Return to All Regions. Vintage ratings:classic;outstanding;very good;good;mediocre;not recommended. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.
Login Register. Some of the best years for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon are, and —you can find plenty of collectible, complex wines from these vintages. A few years ago, I attended a retrospective tasting event of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon at a local wine bar.
The Napa Valley is recognized by collectors and critics alike as one of the greatest places on earth to grow and vinify the noble Cabernet Sauvignon grape. In the last two decades, the region has enjoyed successful vintage after successful vintage with Mother Nature giving top winemakers every opportunity to make the best wine possible. We have made it easy for you to browse our immense selection by vintage, and use this guide to reference growing conditions and vintage characteristics for each year.
For many consumers, that bigness is a virtue, the mark of a good wine. Their virtue, if one can call it that, is they are seductively approachable, so little discernment is required. Now the trend is towards lighter, more elegant and food friendly wines.
It was only a few years ago that America's top wine writers were announcing that mature California cabernets were not worth their storage costs. With the continued very dramatic growth of Butterfield's San Francisco auctions, there is now a good supply of mature California cabernet sauvignon arriving on the market so that buyers can see for them-selves just how well these wines age. The willingness of buyers to spend hard earned cash for properly matured California cabernets indicates that these wines deserve a place in the best wine cellars.
Where are the best cabernet sauvignon wines coming from? There are so many great Cabs produced in California in a given year that's it's often hard to choose an annual "best of". We wanted something that would last a little longer than a one year list of the best Cabs. We went looking for consistency.
Last week, we considered California cabernet francdiscovering that a new and evocative era for that wine has arrived. Franc is a wonderful way to experience California, for Thanksgiving or otherwise. But the time has come to consider the main event: California cabernet sauvignon.