Anatomy No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012 - $25
Owner/Winemaker Phillipe Langner brings his French Bordeaux style to this excellent, and fine-value, Napa Cabernet. Bordeaux-like nose of black currant, Maduro cigar and dark chocolate. Taste black cherry, black truffle, wheat toast, black raspberry. Pleasing, food-friendly, savory finish of earth & fruit. 7% Merlot, 4% Syrah.
Fortune 1621 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 - $29
Oak Knoll District Estate vineyard and winery (2nd label for Darms Lane Winery, located on, you guessed it, Darms Lane). Deep and dark color, black and ripe berries/cherries, chocolate, vanilla/toast from the oak, allspice. Full-flavored, soft tannins, loaded with flavor fruit both fruit and toasty barrel. Made in a big, rich drink-me-tonight style. Has about 15% Merlot & Petit Verdot combined.
Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon "Obsidian Ridge Vineyard" Red Hills of Lake County 2015 - $33
The Obsidian Ridge Estate vineyard was planted in 1999 on an abandoned old walnut orchard, at a height of 2,640 feet/800m, way up on the Mayacamas mountains. This bottling offers cassis, smoky, stony flavors with chunky tannins. The dried plums, cloves, and minerality make this a great food wine.