Wine Wednesday: Cabernet Sauvignon

Willamette Wine Storage - Portland, OR

Tasted May 27, 2009 by gripNsip with 391 views


We do this every Wednesday, and I have felt the need to start documenting this so hopefully this is the start of a good thing. Our wine storage does "wine Wednesday" every Wednesday at the wine storage, we just pick a theme a few weeks before and pull something out of or lockers and get drunk. It is usually great fun and a chance to get to try many great wines. I should say I am not a typical fan of Cabernet but I like nights like this where I might be able to learn something.

Flight 1 (6 notes)

2001 Terra Blanca Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain
84 points
A relatively flat nose of simple dark berries, light candied berry notes, possibly some celery. Strong acid evident on the nose. Age showing on both nose and palate. Sour dark fruits showing through on the palate with strong acids and even stronger alcoholic heat on the finish. Rough stuff. Some spiciness and stemy notes make an tiny appearance in the mid-palate. Pretty flat and boring overall but entirely drinkable.
2005 San Juan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
86 points
Large dark berries on the nose, ripe blackberry jam with vanilla/oak evident on the nose. Very similar on the palate, fruit-forward on the palate, medium bodied. Strong alcohol but carrying decent light tannins on the finish. Medium length run-out on the finish, a straight forward wine that is easy to understand. Light oak treatment does well enough throughout this wine.
2006 Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon 815 USA, California
84 points
Big time OAK MONSTER on the nose, holy nuts! AHHHHHHHHHHH! It's like hulkamania runnin wild in my mouth. Dark fruit, heavy and extracted on the nose and palate. The palate carries some plummy flavors, candied berries and heavy extracted mouthfeel. Takes a sour and acidic turn on the finish. Little to no tannin. This is what you would call a "BIG"wine. To bad it is to flabby and large for it's own good, brother.
2005 Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Rutherford USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford
92 points
Wow, the velvety-ness of this wine is evident even on the nose. Dark, mysterious fruits and spice with balanced oak. The palate carries superb balance, this wine is straight as an arrow with it's flavor/acid/tannin. Layered cabernet fruit moves through into the finish with light earth and tobacco. Beautiful mouthfeel. While this wine has near perfect balance it kind of holds down the excitement a little. I shouldn't hate, this wine was delicious. Not large or obtuse, this is soft and without edges. Good stuff.
2006 B.R. Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Label North Coast USA, California, North Coast
85 points
Light nose of clean grape and dark fruit and berry flavors. Very light oak treatment. The palate has a nice dose of fruit that hits then it's out. Dies pretty quickly in the mid-palate. Light tannins in the finish but carries a nice dose of pleasant acid, this wine would be great food wine. In fact I would say it needs food. Good overall.
2006 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series USA, Washington
92 points
Wow, a complex nose of dark fruit and spices, lots of oak but it is somehow balanced and soft. This has a BIG body on the palate, not big flavor, just BIG bodied, like that super hot chubby girl you knew in high school. Silky mouthfeel, delicious stewed ripe dark fruits and berries with the vanilla oak evident but balanced out. When you swallow this fireworks start, sour berries, cranberries and creme, blueberries, and this runs on and on. I'm in love, this is another solid, solid effort from Woodward Canyon. Bravo! My favorite wine of the night.

A couple hours and many glasses of wine in: Some sour/tart effects going on in the finish I wasn't picking up initially. Don't know how to rate that. I am going to stick with my initial feelings all though this started getting 'larger' as time went on, which I don't particularly like.


The Woodward Canyon was a pleasant surprise, it was more of an experiment to see if it is worth buying more. Everyone seemed pretty receptive. It was a tough choice for favorite between the WC and the Frank Family, I initially felt the WC was better but thought it was closer to a tie by the time I was ready to leave. Both wines were beautiful. I will be buying a few 06 Woodward Canyon's to lay down as they are a bit large now and will probably turn into something special.

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