Call me a Cab(ernet)!

Call me a Cab(ernet)!
Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar
Tasted Saturday, April 07, 2012

FLIGHT 1

2005 Grace Patriot Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville Mint and red fruit on the nose, with cigar box and baking spice on the tail end. Rich and toasty on the palate, with some spice and mint on the mid-palate, and a good minty finish. (91 Points)

2008 Testamento Cabernet Sauvignon – Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo Cake spice and tobacco on the nose, with some candied cherries and cocoa powder at the end. Rich and smooth on the palate, with dark fruit and chocolate, mixed with a little spice and cigar box. (88 Points)

2009 Major’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Wine – South Africa, Breede River Valley, Robertson Raspberry and dried flowers on the nose, with hints of dirt and spice. Dark fruit on the palate, with a little oak and spice on the finish. (86 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2009 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon Caravan – USA, California, Napa Valley Lots of fruit on the nose – plum, blueberry, and cherry, along with mocha and cooking spice. Rich and velvety on the palate, with cherry and blueberry fruit, some chocolate, and a nice spicy finish. (91 Points)

2007 Shinas Estates Cabernet Sauvignon The Verdict – Australia, Victoria Rich red fruit and creamy chocolate on the nose, with spice in the middle, and some tobacco and floral notes at the end. Rich and juicy on the palate, with some bright red fruit and spice. There’s a little chocolate on the mid-palate, and it was a good floral finish. (90 Points)

2009 Black Stallion Winery Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley Jammy on the nose, with pepper and chocolate underneath. There’s a little black tea at the end. Very smooth on the palate and not as jammy. A nice mix of red fruit, pepper, and black tea. It finishes with a little dark chocolate. (90 Points)

FLIGHT 3

2008 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – USA, California, Napa Valley Rich ripe fruit on the nose – especially plum and blackberry, along with milk chocolate and spice. Rich on the palate, with ripe fruit and chocolate, and a good spice finish. (92 Points)

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