2015 Vangone Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 2019 - 2028 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 9

  • Geaux Tigers Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 24, 2019 - Dark, deeply concentrated wine, reminding me of the early 2000 Merus wines that I love. Early nose was faint perfume and vanilla. 2.5 hr decant, and the vanilla blew off, nose was charred embers, some currant. On the palate, Dark black raspberry and red and black cherry, but seemingly unmatched with the acid, hint of mint, some purple fruit, cedar, spice box, nice velvety - inky texture, good tannin management here. Medium to long finish. Eastern Oakville profile—-well made. Definitely drinkable now with a nice decant. I really like it, I want to really really love it, but simply can’t make myself $235+ all in love it. Secondary market and a better deal—then, I’ll back the truck up. YMMV. 94 for now, potential for 97-99 in 5-7 years.

  • Quiet Lion Likes this wine: 95 points

    November 24, 2019 - 95+

  • GQG Likes this wine: 98 points

    July 24, 2019 - Once again it was an outstanding combination of pure dark fruit, spice, and structure, and again it needed about an hour in the glass to really hit a smooth glide path.

  • sean7711 Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 25, 2019 - A day late reviewing this, but opened on the Saturday of MDW after having a sublime DiCostanzo Farella the night before. One of my first Kaplan experiences, although I have a few ones in the cellar that I'm saving.

    I decanted this for approximately 4 hours, the same as the Farella. It's nice when you have a long weekend and don't need to stress about the wine selection and can prepare adequately!

    Nose was phenomenal, I wanted to just sit with the wine and smell it all night. I can't pretend to the write the best tasting notes like those more experienced, but for me, it was a tick below the Farella, on par with the 2015 Anomaly from 2 nights ago, and slightly ahead of a 2016 Outpost from a few nights ago. Dark red fruit, I got blueberry, blackberry, and a bit of chocolate (more dark than milk), cassis, and a bit of vanilla cream, but not an overpowering vanilla. Very silky, and in a nice place right now.

    That being said, it's definitely a wine worth following - low buzz, good fruit, easy mailing list access (for now), and the winemaker pedigree is there. I think this only has room to improve over the next 3-5, with the stuffing to last longer if you are patient person. You'd do yourself a disservice by not opening up one of these to check out for yourself.

    I'm wondering if it's worth picking up 3 more of the 2015, or if the 2014 would be a good investment. I'm happily taking recommendations!

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  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    May 5, 2019 - When you read so many so amazing reviews of an unknown new winery you just have to try it, right? Being based in Switzerland that is a bit complicated but I managed to get on the mailing list, ship a case to my friends place in LA and fly it back to Switzerland (just to learn that now that one merchant will bring a few cases to Switzerland this summer). We opened a bottle, had roughly two thirds of it and finished the bottle 6 days later (bottle kept in the fridge, with its cork). I can confirm that the wine is indeed very good wine with intense aromatics in a fresh and round frame. Not as weightless and perfect as the Realm Beckstoffer Dr Crane 2014 or Maybach Materium 2014 (both rated 98) I tasted in the past months (but then again this is comparing a 2015 vs two 2014s). Overall, I wouldn’t score it as high as others here did but then again, the setting I had it in was not ideal (not followed the wine over some hours to capture all the potential, not the perfect glassware).

    TN: Pitch black forest fruit, cassis, some blue fruit, even some red cherries, fresh herbs, mint, with more time (and on day 6) more pronounced cocoa component, dark chocolate. It’s a dark and intense wine with a high level of precision. This highly concentrated wine is not at all cloying or heavy. The perfectly measured acidity keeps it fresh and light. Smooth tannins, good balance and very good length.

    Decanting: Good from the start but it improved with air. Give it at least one or two hours in the decanter.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    California, Napa Valley: Napa’s Exuberant, Powerful 2015s, 12/29/2017 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Vangone
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (2%)
  • In Cellars 137 (81%)
  • Consumed 29 (17%)

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