Reserve Selections

2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Reserve Selections | WineTransit.com

We assembled a collection of top wines and spirits for gift-giving and entertaining in our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide. Here are some Reserve Room selections, wines that will impress even the most serious collector. These are the bottles you want to give to your wine-loving friend, family member, or co-worker/boss. They'll be very impressed!

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Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 36297

JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 2/16/2023
The appellation 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is another winner. Ripe red and black fruits, dried flowers, and spice all define the bouquet, and it’s up-front, soft, balanced, and just delicious. Drink bottles over the coming decade. (Jeb Dunnuck)
SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 15, 2022
Leads with a light cedar edge, followed quickly by relatively open-knit red currant and damson plum fruit flavors. Shows a light savory edge on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 41,000 cases made. (James Molesworth)
RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 15th Sep 2022
The winery’s largest bottling, approximately 38,000 cases, is the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. Primarily from the Hardester Ranch in Pope Valley, with other major contributions from St. Helena, Soda Canyon and Glass Mountain, it’s a medium to full-bodied effort, with bold flavors of cherries, cassis and cedar. It’s easy, but not soft, nicely firm, with a long, silky-textured finish. (Joe Czerwinski)
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WE9797 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2021
This is such an outstanding wine at any price, but here we’re talking about outstanding value as well. Notes of iron and crushed rock lead to a lengthy balance of juicy red fruit and clove. With small amounts of Merlot, Malbec, Saint-Macaire and Cabernet Franc, it shows a deft hand at blending, with lasting notes of black pepper and nuanced oak. (Virginie Boone)
VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2021
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a fabulous wine that overdelivers big time. Inky dark fruit, graphite, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice give the 2018 its distinctly savory, soil-driven personality. Time in the glass brings out attractive floral overtones. The tannins need time to soften, but there is a lot to look forward to. This is a very serious, polished wine. O’Shaughnessy’s Napa Valley Cabernet remains one of the hidden jewels in Napa Valley.
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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, March 3, 2022
This shows lots of ripe dark and blue fruit on the nose, together with some leafy character. Notes of spices, cedar wood and walnuts, too. Medium-to full-bodied with firm tannins and a fresh, juicy-fruit profile. Polished and smooth with an array of succulent berries and blue flowers in the aftertaste. Drinkable now, but better in two or three years. Try after 2024.
WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/2022
This is a well-balanced red with small amounts of other varieties like Merlot. Spicy, it shows well-integrated oak and tannin within a taut, elegant and lengthy palate of blueberry and black currant. (Virginie Boone)
SP9292 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2022
A sleek, polished style, with cassis and plum notes driving through, carried by a graphite spine and backed by tobacco, briar and savory notes. Drink now through 2030. 18,398 cases made. (James Molesworth)
RP9191 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st May 2022
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon includes small proportions of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec and was aged 16 months in 44% new French oak. For entry-level Napa, it’s a solid effort, marrying ripe cherries and hints of cassis with gentle notes of sage and cedar. Medium to full-bodied, it’s soft enough to drink now, yet it shows enough velvety tannins to age at least through 2030. Nicely done. (Joe Czerwinski)
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Lewelling Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 55974

JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 12/21/2021
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is brilliant and has classic varietal aromas and flavors of cassis and dark currants as well as tobacco, cedar pencil, espresso, and spring flowers. With medium to full body, a seamless, elegant mouthfeel, silky tannins, and impeccable balance, it’s well worth seeking out and a multi-bottle purchase. I’d certainly be thrilled to have bottles in the cellar. It will have 15–20 years of longevity. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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Far Niente Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 16435

WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 7/1/2022
With a slight nose of reduction, this wine offers grippy tannin and sizable oak. Blueberry, currant, cedar and sage give it an elegance and classic structure of understated power, finishing in notes of tobacco and clove. Enjoy from 2029–2039. (Virginie Boone)
JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, November 4, 2021
Aromas of dark plums, black olives, bark, dried herbs and cloves. Medium-to full-bodied with powdery tannins. Rich and creamy with chocolate and black fruit on the palate. Chewy finish with excellent length. Fresh. Drink from 2023. (James Suckling)
JD9494 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2022
Deep ruby-hued, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon has a textbook Cabernet nose of ripe red and black fruits, leafy herbs, tobacco, spicy oak, and loamy earth. Nicely textured on the palate, it shows the supple elegance of the 2019 vintage, has ripe tannins, medium to full body, and outstanding length. It’s a beautifully balanced, classic 2019 to drink any time over the coming 15 to 20 years. The blend is 94% Cabernet, 4% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, aged 17 months in 65% new French oak. There are 20,000 cases produced, which is certainly impressive at this quality level. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 15th Sep 2022
Far Niente’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is based on Oakville fruit (about 40% to 50% of the blend), with smaller contributions from Oak Knoll, Calistoga, St. Helena, Diamond Mountain and Stags Leap. The result offers a charming blend of cherries and cassis, with hints of sage, mint and dried spices. A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and smaller amounts of Malbec and Petit Verdot, all aged 16 to 17 months in French oak (two-thirds new), it’s medium to full-bodied, with a slightly chunky, corpulent feel on the palate and a long, softly dusty finish. (Joe Czerwinski)
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Jul 31, 2022
This leads off with singed vanilla, followed quickly by warmed cassis and plum reduction flavors. The toasty finish lets a tobacco streak in amid the fruit. Drink now through 2030. 23,300 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2022
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a huge, opulent wine. A blast of inky dark fruit, chocolate, spice, plum and menthol gives the 2019 its racy, extroverted personality. The Estate is a typical wine from Cade that balances Howell Mountain intensity with plenty of Napa Valley lushness. The 2019 is sure to be a crowd pleaser. (Antonio Galloni)
JD9595 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 5/4/2022
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is even better, with a stunning nose of black and blue fruits as well as iron, black olive tapenade, and subtle herbal nuances. Pure 2019 goodness on the palate, it’s full-bodied, has ripe, polished tannins, a great mid-palate, and one heck of a finish. It’s not for those looking for old school Claret, but it brings beautiful richness and depth and will shine for at least 10–12 years as well. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2021
The 2019 Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is blended of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. Deep garnet-purple in color, it charges out of the glass with vibrant black cherry preserves, wild blueberries and mulberries scents, giving way to a core of cassis and star anise plus a waft of chocolate box. Full-bodied, concentrated and packed with bright black fruits, it has a fine-grained texture and long, energetic finish. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2023
This is packed with steeped plum and blackberry fruit paste notes mixed with tar, roasted apple wood and warm earth. A racy savory stripe is nicely buried through the finish, where a violet echo lingers. Best from 2024 through 2036. 14,670 cases made. (James Molesworth)
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Amici Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 52981

JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, April 4, 2023
A cab with lots of currant and blackberry aromas with some fresh herbs such as sage and lead pencil character. Lots of crushed stone and cement as well. Medium to full body. Firm and polished, Extremely long and vivid. A blend of Hudson, Morisoli, and George III. Shows the magic of 2021. Needs two or three years to soften and come together. (James Suckling)
JD93+93–95 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 2/16/2023
Always a beautiful wine, as well as one of the best values out there, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers lots of chocolaty red and blue fruits as well as medium to full body, an elegant, perfectly balanced mouthfeel, classic Cabernet spice, leather, and dried herbs, and a great finish. It shows the quality of the vintage and will be a no-brainer purchase. (Jeb Dunnuck)
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Dec 2023
Amici’s 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts intense aromas of camphor, mocha, loamy earth and dark-skinned fruit. Plums, black cherries and cassis carry over onto a medium to full-bodied palate framed by supple tannins, ending in a long, mouthwatering finish. A step up from the regular bottling, it also offers solid value for a Napa Cab, coming in at roughly $100 retail. (Joe Czerwinski)
RP92+92–94 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Mar 2023
Amici’s 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve will spend 22 months in oak before bottling. It features deep cedar and camphor notes, plus cassis and blueberry fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, richly weighted and silky in texture, it delivers a long, mouthwatering finish. Nicely done. (Joe Czerwinski)
VN91+91–94 pts. - Vinous - Feb 2023
The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve marries energy and depth. In most vintages, the Reserve is an under the radar gem. The 2021 is another terrific example. Bright acids and beams of tannin run through a core of dark fruit. Mocha, tobacco, cedar, licorice and chocolate linger. The 2021 is a bit firm, but time in bottle should take care of that. Once again, the Reserve looks like it will be one of the stars in this range. (Antonio Galloni)
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