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The 2014 Top 5 Cabs of California Review

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Summary:

This year we looked at 25 Cabernet Sauvignon wines and the following 5 wines are the result of our efforts. We want to point out that the minimum rating for any of the 5 wines listed below is 91 points, which is very good. We want to thank all of the wineries that participated this year.

Review:

This year we looked at 25 Cabernet Sauvignon wines and the following 5 wines are the result of our efforts. We want to point out that the minimum rating for any of the 5 wines listed below is 91 points, which is very good. We want to thank all of the wineries that participated this year.

2011 St. Supery Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet Sauvignon presents with bright hues of purples and red. Vibrant, youthful aromas of blackberry, plum and raspberry mingle with notes of chocolate laced with hints of vanillin and toasted oak. Fruit forward flavors burst with blackberry and black plum and are balanced by graceful, structured notes of oak combined with cocoa and a dusty sense of Napa Valley terroir. This is an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that is finely textured with a solid frame.

Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Our ratings:
The wine: 91 points
The tasting room: Excellent
The property: Excellent

Address: 8440 St Helena Hwy, California, CA 94573 Phone: (800) 942-0809

Accessibility: St. Supery offers 2 bathrooms that are accessible to all disabled individuals who visit their tasting room. There is disabled parking with close access to the tasting room and an elevator in the historic Atkinson House and the tasting room. This allows visitors to access the second floor of the tasting room, view the Art Gallery and have a birds-eye-view of the winemaking process. Both the tasting bar downstairs and Rutherford bar upstairs, as well as the retail counter are all built to be accessible to disabled individuals.

Website: http://www.stsupery.com

Price Per Bottle (750ml.): $30.00

Where to purchase: http://shop.stsupery.com/SHOP.AMS?LEVEL=BOT&PART=CS11SS7&DESC=ST%20SUPERY%202011%20NAPA%20VALLEY%20ESTATE%20CABERNET%20SAUVIGNON


2011 Round Pond Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
This estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon evolves in the glass with alluring aromas of black cherry, plum, and chocolate covered strawberries. Backed by hints of warm and toasty oak, vanilla, and walnut, this wine’s palate is soft and inviting as the true complexity of the wine is revealed. It is medium bodied and well-structured, with balanced tannins and a touch of refreshing acidity. Flavors of mocha and chocolate covered cherries are apparent throughout the long and smooth finish. This wine may be enjoyed now but will age gracefully over time.

Blend: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Merlot

Our ratings:
The wine: 92 points
The tasting room: Excellent
The property: Excellent

Address: 875 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford, CA 94573 Phone: (888) 302-2575

Accessibility: Round Pond offers handicapped parking as well as an elevator to bring guests to the second floor of the tasting room, from where guests can enjoy spectacular views and indulge in food and wine parings. The winery also offers an accessible bathroom.

Website: http://www.roundpond.com

Price Per Bottle (750ml.): $50.00

Where to purchase: https://shop.roundpond.com/store/index.cfm?fuseaction=productdetail&product_id=602


2011 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
The 2011 HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is brimming with aromas of cassis, black cherry and espresso. On the palate, opulent flavors of dark bing cherry, blackberry and notes of caramel lead to a velvety finish.

Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot

Our ratings:
The wine: 92 points
The tasting room: Excellent
The property: Excellent

Address: 401 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574 Phone: (707) 967-2626

Accessibility: All areas of the winery are accessible to disabled visitors. There are several disabled parking spots and the tasting room offers an elevator for convenience. The production facility has 2 elevators that can be used for the disabled. The historic Bergfeld building offers a wheelchair lift so that the disabled are able to access the second floor. All art is accessible (except the Bunny Foo Foo installation, which is in the middle of the vineyard and not accessible to any guest).

Website: http://www.hallwines.com

Price Per Bottle (750ml.): $50.00

Where to purchase: http://www.hallwines.com/2011-hall-napa-valley-cabernet-sauvignon.html#.U5nqJXZCPTo


2011 Peju Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
An elegant and enjoyable Cabernet that showcases light thyme and sage, vanilla, red fruits, and anise on the nose. Juicy plums and sweet oak come through on the palate with remarkably soft tannins from start to finish.

Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Petit Verdot; 6% Merlot; 3% Malbec; 2% Cabernet Franc

Our ratings:
The wine: 92 points
The tasting room: Excellent
The property: Excellent

Address: 8466 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573 Phone: (707) 963-3600

Accessibility: The winery offers disabled parking and a disabled restroom.

Website: http://www.peju.com

Price Per Bottle (750ml.): $50.00

Where to purchase: http://shop.peju.com/SHOP.AMS?LEVEL=BOT&PART=CAT.RW&DESC=Peju%20Province%20Winery%20Red%20Wines


2011 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon has beautiful aromatics of plum, cherry, currants, coffee, cocoa and hints of allspice, fresh thyme, tobacco and forest floor. The body is laced with integrated tannins, great freshness and red fruit characteristics. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from the glass with mocha, tobacco, grilled herbs, smoke, licorice, incense and orange peel.”

Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot from 100% estate-grown Napa Valley vineyards: 37% Spring Valley Ranch in St. Helena, 25% Yountville in Oak Knoll District, 13% Suscol in South Napa, 12% Banca Dorada in Rutherford, 7% Stags Leap District and 6% Backus Vineyard in Oakville.

Our ratings:
The wine: 92 points
The tasting room: Excellent
The property: Excellent

Address: 200 Taplin Rd, St Helena, CA 94574 Phone: (800) 707-5789

Accessibility: Joseph Phelps is currently renovating their Historic Winery and Guest Center. There is a temporary Guest Center setup on the estate in what is being called the "Year in the Vines". The temporary Guest Center is fully accessible and is a unique opportunity to experience Joseph Phelps down in their vineyards. Their renovation, scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015 will also be fully accessible.

Accessible Restrooms: Currently, in their Temporary Guest Center, they have 4. In the renovated Guest Center (to be open spring 2015) there will be 6.

Disabled Parking Spots: Currently they have 2 in their Temporary Guest Center. In their renovated Guest Center, there will be 2.

Elevators: There will be an elevator in the new facility. However, all guest services will be located on the first floor. The elevator is to support staffing on the second and third floors.

Website: http://www.josephphelps.com

Price Per Bottle (750ml.): $65.00

Where to purchase: http://shop.josephphelps.com/SHOP.AMS?LEVEL=MID&CAT=RWINES

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