Saturday, February 1, 2014

Decanter's 90+ Pt. California Cab Picks - Rocca, Spottswoode and Oavkille Ranch

Decanter's just released its panel tasting scores on Top California Cabernets. Three winners came from certified organic vineyards. Kudos to them! All are featured in my forthcoming app Organically Napa: The Wine Finder.

1. Rocca Family, Grigsby Vineyard, Yountville, 91 pts. ($85)

Dense black cherry nose with a hint of iron filings and some eucalyptus. Velvety fruit yet has grip and intensity too. This is balanced, sumptuous and rich." 

2. Spottswoode, St. Helena, 91 pts. ($145)

"Sweet, intense blackcurrant nose of great purity and charm. The palate has bright forest fruits and a lively minty edge, with rounded tannins. A sensuous style and a powerful finish."

3. Oakville Ranch, Napa Valley, 90 pts. ($82)

"Smoky blackcurrant nose, which is quite stylish. Glamorous, opulent, sweet fruit with supporting tannins and a pure blackcurrant finish. An elegant wine that is finely tuned with lots of charm."

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