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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 6 
ProducerRenaissance (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionSierra Foothills
AppellationNorth Yuba

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2013 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.3 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 55 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Kaerhoeg on 7/1/2014 & rated 89 points: Well matured cab sav. Lots of dark fruit and some animail notes, leather, tobacco and vanilla even some chocolate. Relatively long aftertaste. I think this wine might have passed its peak, but it is certainly still a good glass of wine. Very pleasant and good QPR (1543 views)
 Tasted by Beerzebub on 1/15/2014: Decanted and began to drink within half an hour. Smells pretty delicious - tart red cherries and raspberries, concentrated but not overripe, with black pepper, black tea, meat broth, and fleeting notes of pine resin and hoisin. Tastes similar, with fresh red fruit being the dominant flavor, along with blackberry, peppery radishy spice, and a bit of savory meat broth. Tea, pine, and mineral earth develop in a medium length finish. Excellent acidity keeps it fresh and quite drinkable. Tannins are medium strength, grippy but fairly smooth. A good general sense of purity. Quite tasty and a good value at $27.

However, with about 1.5-2 hours in the decanter, it's losing freshness - still tasty, developing nicely in some ways, but the fresh, vibrant fruit seems fragile. Decanting may have been a bad idea, apart from getting rid of the sediment. Maybe decant and drink fast. (2194 views)
 Tasted by pa81 on 1/4/2014: Nice aged cab. This was better than the last bottle I opened a couple of months ago. Very nice aged cab. Drinking well. Loses a bit of the fruit and structure as it is opened for a longer period of time, but nice on first pour. Lots of sediment and unfiltered variety. Good wine and nice value to try an aged california cab. Picked it up on K&L in Fall 2013. (1977 views)
 Tasted by christyler on 4/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Very appealing and open from the beginning - showing its age but not at all tired. Beautiful cabernet that was less about the fruit. (3151 views)
 Tasted by thunderfly on 4/15/2013 & rated 80 points: I didn't write the notes right away, but I remember it being very average at best. (2169 views)
 Tasted by gazinho on 3/8/2013 & rated 88 points: Even after careful decanting & filtering this unfiltered wine has an opaqueness to its purple/garnet colour.
Minerals, fruit & herbs in aroma.
Certainly this needs to be drunk but there is still a nice freshness to the red fruit and herbyness. Shades of chocolate too.
Acidity & tannins in good balance.
All in all, an enjoyable North American CabSauv. (943 views)
 Tasted by Sauvyfan on 2/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Splash decanted through a Vinturi to remove sediment. Smells of damp basement, small amount of black fruits, earth. and wet mushroom. Silky soft with notes of dark plum, black truffles, graphite and blackberry. Tastes like 20 years old Bordeaux. Really great stuff. Added note: completly lost all fruit overnight. Rather undrinkable on day 2. (1952 views)
 Tasted by closdupapes on 11/9/2012 & rated 69 points: Sour. Not too old- just turned. Was a gift- maybe too much heat. (2307 views)
 Tasted by tyvoodoo on 11/3/2012: Classically styled CA cab with tons of finesse. Great balance and length with nice earth and fruit integration. I'm curious to see where this goes with more bottle time but it is an absolute treat right now. (2198 views)
 Tasted by Koluda on 9/22/2012 & rated 89 points: A surprisingly different - and better - experience than the last bottle I had. (2363 views)
 Tasted by Wicker Parker on 8/22/2012: Drinking just beautifully right now. The acidity has harmonized gently into the wine's structure and blackcurrant fruit profile; the brothiness has sublimated into savoriness; the tarry tannins have relaxed into a deeper shade of mellow, with only a hint of their previous rusticity. The dynamic range is wide and the wine floats almost effortlessly across the palate, with a silken texture that you could never mistake for oak-driven polish. At least as lovely on the second night as on the first. (1855 views)
 Tasted by V1ceroy on 4/8/2012 & rated 85 points: For some reason this bottle held up better then a few others that I had. Light Leather and spice, fruit in the back. Tannin was very soft and pleasant. I wonder if this bottle was the exception or if the wine went over a hump in the aging process. Last bottle I had was almost a year ago and was no as good. (1037 views)
 Tasted by Socrates on 1/20/2012: Wow. Deep and dark in color and medium full in body, this wine is soft, svelte and silky in texture yet still maintains some grip on the finish. The nose is both sweet and savory with beef broth and cloves standing out. Palate follows suit with dark berries peeking in on the front of the palate and the mid and rear showing big broth and clove flavors. The finish is also soft, leaving thoughts of broth and clove but showing an interesting stoniness, and maybe a 30 second linger. Beautiful aged California cab. (1421 views)
 Tasted by Sauvyfan on 9/7/2011 flawed bottle: flawed (2495 views)
 Tasted by jcha24 on 2/27/2011: Wish I had a few more. To get a 11 year old Cab Sauv for $20 that still has great life to it is a deal to me. Some red fruit, tobacco notes, a little dirt and a medium finish. Nice stuff. Be wary, bc this thing is carrying plenty of sediment. (3255 views)
 Tasted by mrfroopy on 2/22/2011 & rated 92 points: Fantastic with Lamb..perfect and really displays the taste of this appelation.. hard to describe why , but I found a kinship with other wines from this area.. especially a 2002 Syrah from the same site, but different winery, (3380 views)
 Tasted by michigan dogs on 1/30/2011 & rated 79 points: I bought this as a flier, I was out of town and out of wine, the owner said these bottles were not released until 07 and that it was very good. What store owner ever taliks you out of buying one of their wnes? Anyway, we did not finish the bottle, lacking (3347 views)
 Tasted by jcha24 on 1/15/2011: Agree w salil below. This had qualities reminiscient of a Nebbiolo with a rustic old world feel to it that is probably compliments of being 10 yrs old. Thought this was a really tasty bottle and I'm happy i have one more. (3473 views)
 Tasted by awinestory on 1/11/2011 & rated 83 points: Tasted blind ...

