Category Archives: Cabernet Sauvignon

BYDAND’s Spectacular 2018 Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

BYDAND Estate Wines from Wine Spectrum on Vimeo. Wine Spectrum has been a big fan of Bydand’s limited-production wines for many years. Our team loves the wines and jumped at the opportunity to video Colin Gordon and Tim Beranek on their estate vineyard in Napa Valley. Bydand not only produces a delicious Napa Valley Cabernet, […]

Meet Napa Valley’s 100 PT Winemakers

Top Winemakers in Napa Valley

The Best Winemakers in Napa Valley Is wine made in the vineyards or in the cellar? Some of the finest talents in the world debate this point. However, most inspired winemakers lean towards making themselves invisible in the wine—their talent is entirely versed in detecting subtleties in the vineyard or the vintage, adapting to it […]

Cabernet Sauvignon and Meatless, Vegetarian, and Traditional Pairings

Cabernet and umami slider.

Recipe: Umami Sliders w/ Miso Mushroom Patties Today’s modern diet demands “out-of-the-box” thinking. Food & wine lovers can look beyond the standard Cabernet and meat pairing. Cabernet complements fish and vegetables as well! Some say the true test of a chef is experiencing how creatively they pair wine with meatless dishes. We’ve included ideas for […]

Understanding Napa Valley & Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley Welcome Sign

The prominence of Napa Valley wine on the world stage is largely due to the efforts of their vintners during the last 50 years. People like Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley’s greatest marketer, fully embodied the collective spirit and camaraderie that gave rise to Napa Valley’s success and quality. (source) The Judgement of Paris If a […]

How to Find The Best Deal on Cabernet: 8 Cabs under $50

Cabernet Cache Good Cabernets are getting ever more expensive: $100, $200, $300 are the prices coming out of Napa Valley. Deep, rich, and power-packed, Cabernet has plenty of appeal. It’s the ultimate meat wine, the mainstay of auctions, and at pinnacle of red wines that are age worthy. Why is Cabernet So Expensive? Location, location, […]

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week “Powerful”

Today’s word is used to describe robust wines of great substance. Powerful wines can be a bit overwhelming to the palates of those who prefer their wines on the mellow side. Despite their potent nature, these wines never lack a sense of balance,  which is why this is viewed as a positive tasting descriptor. “Powerful” […]

Tasting Notes: Word of the Week “Depth”

Depth: This is a term we often come across in tasting notes (which is a good thing because these wines have a lot to offer). Depth is a general term to describe the complexity and concentration of flavors in a wine, as in a wine with excellent or uncommon depth. It also refers to a quality […]

Top 15 Cabernet Sauvignon’s of 2015

In California, Cab is King. It also turns out that Cab was King in 2015 for Wine Spectrum (45 of our top 100 spots were Cabernet). Here is the list of our Top 15 favorite Cabernets from 2015. All the wines on this list come from Domestic producers (Look for Bordeaux 1/18 on our International wines list.). Unlike our Top […]

#1: The 2012 Noemi Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Wine Spectrum’s Top Wine of 2015 2012 Noemi (Available Online) Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Napa Valley Wine Spectrum Rated 95+: Noemi certainly doesn’t disappoint with this gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from the rich and bountiful 2012 vintage. Aromas of perfume, violets, lavender, and macerated black cherries emanate from the glass. The palate boasts a silky smooth texture and mouthfeel […]

#2: The 2009 Stormy Weather Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Wine Spectrum’s #2 Wine of 2015 2009 Stormy Weather (Available Online) Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Napa Valley Wine Spectrum Rated 96: Stormy Weather is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made from low yield hillside fruit from Sugarloaf Mountain and Howell Mountain. Fermentation was done partially in stainless steel and partially in French oak puncheons. Aged 2 years in 100% new French […]