Monday, July 13, 2020
"You really can't find any great wines under $100 per bottle" is a huge disagreement that you and I can have all day, every day. It simply isn't true. This 2016 Coquerel Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect example of what I'm talking about today. This wine is wonderfully delicious and won't kill your bank account. And with only 322 cases produced, this wine surely won't be available much longer. In fact, the magnum is sold out, so you have been warned!
This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (about 82%) with a smart blend of Malbec remaining. This gorgeous color reminds me of black raspberry pie in a glass. It's deep and the aromas are soul-filling and mouth-watering. You can really appreciate the ripe black and red fruits, hint of cedar and dried spices and a bit of vanilla-y graphite. In the mouth is a powerfully fruit-forward wine that introduces micro tannins with every sip, creating a sleek and persistent finish. You can certainly pop this one open now or cellar this for several years. This wine is solid and very delightful. Please visit my friends at Coquerel Wines to purchase this directly here: 2016 Coquerel Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Napa Valley, California
Suggested retail price: $60.00
Drink The Bottles score: 91/100
Monday, March 4, 2019
Admittedly, I am not a huge Cabernet Franc fan because historically most of it has left me wanting more, often wondering if all Cab Franc was lackluster or if I had just been unlucky. After today, I am putting all of that behind me and all Cabernet Franc will be judged against this 2016 Coquerel Bennett's Vineyard Cabernet Franc. Yes, you read that right. This wine spoils you because it is a 100% varietal and made from a single vineyard - and it shows! Incredible dark maroon color with lifting aromatics of very ripe blackberries, cassis, hints of barn wood and cherry show the same on the palate with very juicy tannins and a finish that is surely a fist clencher. I know it was for me. This wine would pair well with braised short ribs but if you truly love Cabernet Franc, I would recommend this wine with a good book or a lazy Sunday on the sofa. It's truly a work of art and at only 96 cases you should grab this quickly!
Napa Valley, California
Suggested retail price: SOLD OUT
Drink The Bottles score: 96/100
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