NAPA VALLEY
2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON + RED WINES

Napa Valley’s 2015 vintage was anything but conventional. Warm temperatures early in the season gave way to much cooler conditions during bloom, resulting in a long flowering period and instances of uneven fruit set. All of these components were contributors in lower yields, forcing the winemakers to work hard in the vineyard and the cellar to ensure they collected every bit of quality fruit.

Drought was another major concern as rainfalls across California were drastically down, however Napa miraculously got rainfall close to normal for the year. Even while narrowly avoiding disaster from drought, fire posed another potentially devastating threat. In a confluence of inopportune events, wildfires in Lake County began burning during mid-September, just as an early harvest was approaching. While this could have been a disaster, the region was spared as high winds channeled the smoke away from the valley.

Though winemakers would have liked to have seen a more plentiful crop with higher yields, what was bottled was nothing short of exceptional. The overall quality in 2015 is amongst some of the best in recent years. The wines are highly concentrated, balanced, complex, and very approachable across the board. Most are already showing beautifully and very few will require extended time in cellar. That being said, they also have the potential to age remarkably well for those who prefer to wait.

Overall, the 2015s are some of the most compelling young wines I have tasted in quite some time. This is a vintage geared toward the consumer and certainly one to stock up on. Whether you prefer to consume the wines young, or put them away for a decade, this vintage is a total success that won’t disappoint.

Napa Data 2015

ALPHA OMEGA

Wine Name Rating
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon 'ERA' 2015 96
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane 2015 95
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III 2015 94
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Las Piedras 2015 95
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper 2015 95
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon 2015 96
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon, Drew Vineyard 2015 94
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 92
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon, Stagecoach Vineyard 2015 96
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon, Sunshine Valley Vineyard 2015 96
ALPHA OMEGA Cabernet Sauvignon, Thomas Vineyard 2015 95
ALPHA OMEGA Proprietary Red, Napa Valley 2015 93


ASHES & DIAMONDS

Wine Name Rating
ASHES & DIAMONDS Cabernet Sauvignon, Rancho Pequeño Vineyard 2015 96
ASHES & DIAMONDS Cabernet Sauvignon, Vineyard 1 2015 94


BEAULIEU VINEYARD

Wine Name Rating
BEAULIEU VINEYARD Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 91


CARDINALE

Wine Name Rating
CARDINALE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 96


CAKEBREAD CELLARS

Wine Name Rating
CAKEBREAD CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon 'Benchland Select' 2015 95
CAKEBREAD CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon, Dancing Bear Ranch 2015 97
CAKEBREAD CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 92


CAYMUS VINEYARDS

Wine Name Rating
CAYMUS Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 93


CHAPPELLET

Wine Name Rating
CHAPPELLET Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 2015 93
CHAPPELLET Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 'Signature' 2015 94
CHAPPELLET Merlot, Napa Valley 2015 92


CLIFF LEDE

Wine Name Rating
CLIFF LEDE Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon 98
CLIFF LEDE Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga 2015 94
CLIFF LEDE Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2015 94
CLIFF LEDE Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2015 94
CLIFF LEDE Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 'Poetry' 2015 98


CORNERSTONE CELLARS

Wine Name Rating
CORNERSTONE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga 2015 90
CORNERSTONE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga 2015 90
CORNERSTONE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Station 2015 91
CORNERSTONE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Benchlands 2015 93


CORISON

Wine Name Rating
CORISON Cabernet Franc, Sunbasket Vineyard 2015 94
CORISON Cabernet Sauvignon, Kronos Vineyard 2015 96
CORISON Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 94
CORISON Cabernet Sauvignon, Sunbasket Vineyard 2015 95


DALLA VALLE

Wine Name Rating
DALLA VALLE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 96
DALLA VALLE Red Wine 'Collina' 2015 93


DARIOUSH

Wine Name Rating
DARIOUSH Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley 'Signature' 2015 95
DARIOUSH Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 'Signature' 2015 95
DARIOUSH Merlot, Napa Valley 'Signature' 2015 95


