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Oakville Ranch Cabernet – Single Vineyard 94 Point Magic $44.95

August 29, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Every time I drink an Oakville wine, I'm amazed at the uniqueness of the flavor.  Cabernet made from this tiny appellation in the center of the Napa valley, flanked by Yountville to the south and Rutherford to the north, is immediately identifiable by its exceptional density and powerful but sweet tannins.

The 2008 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception.  At this young age, it pours a deep, opaque purple.  The color alone identifies this wine as something special.  The nose is sweet and round, another signature of Oakville, with a nice balance of ripe fruit and new oak flavors.  On the palate, it shows its youth with mouth-coating, biting tannins that get sweeter as the lengthy finish lingers on.  Let this baby sit for 10 years and it will be absolutely epic.  If you don't

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Nickel and Nickel Cabernet for under $60. How does this happen?

April 25, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

We have a serious blue chip Napa Cabernet deal coming this week, and believe it or not, this isn't it!  But this is arguably just as good a deal.

Nickel and Nickel was founded by Gil Nickel, owner of the famed Far Niente label.  Whereas Far Niente is focused on making the best Napa appellation wine, combining the best grapes for multiple vineyards, Nickel and Nickel makes exclusively single vineyard wines.  In July of last year, we tasted through a selection of Nickel and Nickel's single vineyard Cabernets and were impressed by all.  The only problem: all of the Cabernets are around $90.  Especially in this case, quality comes at a price.

Can you guess where this post is going?  Somehow, LA Wine Co. managed to get Nickel and Nickel's second highest rated wine (94 points from Robert

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Mondavi Oakville Cabernet 2007 – The legacy continues w/ RP91 for under $30

April 7, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

On a perfect Friday evening at our favorite BYO Tin Roof Bistro (which also has great wine prices), we were enjoying a Cabernet that could only come from one place on earth.  Something about the tiny Oakville AVA in Napa Valley produces totally identifiable Cabernet that is arguably the most sought after in the country.  Wineries like Opus One, Plumpjack and Groth have made their names in Oakville, but perhaps the single biggest name in Oakville is To Kalon vineyard.

To Kalon, part of which is owned by the Beckstoffer family, just might be the source of more 95+ point wines than any other vineyard on earth.  It's long been the source for Mondavi's Reserve Cabernet and this, the Oakville Cabernet.  Almost all of Schrader's numerous 100 point wines come from To Kalon.  Paul Hobbs picks

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2007 Turnbull Cabernet- Oakville Luxury for $17.95/half bottle RP92

July 19, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  One comment

You can't get Oakville Cabernet at these prices!  Vineyard land in the Oakville appellation of Napa Valley, wedged between Yountville and Rutherford, costs well over $200,000/acre so it's exceptionally rare to see an Oakville Cabernet under $50.  Those that do sell under that price point are often made of remnant grapes that didn't make the cut for other top wines.  That's why Turnbull's 2007 Cabernet is so special.  It's Estate grown, in their Oakville vineyards, which means that the grapes are owned and grown by Turnbull and never leave the property until the wine is bottled and sent to the distributor.

This is textbook Oakville juice- rich and sweet with a round tannin on the back of the palate.  This is a serious wine.  Fans of Groth or Plumpjack, are going to be really impressed

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Nickel and Nickel: Luxury Tour, Luxury Tasting, Luxury Wines

July 13, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End ValuesHow To  One comment

When we pulled up to the front gate of Nickel and Nickel's Oakville Winery and pushed the call button to open the gates, we knew we were in for a premium experience with some premium wines.  As we walked through the front entrance (pictured above) we were greeted with a glass of Nickel & Nickel's 2008 Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay on a silver platter (literally).  While waiting in the parlor room, we took in the vintage furnishings of the perfectly restored 1884 vineyard house.  Every structure on the property has been perfectly restored to better than original condition but with a specific effort to stay true to the original.

Originally founded by John C. Sullenger in the 1880's, Gil Nickel purchased the property in 1998 with two goals in mind:

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Trinitas Cabernet 2006: Oakville plus Howell Mountain should not equal $25

April 14, 2010 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

It's a Tuesday, but I still found a reason to celebrate (and no it wasn't that I found out I owe Uncle Sam an ungodly amount of money).  So I opened the 2006 Trinitas Cabernet- a bottle I've been excited about trying since I had their Chardonnay a few months ago.

Oakville is arguably the most sought after AVA in the United States, if not the entire world, and limited supply plus high demand should equal high prices. Throw a little Howell Mountain into the mix and you have a recipe for a high priced, premium Cabernet.  This wine hits on the premium but not the price.

Grown on the lower elevations of Howell Mountain on the east side of Oakville, the 2006 Trinitas Cabernet Sauvignon has chocolaty, almost sweet Oakville characteristics combined with the elegance and focus of Howell

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