Historical Listings of Cabernet Sauvignon to Blue Rock
Created July 16, 2010
CG 90pts -Winemaker Notes - Our Cabernet sauvignon, deep ruby in color, has rich, ripe cherry, cassis and blackberry fruit aromas. Soft tannins and sweet oak combine with a gentle hint of pepper and spice to yield a full-bodied wine with excellent balance and a long lingering finish. The different Cabernet clones give the wine a multi-layered dimension to the palate. The long growing season at the Truchard Vineyard in the cool Carneros district yields grapes with deep color and great natural acidity. The Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard on the Conn Creek alluvial fan adjacent to Caymus in Rutherford delivers classic midvalley fruit and supple tannins and “Rutherford Dust” earth flavors. The Petit Verdot adds depth to the color and a tannic richness, while the Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet franc bring softness, acidity and fruit respectively. Crafted in a rich, concentrated European style, this wine pairs well with flavorful, full-bodied meals, and will develop a harmonious smoothness with age. Excellent today, the wine will also reward those with the patience to cellar it. rated 90+Price: $32.95
Created March 15, 2011
9945-26n67Bell Wine Cellars
Winemaker Notes - Our Cabernet sauvignon, deep ruby in color, has rich, ripe cherry, cassis and blackberry fruit aromas. Soft tannins and sweet oak combine with a gentle hint of pepper and spice to yield a full-bodied wine with excellent balance and a long lingering finish. The different Cabernet clones give the wine a multi-layered dimension to the palate. The long growing season at the Truchard Vineyard in the cool Carneros district yields grapes with deep color and great natural acidity. The Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard on the Conn Creek alluvial fan adjacent to Caymus in Rutherford delivers classic mid-valley fruit and supple tannins and “Rutherford Dust” earth flavors. The Petit Verdot adds depth to the color and a tannic richness, while the Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet franc bring softness, acidity and fruit respectively. Crafted in a rich, concentrated European style, this wine pairs well with flavorful, full-bodied meals, and will develop a harmonious smoothness with age. Excellent today, the wine will also reward those with the patience to cellar it.Price: $39.95
Created December 10, 2011
12011-30Bell Wine Cellars
WA 90 Pts - According to Robert Parker - The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 6 from Rutherford boasts an inky/purple color along with beautiful aromas of licorice, creme de cassis and spice with serious intensity of richness lurking behind the aromatics. Full-bodied with an earthy character, this 2010 could develop the famed Rutherford dust character, which will only enhance the large-scaled depth and ripeness in the mouth. With a long finish, this young Cabernet requires further bottle age for its full complexity to emerge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2025.
Winemakers Notes - The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 6 is our 20th vintage. The wine lives up to it long history with its deep red color and purple hue, and smooth and supple tannins, which give the wine the structure to hold loads of blackberry, dark chocolate and plum. Aging in French oak brings a polished finish of vanilla and cedar to the wine. In the glass, aromas of cassis and dark fruit abound with an undertone of blueberry. Concentrated flavors, abundant fruit, lively acidity and a long, persistent finish present a finely balanced wine consistent with the classic Bordeaux style of our prior releases. 14.7% ABV. Rated 90+Price: $119.95
Created March 27, 2014
18787-83n33Bell Wine Cellars
CG 90 Pts. - According to the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - Howell Mountain Cabernets often come with an extra measure of toughness, but this well-made wine is marked by polish instead. It leads with aromas of cassis, black cherries and caramel, and, while it does not lack for varietal extract, it is supple and nicely rounded in feel. It is rich without being in any way brawny, and it is one to tag for drinking some three to five years hence.
