Boboquivari’s Steakhouse Wine List Review

Boboquivari’s Steakhouse (a/k/a Bobo’s)

1450 Lombard at Van Ness

San Francisco, CA 94123

P: 415.441.8880

www.boboquivaris.com

Bobo’s Wine List Review

We are the first to admit that we have driven by this funky, eclectic, under the radar steakhouse in the Marina numerous times without taking notice.  We found out about this restaurant at a Stanford football game when we were tailgating and discussing the best cuts of beef at steak houses in the Bay Area.  One of our fellow tailgaters stated that the bone-in filet at Bobo’s was “the best piece of meat in the city.” Call ahead to make sure the bone-in filet is available.

The list is comprised of 110 selections and pricing is on average just under 2.0x over retail, which is what the VinoServant likes to see.

Start your evening with the Schramsberg, Mirabella, Brut, Non-Vintage for $39 or the 2010 Etude, Carneros, Pinot Gris for $39 and follow it up with the 2008 Beaulieu Vineyard, Tapestry for $69 or the 2007 Chateau Mont-Redon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape for $79.

If money is not an issue, then order the 2002 Dom Perignon for $199 or the 2006 Jerman, Vintage, Tunina, IGT for $99 and follow it up with the 2006 Opus One for $259 or the 2004 Screaming Eagle, Cabernet Sauvignon for $1,999.

As with all VinoServant reviews, you will see the price at the restaurant followed by the mark-up over retail (Schramsberg, Mirabelle, Brut, Non-Vintage | $39 | 1.6x | This translates into a retail price of $25).

VINOSERVANT’S TOP WINE VALUES AT BOBO’s

Sparkling Wines

 5 selections that range in price from $39 to $899 for a Magnum of the 2002 Louis Roederer, Cristal, Champagne

 

Schramsberg, Mirabelle, Brut, Non-Vintage | $39 | 1.6x | TOP PICK

2005 Iron Horse, Russian River, Cuvee | $59 | 2.0x

Laurent-Perrier, Brut, Champagne, Non-Vintage | $69 | 2.2x

2002 Dom Perignon | $199 | 1.4x | TOP PICK

 

White Wines

12 selections that range in price from $19 to $99

 

2010 Etude, Carneros, Pinot Gris | $39 | 1.6x | TOP PICK

2009 Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc | $59 | 1.7x | TOP PICK

2010 Cakebread, Napa Valley, Chardonnay | $69 | 2.0x

2008 Louis Jadot, Chassagne – Montrachet | $79 | 1.6x

2009 Kistler, Vine Hill, Russian River, Chardonnay | $99 | 1.0x | TOP PICK

2006 Jerman Vintage, Tunina, IGT | $99 | 1.4x | TOP PICK

 

Red Wines

93 selections that range in price from $29 to $1,999


2007 Macrostie, Carneros, Pinot Noir | $49 | 2.0x

2009 Ketcham, Estate, Russian River, Pinot Noir | $59 | 1.5x | TOP PICK

2008 Cristom, Sommers Reserve, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir | $69 | 2.1x

2008 L’Angevin, Russian River, Pinot Noir | $79 | 1.7x | TOP PICK

2009 Flowers, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir | $89 | 2.0x

2008 Beaux Freres, Beaux Freres Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir | $129 | 1.6x | TOP PICK


2008 Ojai Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Syrah | $39 | 1.8x | TOP PICK

2005 E. Guigal, Chateauneuf-du-Pape – HALF BOTTLE | $39 | 1.6x | TOP PICK

2007 Chateau Mont-Redon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape | $79 | 1.8x | TOP PICK


2009 Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel | $44 | 2.5x

2007 D-Cubed, Howell Mountain, Zinfandel | $69 | 1.9x


2006 Capanna, Brunello di Montalcino | $89 | 1.9x

2006 Fratelli Alessandria, Barolo | $99 | 2.0x


2007 Peju, Napa Valley, Merlot | $49 | 1.4x | TOP PICK

 

