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Ramsden Estate Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet 2007

Crafted for you by a team of dedicated experts, this inaugural release from Ramsden Estate and the blockbuster 2007 vintage (96 Wine Spectator points!) could very well be the next classic Napa Cab. Having worked at top estates like Bonny Doon and Chalone, star winemaker Alison Crowe knew just where to go for the premium fruit — special single vineyards in Rutherford and Oakville, where rocky loam soils force vine roots deep down in search of water, serving them well during the dry months. 24 months’ aging in fine French and American oak adds rich complexity — look for smooth currant, mellow spice and warm vanilla flavor. Great with grilled meats; worthy of a white tablecloth dinner too. laithwaiteswine.com

Forbes Creek Rietkerk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Everyone’s talking about hot, sunny Paso Robles, the region that scooped the No 1. wine on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list for the first time in 2010. Years ago, Paso was a happy hunting ground for Napa estates looking to ‘beef’ up their own Cabs (perfectly legal, but what a waste!) These days, it’s the place to go for flavor and value-packed Cabernet that’s bottled pure — and wineries like Bill Rietkerk’s family estate are a reason for the reputation. This chocolaty find from Bill’s special single vineyard is loaded with sun-baked black currant flavor, with a cool minty edge and firm, pleasing tannins. Bill chose to age the wine in fine French barrels for more subtle oak character, allowing the deliciously ripe fruit to take center stage. Pair this gem with BBQ meats or Cabernet’s classic match, a juicy steak. laithwaiteswine.com

William Knuttel Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

A Sonoma Legend Offers You His Finest Bill Knuttel represents everything that is great about small-batch, handcrafted California wine. For nearly three decades, he’s been the winemaking genius behind some of California’s top boutique wines. With his name on the label, he’s even more finicky about quality. Past president of the California Cab Society, Bill starts with the best fruit — from the Dry Creek, Alexander and Riebli Valleys (Sonoma’s top sites). Bursting with dark berry flavors. A long oak siesta results in a classic Cabernet that Hugh Johnson called “rich, complex, keepable.” 13.9% Vol. Enjoy to 2013. laithwaiteswine.com

HJ Fabre Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2009

Barrel-aged Cabernet from the highly acclaimed Hervé Fabre (Argentina’s International Wine and Spirits Competition “Winemaker of the Year, 2010”). The Bordeaux born-and-bred Hervé is very strict about quality: the grapes, from 30-year-old vines, are picked by hand and placed into small trays so they arrive at the winery in pristine condition. 60% of the wine is aged in French barrels to give the perfect balance of fruit and fragrant oak character. While the Mendoza subregion of Luján de Cuya has a reputation for particularly fine Malbec, Hervé has Bordeaux in his blood, and his Cabernet Sauvignon is just as exceptional as his Malbec. Intense purple-red in the glass. Classic cassis and cigar box aromas. Firm, ripe and well-balanced flavors — enjoy rich plum and currant, with smoky oak undertones. laithwaiteswine.com

Schroeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Welcome to Patagonia, Argentina’s extreme southern frontier. Down here, dry sunny days, cool nights and icy-cold Antarctic winds produce uniquely tight clusters of tiny, thick-skinned Cabernet grapes — and reds of serious color and flavor. The Schroeder family have braved the elements since 1927, and win regular Gold medals and 90+ Wine Advocate scores for their wines that are “reminiscent of top quality Bordeaux.” Deep ruby purple in the glass, with billowing aromas of raspberry, leather and tobacco. Look forward to rich red berry fruit, spice and mocha on the palate, with a long finish. Great structure — and a great red to enjoy with roast beef. laithwaiteswine.com

Parnell Estate AV Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Just east of the Russian River, Alexander Valley is the place for BIG, rich, chocolaty Cabernet. Just ask the Parnell family — they’ve been making the region’s classic red for four generations. Here’s their delicious estate Cab. Acclaimed winemaker Alison Crowe worked her magic with handpicked fruit from the Parnell’s premium Shelford Ranch and Soda Rock vineyards. You enjoy the result: this smooth, well-balanced red, patiently aged in fine French oak for added flavor depth. Deep purple-red in the glass, with billowing aromas of cassis and tobacco. Rich red berry flavors, with notes of dark chocolate and spicy vanilla. This is your match for grilled meat – serve with steak, hamburgers or spicy sausages. laithwaiteswine.com

