2009 Bugay Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon The Empress

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
Drink between 2017 - 2023 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 23

  • Reblin Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 5, 2020 - Smooth, complex fruit, notes of leather and pencil. A little more acid than the 2006 at the same dinner. Paired beautifully with beef bourgignon.

  • Bodyfxr wrote: 88 points

    December 21, 2019 - Pnp...needs a long decant. Medium body and decent but not note worthy. The '08 is more approachable yet a bit over tje hill. This wine just seemed disjointed and out of balance with high acid and low fruit and lacking of body. Perhaps another year or so and more air upon serving will do it more justice. Hold.

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  • SLOFred Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 12, 2019 - One of the better Napa Cabs I have had in a few years. Very rich, not at all "jammy" and very varietal. Full from front to back palate.

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  • elevwine Likes this wine: 95 points

    December 5, 2019 - Wowwww. Very special bottle. Has everything I want from a Sonoma (or Napa) cab. Complex nose, graphite, eucalyptus, tobacco, dark fruit, structure, balance, long finish. Ok, maybe 96 or so at this point. Just kept getting better over 1st hour. Opened on a weeknight so had to keep from just downing whole bottle. One of my top 5 wines this year. Tears because I only have one left.

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  • Mark1npt Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 31, 2019 - A bit thin in the mouth on opening, dark ruby in the glass, standard cab nose. My sense is this wine has evolved to where it will be. Left in decanter, came back to it 45 min later and it had gained some weight and slightly more cab nose and additional nuances with flavor too. Still, at now 10 years old, this bottle not as good as those in past years. I have one left and will be drinking it within the next 6 months.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Bugay Vineyards
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation The Empress
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 290 (62%)
  • Consumed 178 (38%)

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