savory notes of cigar box and chocolate, culminating in a silky finish. A compelling and flavorful wine. As always, this release will reward patient cellaring."

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2010 Herold by Mark Herold Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($139.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In most vintages there are less than 200 cases of the top cuvee, the Cabernet Sauvignon Herold by Mark Herold. The 2010 is another 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, in this case from both the Coombsville and Oakville AVAs. A massive Cabernet, it offers plenty of blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit intertwined with hints of incense, charcoal, graphite and toasty oak. This full-bodied effort is very much in the style of the Merus Cabernet Sauvignons that first launched Mark Herolds career as a winemaker. This big, balls-to-the-walls style of Cabernet is not for everybody, but it exhibits exceptional purity, richness and length. It should drink well for two decades or more. (RP)" (10/2013)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Plush and structured, with pure, ripe notes of plum, blackberry, jazzy oak and crushed rock, gaining depth and persistence. Features an intriguing finish, where the flavors unfold. (JL)" (05/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(14.9% alcohol): Saturated bright medium ruby. Ripe, expressive aromas of currant, plum, mocha, tobacco and espresso, lifted by a minty nuance; very Napa Valley Cabernet! Sweet, deep and seamless if a bit youthfully reduced, offering good energy to its mineral-tinged black fruit flavors. Plush in the middle, then nicely firm on the back end, with well managed tannins and intriguing minerality framing the fruit. It's good to see Mark Herold back in the Cabernet business following the expiration of the non-compete clause he signed with Bill Foley when he sold Merus. (ST)" (05/2013)

92 points Vinous: "The clear highlight in this set of new releases is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Herold by Mark Herold. A dark, sumptuous wine with no hard edges, the 2010 boasts stunning depth and richness. Silky tannins frame an expressive core of fruit. Black currants, blackberries, violets and melted road tar all flesh out in the glass as this drop-dead gorgeous, stunning Cabernet conquers all of the senses with pure pleasure. A large-scaled, voluptuous finish rounds things out in style. (AG)" (12/2012)

2010 Kapcsandy "Grand Vin - State Lane Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) - 3 available ($749.99)

100 points Vinous: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is stunning. Dark black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice, menthol, tobacco and new leather wrap around the palate as this majestic, breathtaking wine shows off its personality, class and pure pedigree. Powerful yet elegant, delicate yet intense, the 2010 is firing on all cylinders today. Layers of fruit build to a crescendo of pure pleasure. Readers lucky enough to own the 2010 will want to cellar this beauty for at last a few years. In the meantime, though, it will be pretty impossible to resist. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. (AG)" (11/2013)

97 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby. Deep aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and crushed rock, with a sexy suggestion of candied fruit. Then amazingly precise and pure on the palate, with outstanding mineral cut and inner-mouth perfume to the flavors of black fruits, graphite, cedar and lavender. Best today on the expanding, slowly mounting finish, shaped by noble tannins and redolent of captivating mineral and violet perfume. This, too, should improve in bottle for decades. If the Roberta's Blend resembles a top vintage of Petrus, this one is Latour-like--and I don't make those comparisons lightly." (05/2013)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard is a 275-case blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. It reveals intense red and black currant fruit, good acidity, hints of camphor and graphite, superb purity, a full-bodied texture and an extremely youthful (almost like a barrel sample) freshness and focus. This is a remarkably young yet promising, full throttle, beautifully made Cabernet Sauvignon that should be cellared for 5-7 years and drunk over the following two to three decades. (RP)" (10/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator: "A classy, Bordeaux-like red from Napa, with ripe, rich fruit and tiers of currant, spice, cigar box and tobacco leaf. Well-built, showing a measure of restraint, this delivers fine-grained tannins and a long, tapered finish. (Web-2013)"

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2010 La Sirena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 6 available ($144.99)

94 points Vinous: "Dark cherries, plums, smoke and cloves all jump from La Sirena's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. This is an especially dark, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon with tons of near and medium term appeal and gorgeous immediacy but also more than enough stuffing to drink well for years. Sweet spices, menthol, tobacco and licorice flow through to the expressive, layered finish. La Sirena's Cabernet is sourced from a variety of parcels in Calistoga, Pritchard Hill, Atlas Peak, Oakville and St. Helena. (AG)" (11/2013)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Heidi Barrett has always done marvelous work with Cabernet Sauvignon, and this opaque purple-colored, rich 2010 displays classic notes of smoky creme de cassis intermixed with hints of wood smoke and spice, impressive purity and texture, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. It is built for 10-20 years of aging. (RP)" (10/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Very tight and tannic, with an underlying charm imparting a measure of finesse and refinement that bodes well for the future. Ends on a graceful note. Best from 2015 through 2025. (JL)" (05/2014)

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2010 Larkmead Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 4 available ($124.99)

