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96 pts – 2014 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

True blockbuster stuff is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which comes from the Oakville Ranch on the west side of the Valley. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak with a deep purple color and sumptuous notes of violets, crème de cassis, white chocolate, and...

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92 pts. – 2013 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

The real stars are Aiken's Cabernet Sauvignons, of which there are two, one from Oakville and one from Rutherford. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which is 100% Oakville Ranch and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 70% new French oak, comes from the red hillside...

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92 pts. – 2013 Aiken Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Conservative aromas of black cherry, blackberry jam and toasty oak lead to plenty of ebullient black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors backed by matched fine-grain tannins and a waft of oak. More ripeness, sappiness, oak...

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91 pts. – 2012 Aiken Pinot Noir Sonoma Mountain

Waxy cherry and pomegranate invite the senses before a taste of dried cranberry wafts in, layering itself on top of velvety, silky tannins. Juicy and well-composed, it hails from an appellation not known for the variety. In the hands of this producer, also a fine...

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92 pts. – 2012 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

A beautiful 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville shows notes of toasty oak, licorice, forest floor, blackcurrants, and a bit of chocolate in a full-bodied, dense, rich, yet supple and drinkable style. It very much mirrors the beautiful fruit and drama of this vintage,...

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93 pts. – 2012 Aiken Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Very enticing aromas of Bing cherry and spice cabinet holding up over time in the glass. Deep flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and blackberry dance on the palate, accented with floral intricacy and complimentary oak,...

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92pts. – Aiken 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

A study in dusty tannins and crisp, classic cassis and cranberry, this wine offers plenty of the beloved herbaceousness of old-school Cabernet, along with a soft-hearted structure and compelling notes of violet and soy. Medium-bodied, it’s enjoyable now but has the...

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92 pts. – 2010 Aiken Pinot Noir Sonoma Mountain

Rich and muscular, showing great density, concentration and range of flavors. Offers mineral-laced dark berry, roasted herb and lavender notes that show touches of smoke, with chewy tannins on the finish. Should only get better. Best from 2013 through 2023. 149 cases...

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