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Red
1/1/2022 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
96 points
This Cabernet opens with a fantastic nose and taste of cassis. This wine has great sweetness. The red fruits is dense and balanced. I pick up bourbon, vanilla and oak. A nice effort.
Red
12/25/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
A great nose of vanilla and cassis. This Cabernet has a great dark fruit taste profile and it has some nice density to it. I taste some baking spice, flowers and earth. A very nice effort.
Red
11/26/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
This Forman Cabernet is smooth. A nice nose of red fruit up front. This wine is drinkable now but some cellar time will definitely round it out. I get some black olive, tobacco and a little soil or earth notes. Great balance and structure….
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Red
11/25/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
96 points
This beautiful and balanced Cabernet starts with a great nose of vanilla and cassis. This wine has fantastic sweetness and it’s very soft and mellow. I pick up some stewed plums, white pepper and a bit of anis. A great effort…
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Red
10/30/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
A very nice burst of vanilla and cassis greets you on your first sip. I also pick up hints of pipe tobacco and stewed plums. The sweetness is excellent on this Cabernet as is the overall balance. This wine is lush and dense. It’s a very good effort in my opinion and you won’t be breaking the bank. Very good value…
Red
2019 Leviathan California Red Blend (view label images)
9/30/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
93 points
A very fruit forward red blend. This medium bodied wine has a nice red fruit profile. I pick up some expresso and mocha which is pleasing. The sweetness and balance are excellent. A great effort. A great bargain.
Red
8/1/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
92 points
A nice cassis nose to this Cabernet. Pretty good black fruit taste profile upfront. I get some expresso, baking spice and smoke too. Very well balanced. This wine is pretty fruit forward. Definitely a bargain…
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Red
6/20/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
A great vanilla nose on this cabinet. Up front on the taste profile I got plenty of dark fruit even blackberry compote with some menthol too. This wine is sweet, dense and full bodied. Nice effort….
Red
6/12/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
Very nice red fruit profile to open things up. I pick up some herbs, cola and bell pepper notes. This Cabernet is sweet, balanced and pretty dense. Someone mentioned “finesse” as a descriptor. I’d agree…
Red
5/9/2021 - CV Griz Fan wrote:
93 points
Nicely sweet Paso Cabernet. A very good black fruit taste profile greats you. It also has some pipe tobacco and cinnamon toast undertones. The wine is well integrated and has great concentration.
Red
5/1/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
97 points
Awesome nose of cassis up front. This wine is dense and full bodied. Lots of black fruits, toast and pie crust greet you. I get some forest floor too. The tannins are fully integrated and there are no hard edges. Wow!
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Red
4/23/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
Great vanilla on the nose. I definitely get the kirsch and cream de cassis that others have mentioned. This black fruit focused Cabernet is sweet, dense, smooth and nicely integrated. Good effort for the money.
Red
3/18/2021 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
96 points
Very good nose of currants up front. This plush and dense Cabernet is powerful. The black fruit is big. I get a lot of cola, baking spice and some star anise too. It’s pricy but it’s a great effort...
Red
12/31/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
There was a nice pepper/herbal note on the nose. The taste profile has a lot of red fruit and fresh brewed coffee to it. This wine is smooth, lush and very well balanced. The tannins are very well integrated also. Very good....
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Red
12/25/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
96 points
A great nose of vanilla and currant greet you. This full bodied Cabernet is very soft and lush. There is a great cassis, mineral and baking spice profile to this wine. It’s extremely smooth too. No hard edges at this point. A fantastic effort...
Red
12/17/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice vanilla and cassis on the nose which is expected. I get some good loam, cedar and spice on this medium bodied Cabernet. There is a strong peppery quality to it too. It’s fairly sweet and it’s viscous. It’s probably a little early for this wine but the future looks bright....
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Red
11/26/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
Great flavor of currants, fresh herbs and edible flowers upfront. This full bodied Cabernet has great sweetness and it has nice density to it too. This bold Red Mountain wine is pretty muscular to boot.
Red
11/13/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
Nice oak and black fruit on the nose. There is a great cassis, flowers and mocha taste profile upfront. This beauty is dense, balanced and structured. The sweetness is excellent and not over the top at all. The tannins are nicely integrated. A fantastic effort.
