Robert Mondavi, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 1996

Drink now. Open and expressive, this Cab goes back to the days when the actual Mondavi family was still running things at Robert Mondavi Winery. Brick color gives way to a garnet rim. This is a dead-ringer for quality St. Julien with aromas of kirsch, tobacco and tomato leaf. Full but restrained with a dry finish.

Stag’s Leap Fay. Cabernet Sauvignon 2002.

IMG_0592.jpgDense, concentrated and still quite youthful, this wine hails from historic Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars first Estate vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in the eponymous district of Southeastern Napa. Very balanced but still compact on the palate; the firmness of the tannins tells this taster that this wine is still in its adolescence.


Chateau Sociando Mallet 2012

Sociando malletHaut Medoc, Cabernet based blend offering dark fruit, dusty earth, grippy tannins and a long Savory finish.

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