2008 Mauritson, Dry Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon | $49 | 1.4x

2008 Kenwood, Jack London, Sonoma County, Cabernet Sauvignon | $59 | 1.6x | TOP PICK

2008 Trinchero, Chicken Range, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $69 | 2.0x

2007 Titus, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $69 | 2.1x

2008 Beaulieu Vineyard, Tapestry, Cabernet Sauvignon | $69 | 1.8x | TOP PICK

2008 Faust, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $79 | 1.8x

2007 Jordan, Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $79 | 1.8x

2008 Groth, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $79 | 2.1x

2007 Jax Vineyards, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $79 | 1.9x

2006 Robert Young, Scion, Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $89 | 1.8x | TOP PICK

2007 Cain Concept, the Benchland, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $89 | 1.8x

2008 Darioush, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $139 | 1.6x | TOP PICK

2002 Corison, Kronos Vineyard, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $169 | 1.6x

2007 Pahlmeyer, Napa Valley, Proprietary Red | $179 | 1.6x

2007 Chateau Montelena, Estate, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $189 | 1.8x

2006 Opus One | $259 | 1.1x | TOP PICK

2004 Screaming Eagle, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon | $1,999 | 1.0x | TOP PICK

 

Sparkling Wines

5 selections that range in price from $39 to $899 for a Magnum of the 2002 Louis Roederer, Cristal, Champagne

 

Schramsberg, Mirabelle, Brut, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $25 at Wine.com

  • $39 at Bobo’s | 1.6x | TOP PICK

90 points Wine Spectator: Offers rich aromas of spicy yeast and baked apple and opulent flavors of lemon curd and Asian pear that finish with a crisp, minerally acidity. Drink now. 7,406 cases made.

Winemaker’s Notes: Stylistically, Mirabelle Brut resembles some of its French cousins with its elegant, toasty aroma which leads into crisp and complex flavors on the palate. It is impossible to mistake Mirabelle’s Northern California heritage – the freshness mid-palate continues through to the finish. Mirabelle Brut is a unique blend of hand-harvested bunches of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino county Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mirabelle pairs well with shellfish, light appetizers or hearty, vegetable-based soups.

The non-vintage Mirabelle combines the bright, vibrant fruit of the 2002 vintage with the equally dynamic wines of vintages past. Complete with a green apple and jasmine fragrance, filled out by tropical fruit notes, the aromas merrily greet you from the glass. The bright citrus entry on the palate gives way to subtle honey and caramel, with just a hint of fresh cream to balance the zesty acid. Mirabelle, as ever, demonstrates the illustrious combination of yesterday and today, with age enhancing youth and freshness complimenting the more complex characters. Alcohol 12.8%.

2005 Iron Horse, Russian River, Cuvee

Retail Price: $30 at Mission Liquor & Wines

  • $59 at Bobo’s | 2.0x

89 points Wine Spectator: Floral, crisp and elegant, with Asian pear, yeasty and spicy aromas and complex and layered apple, cinnamon and flinty flavors that linger. Drink now. 6,000 cases made. –TF

Winemaker’s Notes: By nose: Filbert, warm milk and baked apple. By mouth: Baked apple, a rich creamy mouth-feel followed by a touch of lemon curd on the finish. A perfect aperitif by itself and a great cocktail, simply add a few pomegranate seeds to the flute. Pair with rich foods such a foie gras, as well as sweet and sour sauces and anything prepared with exotic spices, including curries and chilies. Also great with a BLT. Alcohol 13.5%.

Laurent-Perrier, Brut, Champagne, Non-Vintage

Retail Price: $32 at K&L Wines

  • $69 at Bobo’s | 2.2x

90 points Wine Spectator: Lovely. Candied citrus, ginger and mineral aromas and flavors integrate well with the lightweight, elegant frame. Beautifully displayed, from start to the long finish. Drink now. (10/03)

Description from K&L: This non-vintage Champagne is composed of 45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 15% Meunier. It is a very toasty style that is not heavy. -Gary Westby, K&L

2002 Dom Perignon

Retail Price: $140 at K&L Wines

  • $175 at The House of Prime Rib | 1.25x | TOP PICK
  • $199 at Bobo’s | 1.4x | TOP PICK

96 points Wine Advocate: The 2002 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Ripe apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wine’s volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off.

Winemaker’s Notes: Geoffroy describes the vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in it the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2009. To be released summer 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.

