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2005 Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

The 2005 Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon was the winning bottle in the March Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for an hour and served with steaks.

Leonetti Cellar was founded in 1977 by Gary and Nancy Figgins. Leonetti, along with Quilceda Creek and Woodward Canyon put premium Washington Cabernet Sauvignon on the radar of wine consumers across the United States. Leonetti also produces one of the very best domestic Merlots. Chris Figgins is now in charge of the winemaking.

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 4% Carmenere. Sourced from Mill Creek Upland, Pepper Bride, Loess and Seven Hills Vineyards.

Dark crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. Sexy nose of red fruits, graphite, coffee and toasty oak. Medium body with great structure and an elegance that is second to none. Cherries, currants, cassis and mint on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long with the silkiest of tannins. Breathtaking Cabernet Sauvignon from a wonderful vintage. Drink over the next 4-8 years.

My rating: 96 points.

Leonetti has a full mailing list but the wine is readily available at retail in late-March. The winery has done an exceptional job at holding the line on prices and you may be able to buy the recently released 2014 vintage of Leonetti Cabernet Sauvigon for right around $100 at your favorite wine store sometime this Spring.

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2003 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

The 2003 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon was the winning bottle in the January installment of Pick My Next Bottle.

Quilceda Creek Vintners was founded in 1978 by Alex and Jeanette Golitzin. Alex Golitzin is a nephew of André Tchelistcheff, the legendary winemaker who put Beaulieu Vineyard at the forefront of Napa Valley Cabernet in the 1960s and 70s. He credits summer trips to visit his uncle in St. Helena, California with developing his early interest in wine. Alex’s son, Paul Golitzin is now chief winemaker at the winery.

Quilceda Creek Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon has earned some of the highest scores of any wine produced in the United States. The 2002, ’03, ’05 and ’07 vintages all scored 100-point ratings from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Quilceda Creek also produces several single vineyard Cabernets and a Columbia Valley Red Wine.

This wine was decanted for three hours.

Bright crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Showstopping nose of blue fruits, graphite, wet stones and violets. Massive, concentrated and powerful. Silky and seamless on the palate. Flavors of blueberries, cassis liqueur, molten licorice and tobacco. The finish is endless. Just a stunning Cabernet Sauvignon that is entering what should be a very long drinking window. Not perfect but pretty damn amazing. Happy to have another 5 bottles in the cellar. Drink over the next 6-8 years.

My rating: 97 points.

Quilceda Creek is best obtained via the mailing list and you may be able to find some at retail in late March or early April.

I’ve blogged about Quilceda Creek previously in The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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1992 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve – Bottle Notes

Quilceda Creek Vintners was founded in 1978 by Alex and Jeanette Golitzin. Alex Golitzin is a nephew of André Tchelistcheff, the legendary winemaker who put Beaulieu Vineyard at the forefront of Napa Valley Cabernet in the 1960s and 70s. He credits summer trips to visit his uncle in St. Helena, California with developing his early interest in wine. Alex’s son, Paul Golitzin is now chief winemaker at the winery.

Quilceda Creek Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon has earned some of the highest scores of any wine produced in the United States. The 2002, ’03, ’05 and ’07 vintages all scored 100-point ratings from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Quilceda Creek also produces several single vineyard Cabernets and a Columbia Valley Red Wine.

This wine was briefly decanted.

Crimson in color. 13.3% ABV. Stunning nose of red fruits, graphite, tobacco leaf and menthol. Silky and elegant on the palate with completely resolved tannins. Flavors of plums, currants, balsamic and cassis. The finish is long and plush. The last Reserve wine from Quilceda Creek and a glimpse into Washington wine history. Clearly ready to drink at 25 years of age. What a treat as we wind down 2016.

My rating: 92 points.

Quilceda Creek is best obtained via the mailing list and you may be able to find some at retail in late March or early April.

I’ve blogged about Quilceda Creek previously in The Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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2005 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Pride Mountain Vineyards was founded in 1991 by Jim and Carolyn Pride on a site once known as Summit Winery. Jim Pride died in 2004, but the Pride children, Steve Pride and Suzanne Pride Bryan, now own and run the winery. Sally Johnson is the Winemaker. The property consists of 235 acres, 183 of which are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Viognier and Chardonnay.

Purple in color. 14.8% ABV. Funky nose of over-ripe fruits, smoke and anise. Big, ripe and powerful on the palate. Flavors of cassis liqueur, currants, milk chocolate and licorice. The finish is long with silky tannins. Delicious wine if you can get past the nose. I could not, although admittedly it seemed to blow off a little after the bottle had been open for several hours. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 87 points.

Current vintages of Pride can be found at retail and via the mailing list. The Cabernet Sauvignon should run around $70. Pride is also a great stop on your next visit to Napa Valley.

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2013 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon Lyndenhurst – Bottle Notes

Spottswoode is a family owned winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The 46 acre estate, established in 1882, is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the label. Its entrance is graced by classic formal gardens, while the vineyard stretches behind to the Mayacamas Mountains.

The Spottswoode Estate was bought by Jack and Mary Novak in 1972. The first Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982. Spottswoode also makes an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, a second Cabernet named Lydenhurst and a Rhone blend known as Field Book.

Lyndenhurst is primarily sourced from the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard although a few other vineyards figure in the mix as well in 2013.

Purple in color. 13.9% ABV. 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Sublime nose of black fruits, violets and licorice. Complex, fresh and silky. Medium body with impeccable balance. Black cherries, currants and a touch of cassis on the palate. The finish is fantastic with grainy tannins. Drink over the next 6-8 years.