Winemaker Notes - Our 2007 Ami's Vineyard Cabernet is effusive with an abundance of floral overtones that are beautifully balanced with intense fruit aromas of blackberry, raspberry and ripe red cherries. This delightful concentration of fruit is accented with layers of dark chocolate and aromatic spices that pours into a palate that is pure silk and satin and full of the lush berry fruit promised in the aromas. The finish is long and lingering and the result is a wine that is both elegant and concentrated. This wine is an exceptional culmination of terroir and expertise! Rated 90+Price: $30.95
Created May 3, 2011
Winemaker Notes - Aromas of black cherries, cocoa, and barrel spice are carried through to the palate in a deep and luxurious package. The supple tannins and generous body of the wine make for a wine that is enjoyable on release, but may be aged longer to develop additional complexity.Price: $24.95
Created March 14, 2013
15692-17n78Bennett Family Reserve
Created February 28, 2008
Created June 16, 2009
Created June 11, 2007
1037-29n25Benziger Family Winery
Created December 8, 2007
1802-12n75Benziger Family Winery
Created June 16, 2009
5856-12n38Benziger Family Winery
WE 90pts - Winemaker Notes - The 2007 vintage of our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon has weight, structure and well integrated tannins. Dark berry flavors introduce the wine followed by hints of tea, cocoa and coffee. A well supported mid palate gives way to a long, soft finish. rated 90+Price: $16.95
Created May 5, 2011
10310-13n78Benziger Family Winery
93 Points - Los Angeles International Wine Competition - Winemaker Notes - Big ripe black fruit notes on the palate are accented by dried herb, spicy tobacco and a slight vanilla essence. An enticing, solidly structured mid-palate gives way to a long, soft finish. rated 90+Price: $14.95
Created February 1, 2012
12330-11n02Benziger Family Winery
Winemaker Notes - Our Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised from vineyards seated in rocky soils and surrounded in warmth; these influences encourage deep root growth and complex flavored grapes. The 2009 vintage is chock full of plum, loganberry and black cherry flavors. Hints of tea, cocoa and cassis aromas snare the olfactory while a well supported mid palate gives way to a polished, soft finish.Price: $16.95
Created March 7, 2013
15590-13n78Benziger Family Winery
Created September 28, 2009
Created September 28, 2009
Created September 28, 2009
Created May 11, 2007
Created August 29, 2007
Created May 26, 2010
Created November 16, 2007
Created December 13, 2007
Created September 11, 2009
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Created August 6, 2009
WA 93 Pts - According to the Wine Advocate - The 2006 was made from 32% Bancroft Ranch, 24% Steinhauer Ranch, 19% St. Helena Home Vineyard, with smaller amounts from Rancho del Oso, Chabot Vineyard, Marston Ranch and Lampyridae. A big heat wave in July was the salient weather factor in this vintage. The harvest began early and continued for five weeks. Abundant smoke, chocolate, espresso roast, cassis and mocha characteristics are found in this full-bodied, powerful, layered Cabernet. Although not quite as seamless as the nearly perfect 2005 Private Reserve, it is a big, dense beauty from a somewhat forgotten Napa Valley vintage. Give it 3-4 years of cellaring and drink it over the following two decades or more.
According to Wine Spectator - Ripe, elegant and smooth-textured, with supple cherry, plum and wild raspberry fruit that's full-bodied, picking up weight before ending with taut, dry tannins. Comes up shy on richness, but give this time. Best from 2010 through 2016. 8,300 cases made. Rated 90+Price: $93.95
Created November 12, 2010
Created August 18, 2010
WA 94 Pts - According to Robert Parker - The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Bancroft Ranch offers stunning aromas of cassis, kirsch, licorice and white chocolate.
Winemakers Notes - Howell Mountain rises just to the northeast of Beringer’s winery in St. Helena, and Bancroft Ranch lies at an elevation of 1,800 feet on the western slope of the mountain. The soil here—gritty white tuff of volcanic origin—is shallow, infertile and extremely well drained. The vines produce small, intensely flavored berries with powerful, concentrated fruit flavors and thick skins that yield rich tannins.Price: $62.95
Created July 17, 2013
Created December 30, 2009
WA 97 WS 91 Pts - According to Robert Parker - One of the finest Private Reserves made over the last two decades, this phenomenal wine is obviously still an infant in terms of development, but it exhibits a dense purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of blackberries, white chocolate, licorice, tobacco leaf, smoky barbecue, charcoal and a burning ember-like note reminiscent of a Graves from Bordeaux. A dense, luscious, full-bodied, opulent style, with sweet tannin, this locked and loaded, intense, full throttle Private Reserve should be accessible in 5-6 years and last for 25-30.
