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EPISODE #68
Augmented Reality Entrepreneur Mike Cohen & Wine Makeovers
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Wines of the Night
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The 2016 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and dense to the rim of the glass. Layered aromas of black currant, blueberry and cherry are accentuated by an authentic barrel bouquet of hazelnut, cocoa powder, and dark roasted coffee. High-toned red berry fruit strikes the fore-palate, and follows with bright acidity and a full structure that is both dense and soft at once.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 86

Tom: 87

Craig: 75

Mike: 88

2016 Bishops Peak Cabernet Sauvignon ($18)

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Produced from grapes grown in the Santa Margarita Vineyard in the cool southwestern corner of the Paso Robles viticultural area, this wine combines the balanced Talley Vineyards’ house style with the soft approachability typical of the Paso Robles region. Displaying a beautiful mulberry hue, the 2016 Bishop’s Peak Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of cedar, black licorice, fennel, and a hint of bubblegum. The palate is lush, exuding notes of red plum and cassis that continue long onto the finish.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 89

Tom: 89

Craig: 89

Mike: 89

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Blackberry, cassis, plum and currant aromas greet the nose, surrounded by black olives, anise, leather, and cigar box. Notes of graphite and crushed stone mingle with just a hint of cool mint. Robust and full bodied, an undercurrent of restrained power is palpable just below the surface at the core of this wine. Firm, fine grained tannins provide ample backbone for the layers of boysenberry, black cherry, licorice and dried herb flavors. Meaty and fleshy while retaining an overall elegance, it finishes with authority and finesse.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 88

Tom: 86

Craig: 88

Mike: 91

2017 The Fableist Cabernet Sauvignon ($20)

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Vibrant blackcurrant, cedar, and vanilla hit your tongue, as you're warmed by the comforts of mint and eucalyptus. A strong finish wraps you in a fond embrace.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 87

Tom: 89

Craig: 91

Mike: 89

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Dark fruits of black cherry, plum and blackberry are layered seamlessly with sweet spice, herbal, dark earth and a touch of sweet tobacco in the 2014 vintage, and accompany the rich concentration, silky tannins and long finish that the winery looks forward to in their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon each year.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 88

Tom: 86

Craig: 85

Mike: 86

2016 Kalinda Cabernet Sauvignon ($22)

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True to valley fruit, this wine has an open and accessible quality that makes it drinkable right now, but don’t hesitate to buy a bottle or two more to lay down if you like it. It’s definitely got the bones for the long haul, and it will develop beautifully over the next few years.

 

Wine Scores

Ben: 87

Tom: 90

Craig: 88

Mike: 87