color: deep purple, med+ intensity, tears stained
nose: med+ nose, very intense concentrated ripe red/black fruit such as black currant, blackberries, vanilla (oak), tea leaves,
palate: dry, acid med tannin med+ and drying astringent tannins, body med, alc high 14.5 up, finish ... a bit drying ...

Style note: A full bodied New World wine with lots of ripe fruit that can pair well with a steak. Good intensity, great marks for concentrated fruit, lacks finesse. Possibley a 2007 Napa or N. CA cab ... (3473 views)
 Tasted by salil on 12/19/2010 & rated 91 points: Very much like the last bottle I had. Remarkable stuff, still bearing more resemblance to an older Nebbiolo than a Cabernet with its tarry savouriness, gravelly earthiness and restrained red fruit. (3584 views)
 Tasted by Sauvyfan on 9/30/2010 & rated 90 points: Tremendously expressive Cabernet. A flavor profile of a wine triple the price. Great nose, with some vegital qualities, earthiness and a little funk. Tannins are smooth as silk with structure depth and length. Highly recommend you use a sieve or cheesecloth to remove all the sediment from the bottle. Great QPR if you paid what I paid. (4133 views)
 Tasted by salil on 9/22/2010 & rated 91 points: Crazy stuff. It's hard to place this as a Californian Cabernet with the wild tarry, herbal and faintly oxidative aromatic elements here. With time the oxidative elements clear up and this becomes increasing Northern Italian like, showing ripe fig and red fruited flavours combined with tar, savoury earth and lots of exotic spicy notes. It's remarkably light and elegant in the mouth with really bright acidity that keeps it very fresh and precise, a touch volatile at times but certainly very interesting and fun to follow with time. (4065 views)
 Tasted by jdkru on 3/20/2010 & rated 90 points: Shows the terrior well, and is not made-up with too much oak, Which is impressive, because this is not grown in "traditional" wine country. Maybe that should change. (4193 views)
 Tasted by cabrnay on 2/14/2010 & rated 84 points: Too thin and tart for me. No soul. (1241 views)
 Tasted by wineaboutit on 10/24/2009 & rated 85 points: Nose of ripe dark fruit..cherry, blackberry along w/chocolate and leather. Full bodied w/flavors of dark cherry and mocha, but this seems tired and heading on the down slide. A couple left in the cellar, will drink soon. The case of '95 cab seemed to hold much better than the '99's...drink up. (4520 views)
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