PlumpJack Winery is located in the Oakville section of Napa Valley, California. The winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon (one Estate and one Reserve), Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah.
The 2006 PlumpJack Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (100% new) for 21 months. The labeled ABV was 15.2%. The fruit for this bottle was harvested from the McWilliams Oakville Vineyard.
Over the years, I had tasted PlumJack’s Cabernet Sauvignon many times. It has always been an outstanding wine. In June of 2012, I was at a small wine shop in Southern New Jersey, when I came across the 2006 Reserve. I eagerly grabbed the bottle and headed to the checkout. Unfortunately, the bottle was mispriced on the shelf (too good to be true). The actual cost was quite a bit more than what was listed.
Having never come across the Reserve at a retail location, I weighed the odds of finding another. Then, I thought, what would NJ Vinoman do?
I bought the wine.
Nickel & Nickel is located in Oakville in the Napa Valley section of California. The winery produces 100% varietal, single-vineyard wines. Napa Valley is the source for all thirteen of their current vintage Cabernet Sauvignon offerings. They also offer one Chardonnay, one Merlot, and a Syrah from Napa Valley. From Sonoma Valley, they source one Chardonnay, one Merlot, one Syrah, and two Zinfandels.
The 2008 Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oakville section of Napa Valley. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new, 50% once-used) for 18 months. The label listed ABV was 14.2%.
Over the years, I had tasted a number of wines from Nickel & Nickel, several Cabernet Sauvignons, and a Zinfandel from Bonfire Vineyard. They were all quite good. I had not sampled one in quite some time and happened upon the 2008 Kelham Vineyard in a local store.
I decided to revisit the brand. I was glad I did.
Oakville, in Napa Valley, California, is home to Turnbull Wine Cellars. Turnbull produces two white wines and a number of red wines. The reds are primarily blends, utilizing many of the seven different varietals grown in their vineyards.
The 2008 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon was 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah, 4% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Petite Sirah, and 1% Malbec. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 20 months. The ABV was 14.5%. There were 6600 cases of this vintage produced.
I found this wine on the list at Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, New Jersey. The restaurant’s wine list is predominantly California offerings (at one point it was exclusively California) with a very wide range of prices.
As I had not previously tasted Turnbull, I decided to give it a try.
Groth Vineyards & Winery is located in Oakville in the Napa region of California. The winery produces four wines: a Chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve.
The 2006 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon was 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (50% new / 50% old) for 20 months. The wine’s listed ABV was 14.9%.
Recently, I was having dinner with my neighbors (yes, those wonderful neighbors again!) at Del Frisco’s in NYC. My neighbor selected a bottle of 2007 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany our meal. The wine steward returned to our table empty handed and informed us they were out of the Groth. We moved on to another selection, but I made a mental note to keep an eye out for Groth, as I had never tasted it.
Two weeks later, I came across the 2006 Groth Caabernet Sauvignon in Wine Sellers. I picked up two bottles and tasted them on separate evenings over the past week. My notes were consistent on both sittings.