Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, February 26, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2006 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages – USA, California, Sonoma County Mocha and tea on the front end of the palate leads to blackberry and cherry, with a touch of oak towards the end. Rich and creamy in the mouth, the black tea and dark chocolate flavors are the star, with dark fruit behind. The tannins have good grip, and the finish has a pleasant woodiness. (91 Points)

2007 Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley Lots of black tea and blackberry on the nose, with toasted oak in the middle, and some herbs at the end. Rich and slightly jammy on the palate, with plenty of dark fruit and charred oak to carry it. The tea and earth flavors round out the finish. (90 Points)

2007 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series – USA, Washington, Columbia Valley A very mineral driven nose, with the berry fruit taking a back seat. There was also some spice, and a little floral notes at the end. The palate was rich and smooth, with dark fruit and stone. It finished with a spicy floral taste. (90 Points)

2007 Laird Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley Lots of spice and cocoa on the nose, with hints of herbs and smoke. The fruit came thru at the end – mainly cherry, but also a little currant. Fruitier on the palate than the nose, it had blackberry and plum, berry and cherry. The chocolate and herbs were there, but it in the background. The finish was earthy. (90 Points)

2008 Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, North Coast, Redwood Valley Toasted oak and sweet berries on the nose, with hints of chocolate and dried herbs underneath. Rich with sweet, wild berries, the palate has ripe tannins and a nice woodsy quality without being overly oaky. (89 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2007 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Bottled – USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville Spicy and rich on the nose, the fruit and earth come on strong in the middle. The palate flavors are much the same as the nose. The tannins are tight, so it needs some more time. (92 Points)

2006 J. Moss Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley A huge amount of oak on the nose. It covers up the cherry and mocha. Extremely rich, with lots of dark fruit and oak. It might be too young, but not very good too me.

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