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2015 Abreu Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 99

Pitch black in color, the black fruit here shows incredible levels of ripeness, depth and freshness. The wine is earthy, with truffles, salty tannins and complexities which become more apparent as the wine remains in the glass. Dense, rich and full-bodied, the finish really stays with you. This should age effortlessly for at least 2-3 decades.

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2015 Abreu Las Posadas  (Howell Mountain) 99

Powerful, full-bodied, dense, tannic and tightly wound, it is going to take up to a decade for this to soften and come together. But with all the waves of ripe, black and blue fruits, (Which show a beautiful purity of fruit) leafy, herb, thyme, and smoke-sensations that are all waiting patiently for the tannins to meld, this is going to offer a sublime tasting experience.

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2015 Abreu Thorevilos  (Napa Valley) 100

Completely opaque in color, this pitch black hued wine is incredibly packed and stacked with layer after layer of perfectly, ripe, sweet, fresh, black, blue and red fruits. Concentrated, complex and long, with an opulent finish that hangs with you for close to 60 seconds, this is a breathtaking expression of what California does best with Cabernet Sauvignon. I am sure this will will deliver the good with ease for 20-25-30 years with ease.

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2015 Abreu Cappella  (Napa Valley) 98

Inky, dark in color, the nose explodes with chocolate covered black and blue fruits, 5 spice, smoke, licorice and thyme. Lush, rich, round and palate filling, the finish is long, deep, opulent and fresh. Age this for a decade and it will be even better!

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2013 Abreu Cappella  (Napa Valley) 98

Smoky, mineral driven nose with charcoal, plum, blackberry, flower, vanilla and liqueur notes. Elegant, energetic and concentrated, with a sweetness and purity of fruit, the finish is all about the dusty tannins and fresh, clean blackberries that stick with you. The wine was made from a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot and 6% Merlot.

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2013 Abreu Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 99

Smoky black cherries, dark chocolate, and boysenberry really get things going in the right direction. There is good intensity, lift and density with a multi-layered finish, silky tannins and ripe, sweet, dark berries galore. The wine was made from a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot.

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2013 Abreu Las Posadas  (Howell Mountain) 97

Powerful, intense, and packing an equal punch on the nose with its pine, mint, eucalyptuses, vanilla and dark berries. Incredibly concentrated, tannic, but quite refined. This is clearly the longest lived wine from the Abreu portfolio. Patience will be needed for this rich, powerful beauty. You’re going to need to give it at least a decade, but you’ll be amply rewarded for your patience. With time, as the tannins soften, this could become a markedly better wine. The wine was produced from a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot, 12% Merlot and 7% Malbec.

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2013 Abreu Thorevilos  (Napa Valley) 100

Inky, dark in color, this wine grabs you from the get go. Powerful, refined, with incredible levels of depth, the wine fills your mouth and layers of flavor that build and expand. The luxurious textures, coupled with the freshness, complexity, velvety tannins and immense concentration feel great on your palate. This majestic wine was made from a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 17% Peitit Verdot and 8% Merlot. This is a benchmark wine for all California Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

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2012 Abreu Cappella  (Napa Valley) 98

Smoke, stone, espresso, brown sugar, black cherry, licorice and blackberry create the nose. On the palate, the wine is supple, sensuous, rich and round, with a long, creamy, ripe fruit filled finish.

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2012 Abreu Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 99

Blackberry, mint, espresso, black raspberry and cherry liqueur scents kick off the wine. This leads you to a structured, silky, polished, age worthy wine that demands time in the cellar for all the elegant, but powerful, slightly dusty tannins to soften.

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2012 Abreu  (Howell Mountain) 97

Inky in color, spicy, stony, cassis and smoke aromas with intensity, concentration of fruit, polished tannins and a big impression on the mid palate. The wine is big, chewy and dense. The wine is powerful, with grace that demands at least another decade to develop.

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2012 Abreu Thorevilos  (Napa Valley) 99

Floral, black raspberry, wet earth and tobacco might open the wine, but that is only where the fun starts, not where it ends. The wine coats your mouth and palate with flavor and intensity. There is a beautiful sense of purity to the fruit that’s made even better with the vibrant, fresh energetic personality and the sensuous textured finish.

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2010 Abreu Thorevilos  (Napa Valley) 97

Inky, intense, full bodied, incredible richness and intensity of flavor create a mouth filling blast of licorice, blackberry, smoke, espresso and jam. The wine coats your mouth and stains your teeth with fruit and extract.

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2009 Abreu Cappella  (Napa Valley) 98

Silk and velvet textures make the wine. This is such a great style. The showy, perfectly ripe fruits, soft, polished tannins, and layers of ripe, sweet, fresh and fleshy berries never quits. The fruit filled finish, with its nuances of smoke, dark cocoa, licorice and espresso hang wth you for ages. Drink this now, or wait a decade. This is a very special wine.

