Tasting Notes on 5 Cabernet Sauvignons from our Wine Club Meeting 11/15/14

SEYMOUR WINE CLUB MEETING 11/15/14

We met over this past weekend for our Fall wine club meeting. The theme was pretty simple: Cabernet Sauvignon. We do this meeting almost once a year and it is always a fun meeting. Had some delicious food including pizza, grilled New York Strip, grilled tuna steak, a nice assortment of cheeses that complimented the wines and some interesting deserts from Whole Foods.

  • 2007 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville – USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville
    Tasted blind. Off putting aromas of earth, leather, chemical and shoe polish. Upon the first sip it seemed too cold to me. Very high acid, suspect VA. Very hot. Could be flawed. Upon retasting, improved slightly but still hot and out of balance. Could be flawed but not 100% sure. Very disappointed to find out this was the wine I brought. What a let down. (87 pts.)
  • 2011 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – USA, California, Napa Valley
    Tasted blind. This wine tasted much better. Nice aromas of blackberry, black cherry, earth, flowers and herb. This had a light body for a Cab but did have nice flavors of blackberry, green pepper and cherry. Not super complex but very nice for what it was. This actually was the wine of the night. (90 pts.)
  • 2012 Force of Nature Cabernet Sauvignon Mossfire Ranch – USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
    Tasted blind. Bigger nose than the first two wines with aromas of game, plum, coffee, blackberry and herb. Very nice and really giving off a lot. The palate featured flavors of mulberry, blackberry, herb and ceder. Ended with a decent finish. Liked the nose a little more than the palate on this. This wine finished 3rd on the night. (89 pts.)
  • 2004 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq C├ępages – USA, California, Sonoma County
    Tasted blind. Interesting aromas of black currant, cherry, herb and cigar box. Another wine with a very expressive nose. The palate revealed flavors of currant, blackberry, herb and cherry. Ended with a long finish, longer than any of the previous wines. I guessed Sonoma for this one and I was right. This was my wine of the night and finished second in the voting. (91 pts.)
  • 2010 The Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder – USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder
    Tasted blind. A very strange bottle of wine. Upon initial tasting, this was my favorite bottle of the night. Aromas of black cherry, game, herb and mint. This wine was very big in the mouth with flavors of currant, blackberry, dusty berry and mocha on the long finish. I guessed Napa and I was right. Upon tasting this again, BOOM, corked. And not even trying to hide it since it was apparent on both the nose and on the palate. NR (flawed)

Notes on over 125 Wines from a Fall Trade Wine Tasting

As discussed in previous years, the Fall Wine Trade Tastings are upon us. This is our chance to taste the new vintage wines in preparation for the Holiday season. By tasting the wines, we get to evaluate if we went to bring them into the store for our customers, although we may test some wines we really like that are available for special order but not in stock at the store. If something interests you please give a call or shoot us an email. The following notes are from only a single tasting but give potential customers an idea of what the wine is like utilizing the traditional 100 point scale.

9/14 Tasting

Robert Craig – Consistent producer of high quality Napa Valley wines. The Affinity is an especially good deal in comparison to the other wines. There 2011’s seem to have come out very nicely.

2012 Chardonnay – 87

2011 Affinity – 92

2011 Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon – 92

2011 Howell Mtn. Cabernet Sauvignon – 93

*In Stock Robert Craig 2010 Affinity $57.99

Round Pound – Decent Sauvignon Blanc but the Cab is the real star at this winery. High quality and won’t break the bank.

2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc – 89

2011 Estate Kith & Kin Cabernat Sauvignon – 88

2010 Estate Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon – 92

Pahlmeyer – Premium producer of some of the best Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in all of California. Your paying top tier prices but these wines are at the top of the food chain.

2010 Merlot – 94

2011 Proprietary Red – 94

2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – 95

2011 Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon – 90

2011 Jayson Chardonnay – 89

2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 90

*In Stock Pahlmeyer 2009 Chardonnay Napa Valley $75.99

Chateau La Nerthe – Nice producer out of the Southern Rhone. Both the red and white are very nice.

2010 Rouge Chateauneuf du Pape – 92

2012 Blanc Chateauneuf du Pape – 92

Brandini 2009 Barolo – 90. Nice Barolo but ends with some drying tannins.

Villadoria 2009 Barolo – 88

Archery Summit – Decent producer of Oregon Pinot Noir but a tad overpriced.

2012 Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir – 88

2011 Red Hill Pinot Noir – 89

2011 Arcus Pinot Noir – 90

Domaine de Beaurenard

2011 Rasteau – 91

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape – 91

2011 Boisrenard Chateauneuf du Pape – 93

Chappellet – Consistent producer of high quality Cabernet using mountain fruit on Prichard Hill.

2012 Mountain Cuvee – 91

2012 Signature Cabernet Sauginvon – 93

2012 Chardonnay – 90

Clos du Val

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa – 88

2010 Merlot – 87

Coho – Year in and year out the Headwaters is a very nice wine at an affordable price for a Napa red. The Pinot Noir I have never been impressed with but this years had distinctiveness and nice flavors.

2010 Headwater Red – 92

2011 Stanley Ranch Pinot Noir – 90

2011 Summitvine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon – 91

Heitz – Legendary producer of some of the best, longest lived Cabs in Napa Valley. The Martha’s Vineyard is epic.

