CAB FEST - Cabernet Sauvignon Spotlight
The Allure, Highlands Howell Mountain and Yount Ridge Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.
Explore Napa Cab through it’s appellations. Coombsville, St Helena, Howell Mountain and Oakville spotlight. Some of Napa’s greatest and cultiest Cabs come from these districts.
We’re honored to pack three heavy hitters together to explore the range and depth of these babies
WHAT WE TASTED: Instant pop of dense berry then cigar box like notes kick in. Cassis in spades and not bowled over with excessive tannins. It is so elegant through the natural fermentation like a textured lattice that holds the fruit and lifts and carries you to each height of new taste revealed if you linger. Because it will indulge.
- Long Meadow Ranch (St Helena) and Bennett Ranch (Coombsville) fruit as in the best of both worlds
Highlands Howell Mountain
WHAT WE TASTED: Full and powerful nose and deep ruby/garnet color in this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon delighted us. Vibrant aromas of cherry, red berries, vanilla, and gentle oak on the nose and a chocolate, cream-like finish on the palate. With a full and lush sense of sweetness on each sip there is an earthy, smoky black berry and even more cocoa cream finish. Sophisticated but very friendly.
PERSONALITY: From a Silver Oak alumni partnering with a long time high-end grape grower for Caymus and Chateau Montelena. These gents know where the best vineyards are.
Yount Ridge Cellars
WHAT WE TASTED: Very forward aromas of spice, earth, root beer and raspberry show the range of Cabernet dimensions in this bright, ripe rendition. Broad at entry, the mid palate shows black cherry notes, along with cola, warm baking spices, cassis and red currant flavors. The finish is long and structural, with a fresh natural acidity. Dense, supple and sinewy.
PERSONALITY: Celia Welch, winemaker, needs no introduction but here you go
- 2008, Food & Wine’s Winemaker of the Year.
- 2006, Forbes.com “Top Ten Tastemaker.”
- Inducted Winemaker’s Hall of Fame