The Napa Valley AVA, is California’s preeminent fine wine region and the birthplace of a classic style of American Cabernet Sauvignon. Approximately 4% of California’s vineyard acreage is in Napa Valley, and it encompasses 16 sub-AVAs, named for the surrounding mountains and towns of the valley. If there is a measurement across the world for the best Cabernet Sauvignon, it is Napa.
Corison St. Helena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Harmony and unity define this vintage. With a year in the bottle,the 2014 is beginning to blossom and shine. A warm spring,following one of the driest winters on record, got the ball rolling early with the set of small, concentrated berries. Moving into summer, the remainder of the season was moderate, giving us the long, cool season Corison was hoping for.Leaning more toward the darker end of the Cabernet fruit spectrum this year, the
wine exhibits plum, black raspberry and blackberry aromas and flavors while maintaining the red cherry coretypical of Corison Napa Valley Cabernet. Hints of exotic garrigue include savory thyme, rosemary, violet and rose scents. Minerality adds verve, and top notes of smoke, baking spices, cedar and dark chocolate complete the kaleidoscopic complexity.
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95 pts. D
Macauley Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The dedication to stay with some of Napa's most important vineyards in its most important appellations speak to the quality of the wine and sets this offering apart. Masses of dark fruit, complexity and balanced French Oak set the stage for a very enjoyable wine. "Enticingly complex, with nuanced flavors built around a core of dark berry, mocha, licorice and gravelly earth, gaining all the way and ending with a long, sustained finish. Drink now through 2032." More about Producer.
94 pts WE
Stewart Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
This Cabernet Sauvignon has ripe aromas of plum, cherry and a hint of white pepper. Flavors of blackcurrant, blackberry, and toasty, French oak are exactly what you would anticipate in this classic Napa Valley Cabernet. The wine’s smooth body and structure are evident, with the acidity acting as a building block in unison with the tannins giving a full and bold palate. More about Producer.
94 pts. WE
Acumen Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
This hot new project on Atlas Peak shows all the best aspects of mountain fruit: intense bouquet, rustic tannins, and pure red and blue fruit. The bouquet is loaded with wild blueberry, black cherry, lavender and violets. The texture is grainy and food-friendly, showing marvelous energy between
the currant, plum, and mountain minerality. Enjoy over the next decade. Acumen wines are the embodiment of a dream to share with friends and family the very best of the Old and New Worlds, a dream where world-class wine making and viticulture experience combine with a deep love of the land.
Our Acumen team, which includes winemakers Denis Malbec and Henrik Poulsen, and viticulturists Steve Matthiasson and Garrett Buckland, were drawn to the mountainside vineyards of Napa Valley's eastern slopes, which have created countless world-class wines. It was here in the Atlas Peak AVA that we set our roots in two unique vineyards with a total of 116 acres. The Acumen label shares a glimpse of our inspiring view, which features the iconic
peak of Mount St. Helena and the peaceful, undulating hillsides of this enchanted mountain valley. Along with our neighbors on Pritchard Hill and in Oakville, our vines are planted in the prized, red, iron-rich volcanic soils that have become the benchmark for Napa Valley's finest wines.
93 pts. WE
Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2016
The 2016 TEXTBOOK Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits flavors of plums, and blueberries. It shows an excellent acid structure and finishes with a soft elegant mouthfeel. We believe it is a “textbook” example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation and that it can be enjoyed for several years to come.The core of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three sites situated within the Stag’s Leap, Oak Knoll and Oakville AVA’s. The Stag’s Leap site delivered deep color, structure and depth. The Oak Knoll Cabernet site exemplifies its provenance with incredible balance. It is not “over-the-top.” Our Oakville District site, next door to Screaming Eagle, again strutted its stuff, delivering deep color, high-quality grape tannin and aromatics. Collectively, TEXTBOOK 2016 showcases superlative “Napa Valley Cabernet” in a classic, delicious and well-mannered way. Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
90 pts. Wilford Wong
Martin Ray Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley 2016
The diverse sources of this Cabernet Sauvignon exemplify the Napa Valley terroir. The strong, traditional bouquet layers notes of ripe black cherry, dark cassis, aromatic violets, and savory curry spices rooted by earthy undertones. With clean fruit throughout the palate, this medium-bodied wine has well-structured tannins balanced by anuance of toffee and caramel oak influence.Pair this elegant, yet approachable Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with dry-rubbed ribeye steak with roasted fingerling potatoes.
91 pts. JS
Trim Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 2016
Aromas of dark cherry, pipe tobacco and grilled herbs herald a lovely wash of cranberry and pomegranate robed with sweeter mulberry and sprigs of herbs. It’s balanced and medium weight with smooth, round texture and a delightful spice and tang-infused finish.