2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 90

2009 Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Saugvignon – 91

2004 Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 92

2009 Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 94

2004 Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 95

NV Ink Grade Port – 93

2010 Massolino Barolo Serralunga D’Alba – 92

2011 Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sinards – 91

Dr. Loosen – One of the best estates in Germany. Their entry level Dr. L is consistently excellent!

2010 Red Slate Riesling Dry – 88

2013 Blue Slate Riesling Kabinett – 89

*In Stock Dr. Loosen 2012 Dr. L Riesling $10.99

2013 Maximum Grunhaus Riesling – 90

2013 Robert Weil Riesling Tradition – 91

2012 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc – 93

Venge – Great Napa estate with a history of very good Cabernet. Surprised how good the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were though.

2011 Maldonado Vineyard Chardonnay Napa Valley – 92

2012 Bacigalupi Vinaeyard Pinot Noir RRV – 91

2012 Scout’s Honor Proprietary Red Napa Valley – 91

2012 Silencieux Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 94

2010 MaCauley Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 94

Shafer – Like Pahlmeyer, this is the best of the best. All the wines are good but the Hillside Select is just another level of excellence. The 2010 is one of the best wines you’ll ever try.

2012 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch – 92

2012 Merlot Napa Valley – 90

2011 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon – 90

2011 Relentless Syrah/Petite Sirah – 91

2010 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon – 97

*In Stock Shafer 2010 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch $58.99

Palmaz

2010 Cedar Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon – 90

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – 92

2001 El Coto de Imaz Gran Reserva – 90

Honig – Always a consistent and affordable producer of high quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Napa – 88

2012 Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford – 90

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 91

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Bartolucci – 92

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Bartolucci – 92

2012 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc – 93

2004 Fattoria Felsina Vin Santo – 94

Far Niente

2012 Cabernet Sauvingon – 88

2011 Chardonnay – 88

Nickel and Nickel

2011 State Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon – 88

2011 Tench Cabernet Sauvignon – 87

Summer’s – Producer of some nice entry level Cabernet’s that are great values

2012 Adriannas Cuvee – 89

2010 Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon – 90

2010 Knight’s Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 90

2013 Filus Torrontes – 88

Ciacci Piccolomini

2009 Brunello di Montalcino – 90

2007 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva – 90

Dr. Konstantin Frank

2013 Rkatsiteli – 88

2013 Dry Riesling – 87

2013 Gewurztraminer – 89

2012 Semi Dry Riesling – 89

2011 Emeritus Pinot Noir – 91

St Supery

2012 Dollarhide Sauvignon Blanc – 90

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – 89

2010 Elu – 92

2013 Sauvignon Blanc – 90

Robert Keenan – Napa producer whose Cabernet and Merlot is consistently delicious with fairly reasonable pricing by Napa standards.

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa – 91

2012 Chardonnay Spring Mountain – 89

2010 Merlot Napa – 88

2010 Merlot Reserve – 92

*In Stock Keenan 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $52.99

Bollinger – First time I remember having this Champagne and was blown away by the quality. The Special Cuvee was very nice an a great introduction to the style. The La Grande Anne was just a spectacular top flight Champange.

NV Special Cuvee – 90

2004 La Grande Annee – 93

2010 Anthonij Rupert Optima – 92

2011 Ca Marcanda Magari – 90

2011 M Chapoutier La Bernadine – 89

2009 Episode – 92

2008 Gaja Pieve Santa Restiuta Brunello di Montalcino – 90

Ferreira – Excellent Port house with pretty reasonable prices. The Dona Antonia Reserva is a great value.

2009 Ruby – 90

NV Dona Antonia Reserva – 92

10 yr Tawny – 92

20 yr Tawny – 93

Broadbent 10 Year Malmsey Madeira – 92

Franco Serra

2013 Gavi – 88

2010 Barbaresco – 88

2010 Barolo – 90

Trimbach – Maybe the most renown Riesling in the Alsace, producing a great range of wines at different price points.

2012 Muscat Reserve – 87

2011 Pinot Blanc – 87

2007 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile – 90

2011 Pinot Gris Reserve – 90

2008 Pinot Gris Reserve Personelle – 93

*In Stock Trimbach 2007 Riesling $16.99

* In Stock Trimbach 2005 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile $59.99

2007 Col d”Orcia Brunello di Montalcino – 90

2000 Faustino I – 92

Santa Rita

2010 Medella Real Cabernet Sauvignon – 90

2008 Triple C – 92

Hall/Walt – Hall has done big things in Napa to improve the quality of there wine and expand their portfolio. Their new Walt label seems interesting but they may need some time to get their bearings. Their Cabernet remains the star.

2011 Merlot Napa – 89

2013 Sauvignon Blanc Napa – 89

2011 Walt La Brisa Pinot Noir – 89

2011 Walt La Brisa Chardonnay – 88

2011 Walt Blur Jay Pinot Noir – 88

*In Stock Hall 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $51.99

2008 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino – 88

2009 Renato Corino Barolo – 90

2008 Pira Luigi Barolo Margheria – 90

2008 Renato Corino Barolo Arborina – 92

2012 Zind Humbrecht Zind – 91

2012 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer – 89

Paul Hobbs – Consistent producer of both high quality luxury wines and more affordable selections which he balances really well.

2013 Crossbarn Chardonnay – 88

2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 90

2012 Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon – 90

2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 91