Los Rosales Chapel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Nestled in the Rapel Valley, lying south of the Maipo Valley in Chile’s Central Valley, is the prestigious Viña La Rosa Estate. Founded in 1824, it’s one of the oldest operating wineries in Chile. Winemaker (and Cab expert) José Ignacio Cancino says the purity of flavor in his pride-and-joy Cabernet is due to the health of grapes from his tiny Cornellana vineyard (in the middle of which sits a small, old chapel, built by the mother of the estate’s founder). The “Chapel Vineyard” is the estate’s most highly prized site — steeply sloping, sun-drenched and a source of premium-quality grapes. Inky-purple in your glass with notes of black fruit and tobacco. On the palate, pure cassis and spice. laithwaiteswine.com

Warburn Estate Barossa Cabernet 2009

Taste Sam Trimboli’s reserve Cabernet and you’ll understand why the critics love him so. Classically smooth Barossa red — made with some of the region’s best grapes because Sam knows all the top growers. Generous aging in fine oak adds layers of complexity to the ripe berry fruit. Medium crimson red. Enticing red berry mixed with subtle spice and tobacco notes. Ripe raspberry, with notes of cinnamon and warm oak. Long, smooth finish. laithwaiteswine.com

The Holdings Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

The sunny vineyards of Paso Robles produce super-ripe, premium-class Cabernet and, with less lofty land prices than Napa, offer superb value … which is why it’s one of the fastest-growing regions in California. This is a deliciously concentrated example from the cellars of Don Brady, winner of the prestigious Golden State Winery award at the California State Fair in 2010. Complex yet balanced, its silky tannins make it an ideal companion for your finest steaks or grilled lamb chops. Our supplies are limited, so get your case today. Bright purple-red in the glass with enticing black currant and licorice aromas. Velvety smooth with ripe blueberry, more black currant, and fresh mint on the finish. laithwaiteswine.com

Domaine Ginestieres Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

A remarkably succulent Cabernet made by Claude Gros (who was famously awarded 96 Parker Points for his Château La Fleur Morange Saint-Emilion Grand Cru). He certainly knows a thing or two about the great Bordeaux variety – he perfected his skills at top estates in Bordeaux, home to some of the priciest Cabernet wines in the world. What you’ll taste in every glass is a Bordeaux-like finesse. This great value is from the rugged and rocky Minervois hills, in France’s deep south, where Claude grew up. Delicious. Deep ruby in the glass. Aromas of vibrant, enticing ripe cherry and spiced black fruit. On the palate, succulent black currant and black cherries. Very fresh with a lovely edge of spice. laithwaiteswine.com

William Knuttel Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

For decades, Bill Knuttel was the genius behind some of California’s top wineries — names like Saintsbury and Chalk Hill, whose reds are some of the most sought after around. Now the former President of the California Cabernet Society is out to make his own reputation — and with his name on the bottle, he’s even more finicky about quality. See for yourself with this premium red — made with ripe, round, fruit-packed Cabernet Sauvignon from the heart of Napa Valley. Bill adds Merlot and Cabernet Franc for a touch of chocolaty smoothness and earthy spice, respectively. Patient aging in oak barriques lends an even deeper complexity to the finished wine, which is full of lush black fruit and silky tannins. Deep purple in the glass, with billowing aromas and flavors of black cherry, cassis and ripe plum. Notes of red licorice and cigar box wrap the smoky oak core. Makes a fine partner for a juicy steak or beef tenderloin. laithwaiteswine.com

The ‘Inaugural’ Raymond R Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

The perfect recipe for California Cabernet: Start with Raymond, one of Napa’s most historic estates. Spice things up with a visionary new owner: Jean-Charles Boisset, head of a top Burgundy house. Bring in Far Niente’s star winemaker Stephanie Putnam (a past winner of the ‘Cabernet of the Year’ (The Wine News). Add premium fruit from top sites in Napa and beyond … then enjoy the rich, barrel-aged result: the inaugural vintage of this ‘dream team’ Cabernet — and a fine centerpiece for your next dinner party. Look for a ripe core of cherry and plum, notes of white pepper and a l-o-n-g, smooth finish. laithwaiteswine.com

