Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

6. White Cottage Estate Risa Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)

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Lightly aromatic with herbal and broken basalt aromas over a bed of licorice-tinged blackcurrant and baked plum notes. This shows nice detail and freshness on the nose. A bit tight on entry, showing slightly coiled in the mouth with integrated acids and abundant if soft and polished tannins. The feel is light but not lightweight, with good tension, allowing the wine to deliver some well defined flavors of blackberry, red plum, and earth all topped with a well managed dose of baking spices. The finish is very fresh with a hint of heat perhaps, but excellent inner mouth perfume, persistence and detailed berry fruits with a touch of root beer and maraschino cherry. In context this might be a little lean and a touch austere, but it fit right in my sweet spot. 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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