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    Expensive Reds Tasting

    The Expensive Reds Tasting is a twice-a-year only event. $48 for side-by-side tasting of $945 of the finest Cabs and Cab blends Napa has to offer. Through Monday, May 23.

    Tasting Notes:
    2008 Paul Hobbs Winery -- Parker gave this wine a 90. Winemakers' notes 
    highlight "concentrated aromas of black currant, mocha and tobacco leaves 
    reveal themselves as this deep crimson wine opens in the glass. A dense, 
    viscous palate coats the mouth with boysenberry, red currant, clove and 
    cassis.  Velvety tannins weave together with layers of vanillin, baker’s 
    cocoa, anise and cedar to create a lengthy, expressive finish."
    2006 Lamborn Family Vineyards -- Scored 94 and crafted by famous 
    winemaker Heidi Barrett, Lamborn Cabernet is Estate farmed on four of the 
    Lamborn Family's eight Howell Mountain acres, the first sub-appellation 
    of Napa. This wine is classic Howell Mountain fruit: huge, dense, black 
    fruit with great depth.
    2008 Continuum Partners -- Scored 94, continuing in the tradition of 
    previous Continuum vintages of a multi-layered wine with phenomenal 
    2007 O'Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet -- Considered "the finest 
    Cabernet this estate has yet produced," Robert Parker awarded this wine a 
    score of 95. He further characterizes the wine as having "A dense purple 
    color to the rim as well as the exquisite bouquet of black raspberries, 
    blueberries, camphor, creme de cassis, smoke, and crushed rocks are 
    followed by sweet fruit, gorgeous density, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a 
    layered, multi-dimensional mid-palate and length. With no hard edges, 
    this flawless wine should drink well for 20-25 years. One of the 
    superstar estates of Howell Mountain, winemaker Sean Capiaux is the force 
    behind these impressive reds."
    2007 Altamura Cabernet -- Awarded 96 points by Wine Spectator, they've 
    designated this cab as #5 on the world's Top 100 list. This wine has 
    incredible depth and is grown in one of the least-known corners of Napa: 
    a small, remote area northeast of Napa called Wooden Valley, where the 
    growing period is lengthened by days tempered with fog and temperatures 
    as much as 10 degrees cooler.
    2002 Dunn Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet -- 93 points. Tasting notes: 
    "The 2002 is a seductive Cabernet Sauvignon with vibrant acidity. A 
    primary style of red wine entering its adolescence. Highly aromatic nose 
    and flavours of crème de cassis, juicy blackberry, lavender, violets and 
    cherry-boiled sweets. Sweet vanilla, roasted espresso coffee beans, milk 
    chocolate, cinnamon, cloves and caramelized sugar indicate the generous 
    French oak regim which some felt needs a few years to fully integrate. 
    Some earth characteristics of dusty cellar and dark damp smoky peat. Some 
    creamy bacon fat “lardo” savory characters filled-out the palate. A 
    beautifully balanced wine, which boasts fleshiness and lots of structural 
    support to hold it all in. Plentiful fine-grained tannins. This is a 
    complex wine that is virtually infinite – many assessors could still 
    appreciate this wine for several minutes after tasting. A wine that will 
    offer many years of pleasure to those who are patient. Cellar to enjoy 
    from 2015-2025++."
    2008 Buccella Cabernet -- Parker awarded 95 points to this stunning 
    example of winemaker Celia Welch's blend of 95% Cab and the rest Merlot, 
    Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. According to Parker,"...it exhibits an opaque 
    purple color, great intensity and a sweet nose of blue and black fruits 
    intermixed with toasty oak, lead pencil shavings and forest floor. Rich, 
    layered and full-bodied with silky tannins, this broad, savory 2008 
    should drink well for 15 or more years."
    BONUS Tasting: 2007 Merus -- One of Napa's most sought-after wines, 
    the 07 Merus is, according to Cal Carrington, "Loaded for bear." Robert Parker
    gave it 95 points and described it as, "...Full-bodied, powerful, and rich with
    chocolaty espresso notes intermixed with blackberries and blueberries, this
    pure, impressively textured, long Cabernet should evolve for two decades.”

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