According to Wine Spectator - Firm, intense and vibrant, featuring a complex, focused core of earthy currant, sage, black licorice and mineral. Full-bodied, yet sleek and trim on the finish, where the flavors are slow to unfold. Best from 2012 through 2022. 9,000 cases made.
Tasting Notes - The 2007 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black currant, star anise and wild mint. Plush flavors of blackberry, cardamom and bittersweet cocoa are accented by mouth-coating tannins and a luscious finish. Rated 90+Price: $102.95
Created October 29, 2010
Created February 2, 2011
According to Wine Spectator - Aromas of cedar, dried berry, fresh earth and juicy berry are full-bodied, supple and refined on the palate. Very well-made, this is a good candidate for now and for the next few years. Drink now through 2018. 6,600 cases made.
From the classic 2008 vintage, Beringer's Napa Valley Cabernet has notes of black cherry, cassis, cedar, and cocoa, with a long and rich finish.Price: $20
Created June 26, 2012
IWC 93 WS 92 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Patience required for this taut, dense, focused effort, with layers of mineral, cedar, dried berry, black licorice and espresso. Shows great structure and focus, yet this is very tight and backward now. Best from 2013 through 2023. 1,211 cases made.
According to the International Wine Cellar - (99% cabernet sauvignon and 1% petit verdot): Good bright, deep ruby. Captivating aromas of cassis, licorice and graphite. Suave and vibrant, with lovely definition to the flavors of cassis, violet, dark chocolate and minerals. Densely packed, very long wine with a serious structure for aging. Mostly from St. Helena fruit; the '07 version was mostly from Howell Mountain. Just 1,200 cases were bottled, the lowest total ever for this consistently outstanding cabernet.
According to Wine Enthusiast - There’s a dusty, tannic dryness to this wine that makes it tough to drink now. Deep down inside is a ripe core of blackberries, as juicy and sweet as if they were freshly picked on a hot summer day. All the signs are that this Cabernet is ageable. Give it until 2015 and see what it’s doing.
According to Wine Advocate - The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is a complete, layered wine. An open, expressive bouquet leads to dark red cherries, savory herbs, minerals, graphite and menthol. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame the long finish. This, too, could use additional bottle age to come together. The fruit was predominantly sourced from the Home Vineyard in St. Helena. The final blend includes a touch of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.
Winemaker Notes - The 2008 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon shows youthful characters of fresh blackberry, black cherry and blueberry, and has bright characteristics of blackberry and blueberry aromas, accented by notes of toast, graphite, cedar and brown spices. The palette is rich and supple with seamless, mouth-coating tannins. The rich, juicy fruit core is highlighted by flavors of cassis, blackberry, sweet cocoa and a light savory note. A nice acidity lifts the fruit and carries it into a prolonged, pleasing finish. Rated 90+Price: $96.95
Created November 14, 2011
WS 91 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - A lot of Cabernet at this price. Combines ripe, plump, plum, black cherry and black berry flavors in a rich, smooth, polished style, full bodied and firming nicely on the finish, where the tannins have a minerally edge. Drink now through 2021. 79,500 cases made.
Tasting Notes - The 2009 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of clove, allspice, lavender, and cocoa. Juicy flavors of blackberry, sweet tobacco, and pink pepper are accented by fine, approachable tannins, nice body and a rich finish. Rated 90+Price: $19.95
Created October 5, 2011
Special Case Price! WS 91 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - A lot of Cabernet at this price. Combines ripe, plump, plum, black cherry and black berry flavors in a rich, smooth, polished style, full bodied and firming nicely on the finish, where the tannins have a minerally edge. Drink now through 2021. 79,500 cases made.
