The beauty of Napa Cabernets is that they are made in a fashion that shows charm in their youth, with pure currant and dark berry flavors, fleshy textures and fine-grained tannins. But they are also engagingly complex, with room for development.
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WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Napa winemaker Helen Keplinger discusses Pritchard Hill's terroir which produces profound and distinctive reds, including elegant Bryant Family Cabernets.
WineSpectator.com: CALIFORNIA CABERNET COURSE Learn from top winemakers and explore the state's important Cabernet appellations with Wine Spectator School's online seminar. Discover the difference made by price levels and growing regions. California Cabernet and nine other courses are free with a WineSpectator.com membership, only $49.95 per year.
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: The father and daughter team of Nicolás and Laura Catena have produced vintage after vintage of outstanding Malbecs. But how do these wines age? The two joined Wine Spectator's Nathan Wesley to taste examples from 2007, 2004 and 2000.
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: After shepherding 42 vintages, the ineffable Jacques Lardière is retiring at the end of 2012. Jacques joined Bruce Sanderson and reflected on a lifetime of making wine from over 150 appellations at Maison Louis Jadot.
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CALIFORNIA TASTING HIGHLIGHTS Check in on Mondays to get the latest reviews on hot new-release Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more.
CALIFORNIA CABERNET COURSE Learn from top winemakers and explore the state's important Cabernet appellations with Wine Spectator School's online seminar. Discover the difference made by price levels and growing regions. California Cabernet and nine other courses are free with a WineSpectator.com membership, only $49.95 per year.