CS Charles Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

“For a mighty red that’s too good to share (note to self), try Charles Smith Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 from America’s reigning ‘Winemaker of the Year’. Washington State’s cool maritime climate produces some of the most sought-after wine and this trophy red shouts fantastic value for money. Bold and complex – the taste of crushed berries with ribbons of blackcurrant, a hint of cedar wood and juicy acidity make this a favorite.” (Sam Wylie-Harris, UK Press Association) And Sam’s not the only British critic who loves this sumptuous 2009. Master of Wine Jancis Robinson made it her Wine of the Week back in November 2010, saying she could “taste the sunshine and ripeness,” and calling it “one of the best value Washington wines in the UK.” laithwaiteswine.com

Redwood Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Welcome to sunny Lodi, home to California’s oldest vineyards — and a happy hunting ground for Napa estates looking to ‘beef up’ their own Cabs. Once there, we head to see the Natsis family, who are putting this region on the fine wine map by bottling 100% pure Lodi Cabs. You’re in for a treat with their Redwood Road. George Natsis meticulously ages his Cabernet in both French and American oak. You enjoy the best-of-both-worlds result: layers of warm, bold vanilla (from the Americans) and subtle spice character (from the French). Look for aromas of black currant, sweet spices (clove and vanilla) and a hint of mint. On the palate, you’ll taste generous black fruit and spice flavor with a long finish. laithwaiteswine.com

Textbook ‘Fin de Journee’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

It may be easy to see why the word “textbook” appears in the name of this sumptuous Cabernet from the celebrated Jonathan and Susan Pey. “Their labels represent impeccable wines with a structure rarely seen in California. They are as close to classical as anything we’ve got,” says San Francisco’s 7×7 Magazine. Grapes are hand-harvested from premium Oakville vineyards that border Grgich and Dominus (estates whose Cab sells for more than $100 a bottle!) The Peys practice rigorous sustainable farming at their Certified Organic winery, and they’re just as obsessed with quality in the cellar. Treated to an impressive 17 months in French oak, Textbook offers a taste of everything that’s great about Oakville Cabernet — brooding aromas of red and black currant and spice on the nose, complex dark berry on the palate and a firm, balanced finish. Serve at the ‘fin de journée’ (‘the close the day’) — your dinner party guests will be delighted. laithwaiteswine.com

Dunn “Howell Mountain” Cabernet Magnum 2000

Telltale aromas of violets, blackberries, blueberries, and crushed stones are apparent in this medium to full-bodied, slightly lean 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain. Tasty and expressive, it needs 3-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well for a decade. An interesting point of trivia is that Randy Dunn’s production of approximately 4,000 cases of Napa and Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon per year has not changed since the winery’s inception … somewhat refreshing in view of the American cultural tendency to think that “bigger is better.” RP – 88 laithwaiteswine.com

95 Parker Point Vintage Napa Cab Veedercrest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

The Wine: From a 95 Parker-Pointed vintage. Previous releases of Veedercrest have been enjoyed by President Carter and Pope John Paul II. The Challenge: Veedercrest Cabernet was chosen by renowned British wine expert Steven Spurrier to represent Napa at the infamous 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting, where the finest Bordeaux was pitted against America’s best. (The contest stirred major controversy when three of the top places were awarded to the U.S., launching Napa Cabernet – and Veedercrest – onto the world stage.) The Region: Napa is Cabernet country, and Mount Veeder is the region’s largest and highest appellation. The mountain itself is part of the Mayacamas range and here, Cabernet is king of the hill. Dark brick red with enticing, complex aromas of bramble fruit, sour cherry and spice. On the palate, expect dark berry with smoky, vanilla- edged oak and velvety tannins. laithwaiteswine.com