Tasting Notes - The 2009 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of clove, allspice, lavender, and cocoa. Juicy flavors of blackberry, sweet tobacco, and pink pepper are accented by fine, approachable tannins, nice body and a rich finish. Rated 90+Price: $214.95
Created October 5, 2011
WS 94 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Offers rich, smooth, layered flavors of blackberry, wild berry, plum and cassis. Full-bodied, yet graceful and elegant, this is most interesting on the finish, where the flavors glide along and pick up a subtle lift of spice and mocha. Drink now through 2024. 3,602 cases made. Rated 90+Price: $43.95
Created April 5, 2012
WA 89 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is a plush, generous wine bursting with dark red and black fruit, sweet spices and licorice. Layers of fruit build towards the generous, enveloping finish. In 2009 the main vineyards winemaker Laurie Hook used for this blend were Home in St. Helena, and Bancroft Ranch and Steinhauer on Howell Mountain. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016.
Tasting Notes - Aromas of blackberry, cassis and sarsaparilla are complemented by spice notes. A note of sweet mint leads into a ripe fruit core full of blackberry and currant flavors. A pleasing finish accents the full body and smooth tannins.Price: $25.95
Created May 24, 2012
IWC 93+ WA 93 WS 91 Pts - According to International Wine Cellar - Good full ruby. Pure but tight nose shows a medicinal reserve. Then tight and penetrating in the mouth, with noteworthy intensity to the blackberry and menthol flavors. Much less open and showy today than the Bancroft cabernet, revealing little in the way of easy sweetness. This seriously structured wine finishes with substantial firm tannins, excellent breadth and a suggestion of chocolatey richness, and should be long-lived. "A blend of the best of the best," according to winemaker Laurie Hook, who added that she's looking for "intensity, complexity, depth, persistence, elegance.
According to Wine Advocate - The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve is a beautifully balanced wine. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame a core of dark red berries, flowers, mint, spices and licorice. The Reserve shows lovely inner perfume and mid-palate juiciness. It should drink well with a minimum of cellaring. The main vineyards in the 2009 are Home (37%), Lampyridae (23%), Vogt (14%), Chabot (11%) and Rancho del Oso (9%). Each lot was aged separately for about two years before the final blend was assembled. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.
According to Wine Spectator - An intense and rustic red, offering a rangy mix of dried berry, earth, leather, roasted herb and tobacco leaf flavors. A cool-year Cabernet that should benefit from cellaring, yet will always show its sturdy build. Best from 2014 through 2026. 5,315 cases made.
14.5% ABV. Rated 90+Price: $124.95
Created January 15, 2013
WA 91+ - According to Wine Advocate - Beringer’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley) is endowed with serious minerality and tension. Firm tannins support an expressive core of dark red fruit, grilled herbs, asphalt and savory herbs, all of which come to life in a vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon long on personality and character. This is a serious wine for the money. Like so many wines in this vintage, it has tons of energy and vibrancy. If opened within the next few years, the 2010 is likely to require decanting to open up. The blend is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.
According to Wine Spectator - Pure and clean, offering excellent fruit complexity, with wild berry, blueberry, spice and cedar flavors, firm tannins and good length. Drink now through 2018. 85,000 cases made.
Tasting Notes - The 2010 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blueberry, dark plum, baking spices, sweet licorice, brioche, and a hint of graphite. The palate presents ripe flavors of boysenberry and ripe blue fruit, accented by soft and supple tannins, and a long, black fruit-infused finish. Rated 90+Price: $17.95
Created October 9, 2012
WS 94 WE 92 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Strikingly rich and layered, this red is beautifully balanced, elegant and graceful, with a tremendous mix of blackberry, mocha, melted black licorice and currant flavors, ending with firm, grainy tannins. The push of ripe fruit is long and persistent. Drink now through 2022. 5,000 cases made.