95 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of blackberries, mint and licorice follow through to a full body with amazing texture and depth of fruit. It fills your mouth with wonderfully fresh tannins and a long, long finish. Pure velvet. Amazing quality. A blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 7% merlot, 7% petit verdot and 3% malbec." (05/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Larkmeads entry-level 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate captivates all of the senses from the very first taste. A huge, opulent yet structured Cabernet, the 2010 shows off tons of richness, power and structure, all while maintaining considerable detail and nuance. Black currants, melted road tar and asphalt blast thorough to the intense, palate-staining finish. I cant imagine this being ready to drink before its 10th birthday. The 2010 is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. This is a great 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. 95+ points. I was completely blown away by Larkmead this year. The 2010s are simply phenomenal across the board. 95+ (AG)" (12/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(blended with 7% each merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc, plus 3% malbec; 62% new oak): Deep, bright ruby-red. Subdued but complex aromas of cassis, sage, bay leaf, licorice, violet and minerals. Sweet, suave and bright, with compelling inner-mouth energy and perfume to the dark berry, dark chocolate and iron flavors. Very suave and subtle blend with fine-grained tannins and captivating aromatic persistence. The 2009 was a big success but this may be finer with time in bottle. 93+ (ST)" (05/2013)

K&L Notes: Larkmead's 2010 Cabernet is made from 100% estate-grown fruit and was aged for 20 months in 62% new French oak. From winemaker Andy Smith: "Savory dried herb, cocoa dust, graphite, intense black cherry core, cassis/mineral purity, menthol/tobacco and a subtle fragrant fennel edge. Immediate generous fruit richness. Soft and enveloping palate that maintains focus and clarity. Larkmead vineyard signature dominates with gravelly blackcurrant, complex herb notes, dark cocoa and clove. Long fine silky tannins, supple and lively that gain weight. Fruit sweetness develops with time in the glass... Our 2010 Estate Cabernet is the fullest expression of site that I can remember since the 2001 vintage. There's less emphasis on fruit extract and texture than there is on layered complexity and breezy freshness. The wine shows an effortless complexity and elegance that is not obscured by layers of bottled sunshine. It's sophisticated, not obvious and it's the combination of the wine's many nuances that form its beauty. All component parts are harmonious and integrated and it's among my favorite three or four vintages in my fifteen years at Larkmead."

2010 Lewelling "Wight Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 available ($89.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Richer and fuller-bodied with denser fruit and more structure is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard. Exhibiting copious quantities of black currants intermixed with notions of camphor, spring flowers and toasty oak as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific intensity and purity, a voluptuous texture, and some tannin lurking under the lavish fruit and glycerin. It can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

93 points Vinous: "Lewellings 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard is quite a bit more polished than the straight Napa Valley bottling. Voluptuous and inviting, the 2010 flows across the palate with generous dark raspberries, crushed flowers, spices and mocha, all supported by finessed, silky tannins. Sweet floral notes are woven throughout, giving the 2010 a sense of aromatic lift that is hugely appealing. The Wight can be enjoyed today, but it should also age nicely in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022.These are two delicious, affordable Cabernets from Lewelling and proprietor Dave Wight." (12/2012)

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2010 Moone-Tsai Cor Leonis Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 available ($224.99)

94 points Wine Spectator: "Offers a strikingly rich, powerful and layered mix of dark berry, mocha-scented oak, dried herb, espresso and subtle tea and spice notes. Despite the diverse flavors and notable depth, this wows with finesse and nuance. (JL)" (11/2013)

93 points Vinous: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Cor Leonis is rich, exuberant and explosive. Dark cherry, plum, mocha, spice and menthol notes all burst from the glass. Intense and resonant the 2010 is a great example of the year in its ripeness, power and pure structure. Firm yet well-integrated tannins support the generous, explosive finish. The 2010 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Spanos, Caldwell and To-Kalon, and it is the To-Kalon that seems particularly expressive today. (AG)" (11/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(bottled just before my visit): Bright, full medium ruby. Blueberry and menthol aromas are lifted by a floral topnote, with some toasty oak yet to be absorbed. Sweet and very concentrated, with a fine-grained texture and plenty of breadth to the dark berry, spice and menthol flavors. Big, structured cabernet with excellent grip. Finishes with building tannins and noteworthy rising length. Still a bit clenched following the bottling; this may well merit an even higher score with four to six years of cellaring. (ST) 92+" (05/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Corleonis, which is a multi-AVA blend from Pritchard Hill, Coombsville and Oakville, offers abundant notes of cedarwood, black currants, licorice and forest floor as well as background oak. Medium to full-bodied with moderate tannin and excellent balance, it should drink well for 15-20 years. (RP)" (10/2013)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This powerful Cabernet is bold in alcohol and ultra-ripe with fruit. The Port-like heat is balanced by luxurious cherry and black currant flavors, and lush new French oak that imparts a soft toastiness. It's hard to see the wine aging beyond 67 years, so decant it and enjoy soon." (02/2014)

