Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

10. Markham the Philanthropist Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)

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This is wide open on the nose with dark fruit topped with plenty of spicy oak notes and accents of vanilla and eucalyptus. Broad and appealing on the palate, this shows some fairly dry tannins, but they don't detract from the bright red cherry, cranberry fruit of the mid palate. This does turn dark and powerful on the backend and through the moderately long finish, which shows a nice return of fresh red plum fruit. 91pts
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  • 1041141Tiakittie Love this list!!! I'm a HUGE fan of the Duckhorn. I would also add to this list the Ghost Pines 2009 & 2010 Cabernet. This is a bit of a cheat as it is a blend of grapes from Louis Martini's Sonoma and Napa vineyards, but both vintages are light and fresh, with super fine, well integrated tannins, well-balanced acid and alcohol and yummy notes of black cherry, green pepper, toasty oak, vanilla and the lightest touch of cocoa and cassis. Interesting, fun and with just enough fruitiness to keep the fruit-bomb Cab lovers interested! A wine for everyone and highly approachable both in style and sells for $20.99 here in my store in Alberta, Canada and is VERY popular (wish I could say the same for their Zinfandel)! Thanks again for yet another great article! And happy tasting! Jean

  • 1249558Jovine Robert Mondavi, Starmont and Raymond are all good.

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