According to Wine Enthusiast - Cellar Selection! Gobs of jammy blackberry and cherry fruit mark this dynamic young wine, along with enticing notes of spice, mocha and toasty oak. The tannins are thick, but velvety, making it drinkable now. The Knights Valley appellation is a kind of high-elevation bridge between Sonoma County and Napa Valley; the wine shows true Mayacamas Mountain intensity. Drink now–2020. Rated 90+Price: $49.95
Created April 19, 2013
WA 92 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is richer, deeper and riper than the Knights Valley bottling. Chocolate, mocha, plums and spices come to life in this fleshy, mid-weight wine. Readers who appreciate a more mineral-inflected style of Cabernet will prefer the Knights Valley bottling, while those who appreciate radiant, fruit-forward Cabernets are likely to prefer the Napa Valley. Both are beautiful. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% each Petit Verdot and Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. Rated 90+Price: $26.95
Created January 15, 2013
AG 91 Pts - According to Antonio Galloni - The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley is once again one of the most distinctive wines in the Beringer portfolio. Graphite, incense, smoke, crushed rocks and dark plums meld together in the glass. Intense savory and nuanced, the 2011 stands out for its complexity and pedigree. The Knights Valley Cabernet is one of the very finest California wines readers will find in its price range. Beringer skipped their Reserve Cabernet in 2011; all the best fruit went into the straight Knights Valley bottling, of which there are a whopping 70,000 cases to go around.
According to Wine Spectator - Well-proportioned, this shows an edge of dried earth, herb and leather, with a vanilla bean accent to the dried berry notes. Very complete, but needs time. Drink now through 2022.
Winemakers Notes - Aromas of blueberry, dark plum, baking spices, sweet licorice, brioche, and a hint of graphite. The palate presents ripe flavors of boysenberry and ripe blue fruit, accented by soft and supple tannins, and a long, black fruit-infused finish. Rated 90+Price: $21.95
Created September 25, 2013
WS 90 AG 90 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - Easy to approach yet deceptively complex, with ripe red and dark berry, floral and peppery spice notes. The creamy, supple texture invites drinking. Drink now through 2023.
According to Antonio Galloni - The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley is especially deep and powerful in this vintage. Smoke, game, incense, leather, pomegranate, spice and red cherries are some of the many notes that inform this striking Cabernet from Sonoma's Knights Valley, a fertile hunting ground for savory, mineral-driven wines full of character. This is a fabulous wine for the money, but with a production of 90,000 cases, winemaker Laurie Hook shows to achieve quality and value with scale, something that is much harder than it looks.
According to Robert Parker - Beringer has been doing a beautiful job in this area, and the medium-bodied 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley represents fair value. Its deep ruby/plum color is accompanied by notes of chocolate, toast, blackcurrants and black cherries offered in a lush, sexy, fruit-driven style. It should drink nicely for 7-8 years.