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2010 Opus One Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend ($499.99)

97 points Vinous: "The 2010 Opus One has become incredibly elegant and polished over the last year, while retaining its power, structure and intensity. Explosive throughout, the 2010 is every bit as compelling as it has always been. Hints of rose petal, violets, lavender and mint add nuance as the wine turns a bit brighter and more floral over time. Readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a fabulous wine, but the 2010 is pretty hard to resist, even today. This is yet another terrific showing from the 2010. (AG)" (12/2014)

96 points James Suckling: "One of the best ever from Opus, it shows beautiful blackcurrant Cabernet Sauvignon character. A powerful and poised wine with well-crafted tannins. Needs about four years to soften." (06/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A glorious perfume of sweet charcoal, truffle, black currants and spice box soars from the glass of the saturated purple-colored 2010 Opus One. The gorgeous aromatics are followed by a beautifully knit, full-bodied red blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Merlot, 5.5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec) displaying lots of spicy black currant fruit, medium to full body, velvety tannins, and not a hard edge to be found. The texture, length and richness are all impressive. This estate has been making great Cabernet-based wines for nearly a decade and this is another one. Drink it over the next 20+ years. (RP)" (10/2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good saturated medium ruby. Riper on the nose than the young 2011, offering scents of blackcurrant, minerals, graphite, licorice and leather. Wonderfully suave and silky in the mouth, with terrific concentration and aromatic lift to the savory dark berry, crushed stone and mineral flavors. Really stains the palate without leaving any impression of weight. Boasts great clarity and outstanding depth, not to mention a finesse of texture rare for California Cabernet. 'Maybe my best vintage yet,' said winemaker Michael Silacci. A beauty. (ST)" (06/2013)

95 points Wine Spectator: "'It was tae kwon do with Mother Nature in 2010,' says Silacci. 'We had everything thrown at usheat, rain. A challenging year, but we found out we could pick earlier than we thought.' The wine is focused, with a cassis and cherry paste core supported by chalky minerality at first, changing to iron through the finish. Lots of savory flecks hang in the end, with the fruit easily keeping pace. Still quite young. (JM)" (10/2019)

95 points Decanter: "Very much a young wine in its primary stage, this is silky and powerful and tasted excellent during this vertical, despite 2010 being an extremely difficult vintage for winemaker Michael Silacci. The year got off to a cool start, followed by a heatwave - the grapes at Opus escaped the shrivelling that much of Napa saw because of leaf cover. There are still plenty of signposts towards a hot summer - olive paste, rosemary, garrigue and liquorie notes, gorgeous ground coffee bean edging, and an excellent layer of freshness that picks things up on the finish and stops it being overly powerful. I like years in Napa that have a little fault in them - too much perfection with the natural generosity of Napa can make for an overly powerful wine, and I celebrate the nuances here. 1% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot completes the blend. 19 days skin contact. (JA)" (09/2019)

K&L Notes: Opus One was founded as a joint venture between Château Mouton Rothschild's Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, and in 1984 released its first vintage, the 1979. It has since become an international success and a landmark winery in Napa. Comprising 169 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley, they produce a luxury Bordeaux-style blend.

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Tasted at the property. This is one of the first great wines that exemplifies the fruition of Opus One's new generation let by Michael Silacci. He took over in 2001 and it takes years for such a large-scale improvement to take root, but the proof looms large in the splendid 2010. Bright, fresh, and clean, its deep aromatics scream high quality Napa cab. Very young even at age eight, the palate is filled with bright red fruit, balanced acidity, and a very impressive textural refinement. It is a well-proportioned, restrained wine that made the most of a cool growing season. This will certainly be a classic for them over the years and is a great reference-point wine for the new generation at Opus. Although hard to resist, another few years in the cellar will help and it will easily go twenty years from here.

2010 Pride Mountain "Vintner's Select Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($99.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintners Select (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 40% new French oak) is also an exceptional effort. It boasts a deep purple color along with a classic bouquet of spring flowers, black currants, blackberries, vanillin and graphite. This forceful, rich, well-balanced Cabernet possesses well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and oak. Drink it over the next 10-15 years." (10/2013)

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2010 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon - 3 available ($74.99)

93 points Vinous: "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is another dark, powerful wine. Incense, licorice, smoke, tobacco and scorched earth flow from the glass. There is plenty of Mt. Veeder character in the wine's flavor profile and structure. Though compelling, readers need to give the 2010 time for the chewy, mouthcoating tannins to lose a bit of their edginess. The 2010 is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot. Drink through 2030. (AG) 93+" (12/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep ruby. Musky cassis, black cherry and spicy bitter chocolate on the nose. Concentrated and