 

White Wines

12 selections that range in price from $19 to $99

 

2010 Etude, Carneros, Pinot Gris

Retail Price: $25 at Wine.com

Rating: Robert Parker 89

  • $39 at Bobo’s | 1.6x | TOP PICK
  • $43 at La Mar | 1.7x | TOP PICK

89 points Robert Parker: The 2010 Pinot Gris is a beautiful wine layered with lime, grapefruit, mint and crushed rocks. This gorgeous, focused white is best enjoyed over the next few years. The Pinot Gris is done entirely in stainless steel and the malolactic fermentation is blocked. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2013.

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2010 Etude Pinot Gris opens with inviting aromas of stone fruit and honeysuckle. Bright flavors of white peach, nectarine and citrus follow, with an elegant mouthfeel. The wine is highlighted by a crisp minerality and graceful finish.

2009 Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc

Retail Price: $35 at K&L Wines

  • $59 at Bobo’s | 1.7x

91 points Wine Enthusiast: A solid Sauvignon Blanc, rich, dry and savory. Fermented in neutral oak and aged on the lees, it shows a pleasantly tangy, sourdough creaminess, with ripe flavors of citrus fruits, white peaches and a firm, flinty minerality that comes from these mountain soils. 

2010 Cakebread, Napa Valley, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $35 at K&L Wines

  • $69 at Bobo’s | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: Our 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay boasts an attractive light golden-straw color and fresh, lightly buttery, ripe golden apple, pear and citrus aromas, complemented by seductive vanilla and cinnamon/nutmeg scents from oak aging and subtle yeast tones from lees contact. Lush, concentrated and creamy on the palate, its ripe apple, melon, bright citrus and baking spice flavors culminate in a long, beautifully structured finish boasting crisp acidity and zesty mineral and spice tones. Sumptuous, yet refreshing, our 2010 Chardonnay is delicious now, but will handsomely reward another 3-5 years’ bottle aging. Alcohol 14.2%.

2008 Louis Jadot, Chassagne – Montrachet

Retail Price: $50 at Varmax Liquor Pantry & Edgewater Wine

  • $79 at Bobo’s | 1.6x

Description from Edgewater Wine: The most dense and earthy village of the Cote des Blancs, this generous Chardonnay shows ripe tropical and stone fruit aromas and flavors marked by notes spice and vanilla ending in a broad, lengthy finish.

2009 Kistler, Vine Hill, Russian River, Chardonnay

Retail Price: $95 at Los Angeles Wine Company & $100 at Woodland Hills Wine Co.

  • $99 at Bobo’s | 1.0x | TOP PICK

93 points Wine Advocate: The 2009 Chardonnay Vine Hill Vineyard comes across a bit inward and less expressive than the other wines in the collection. Scents of lemon, almonds and pastry emerge from the glass. The overall impression is of a small-scaled wine that, while quite pretty, lacks the visceral thrill of the top wines here. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.

2006 Jerman Vintage, Tunina, IGT

Retail Price: $69 Average Price via Wine – Searcher & $165 MAGNUM at Wine.com

  • $99 at Bobo’s | 1.4x | TOP PICK

#45 Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2008 and 94 points: Wonderful aromas of mango, honey and ripe melon. Full-bodied, with fabulous fruit flavors and lively acidity. The finish goes on and on. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla, Malvasia Istriana and Picolit. Drink now. 5,800 cases made. (08/08)

Winemaker’s Notes: Brilliant straw yellow in color, with golden reflections. Intense, ample, very elegant and persistent, with scents of honey and country flowers. On the palate it is dry, mellow, well balanced, with extraordinary persistence thanks to the full body. Alcohol 13.5%.

 

Red Wines

93 selections that range in price from $29 to $1,700


2007 Macrostie, Carneros, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $25 at Wine.com

  • $49 at Bobo’s | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: Very dark garnet in color, this Pinot is a positive explosion of big ripe black cherry fruit. The aromas are enhanced by hints of cinnamon and clove. In the mouth the wine is full and luscious, soft and round, but with lots of impact. The balance is nearly perfect. Almost too delicious not to drink now, but should still age quite nicely. Alcohol 14.2%.