My rating: 94 points.

The 2013 vintage was released recently and is readily available. At $80 it is fairly priced given the pedigree.

I blogged about Spottswoode previously in Overlooked Wines from Great Producers.

Lastly, it was somewhat humbling to find out that Beth Novak, the President and CEO of Spottswoode, wanted to send me a sample to review. Thank you Beth!

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2004 Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Leonetti Cellar was founded in 1977 by Gary and Nancy Figgins. Leonetti, along with Quilceda Creek and Woodward Canyon put premium Washington Cabernet Sauvignon on the radar of wine consumers across the United States. Leonetti also produces one of the very best domestic Merlots. Chris Figgins is now in charge of the winemaking.

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Carmenere. Sourced from Mill Creek Upland and Seven Hills Vineyards.

Bright violet in color. 14.6% ABV. Sultry nose of red fruits, molten licorice and scorched earth. Silky, concentrated and powerful. Currants, cassis liqueur, cherries and graphite on the palate. The classic iron fist in a velvet glove. The finish is endless. Stunning Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 96 points.

Leonetti has a full mailing list but the wine is readily available at retail in late-March. The winery has done an exceptional job at holding the line on prices and you may be able to buy the new 2014 vintage of Leonetti Cabernet Sauvigon for right around $100 at your favorite wine store sometime next Spring.

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2005 Sojourn Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Terraces Vineyard Reserve – Bottle Notes

Sojourn Cellars was founded in 2001 by Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and recently added a Chardonnay to the lineup. Their fruit is sourced from some of California’s finest vineyards.

Mountain Terraces Vineyard soars to 2000 feet on the western slopes of the Mayacamas in Sonoma’s tiny Moon Mountain AVA.

This bottle was decanted for about 30 minutes.

Dark red in color. 14.7% ABV. Powerful nose of red fruits, cedar and tobacco. Big, bold and powerful. Exceptionally well balanced with just the right amount of acidity. Black cherries, currants and cassis on the palate. Gritty, fine grained tannins on an exceptionally long finish. The wine is in a good spot right now but should drink well over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 91 points.

Current wines are available via the Sojourn mailing list and website.

Definitely consider a visit to the Sojourn tasting parlor on your next visit to Sonoma. They do a one-of-a-kind sit down tasting where you will have the opportunity to sample many of their highly acclaimed wines. My wife and I have had the good fortune to spend some quality time with Craig and Ziggy (his dog with a talent for sniffing out TCA).

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2003 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Switchback Ridge wines are sourced from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The property has been in the Peterson Family since 1914 and was replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah in 1990. Bob Foley has been the winemaker since the inaugural vintage in 1999.

Violet in color. 14.8% ABV. Stunning nose of cassis liqueur, molten licorice, Whitman Sampler and scorched earth. Complex, layered and fabulously hedonistic. Cassis, currants, cherry truffle and earth on the palate. The finish is exceedingly long with silky tannins. Gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon and everything I look for in a Bob Foley wine. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 94 points.

Switchback Ridge wines are only available via their allocation list. The offer for the 2014 version came out just a week ago. The Cabernet Sauvignon is pretty compelling at a price of $95.

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1995 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain – Bottle Notes

The 1995 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain was the winning bottle in the May installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for 30 minutes.

Dunn Vineyards is located east of St. Helena in the town of Angwin on Howell Mountain. The Winery was established in 1979, with the first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In 1981, the first release consisted of 660 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Howell Mountain vineyards. In 1982, Dunn released a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dunn is one of the iconic producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Randy Dunn, to his credit, has held steadfast in how he produces and prices his wines. The wines are exceptionally long-lived and are truly a throwback to a different era in Napa Valley. Recent favorable press from Antonio Galloni, formerly of the Wine Advocate, has put a well-deserved spotlight back on the winery.

Ruby red in color. 13% ABV. Huge nose of red fruits, leather, mint and tobacco. The wine packs a punch on the palate but maintains a sense of elegance. Flavors of cherries, currants, cassis and graphite. Medium length on the finish with warm, caressing tannins. For my tastes the wines from Dunn always seem timeless. That being said this particular wine is more approachable than other Dunn wines from the mid nineties. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages of Dunn Howell Mountain should cost around $85. The wine is readily available at retail and a great value at the price point.

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2001 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Bottle Notes

The 2001 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon was the winning bottle in the March Installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for two hours.

Dunn Vineyards is located east of St. Helena in the town of Angwin on Howell Mountain. The Winery was established in 1979, with the first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In 1981, the first release consisted of 660 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Howell Mountain vineyards. In 1982, Dunn released a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dunn is one of the iconic producers of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Randy Dunn, to his credit, has held steadfast in how he produces and prices his wines. The wines are exceptionally long-lived and are truly a throwback to a different era in Napa Valley. Recent favorable press from Antonio Galloni, formerly of the Wine Advocate, has put a well-deserved spotlight back on the winery.

Crimson in color. 13.6% ABV. Exceptional nose of dark fruits, cedar, tobacco and graphite. Concentrated and powerful with still substantial tannins. The wine builds on the palate with flavors of cassis, currants, black cherries and earth. The finish lingers long after you finish a sip and hints at the potential of this wine 3-5 years from now. Another winner from Randy Dunn.

My rating: 93 points.

Current vintages of Dunn Napa Valley should cost around $75. The wine is readily available at retail and a great value at the price point.

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