Tasting Notes for Cabrat

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Red
N.V. Owl's Eye Vineyard Tweyelight North Carolina Red Blend
9/7/2014 - Cabrat Likes this wine:
89 points
All red fruit and berries. This is a great picnic wine! Fresh, clean, and youthful; this wine is great to just pop and pour. 60% Merlot/40% Cab Franc creates a nice North Carolina blend.
Red
9/7/2014 - Cabrat Likes this wine:
89 points
A good summer red. Light tannins make this wine a nice smooth summer sipper. Very reminiscent of a Chianti Classico. Pairs well with most Italian foods.
Red
12/25/2013 - Cabrat Likes this wine:
91 points
This was a very nice wine for sure. Full bodied, lush, and rich. However, at this price point I expect just a little something extra that was lacking in this bottle. I have another bottle of this vintage; I think it will benefit from several more years in the cellar. This could develop into a great wine, but right now it is just very good.
Red
11/6/2013 - Cabrat wrote:
92 points
Tasted at the winery (many times, as well as at home, and all the places I have taken it along...) This wine never fails to please. One of my favorite Zinfandels EVER!!!
Red
6/12/2013 - Cabrat Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine is showing much better now than when I first tasted it at the Biltmore Estate in the spring of '10. Three years ago I considered this wine to be over-extracted and rough; with a near wall of tannins. Now this wine is smooth and well integrated with delicate high-notes, undertones of bright red fruit, and a firm lingering finish. Great dinner party wine; would pair well with most meats and medium to slightly sharp cheese.
Red - Fortified
2005 French Hill Le Mulet Rouge Amador County Port Blend
5/20/2013 - Cabrat Likes this wine:
88 points
Nice light bodied port. Ready to drink right now. I wouldn't hold on to this one much longer. If you have a bottle of this, drink it now! Aroma of raspberries, plum/prunes, and soft leather. Very smooth; to the point of seeming more like a late-harvest wine than a port. Nice, but not great...
Red
4/15/2013 - Cabrat Likes this wine:
90 points
I'm really a Cab guy, but this is my go-to grocery store Merlot... Nice structure, depth, a touch of dusty Sonoma earth, and chocolate. A well rounded wine; pairs nicely with almost any meat. I have been to the winery, it has a fun laid-back atmosphere reminiscent of smaller California wineries outside of Napa & Sonoma. I'm glad I can find this in North Carolina!
Red
4/15/2013 - Cabrat Likes this wine:
92 points
Bouquet of pure red fruits; tart cherry, cranberry, and a touch of rose. This wine is already incredibly approachable with lots of ripe semi-sweet fruitiness. Tannins are already mellow enough, but some cellar time will give this wine more finesse. A bit of oak on the finish lingers with the fruit. A good solid Napa Cab for under $50. Will improve with age.
Red
4/1/2013 - Cabrat wrote:
Maybe I should have decanted this and allowed it to open up more before drinking. This wine seemed very tight and young. I could tell that it has great structure and a strong backbone, but it was a little ruff around the edges. Unlike the other reviews here, I think this wine will develop well for another 2/6 years. I'm giving this wine an unofficial rating of 89 for now, but I can see this developing into a 92/93 point wine in 2/3 years. I have several more bottles, as well as some '09; I'll be letting them rest in the cellar.
Red
4/1/2013 - Cabrat wrote:
89 points
Aroma of dusty earth and dark red fruits; firm, nicely rounded tannins on the mid-palate. Nice balance of fruit, and dry tannic nuances of leather, cocoa, and nutmeg on the finish. A nice example of Napa Merlot for $25.
Red
2008 Opus One Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2013 - Cabrat Likes this wine:
96 points
The bouquet of this wine leaps from the glass the moment it is poured; dark cherries, kirsh, and current. The wine is incredibly well structured; layers of flavor beginning with bright red cherries, and cranberries; firm, well integrated tannins with near perfect balance. No alcohol flavor. The finish is long and complex; culminating with an essence of coconut I have never tasted in a red wine.
Next day: Wine is still layered and nicely complex; mellowed a little, beautiful legs. Has lost the coconut aspect. Lighter body than first day; very smooth. Will age beautifully; but is absolutely drinkable now!
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Red
3/26/2013 - Cabrat Likes this wine:
90 points
The bouquet is jammy, with overtones of boysenberry and plum. Nice round tannins make this wine approachable while still young. Finishes a bit quickly with flavors of cherry and cedar.
Red
3/25/2013 - Cabrat wrote:
93 points
This wine developed greatly over the period of around an hour and a half. I had the first glass immediately upon opening the bottle. The color (garnet) suggested a much older vintage. The opening aroma was black cherries, tart cherries, and butterscotch. At first the wine was a little flat on the finish for a bottle at this price point. By the second glass the wine had opened up considerably; it now had floral essences, and an undertone of soft oak. By the third glass, throughout the second half of the bottle; the wine had developed into an amazing example of old-world style expressed beautifully by new-world grapes: rich, yet smooth, undertones of pine sap, and an intense lingering finish of tart cherries, rosemary, and mild vanilla. A fantastic wine!
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