The Patriots Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

“All of Terra Andina’s wines are worthy of recommendation.” (The Wine Advocate) Cabernet is Chile’s No. 1 red, prized for its pure black fruit intensity. And some of the finest are made in the Maipo Valley, by the brilliant Oscar Salas of Terra Andina cellars. Few are more “worthy of recommendation” than this sumptuous Gran Reserva. Thanks to patient aging — eight months in oak and two years in bottle — you’ll find every glass a smooth, mellow treat. A fine tribute to Bernardo O’Higgins, Chile’s freedom-fighting first head of state. Aromas of black fruit, vanilla and cloves. Great depth of ripe blackberry. L-o-n-g finish. Smooth enough to enjoy on its own (as a toast to freedom) or great with steak. laithwaiteswine.com

Reserve de Villecours Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Jean Natoli is one of the most sought-after winemakers in France. He has worked for leading Bordeaux estates and his wines regularly receive 90+ Parker points. His Réserve de Villecours 2008 is 100% pure Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the best sites in France’s south — the famed vineyards of La Clape. It’s rich, ripe and very good indeed. Enticing aromas of cassis and green pepper. Ripe mouthfuls of black currant. Has the mineral complexity for which La Clape wines are prized and a lovely blackberry smoothness. Great with beef casserole. 13% Vol. Enjoy to 2012. laithwaiteswine.com

Don Cayetano Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2009

The pure delights of Chilean Cabernet are well known – but most are enjoyed young and juicy. Only a lucky few have a chance to taste rare, barrel-matured Reservas. Until now. The secret of today’s sensational quality is painstaking care in high-altitude vineyards. Star winemaker Luis Felipe Edwards uses only the most intensely ripe grapes (a tiny proportion of the crop!), meticulously handpicked from vineyards planted in mountain foothills at dizzying heights. Just as the finest Bordeaux estates do, Luis Felipe ages his pride-and-joy Cabernet in expensive French barriques and allows it to mellow in bottle for several years. The delicious results are soft and full-bodied. Classic, ripe black currant, plum and subtle mint leaf and spice notes on the nose and palate, and a long, vibrant fruit finish. The perfect accompaniment to grilled steaks, rack of lamb or strongly flavored cheeses. laithwaiteswine.com

Diamond Creek – “Red Rock Terrace” – Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

“Classic components of cassis, loamy earth, pencil lead and nicely balanced oak spice come together in the deep aromas and well-extracted flavors of this solidly varietal bottling, and, while fairly tannic and rather gruff on the palate, the wine is always directed by ample fruit. A serious Cabernet that will both demand and reward genuine patience, it is clearly one for long-term keeping, of ten or more years.” 92 Points – Connossieurs’ Guide to California Wine laithwaiteswine.com

Lionstone Selection Viansa North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Top Sonoma estate seeks quick sale of triple-gold-medal Cab. You SAVE $119 Even the best California wineries are having a hard time right now. Not long ago, this great Cab would have flown out of the cellar door at full price. Today it’s given a little help (and you’re given $119 savings). ‘Best Red of Show’ … Best Deal in Town! Judges at wine shows across the U.S. have awarded the Viansa family’s sumptuous 2004 Cab top honors. Gold on the West Coast was followed by double gold and Best Red of Show at the International Eastern Wine Competition . The $20 you once spent on a decent bottle of Cab now secures you a bottle of serious, complex, multi award-winning Cab. This BIG red is not to be missed. Textbook Sonoma: Deep, dark ruby in the glass. Enticing black cherry and plum aromas. Intense black fruit flavors, with notes of mocha, chocolate and toasty oak. Velvety, mouthfilling and ready to be enjoyed with steak. 15% Vol. Enjoy to 2014. laithwaiteswine.com

Kelly Country Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Welcome to ‘Kelly Country’ — where famous Aussie outlaw Ned Kelly had his last stand in 1880. Today biker-winemaker Bob Berton is the region’s BIG personality, with the list of top grape-grower contacts to prove it. He knows just where to go for Victoria’s ripest, juiciest Cabernet grapes. If you’re not familiar with Victoria reds, this wildly delicious Cabernet is a great example of the region’s style: complex, sophisticated and full of spicy blackberry. Deep, dark purple-red color, with aromas of sweet black currant edged with hints of mint leaf and tobacco. On the palate, rich, mouthfilling blackberry and dark chocolate, layered with sweet vanilla oak. Perfect with roast or barbecued lamb, steak and hearty meat casseroles. laithwaiteswine.com

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