DIAMOND CREEK

Wine Name Rating
DIAMOND CREEK Cabernet Sauvignon, Gravelly Meadow 2015 97
DIAMOND CREEK Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Rock Terrace 2015 95
DIAMOND CREEK Cabernet Sauvignon, Volcanic Hill 2015 97


DUCKHORN

Wine Name Rating
DUCKHORN Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 92
DUCKHORN Merlot, Atlas Peak 2015 93
DUCKHORN Merlot, Carneros 2015 92


DUNN VINYARDS

Wine Name Rating
DUNN VINEYARDS Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2015* 96-98


EHLERS

Wine Name Rating
EHLERS Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena '1886' 2015 91


FLORA SPRINGS

Wine Name Rating
FLORA SPRINGS Red Wine, Napa Valley 'Trilogy' 2015 90


FORMAN

Wine Name Rating
FORMAN Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 95


FRANK FAMILY

Wine Name Rating
FRANK FAMILY Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 90
FRANK FAMILY Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 'Reserve' 2015 93


GAMBLE FAMILY VINEYARDS

Wine Name Rating
GAMBLE FAMILY VINEYARDS Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 91


GANDONA

Wine Name Rating
GANDONA Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 96


GKG CELLARS

Wine Name Rating
GKG CELLARS Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 94


GROTH

Wine Name Rating
GROTH Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 91
GROTH Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 'Reserve' 2015 93

HALL

Wine Name Rating
HALL Cabernet Sauvignon 'Bergfeld' 2015 95
HALL Cabernet Sauvignon 'Coeur' 2015 94
HALL Cabernet Sauvignon 'Eighteen Seventy-Three' 2015 96
HALL Cabernet Sauvignon 'Exzellenz' 2015 97
HALL Cabernet Sauvignon 'Jack’s Masterpiece' 2015 96
HALL Cabernet Sauvignon 'Kathryn Hall' 2015 97
HALL Cabernet Sauvignon 'The Bishop' 2015 97
HALL Cabernet Sauvignon, Rainin Vineyard 2015 99
HALL Cabernet Sauvignon, Sacrashe Vineyard 2015 98
HALL Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 2015 96


HERTELENDY

Wine Name Rating
HERTELENDY Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 96
HERTELENDY Signature Mountain Blend, Napa Valley 2015 95


JOSEPH PHELPS

Wine Name Rating
JOSEPH PHELPS Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 92
JOSEPH PHELPS 'Insignia' 2015 97


KAPCSÁNDY FAMILY WINERY

Wine Name Rating
KAPCSÁNDY 'Estate Cuvée' 2015 95
KAPCSÁNDY 'Grand Vin' 2015 97
KAPCSÁNDY 'Rapszodia' 2015 95
KAPCSÁNDY 'Roberta’s Reserve' 2015 95


KATA

Wine Name Rating
KATA Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard 2015 97


KEEVER VINEYARDS

Wine Name Rating
KEEVER VINEYARDS Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 94


LA JOTA

Wine Name Rating
LA JOTA Cabernet Franc, Howell Mountain 2015 94
LA JOTA Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2015 95
LA JOTA Merlot, Howell Mountain 2015 93


LARKMEAD

Wine Name Rating
LARKMEAD Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 94
LARKMEAD Red Wine, Napa Valley 'Firebelle' 2015 95
LARKMEAD Red Wine, Napa Valley 'LMV Salon' 2015 96


MATERRA

Wine Name Rating
MATERRA Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll '1856' 2015 94


MELKA

Wine Name Rating
MELKA Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 'CJ' 2015 94
MELKA Cabernet Sauvignon, Jumping Goat Vineyard 'Métisse' 2015 97
MELKA Cabernet Sauvignon, Martinez Vineyard 'Métisse' 2015 96


MELANSON VINEYARD

Wine Name Rating
MELANSON VINEYARD Cabernet Sauvignon 'Matthew’s Block' 2015 95


MT. BRAVE

Wine Name Rating
MT. BRAVE Cabernet Sauvignon, Mt. Veeder 2015 95
MT. BRAVE Merlot, Mt. Veeder 2015 94


OPUS ONE

Wine Name Rating
OPUS ONE Proprietary Red, Napa Valley 2015 97


O'SHAUGHNESSY

Wine Name Rating
O'SHAUGHNESSY Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 2015 95
O'SHAUGHNESSY Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder 2015 96


