Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Man, this one is BIG! I received this bottle of 2014 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Armillary Cabernet Sauvignon last week and let it rest a few days before tasting. Tasted over two days, this initially tossed around aromas of plum, leather, cedar, menthol and a touch of sage again big, rich tannins and a lingering finish. Despite the 15%+ alcohol content, this wasn't hot at all. In fact, it was beautifully made and a real pleasure to drink. I was lucky enough to have some of this to taste a second night with a chicken pasta dish that I make regularly and the pairing was spot on. The wine was more Bing cherry, cocoa powder and tea leaves with saddle leather and neither the pasta or wine overpowered each other. I absolutely adore a 100% Cabernet that is completely mouth-coating as this one and if you're looking for an amazing wine to share with friends, this is your huckleberry!
Napa Valley, California
Suggested retail price: $125.00
Drink The Bottles score: 94/100
Monday, June 4, 2018
It had been a spell since I had enjoyed any wine from Frog's Leap Winery, so I was really pumped about the opportunity to taste their latest Cab. The 2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%), Merlot (13 %) and Cabernet Franc (9%). Selfishly, I wish I had a case of this wine and if you want to invest in something that will pay you back ten fold in taste over the next 10-20 years, this wine is for you. It's super young now, but you can discover some great mocha, saddle leather, dark plum and medium spice on the nose. Some might find full bodied flavors that you usually expect from a Cabernet at first, but thing wine is young and the Merlot addition adds structure and balanced flavors of black cherry, gravel, licorice and grilling spices. I found this finish to be very long with a hint of peppery spice. I'm loving this wine and I think it will continue to be fine polished if you give it some time. Eat this one with a rare to medium rare ribeye and some hearty, starchy side dishes. As a side note, I think this is an incredible value for a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. If you're looking for a fine wine that won't break your budget, this is a very smart choice!
Napa Valley, California
Suggested retail price: $55.00
Drink The Bottles score: 93/100
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