Winemakers Notes - Aromas of blueberry, dark plum, baking spices, sweet licorice, brioche, and a hint of graphite. The palate presents ripe flavors of boysenberry and ripe blue fruit, accented by soft and supple tannins, and a long, black fruit-infused finish. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec. 14.3% ABV. Rated 90+Price: $21.95
Created July 8, 2014
Created February 24, 2011
Winemaker Notes - Our Cabernet Sauvignon is a synergy of well structured grapes from Central and Western Paso Robles vineyards. A wine of many layers, with coffee-berry flavors and a fine backbone of tactile tannins and oak spices.Price: $14.95
Created November 17, 2011
Winemaker Notes - Our Cabernet Sauvignon is a synergy of well structured grapes from Central and Western Paso Robles vineyards. A wine of many layers, with coffee-berry flavors and a fine backbone of tactile tannins and oak spices.Price: $13.95
Created January 18, 2012
Winemaker Notes - We enjoyed an extended, late October harvest on the Bianchi Estate Lakeside Ranch in 2010, with a bumper crop of 3.8 tons to the acre of very ripe, colorful and flavorful fruit. This great expression of clone 8 shows notes of dark cassis and a velvety cocoa powder finish.Price: $13.94
Created May 8, 2013
Winemaker Notes - We enjoyed an extended, late October harvest on the Bianchi Estate Lakeside Ranch in 2010, with a bumper crop of 3.8 tons to the acre of very ripe, colorful and flavorful fruit. This great expression of clone 8 shows notes of dark cassis and a velvety cocoa powder finish.Price: $14.95
Created April 23, 2014
Created June 20, 2008
Tasting Notes - The Cabernet is a full-bodied wine displaying lovely aromas of black currants with hints of vanilla and toasty oak. Flavors of juicy red berries and chocolate come together with smooth tannins, leading to a soft and lingering finish. The wine pairs well with filet mignon and roast duck as well as wild mushroom ravioli.Price: $19.95
Created November 11, 2010
9009-16n06Black Box Wines
According to Wine Enthusiast - Quite a good Cabernet, especially at this price. They blended some other varieties, including Zinfandel, Malbec and Petite Sirah, which bring extra layers. It’s a fine everyday wine—fruity, spicy, full-bodied and dry.
In 2012, Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded our 2010 vintage with a coveted Best Buy.
Tasting Notes - Offering a lush display of dark berries, our Cabernet Sauvignon’s smooth tannins create a soft, lingering finish. Spicy cinnamon and vibrant black currant aromas accompany warm notes of vanilla and toasty oak for an irresistible, approachable glass of wine.Price: $19.95
Created September 7, 2012
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WA 91 Pts - According to Wine Advocate - The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with black cherries, scorched earth, licorice, smoke and asphalt. The aromas and flavors are beautifully layered in this precise, finely sculpted Cabernet Sauvignon. Bright saline notes frame a finish endowed with notable tension and pure energy. The blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030. Rated 90+
Winemakers Notes - Sweet cassis and a little bit of plum are carried by sweet oak, but it’s the scented purity of violets, spiced up by briar and anise. Black Currant and an accent of spicy, briar Blackberry are the core flavors with Dark plum lingering in the finish. Pure sweet oak envelopes sweet juicy fruit with touches of graphite and chocolate starting to show.Price: $69.95
Created June 19, 2013
16663-46n67Black Cordon Vineyards
Created September 21, 2007
Created February 16, 2011
WE 91 Pts Editor's Choice - Winemaker Notes - Rich, smooth wine entices with fruity aromas of raspberry jam and plums and is nicely spiced with sarsaparilla, black pepper and chocolate notes. A very food friendly wine; pairs well with everything from duck to a hamburger! rated 90+
According to the Wine Enthusiast: Great price for a Cabernet this good. It’s packed with classic varietal flavors of blackberries, cassis, plums and cocoa. The tannins are rich and ripe, with an elegantly pure Napa Valley structure. Not an ager, so drink soon.Price: $17.95
Created December 2, 2011
Winemaker Notes - The wine is brimming with fruit aromas and flavors biased to the black fruit end of the Cabernet spectrum: plums, blackberry, black currant. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, this Cabernet drinks well on release but will soften and develop with additional age. For those who seek youthful fresh Cabernet fruit aromas and a more structured wine, drink it from 2011 through 2015.Price: $17.95
Created November 24, 2012
Created July 8, 2014
WE 92 Pts - According to the Wine Enthusiast: Here’s another fantastic value from Black Stallion, which has an uncanny ability to produce Cabernets of great depth and charm that can stand against more expensive wines. This 2011 is dry, full-bodied and rich in flavors of black currants. It might even age, but there’s no reason not to enjoy it now. Editors’ Choice.