2009 Ketcham, Estate, Russian River, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $38 at Napa Valley Wine & Cigar & $40 at JJ Buckley

  • $59 at Bobo’s | 1.5x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: A lovely balanced nose of dark red fruits, currant and strawberry, with perfumes of French Oak. The aromas of summer flowers, Provencal herbs and mineral nuances blend nicely with the red fruits and earth characters that are typical with mature vines. Alcohol 14.1%.

2008 Cristom, Sommers Reserve, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $33 at Wine.com

  • $69 at Bobo’s | 2.1x 

91 points Wine Spectator: Supple, with a mineral, hot brick undertone to the dark berry and roasted meat flavors. Open-textured finish. Drink now through 2018. 2,058 cases made.

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2008 edition of the Sommers Reserve is full of promise! Swirled in the glass, there’s a riot of intriguing and complex aromas that seem to change every time you revisit your glass. It does reveal a pleasant brambly and green quality that brings to mind basil and and an entire blackberry bush—leaves–berries and thorns. Add a hint of faded rose petal and dust the whole picture with cocoa powder and wait about two years, when more will be revealed. Take a sip, and be prepared for a voluptuous, juicy and very balanced wine that tastes of savory spices, rare beef and vanilla. This is the only the ‘first act’ for this gorgeous cellar candidate. Alcohol 14.2%. 

2008 L’Angevin, Russian River, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $45 Average Price via Wine – Searcher

  • $79 at Bobo’s | 1.7x | TO PICK

88 points Wine Spectator: Tight, dry and closed, with rustic, chewy, oak-laced cherry, plum and raspberry. Full-bodied, spicy and complex, with a minerally aftertaste. This needs time. Best from 2011 through 2018. 700 cases made. –JL

2009 Flowers, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $45 at K&L Wines & $49 at Wine.com

  • $89 at Bobo’s | 2.0x

Bright ruby color with violet hues on the rim. Blackberry and briar patch come forward in the initial aromas and evolve into high-toned cherry and bergamot orange. Flavors of dried black cherries and savory herbs complement the bright acidity and supple tannins which frame a lingering and silky finish. Alcohol 13.6%.

2008 Beaux Freres, Beaux Freres Vineyard, Willamette Valley, Pinot Noir

Retail Price: $81 Average Price via Wine – Searcher

  • $129 at Bobo’s | 1.6x | TOP PICK

93 points Wine Spectator: Light in color and body, this is deftly balanced to let the gorgeous raspberry, cherry and espresso flavors emerge easily and waft through the long, expressive finish, remarkably without much weight. Impressive for its style and refinement. Drink now through 2018. 3,400 cases made. –HS

 

2008 Ojai Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Syrah

Retail Price: $22 at K&L Wine Merchants & $25 via Wine-Searcher

  • $39 at Bobo’s | 1.8x | TOP PICK

88 points Wine Advocate: The 2008 Syrah presents a decidedly masculine expression of blue and black fruit. Deceptively medium in body, the Syrah shows excellent depth and balance. This is mostly Bien Nacido Syrah, with small amounts of Grenache and Mourvedre. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023. (08/11)

2005 E. Guigal, Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Retail Price: $25 Half Bottle at Wall’y Wine & Spirits & $45 Average Price via Wine – Searcher

Rating: Wine Advocate 93

  • $39 at Bobo’s | 1.6x | TOP PICK

93 points Wine Advocate: The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape is a must buy. It boasts a deep plum/ruby color as well as a rich bouquet of blackberries, kirsch, spice box, pepper, grilled herbs, and meat juices. With supple tannins, full body, and beautiful texture and depth, it should drink nicely for 10-15 years.

Winemaker’s Notes: Deep dark red. A spicy nose with mature red fruits. Round tannins with powerful complexity. A rich unctuous wine with notes of mature plums, hazelnuts and red fruits. A very rich wine full of harmony and balance. Alcohol 13.5%.

 2007 Chateau Mont-Redon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Retail Price: $44 at Sherry-Lehman

  • $79 at Bobo’s | 1.8x

90 points Wine Spectator: This has a core of dark plum and fig fruit, but it’s pushed by a slightly high-toned black cherry and floral note, with hints of anise and black licorice checking in on the finish. Tangy for the vintage. Drink now through 2019. 2,000 cases imported. –JM

 

 

2009 Quivira, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel

Retail Price: $16 at Artisan Wine Depot & $19 at K&L Wines

  • $44 at Bobo’s | 2.5x 

91 points Wine Spectator: Deep and well-structured, with smoky wild berry aromas and layered black cherry, cracked pepper and loamy earth flavors that are wrapped in ripe but firm tannins. Best from 2013 through 2017.

