Tag Archive: Cabernet Sauvignon

The Reveler

The Reveler, by Revelry Vintners of Walla Walla Washington, is a beautiful example of a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The rich, luscious blackberry aromas announce this wine to your palate  like a beautiful tidal wave of blueberries, rich cinnamon bark, deep blackberries, then lifted, on a palanquin of raspberries and vanilla.

This is the best pairing for steak that I have found amongst the stateside wines. Walla Walla hasn’t failed me, yet.


Aviary Cab Sauv 2014

Aviary Cab 2014 is a delicious red fruit, and almost under ripe blackberries. This Napa Cab is not as powerfully tannic as one might expect. It’s tart red fruit could stand another year or two, but it is a thin waif, a body that matches a central coast pinot noir than a cab.

This wine is very fruity, with a lazy finish. There is no oomph to this wine, but it’s not bad. It would be better with a slightly spicier food, in order to add body to it.


Odfjell is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley in Chile. Odfjell is the Spanish word for Ship-Owner, and is so named for it’s maker’s sea-faring history. This wine wasn’t exciting the first day, being 14% in alcohol. However, the velvety red fruit, red cherries, black currants, plums and red currents burst through. This wine is shadows of leaves in a ripe fruit forest, thick and chewy, like dried apricots and cherries. I enjoyed this wine thoroughly, and four days later, I’m still enjoying it. It’s not one we carry, but I do recommend that you try it.

Cameron Hughes Meritage 2012 is a young wine, but thoroughly well put together. This blend from Napa Valley consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It’s a swirl of colder black fruit, blackberry juice, black cherry sorbet, welcoming tannins, figs, and sweet dark melons.The fruit in this wine is absolutely marvelous, in a topically enchanting sort of way. It’s like a fairy tale, beautiful, fantastical, whimsical, and tasty, with a pleasing finish of happily ever after.

Anderra Cab Sauv 2012 comes from the Maipo region of Chile, and having been grown at a higher altitude, is lower in alcohol content. This particular property is also owned by the Baron Phillipe Rothschild, and shows lovely craftsmanship. This wine bursts with rich blackberry pie flavors, velvety figs, apple peels, and ruby cherry cider. There are veils of arid greenery and hints of menthol or eucalyptus. (Odd, I know, but there it is.)

This wine was excellently paired with roasted chicken and a risotto like grain in a simple savory sauce and peppercorns.

Duck Tape 2012

Duck Tape’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, is a stunner from Uruguay. I had to try this wine, because you almost never see wines from Uruguay, and I was brilliantly surprised. The nose on this wine is luscious, rich, rich, rich red fruits, black raspberries, full of cherries, with hints of cranberries and the depth of plum.

The label claims that this is kind of a general wine, for the cowboy kind of person. This is an amazing wine, not the jug “duct tape” that one would expect. Contrary to the rustic, western image that the label hopes for, this wine is all the decadence of the lush velvets, feathers and sequins from a masquerade ball condensed in decadence into a glass.

Duck Tape

Clio 2010

Clio 2010 is an outstandingly bright blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 70% Mourvedre. This wine was made by the Gil Family and comes from Spain. It presents with a deep purple in the glass, and the aroma that bounds up to the nose is welcoming and bright, almost like a dog made of cherries and cranberries jumping up to greet you. This wine is full of stawberries, cranberry, red licorice, and loaded with spring powered Cherry Vanilla.

Eberle’s Estate Cabernet 2009 is the 30th release of this limited release cabernet. The grapes are from a Chateau Latour Clone, and aged in all French Oak, 20% of which is new. This mouth-watering nectar is full of roses, violets, warm red fruits, plum juice, sage, and rosemary. The Estate Cabernet is easy to get lost in the scent, reminiscent at times of violet candy. It has deliciously big tannins, but they aren’t overwhelming.
Eberle’s Estate Cabernet reminds me of E.Guigal’s Chateneauf du Pape 05′, something so delicious that I wondered why I bother dating when I have such an amazing glass of wine to enjoy. It sounds corny, but that’s precisely what I thought that night.

Plungerhead Cabernet 2011, by The Other Guys, is their first vintage of Cabernet. It’s comprised  of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and blended with 5% Merlot. This new wine is 100% Lodi grapes, and is an excellent first vintage.

This wine is full of boysenberry, sage, thyme, big, BIG fruit, jammy raspberries, and is deliciously fruit forward with hints of musk and overtones of oceanic freshness.

It was a really neat experience to get to try the very first vintage of a brand new Cabernet!

The Medalla Real Gran Riserva Cabernet Sauvignon  is by Santa Rita from Maipo Valley in Chile. This particular wine label produces both a lower end, but marvelously accurate varietal wines, and high end glories. Both Cabernet Sauvignons were featured in the Pan Handler Plus’s 2012 Wine Sale, and both continue to be sold in our regular stock. The one thing I can say about the lower end of Santa Rita, is that each varietal is a lovely representation of the grapes. If the bottle says, Sauvignon Blanc, or Cabernet Sauvignon, that’s precisely what you’ll get.

The Medalla Real Gran Riserva, however, is more than a simple example of a variety. This wine is a big, juicy, fruit forward fall into black fruit, ripe red plum juice, cinnamon and nutmeg, baking spices, and leather topped off with raspberry. The layers are finessed so that rather than crashing through them as one might with a young, tannic cabernet, it’s more like falling into a pile of different sheets of the same silk. This was my favorite from the table I poured from, the second favorite of the night.