Winemaker Notes - The wine is brimming with fruit aromas and flavors biased to the black fruit end of the Cabernet spectrum: plums, blackberry, black currant. Rich and full-bodied on the palate, this Cabernet drinks well on release but will soften and develop with additional age. For those who seek youthful fresh Cabernet fruit aromas and a more structured wine, drink it from 2011 through 2015.Price: $20.95
Created January 15, 2014
Winemaker Notes - The 2012 vintage is full-bodied and balanced with savory aromas of black cherry, cocoa and baking spice. Concentrated flavors of rich black cherry, blackberry, spice and toasted oak unfold gracefully across the palate with well-integrated fruit and tannins.Price: $20.95
Created January 5, 2015
According to Wine Spectator - Roasted herb, tobacco, cedar and dried currant give this a taut, dry edge. Full-bodied and cedary. Drink now through 2014. 17,000 cases made.
According to Wine Enthusiast - A good everyday Cabernet with some aspirations to quality. Even though it’s a little rugged and harsh in tannins, it’s dry, with oak-inspired flavors of blackberries, black currants, cola and herbs.
Tasting Notes - The 2007 Blackstone Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon displays a beautiful aromatic nose of baking spices, toasted oak, and chocolate. A hint of subtle cherry makes way for powerful flavors of plum and currant on the palate. A full-bodied wine with ripe flavors in the mouth, this wine is full of complexities that morph from the bottle to the glass. The soft tannins and structure of the Sonoma Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon make it an ideal match for food. Try this wine with duck, wild game, or dishes with mushrooms.Price: $14.95
Created April 3, 2013
Winemakers Notes - Our 2010 Blackstone Winemaker’s Select Cabernet Sauvignon is full of ripe flavors and soft round textures with notes of strawberry, red cherry, and Jolly Rancher watermelon and the tannins nicely balanced between a smooth texture. Oak aging has added vanilla and roasted nuts to the wine’s background, completing the package and making it ideal with a perfectly cooked steak and other red meats.Price: $9.95
Created April 3, 2013
Created March 4, 2008
Created July 11, 2009
WE 92 Pts. - According to Wine Enthusiast: A beautiful Cabernet, dry, soft and balanced, that will silence objections that California Cab is too strong to drink with food. This wine is fine in tannins, and the blackberries and cherries have a lovely note of herbs. Feels elegant and luxurious. Drink now. Editors’ Choice. Rated 90+
Winemaker's Notes - The Blue Rock Cabernet is a blend of some of the oldest blocks from the Estate and it is aged in 50% new and 50% once used French Oak. It is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Merlot for added texture and complexity.Price: $30
Created May 31, 2011
10516-26n67Blue Rock Vineyard
According to Robert Parker - The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon offers ripe cassis and black currant fruit intermixed with dusty, earthy, loamy soil notes, medium body and noticeable tannins in a solidly made, robust style that only lacks complexity. It should evolve nicely for another decade.
We make only small quantities of affordable, luxury Estate wines exclusively from our sustainable 100 acre hillside vineyard in Alexander Valley, Sonoma. We make 3 quality levels of Cabernet Sauvignon and a tiny amount of Syrah.Price: $38.95
Created October 25, 2013
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WE 91 Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - It’s tempting to dismiss this wine as simply another oaky fruit bomb, but that would be a mistake. Yes, it’s enormously rich and ripe with flavors of blackberries and cherries, along with a caramelized opulence from oak barrels. But the acidity is perfect, and the tannins are pure and lovely. The result is an elegant, balanced Cabernet, that will age gracefully for many years. Cellar Selection!
According to Robert Parker - The cleanly made, medium-bodied 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon offers black currant and cherry fruit intermixed with hints of oak and earth. Drink this solidly constructed, competent Cabernet over the next 6-8 years.
According to Wine Spectator - Intense and edgy, with a rustic mix of firm dark berry, mineral, dried and roasted herb and dry tannins. Best to enjoy this now for the vibrancy. Drink now through 2024. Rated 90+Price: $36.95
Created May 21, 2014
19183-29n33Blue Rock Vineyard