2007 D-Cubed, Howell Mountain, Zinfandel

Retail Price: $36 Average Price via Wine – Searcher

  • $69 at Bobo’s | 1.9x

88 points Wine Spectator: Juicy, soft, but crisp, with boysenberry jam aromas and jammy flavors of briary black cherry, licorice and black pepper. Best after 2015. 573 cases made. –TF

 

2006 Capanna, Brunello di Montalcino

Retail Price: $45 at K&L Wines & $49 at Sherry-Lehman

  • $89 at Bobo’s | 1.9x

95 points James Suckling: Wonderful aromas of chocolate, crushed berries and raspberries, with vanilla and toasted oak undertones. Full-bodied, with deliciously ripe fruit and loads of berries, chocolate and coffee bean character. Love the length and beauty here. Best after 2013.

2006 Fratelli Alessandria, Barolo

Retail Price: $50 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $99 at Bobo’s | 2.0x

94 points Wine Advocate: The 2006 Barolo Monvigliero offers up freshly cut flowers, red berries and mint in a rich style that brilliantly reconciles a generous expression of fruit with a firm, classic sense of structure. There is so much to admire in the Monvigliero today, but readers should really set aside a few bottles in the deepest corner of their cellars. The elegance and pedigree are first-rate. This is another fabulous wine from Alessandria. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031

 

2007 Peju, Napa Valley, Merlot

Retail Price: $35 @ the Winery

  • $49 at Bobo’s | 1.4x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: Our much anticipated 2007 Merlot has a bright nose filled with cherries, cranberries, brown sugar, and a hint of eucalyptus. With a complex and layered flavor profile of black cherry, cocoa, tobacco, blackberry, and cranberry, terrific tannin structure, and a long, luscious, smooth finish. This is a delicious, well balanced wine, which will pair well with many savory flavors, including fish. 84% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

2008 Mauritson, Dry Creek, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $35 @ the Winery

  • $49 at Bobo’s | 1.4x | TOP PICK

The 2008 Mauritson Sonoma County Cabernet is dense and expressive in the nose. Dark fruit is complemented by aromas of tobacco, cassis, vanilla and hints of mineral. The complex aromatics stem from the amazing diversity of the four Bordeaux varietals used in the blend. On the front palate, the wine is both juicy and serious with the lush fruit giving way to tobacco and sweet oak. With more Merlot than previous vintages, the wine has round tannins with soft edges. There is nothing astringent or overpowering about the wine, yet the delicacy and complexity can not fully be appreciated until after the last sip is gone. The cooler vintage yielded wines with balanced acidity making the wines very food friendly and cellarable for the next 5-7 years.

2008 Kenwood, Jack London, Sonoma County, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $36 at Wine.com

  • $59 at Bobo’s | 1.6x | TOP PICK

Winemaker’s Notes: Complex aromas of cassis, black tea, mint and olive combine with well-structured tannins that provide an excellent mouthfeel and a lingering finish. The intense and elegant flavors of the 2008 Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon complement a variety of hearty entrees, including steak, lamb and roasted meats. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot. Alcohol 14.5%.

2008 Trinchero, Chicken Range, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $35 at Bedford Wine Merchants & $40 @ the Winery

  • $69 at Bobo’s | 2.0x

Winemaker’s Notes: This Cabernet bursts with tart blueberry and blackberry aromas coupled with black cherry and cranberry flavors. It is old world in style with its cigar box, mineral and savory aromas, structured tannins and zesty finish. The Rutherford location, coupled with the vineyard’s rich organic soil and our current biodynamic practices lead to a wine that really expresses its terroir.” -Mario Monticelli.

2007 Titus, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $32 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $69 at Bobo’s | 2.1x

86 points Wine Advocate: An attractive, elegant effort, the medium dark ruby-hued 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses cedar and spice notes as well as medium body. Its mid-palate is slightly lacking and the finish is somewhat short, but it should offer pleasant drinking over the next 6-8 years.

