I headed to the WineHouse Cabernet Fest last month. Wasn’t sure what to make of this event. I like to be meticulous and try everything, but that was a little impossible this time around. I took scattered notes at first and got my head in the game a little more as the minutes ticked by. The * are the ones I liked.
2007 Franciscan Magnificent
N: Fresh crushed raspberry, blackberries.
P: Can tastes the merlot, some stem, warm fruits, plum, kinda dry.
F: Stem, plum.
2009 Mt Veeder
N: Perfume, earth, some stem, big.
P: Austere fruit, stem, perfume, purple fruits.
P: Somewhat fruity, some spice, candy, cherries.
N: Sweet raspberries/cherries, slight perfume.
P: Slightly sweet, medium bodied.
2009 Clos du Val*
Slightly more austere, perfume, blueberries, raspberries, cherry. Good weight.
Little flabby, sweet fruit. Not in balance. Lots of cherry, cola, spice.
Lots of raspberries, some bramble, spice, cola, cherry, somewhat sweet.
P: Sweet cola, cherry, maraschino cherries, dry, spice.
F: Good fruit, kinda sweet, cola.
2008 Spring Mountain
N: Perfume, crushed blackberries.
P: Raspberries, cherry, spice, med bodied.
F: Cola, crushed raspberries.
P: Mixed cherry, some light baking spice, kinda refined. Nothing wows about this.
2009 Chateau Montelena
P: Light crushed brambly fruits, blackberry, raspberry, cherry, good structure.
2008 Chateau Montelena Estate
More austere, mouth coating fruit, plum, well built.
Blueberry, cherry, spice, interesting.
2009 Carpe Diem
N: Perfume and plums.
P: Sweet, sweet cherry, raspberries, cola, not overly oaky.
F: Sweet bramble, dry.
N: Perfume, austere plum, big, good.
P: Sweet cherry.blackberry, cola, austere fruits.
F: Ends austere w a bit of stem. Fruit stays throughout.
P: Very balanced, good cherry, cola, spice, well made, fruit creeps into the corners of your mouth, complex, slight kirsch, light bramble.
F: Slight stem. Good fruit, stem, austere.
2009 Freemark Abbey
P: Purple fruit, light perfume, somewhat sweet, lots of blueberry pie.
F: Blueberry pie filling.
P: Blueberries, baking spice, medium bodied, spice, light cherry.
2009 Mt Brave
P: Dry, austere, tannic, slight cola, cherry, blackberry, sweet.
2009 La Jota Howell Mountain*
P: Pure fruit, sweet and austere at once. Great balance, graphite, light spice.
2009 J. Lohr
N: Perfume, kirsch
P: Sweet, cherry candy, cola, very sweet. Some bramble. Zin-like. Spice, purple fruit.
F: Sweet fruit.
2009 Louis Martini Napa
P: Medium/light, slightly austere cherry, light spice, meh.
2008 Gallo Signature
P: Cola, purple fruit, slightly sweet, gingerbread, baking spice.
F: Cola, spice.
2008 Ladera Howell Mountain*
N: Little hot, little blackberry.
P: Juicy fruit, blackberry, cherry. Pretty big, slightly jammy, not overly sweet, some cola.
P: Cola, spice, mouth coating, plum, dry, well built, cola, perfume, some bramble.
Trefethen Dragon’s tooth
P: Sweet juicy purple fruit, perfume.
2008 Nickel & Nickel
N: perfume and deep bramble.
P: Dark and red cherry, big cherry, somewhat dry, juicy, mouthwatering. Some earth and minerals.
2009 Far Niete
N: Funky nose
P: Purple fruit, spice, blanaced, good extraction, lots of perfume, a little hot.
F: Spice, dry raspberries.
N: Purple fruits.
P: Very stemmy, sweet purple fruit, blackberries.
F: Spice, stem, sweet fruit.
P: A bit austere, big dark cherry and bramble. A little hot, chocolate, interesting.
F: Slightly austere.
2009 Shafer One Point Five*
P: Juicy purple fruit, blakberries, raspberry bramble. Spice, juicy, good, perfume.
F: A little hot, perfume, some brambly fruits.
2008 Cain Concept
N: Austere, stem, mushroom.
P: Dry, somewhat austere, plum, cola, spice, good, some cherry.
F: Cherry, spice, plum.
2007 Cain Five*
N: Blueberry, bramble, sapling, stem.
P: little hot, complex fruit, stewed black fruit, very good. Asutere, light plum.
2009 Buccella Estate
N: Balanced bramble.
P: Pie, sweet, blackberry, cherry, cola, baking spice, sticky tannins, slightly sweet. Well made, but nothing that screams interesting.
2010 Buccella Mica
P: Lighter bodied, some plum, a little chewy, cherry, chocolate.
P: Wow. Baked cherry pie, blackberry, huge milk chocolate, cherry coke, dry, mouthwatering. Worth tracking down. Very good.
F: Long and elegant.
2008 BV George de Latour
P: Very well made, big extraction, great juicy fruit, cherry and sweet plum, very good.
N: Big Perfume
P: More muted than the nose, good bramble, dry, chocolate, light stem, little hot, good balance, well made.
F: Baked cherry, blackberries, baking spices.