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Red
9/27/2020 - CV Griz Fan wrote:
94 points
Very good fruit forward Cabernet with plenty of cigar box and black fruit upfront. Very smooth and balanced too. A nice effort....
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Red
8/9/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
92 points
This Paso Cabernet has some nice sweetness upfront. There are good black cherry and cola notes to this medium bodied wine. I like the herbal finish too. A pretty decent Cabernet that doesn’t break the bank....
Red
8/2/2020 - CV Griz Fan wrote:
93 points
There is a distinct nose of strawberries on this Oregon Pinot. The taste profile is definitely soft and subtle with some nice floral and berry notes to it. You get the classic currant and vanilla too. The wine is integrated well. It has great structure and balance. A pretty good effort IMO.
Red
7/9/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
There is a very full nose of cassis and vanilla to this Lake County Cabernet. Fantastic black currant taste profile with plenty of baking spice and other herbs. At 16.6% alcohol, it’s surprisingly not a fruit bomb at all. It’s in perfect balance between sweet and acidity. It’s smoky and very dense to boot. I like that’s a very approachable wine right now and should only get better with some age.
For the money, a great effort...
Red
2017 Bucklin Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
5/28/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
91 points
Nice current and vanilla on the nose. This medium body blend offers a good dose of saddle leather, expresso and cocoa to it’s black fruit core. A decent effort for the money...
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Red
4/19/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
Like most Kobalt Cabernets, the 2015 is nicely fruit forward. It’s full bodied and the black fruit is intense but it’s very balanced. There’s definitely lots of spice here along one some earth. This Cabernet is velvety smooth and ready to drink...nice effort.
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Red
4/18/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
96 points
This is a very good fruit foreword Howell Mountain Cabernet. It has a great nose of vanilla and baking spice. Like most Cade Cabernets, this wine is bright and very approachable with no hard edges. I pick up hints of toast, tobacco and nutmeg. The black fruit is full force and dense but not overpowering at all. The tannins are soft and nicely integrated...
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Red
4/12/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
Great cassis on the nose. Lots of cigar box and leather up front on this medium bodied Cabernet. It’s a very balanced wine with no hard edges. I like the density of the black fruit. This could be special in a few more years...
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Red
4/10/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
93 points
There’s definitely a spicy herbaceous note to this mountain Cabernet. The blue fruit is nice too. At 15.1% alcohol, I was expecting a little more fruit forwardness but the balance and structure are there. I think it’s a pretty good effort overall...
Red
4/5/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
A very deep and dense red fruit profile on this ultra smooth and soft Cabernet. There is a hint of baking spice in there too with maybe a little anise. It’s definitely nicely balanced with no hard edges. I do get a slight vegetal quality on the finish that’s nice also. A great effort...
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Red
4/3/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
Very good cassis and vanilla on the nose. This fruit forward Cabernet has a great medium profile loaded with dark fruits upfront. It’s ultra smooth and silky. There is some earth, spice and a little smoke there which is very enjoyable. The density and balance definitely close the deal...
Red
3/25/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
Some glycerin on the nose but it’s really nice. You definitely get some banana bread and baking spices on this black fruited mountain Cabernet. Roasted fig? It’s medium bodied and it’s dense and very smooth. Pretty nice effort...
Red
3/19/2020 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
Very good red fruit and herbs upfront. I get a hint of mint and forest floor too. This wine has some nice density and balance to it. It’s still a little young but shows good potential...
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Red
12/19/2019 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
93 points
There is a good mineral and menthol quality to this medium bodied Cabernet. It definitely needs a long decanting but you can taste the future for this wine....
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Red
9/22/2019 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
Some good sweetness upfront with a good core of black fruit, tobacco and baking spice to round things off. There is some great density and balance to this Italian Cabernet which has a 14.5% alcohol content. This certainly bumps up the wine’s “fruit forwardness” pretty nicely. Good effort....
Red
8/2/2019 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
The nose has a uniqueness to it. One reviewer suggested gun powder. I don’t know about that. I’d say it’s a rum and baking spice mixture. It’s a very smooth, creamy, dense and structured effort with hints of smoke, dark chocolate and licorice. The black fruit is nicely extracted. The tannins are subtle for such a young wine. A pretty decent effort really...
