2011 Napa Valley (Oakville) Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Full, Bold
Flavors: Blackberry, Currant, Plum
That said, this is a big Cab, but I didn't love it as much as I like the 2011 Heimark juice from Lot 435. That said, at $25/bottle (with a discount), the Lot 500 is an exceptional value for a big bold Cab with a nice finish, and great mid-palate mouth feel. The structure is great...surprisingly nicely balanced. Too bad it was sold out, I'd buy more.
What a Gem!!!
It was amazing. Truly a well-rounded Cabernet. It could use some more time in the bottle, but with some aeration and/or decanting it is drinking well now. I only wish I could have brought more back with me from FL!!! As it stands I only have the 1 bottle left and I will sit on it for a while and open it as a treat in a year or two.
Something to write home about
500 is a delightful cab sauv, great fruit tones, an interesting nose that keeps you thinking, and a nice peppery finish. It's out of stock now, but if you ever find any for sale somewhere, don't hesitate!
Made me rediscover Cameron Hughes again
A Celebration of Great Things to Come
If this isn't Harlan Estate juice, I'd be surprised. Bravo on a commendable milestone, it definitely deserves a spot on the top shelf.
Great wine as always!!
Agree its still young, but maturing nicely
Needs more time in bottle
It does open up after a hour but still its missing that bold cab oak taste .
Ill put mine away and keep for a year then try again
Is Lot 500 the Best X00 Yet? We Think So!
Normally we cellar most reds at least 1-3 years before opening them. Occasionally we open a new and especially interesting one soon after it recovers from bottle-shock, and before limited quantities disappear. We did so with Lot 500.
Echoing the WOW of other reviewers, we tend to very much like all the Cab-based wines CH Wine produces, but this, although early in its life, does promise to be one of the best--difficult because we are still hoarding Lots 300 and 400.
We like to open a wine and sip it as we prepare dinner, to see how it evolves with air exposure. Then we track the trajectory through dinner. We try to save a little on a cruvinet (Nitrogen) for tasting the next night. When there was none left after last nite, that is a telling sign of how much we liked the wine.
Lot 500 started out a bit sweet, with enough stuffing to stand up to tastes at the stove. It was a perfect match to our steak--and our chocolate for dessert. CH Wines tend not to be Howell Mountain (for example) monsters we tasted and enjoyed in the old days of Napa Valley. Instead, they have a softer, more gentle and sophisticated 'round the mouth appeal. I think this one is the best yet.
Would we recommend this wine? Definitely, if this is within your price range. We cannot wait for our next bottle, probably six months from now; that is the way we track the ones we do open while they are still babes in the cellar. Buy it before everyone else discovers Lot 500!
Just a Baby, but Will be a Killer Wine
This is a very smooth, fruity - but not overly so, elegant wine. Well integrated tannins.
Will have a few bottles now, but most of it will go in the cellar for a bit. It will be a much better wine in 6 mos or a year.
Grab a couple cases before it's all gone.
Needs a lot more aging
This wine reminds me of the Wellman wine at twice the price. It is super smooth and has a perfect body and finish.
WOW, I wish I ordered 3 cases.
Going to be Fantastic