The most wonderful time of the year is quickly descending upon us, and I say
Christmas time is Cab time, whether or not this warm weather chooses to stick around or not.
There are a myriad of wines capable of getting me babbling, (merely stop in and ask me about
my Kermit Lynch shelf), but there is a reason Cabernet Sauvignon makes the heart of wine
drinkers skip a beat. It is rich, complex, age-worthy, and produced in innumerable styles that
can be admittedly both good and bad. Below are three different price tiered, excellent
Cabernet Sauvignon dominated reds that will delight all manner of wine appreciator, from the
collector to the casual drinker.
Firstly, my yearly case allocation of Opus One is due to be arriving tomorrow. The
brand new vintage will be 2014 of the iconic, cult Napa Valley proprietary red. Here’s what
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate had to say: “Blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7%
Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the Opus One 2014 Proprietary
Red Wine sports an inky purple color and nose of crushed black and red currants, black
cherries and mulberries with touches of underbrush, sautéed herbs and pencil shavings plus a
waft of spice box. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and with an energetic line lifting the red and
black fruits, it has a bold frame of grainy tannins and a very long, earth and spice-layered
finish.” 96 POINTS. Drink from 2019-2047. The 2014 Opus One retails for $320 a bottle and is
extremely limited. (THIS WINE IS SOLD OUT.)
Secondly, the wine that I have serious personal plans for. By personal, I specifically
mean I have now watched Gordon Ramsey’s Beef Wellington recipe on Youtube multiple times
in preparation for my holiday meal that will be matched with the 2014 Clos Pegase Cabernet
Sauvignon. Napa Valley fruit has long been increasing in price, so to find an estate wine at
under $50 is becoming more and more of a rarity. Medium to full bodied with a core of black
berries, plum, and a plethora of savory aromas. I got plenty of wild sage, cedar, espresso, and
dusty earth amongst the layered oak flavors that will continue to expose themselves as the
wine ages, and age-worthy it is. This stuff has a beautiful balance of intensity and elegance
that I have seen many times in wines double the price. If you have come to know me via
emails, you know I have an eye for a deal when I see one. The 2014 Clos Pegase Napa Valley
Cabernet was released at $59.99 but is now retailing for $39.99 a bottle and comes packed in
a case of twelve.
Lastly, the 2015 Twenty Bench Cabernet Sauvignon at a buy by the case price for all
manner of holiday gatherings. A blend of fruit from both Sonoma and Napa Counties, Nine
North Wine Co. had a single vision for the Twenty Bench line, which was to offer a great bottle
of wine at a fair price like the good old days, plain and simple. I’ve contemplated contacting
them as to when the “good old days” were, but my guess is the 1970’s, so we’ll keep it at that.
The juice is decidedly, ripe and fruit forward with the aromas suggesting dark raspberry, black
cherry, and a touch of charred oak. The tannins are smooth and the finish is long and, simply
put, the wine is a crowd pleaser. The 2015 Twenty Bench retails for $14.99 a bottle or $161.90
for the case which includes your 10% discount.
Thank you all for your continued support from all of us at Gentile's (Laura, Josh, Jay,
Ryan, Steve, Nicole, Ashley, and Curt); holler at us if the wines piqued your interest,
and Happy Holidays, good night!