Red
6/16/2019 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
91 points
Probably one of the best under $20 a bottle Cabernets I’ve had. Good cassis and vanilla on the nose. This medium bodied wine has a nice profile of red fruit, pepper and fresh herbs. The alcohol % is pretty low at 13 which is surprising considering the overall taste. The wine is pretty balanced too. Really a bargain....
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Red
5/12/2019 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
A very nice fruit forward Cabernet. For the money, the density and richness is unmatched. Great black fruit profile.....
Red
4/20/2019 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
93 points
Very fruity with good balance. This Cabernet has a good dose of vanilla and cassis upfront. A great value obviously...
Red
4/12/2019 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
Definitely has some good black fruit on the nose. This wine starts out soft and smooth with great spice, minerals and vanilla. It’s well balanced too. The flavor is big and bold. Nice effort
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Red
12/30/2018 - CV Griz Fan wrote:
96 points
This wine has a very intense nose of cassis and vanilla to it. Upfront, you get a very extracted blackberry compote profile that’s pretty nice. I also taste some rock and baking spice. It’s full bodied, lush and dense. It’s really very impressive...
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Red
2012 Château Clinet Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/6/2018 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
91 points
A good medium bodied Pomerol. I can taste the currents and vanilla but I’m left wanting a little more. I didn’t see the fruit forwardness that some of mentioned but there is some decent dark fruit here. Make no mistake, there’s good balance too but I wanted more....
Red
2010 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/25/2018 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
A very good nose of cassis and vanilla. This wine is pretty fruit forward for a Paullac. Alcohol is 14.5% so that explains the “pop” to the fruit. Good medium bodied red fruit taste profile. Losts of currents and red raspberries here. IMO, the tannins are quite mellow for a 2010 French wine. Very nice wine....
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Red
11/22/2018 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
96 points
I was pretty impressed with this Cabernet. I have no real experience with Paso wines but this one has a great dark fruit taste profile. The fruit is very dense and flavorful. The wine is mellow and soft around the edges. Nice effort....
Red
10/3/2018 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
96 points
Delicious fruit forward Cabernet. Nice vanilla on the nose. Cassis and raspberry abound. Very creamy with soft edges.... Fantastic effort.
Red
10/2/2018 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
There a good cassis character to the nose to this medium bodied Cabernet. I like the herbal quality to the taste profile of this wine. Very strong dark fruit notes of plum and currant break thru. The structure is there and the tannins have mellowed nicely. Good effort....
Red
9/9/2018 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
96 points
A very extracted and smooth Napa Cabernet. It’s definitely fruit forward in it’s approach but not close to be over the top at all. The current/dark fruit profile is very developed, concentrated and seem less. It was very enjoyable. A great effort.....
Red
5/11/2018 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
93 points
Some cassis on the nose. This wine has a bright fruity profile mixed with a little baking spice. It’s well integrated with good length. A modern style with a little pop....
Red
3/31/2018 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
95 points
This Cabernet has a very strong dark fruit and vanilla nose to it. Its medium bodied, dense, balanced and velvety smooth. I like the black currant and cinnamon on the finish. It’s not over the top at all in fruit forwardness but it’s solid....
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Red
2012 Cardinale Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
2/1/2018 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
97 points
A great soft nose of currents to open. This delicious medium bodied Cabernet blend is excellent. The red fruit taste profile is creamy, dense, concentrated and balanced with a hint of spice. I even taste some butterscotch. The finish is long and slow. An excellent effort....
Red
12/25/2017 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
This is a very soft, plush and medium bodied Cabernet. The nose is classic cassis and vanilla. The red fruit on this wine is very smooth and spicy. This is a good effort. I’ll sit on my next bottle for a few years.....
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Red
12/22/2017 - CV Griz Fan Likes this wine:
94 points
There’s a heavy black fruit nose on this full bodied fruit forward Cabernet. You can taste the plums and chocolate. This wine almost has a Zin quality to it. It’s very dense and opulent for sure. It’ll be overly sweet for some....
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