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Silky, elegant and refined, there is a purity to the fruit and velvety tannins that allow the wine to feel as soft as it does. Yet, this is no wallflower of a wine. The combination of blueberries, espresso, blackberry, chocolate and flowers is alluring. Never tiring to taste, it was the perfect foil for a juicy, rare, grilled New York. This is still youthful at 9, so I imagine it will deliver high quality enjoyment for at least another 15-20 years or longer.

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Incense, clay, vanilla and a wide array of ripe black and blue fruits create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is rich, intense, full bodied and concentrated with layers of sweet dark, perfectly ripe cherries. The fruit displays incredible purity. The finish is long, lush and lusty.

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2009 Abreu Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 98

Deep in color, the nose lets you in with licorice, black and blue smoky fruits, Asian spice and espresso bean. Thick, rich, supple, powerful, and yet, with everything going on, the wine remained perfectly balanced. The tannic, long and expansive, finish builds in intensity with flavor that really linger on the palate.

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2008 Abreu Cappella  (Napa Valley) 96

Blending 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot, the aromas mix incense, blueberry, fresh brewed espresso, black cherry liqueur and chocolate mint. On the palate, the wine is silky, lush and clean ending with a black cherry, licorice and coffee filled, polished finish.

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2008 Abreu Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 97

Explosive aromas of black cherry liqueur, vanilla bean, coffee, charcoal and blueberry create the perfume. From a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot, the wine is fleshy, rich and dense, ending with lush, chocolate covered boysenberries in the long, expansive complex finish that lasts for close to 50 seconds!

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2008 Abreu  (Howell Mountain) 96

Fresh black raspberry jam, spice, vanilla, oak and an array of spice box notes open the aromatics. The wine is powerful, tannic, full bodied and intense. This is one of the few wines that require bottle age. In fact it demands 5-7 years before the tannins soften and the wine becomes fun to drink.

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2007 Abreu Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 99

California Cabernet Sauvignon might get better than this, but not by much! With layer after layer of perfectly ripe, lush, opulent black, blue and dark red berries, the wine coats your mouth and stays there for what seems like at least 60 seconds! There is a beautiful elegant texture that completely balances the intensity and power of the wine.

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2007 Abreu Thorevilos  (Napa Valley) 100

WOW! This is clearly a benchmark for what California Cabernet Sauvignon can do The wine coats your mouth and palate with perfectly ripe, massive layers of silky berry liqueur, licorice, coffee, blueberry liqueur and all with polished, velvet textures. Everything is in perfect balance and harmony, which is amazing considering the levels of richness and concentration found in this elixir.

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2006 Abreu Thorevilos  (Napa Valley) 98

WOW! The nose explodes with blueberries, blackberry jam, licorice, vanilla, coffee beans and truffles! Fat, intense, expansive and mouth filling, the wine offers the option of drinking, or with the impressive levels of concentration, eating with a spoon! Every sip coats your palate with intensity of flavor and purity! Generally speaking, expensive wines do not always deliver, but if you have the money and want to experience California Caberent at its best, this is about as good as it gets.

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2005 Abreu Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 95

With a flamboyant personality, packed with fresh brewed cappuccino, licorice, boysenberry, blackberry and vanilla, the wine is rich, deep and concentrated. While it lacks the intensity and power found in the top vintages of Abreu, it’s clearly made in the same, ripe, fruit forward style with a focus on elegance and purity.

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2005 Abreu Thorevilos  (Napa Valley) 99

This is my style of what Napa Valley does best. Incredibly rich, and intense, yet fresh, balanced, pure, long and deep. Luxurious matched lift is hard to find, but you clearly taste it here. The palate staining, dark black and blue fruit is velvety. The richly textured, sweet, fruit filled finish sticks with you for 50 seconds or longer. Served double blind, as you can see, I loved it.

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Even better than the last time I tasted it. And it was stunning a few years ago. Thick, dense, rich, concentrated and multi layered. The wine stains your palate. The texture is thick velvet. There is an oaky component to the wine, but it's over shadowed by all the perfectly ripe black and blue fruit and the incredibly long finish. Once the oak integrates, this should deserve an even higher score.

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Pitch black in color, with an explosive perfume stuffed with vanilla, blueberry, licorice, coffee bean and blackberry jam. The wine is massive, powerful and yet, with all its size, everything is in balance. The long, seemingly endless finish fills your mouth and stains your palate with multiple waves of incredibly, lush, ripe fruit.

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2004 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 95

Combining elegance with fresh, ripe, sweet, luscious, black cherries, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla bean and just a hint of blueberry, the wine is focused on being refined, while serving up, ripe, fleshy, sweet berries. This is probably drinking at peak, where it should remain for years.