Winemaker’s Notes: The Titus Cab is made in a traditional Bordeaux style blend and is what our estate is all about. This bright and complex   Cabernet Sauvignon shows intense bing cherry and blueberry that integrate seamlessly with notes of coffee, chocolate and sweet tobacco through the long finish. Savor this wine with good company.

2008 Beaulieu Vineyard, Tapestry, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $38 at Artisan Wine Depot

  • $69 at Bobo’s | 1.8x | TOP PICK

91 points Wine Spectator: Blends ripe, fleshy plum and black cherry flavors with a subtle backbone of acidity and tannins. Slow to unfold, but does so gracefully, revealing dusty earth, cedar and black licorice in an elegant style. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2018.

Winemaker’s Notes: Weaving together five classic varietals, our 2008 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve Tapestry begins with deep, briary blackberry and cassis character from Cabernet Sauvignon. Velvety black-cherry character comes from a generous blending of Merlot, while Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot add violet, licorice, forest loam and graphite nuances, as well as deep hues and texture. Tapestry elegantly demonstrates the art of blending varietals to create a wine that combines multilayered flavors with supple, graceful tannin structure.

2008 Faust, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $43 at K&L Wines

  • $79 at Bobo’s | 1.8x

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2008 Faust is a worthy successor to the highly lauded 2007 vintage in Napa Valley. The wine opens with aromas of red and black cherries, hints of violets and warm spices. A lush, full entry on the palate with blackberry, cassis, nutmeg and dark chocolate flavors leads to a plush, supple mouthfeel. A complex finish lingers with dark fruit and plenty of richness. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot.  Alcohol 14.2%.

2007 Jordan, Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $45 at K&L Wines

Rating: See comments below

  • $79 at Bobo’s | 1.8x
  • $95 at Wayfare Tavern | 2.1x

Winemaker’s notes: The 2007 growing season made this vintage a winemaker’s dream. A smaller crop yielded more concentrated flavors in the grapes, and moderate temperatures allowed the fruit to mature slowly and beautifully. A seamless wine, the 2007 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon exudes beautiful, dense, blackberry aromas that echo through the mid-palate. The mouthfeel is silky-smooth with soft, round tannins accented by a vanilla quality from aging one year in primarily French oak barrels. Enjoyable now or worthy of cellaring through 2020. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and less than 1% Malbec, aged for 12 months in 70% French oak and 30% American oak.

2008 Groth, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $37 at K&L Wines

  • $79 at Bobo’s | 2.1x

92 points James Suckling: This is a very clean and fruity Cab with firm tannins and bright acidity with dark fruits and minerals. Full and firm. Give this another five years of bottle to really mellow, but why wait?

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is big and lush with huge gobs of fruit in the aroma and flavor. The texture of the wine is soft and supple, typical of Cabernet Sauvignons grown in our area of the Oakville AVA. Menu suggestions: “A slab and a Cab”, Dennis Groth recommends you drink his Cabernet Sauvignon with steak. Alcohol 14.9%.

2007 Jax Vineyards, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $42 @ the Winery

  • $79 at Bobo’s | 1.9x

Winemaker’s Notes: Tight, sleek, and focused with an elegant blend of currant, black cherry, loamy earth and nutmeg. Impressive for its depth and definition, this vintage seamlessly unfolds together into a long, lingering finish.  95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot and 2.5% Cabernet Franc.  Alcohol 14.8%.

2006 Robert Young, Scion, Alexander Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $50 at Wally’s Wine & Spirits

  • $89 at Bobo’s | 1.8x | TOP PICK 

Winemaker’s Notes: This is a bolder, more complex Scion than past vintages. High notes of spice and plum are rounded out by earthy, dark cherry flavors. The structured finish is smooth and bright with light tannins. This is a memorable wine that will be drinkable for the next 8 years.” —Kevin Warren, winemaker

2007 Cain Concept, the Benchland, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $48 at Artisan Wine Depot, $50 at Beltramo’s & $53 at K&L Wines

  • $89 at Bobo’s | 1.8x

Description from K&L: You won’t find any reviews for Cain’s current releases, since the winery stopped sending their offerings out to the critics in the early 2000s. It’s probably for the best, since their wines don’t fit into the big, powerhouse box that many critics have built for their top performers. Cain’s wines, rather, are finesseful and balanced, with a chalky thread running through their entire lineup. Even in the incredibly ripe 2007 vintage, this blend of Cabernet (57%), Merlot (15%), Cab Franc (13%) and Petit Verdot (12%) is quite balanced, if a little more generous than previous vintages, making it a great introduction to the Cain style.