ORIN SWIFT

Wine Name Rating
ORIN SWIFT Cabernet Sauvignon 'Mercury Head' 2015 95
ORIN SWIFT Cabernet Sauvignon 'Palermo' 2015 93
ORIN SWIFT Red Wine 'Papillon' 2015 93


PARADUXX

Wine Name Rating
PARADUXX Red Wine 'Proprietary Red' 2015 91


PATRIA

Wine Name Rating
PATRIA Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Ranch 2015 95


PHILIP TOGNI

Wine Name Rating
PHILIP TOGNI Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain 2015 95


PROTHRO

Wine Name Rating
PROTHRO Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 92


PROVENANCE

Wine Name Rating
PROVENANCE Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 2015 90


QUINTESSA

Wine Name Rating
QUINTESSA Proprietary Red, Rutherford 2015 96


RAMEY WINE CELLARS

Wine Name Rating
RAMEY WINE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 'Annum' 93
RAMEY WINE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedregal Vineyard 94
RAMEY WINE CELLARS Red Wine 'Template' 2015 93


REALM CELLARS

Wine Name Rating
REALM CELLARS 'The Tempest' 2015 93
REALM CELLARS Red Wine 'The Bard' 2015 94


RELIC

Wine Name Rating
RELIC Cabernet Franc 'The Prior' 2015 92


SINEGAL ESTATE

Wine Name Rating
SINEGAL ESTATE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 94


SOJOURN CELLARS

Wine Name Rating
SOJOURN Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III 2015 93
SOJOURN Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 92
SOJOURN Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville Ranch Vineyard 2015 93
SOJOURN Red Wine 'Proprietary Cuvée' 2015 94


SPOTTSWOODE

Wine Name Rating
SPOTTSWOODE Cabernet Sauvignon 'Estate' 2015 98
SPOTTSWOODE Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 'Lyndenhurst' 2015 94


ST. SUPÉRY

Wine Name Rating
ST. SUPÉRY Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 88


STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS

Wine Name Rating
STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon 'Cask 23' 2015 94
STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon, FAY Vineyard 2015 92
STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS Cabernet Sauvignon, SLV Vineyard 2015 94


STAGS LEAP WINERY

Wine Name Rating
STAGS LEAP WINERY Red Blend, Napa Valley 'Winemakers Muse' 2015 91


TAMBER BEY

Wine Name Rating
TAMBER BEY Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 90
TAMBER BEY Merlot, Deux Chevaux Vineyard 2015 89
TAMBER BEY Red Wine, Deux Chevaux Vineyard 'Rabicano' 2015 92
TAMBER BEY Cabernet Sauvignon, Deux Chevaux Vineyard 'Vermejo' 2015 93


TIERRA ROJA

Wine Name Rating
TIERRA ROJA Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 95


TOR KENWARD

Wine Name Rating
TOR KENWARD Cabernet Sauvignon 'Black Magic' 2015 99
TOR KENWARD Cabernet Sauvignon 'Oakville Hillside' 2015 94
TOR KENWARD Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon 2015 98
TOR KENWARD Cabernet Sauvignon, Herb Lamb Vineyard 2015 94
TOR KENWARD Cabernet Sauvignon, Melanson Vineyard 2015 97
TOR KENWARD Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 93
TOR KENWARD Cabernet Sauvignon, Tierra Roja Vineyard 2015 97
TOR KENWARD Petite Sirah, Palisades Vineyard 'Old Vine' 2015 95
TOR KENWARD Proprietary Red, Oakville 2015 99

TURNBULL

Wine Name Rating
TURNBULL Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 91
TURNBULL Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 'Reserve' 2015 92
TURNBULL Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 'Black Label' 2015 94

VIADER

Wine Name Rating
VIADER Proprietary Red, Napa Valley 2015 95


VINE HILL RANCH

Wine Name Rating
VINE HILL RANCH Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 2015 97


YAO MING

Wine Name Rating
YAO MING Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2015 91
YAO MING Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 'Family Reserve' 2015 93

 (*) Tasted from Barrel


 

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