Monday, January 7, 2019

It's 2019 and these are three of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignons - a Schug, Grgich Hills and a Frog's Leap


By Ralph Del Rio, Wine Correspondent


These are three Cabernet Sauvignon that I have been drinking a lot of lately. Three of my favorites; Definitely 2018 Top Wines

My last visit to Napa Valley afforded me to taste these wines and I have been partaking a lot over the 6- 8 months. So I have gotten to know them fairly well; I have described them in depth and can recommend them to you without reservation. 

Schug

2014 Heritage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Totally violet in color. Really nice. Not really big on the palate but it is a big wine. Aromas and flavors of figs, dates and dried orange, dried flowers, bakes spices, vanilla roasted notes, with a clean supple, bright, dry yet fruit compote medium body. It has a medium-length finish evoking notes of cassis, spiced nuts and beets, It is chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. It’s not like a Caymus or Silver Oak Okay…but it’s a complex and alive red blend that will go with a lot of spicy meat dishes.

Grgich Hills

2015 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
It has a Garnet black color. Aromas of dried cassis, cranberry, spiced plums, blood orange, and sweet smooth tobacco, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with a medium-length suede, a bit of star anise de mono, and coffee. cherry tea finish. It has chewy tannins and good oak flavor. A toast red with plenty acidity to spare. It can be paired with a grilled steak or BBQ ribs.

Frog's Leap

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown
This Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, bold and luscious, with generous dark cherry, plum spice, chocolate and leather. Forward but supple, it will drink well right out of the gate, on its own. and you can tell yet it also has enough freshness to age nicely for a number of years. It has a gorgeous depth to play off a classic, mid-weight sense of structure. It flows with layers of enjoyment. This is positively a knockout wine. I like it with hard cheeses and nuts. I just don’t want anything to distract me.


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