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2003 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 94

Round, soft and fleshy, fully mature, the wine serves up dark red fruits, tobacco, licorice and black cherry with a fleshy, juicy, sweet, fruit infused finish. This is drinking in the sweet spot.

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Drinking great today, the wine is sweet, but not jammy, lush in texture, but not flabby, with a mouthful of ripe, and very ripe fruits. The oak is integrated, there is complexity paired with length, and it is fully ready to go.

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Popped and poured, the wine is clearly strutting its stuff. Blending black and blue fruit, earth, licorice, chocolate and smoky aromatics, the wine is smooth, round and soft, ending with a rich layer of ripe fruits.

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2003 Abreu Thorevilos  (Napa Valley) 96

A step up from the very good 2003 Abreu Madronna, this is a more intense, fleshier experience. Concentrated, rich, fresh and opulent, the array of black dark red and blue fruits, complicated by the licorice, espresso, earth and black cherry liqueur gets your focus. This is drinking quite well today. It might improve, but why wait?

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2002 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 100

If Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is your thing, this wine belongs on your bucket list. This is so rich, the fruit coats your mouth and palate and stains your teeth, in all the best ways. Luscious, intense, yet perfectly balanced, the sweet, ripe, opulent fruit remains on your palate for more than 60 seconds!

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Still dark in color, an abundant perfume filled with cassis, blueberry, oak, coffee, incense and blackberry is a treat. Silky, round and with velvety tannins, this opulent, Napa Cabernet finishes with a long blast of chocolate covered blackberry and plums.

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2002 Abreu Thorevilos  (Napa Valley) 100

California Cabernet Sauvignon at its best. That sums this bottle up. If you're seeking perfectly ripe fruit with so much intensity of flavor you can eat it, silky, velvety textures and a finish that lingers long after the wine has been finished, this is for you.

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There is so much depth in color in this wine, it looks like it was just released! Blueberry, boysenberry jam, vanilla, licorice, chocolate, truffle, earth and smoke scream from the glass. With the concentration of motor oil, coupled with the grace of a ballerina, there is not one hair out of place. Ostentatious, yet refined, the wine fills your mouth and paints your palate with the intense purity of perfectly ripe, polished fruit. This is a benchmark wine for California Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2001 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 99

Stunning! This was rich, concentrated, dense, intense, full bodied, balanced, complex, powerful and elegant, which is quite a balancing act with so much concentration. Drink now, or wait, either way, this is beauty.

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Supple, rich, concentrated and filled with chocolate, cassis and blue fruits. This soft textured, full bodied wine finishes with a huge blast of dark berries and chocolate.

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2000 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 89

With a muted nose that required effort to find aromatics, smoke, blackberry, oak and coffee aromas could be found. Dense and chunk in texture, the wine ended with blackberry and tart cherry flavors. This is on the downhill slide. Drink up.

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1997 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 99

Oak, licorice, incense, barbecue smoke and blackberries on the nose. The wine is incredibly lush, displaying opulent textures and a sweet, ripe, fruit filled palate with a pleasing long finish that fills your mouth with the essence of pure, ripe fruits.

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Rich, concentrated, pack and stacked with layers of perfectly ripe, black and blue fruit, vanilla, cocoa, truffle, barbecue and licorice. The great thing about this wine is, the balance. There is so much fruit, flesh and flash, yet it’s all in harmony and does not go over the top with its flamboyant, silky, sensuous style. This Cabernet Sauvignon represents everything great about California wine.

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1996 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 97

Earthy, wet forest aromas, cassis, blackberry, licorice and coffee bean aromatics on the nose. Full bodied, deep and long with a true concentration of flavor, the purity of the fresh black fruits in the finish really lingers.

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Rich, yet not even close to over the top, the wine is still fresh, vibrant and lively. Served double blind, this tasted 10 years younger than its true age.

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1995 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 95

Opulent, lush, ripe and concentrated with sweet and polished fruit, with a sense of purity in the fruit and sweetness in the finish.

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Fully mature, with its truffle, blackberry, earth and thyme nose, the fruits are sweet, polished and fresh, but the wine lacks the depth and sensuous textures found in subsequent vintages.

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1994 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 96

With its scents of cassis, blackberry jam, truffle, caramel, coffee bean and cherries, the nose grabs your attention. Full bodied, concentrated, rich and intense, the wine is powerful, complex and long, but it lacks the same level of elegance and finesse tasted in the current vintages.

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Dense, concentrated and filled with ripe, sweet cassis and blue fruit. Round and silky textures. Long clean finish.

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1993 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch  (Napa Valley) 83

Oak, blackberry, cassis, earth and mushroom scents became apparent with coaxing. While concentrated and full bodied, the wine was drying out and tasted like tart cherries. This bottle was purchased on release and brought the original owner. I'd like to try another to see if this was a correct bottle. It might be time to drink up.

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