Producer Brian Witten & Napa Valley Cabernet
Wines of the Night

2012 Carpe Diem Napa Valley ($25)

Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a classic winemaking style, respecting the characteristics of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The wine is fruit forward, elegant, and exhibits soft tannins, making it pleasant to drink in its youth. Oak is used sparingly to keep Carpe Diem fresh and vibrant. Grapes for the Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon have been selected exclusively from the best vineyards in world renowned Napa Valley. It is a refreshing and straightforward wine expressing its bountiful fruit with bright aromas of wild strawberries and soft tannins.

Wine Scores

Ben: 88

Scott: 87

Tom: 89

Brian: 88

2013 Snowden The Ranch Napa Valley ($50)

The 2013 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon “The Ranch” greets you with a bouquet of blueberries, blackberry, and hints of savory herbal aromas, like black olives and pencil lead. It has flavors of cherries and anise, with a plush chalky texture. As always, the Cabernet Sauvignon ‘The Ranch’ can be enjoyed immediately and for the next decade. Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.

Wine Scores

Ben: 91

Scott: 93

Tom: 91

Brian: 93

2013 Lail Blueprint Napa Valley ($75)

This Lail Vineyards Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon is deep purple in color, with a wonderful nose of violets, dark red and blue fruits, black licorice, chocolate and a hint of Asian spices. The mouthfeel is extremely inviting with great energy, freshness and viscosity. Full bodied and rich, the combination of velvety texture, bright acidity, substantial but refined tannins, and complex layers of flavors create a sense of sophistication and liveliness. This is a beauty!

Wine Scores

Ben: 94

Scott: 93

Tom: 93

Brian: 94