2008 Darioush, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $88 at K&L Wines

  • $139 at Bobo’s | 1.6x | TOP PICK

90 points Wine Advocate: A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature exhibits a dark ruby/purple color along with a lovely perfume of black currants, licorice and spice, an attractive texture, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and elegance combined with substance. This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy over the next 12-15 years. (Dec. 2010)

2002 Corison, Kronos Vineyard, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $102 Pluckemin Inn Wine Shop 

  • $169 at Bobo’s | 1.6x

90 points Wine Enthusiast: The vineyard is on benches between Rutherford and St. Helena. The wine is immaculate Cabernet in the modern style, soft and rich in blackberries and cherries that are so ripe, they veer into melted chocolate. This yumminess is complexed with smoky oak, and balanced with just enough dusty tannins to keep it all from collapsing.

Winemaker’s Notes: Plums, spice and floral perfume abound. Managing to be powerful and elegant at the same time, this is a classic vintage for Kronos Vineyard. Only 250 cases were produced.

2007 Chateau Montelena, Estate, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $105 at K&L Wines & Wine.com

  • $189 at Bobo’s | 1.8x

94 points Wine Advocate: A great wine in the making, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (just under 10,000 cases produced) possesses a fragrant bouquet of sweet black currants, crushed rocks, earth and background oak. Full-bodied and dense, with Montelena’s typical power, tannin and reserved nature, this is a big, rich, formidably endowed red that requires 4-5 years of cellaring. That in itself is atypical of this exuberant, flamboyant vintage. Given this cuvee’s past history, this 2007 should age for 30+ years.

Winemaker’s Notes: Medium red. Cherry, redcurrant and floral aromas are complicated by a whiff of soil. Offers good sweetness and breadth to its spicy, bright red fruit flavors. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins and a hint of mocha. The fruit is mostly from Game Farm Vineyard in Oakville, which McMahon says features “rocky Tuscan soil.” This will be bottled in July. Alcohol 14.3%.

2007 Pahlmeyer, Napa Valley, Proprietary Red

Retail Price: $111 Average Price via Wine – Searcher 

  • $179 at Bobo’s | 1.6x

95 points Wine Spectator: A rich, explosive style, packed with layers of currant, blackberry, wild berry and black cherry fruit woven together in a tight way. Full-bodied, turning supple and polished on the finish, where the fine-grained tannins are ripe and let the fruit flavors flow freely. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2020. 6,400 cases made. –JL

2006 Opus One

Retail Price: $225 Average Price via Wine – Searcher

  • $259 at Bobo’s | 1.1x | TOP PICK

94 points Wine Advocate: Not surprisingly, the 2006 is a bigger, more muscular, less charming effort displaying unbridled power, full-bodied richness, and notes of new saddle leather, black fruits, roasted herbs, and burning embers. Powerful and rich with sweet tannin, low acidity, and more structure and density than the 2005 as well as less nuance and complexity, the 2006 should be consumed over the next 15+ years

Winemaker’s Notes: A saturated black-purple, the 2006 Opus One shows aromas of fresh cut roses, licorice, dark chocolate, blackberry pie, smoked bacon and sassafras. Simultaneously silky and dense on the palate, this unfined wine offers flavors of cassis, espresso and zesty black cherry. The persistently smooth yet expansive finish of the 2006 promises long life in the bottle.

2004 Screaming Eagle, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

Retail Price: $1,850 Belmont Wine Exchange

  • $1,999 at Bobo’s | 1.0x | TOP PICK

94 points Wine Spectator: Impeccably balanced, intense and complex, with a mix of savory currant, loamy earth and firmly structured tannins. Tightens up on the finish, where the tannins clamp down, yet the finish is long and persistent. Best from 2010 through 2020. 400 cases made. –JL

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