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A Look into Napa Valley’s Geology: Wine Country’s Terroirs

There’s a reason you’ll find some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. The area is filled with a vast array of soils that allow for diverse wines of a delicious caliber. It’s why people from all over the world come to try famed Napa Valley Cabernet...

2017 Napa Valley Pinot Noir Rose by Aiken Wines

With over 30 years of winemaking experience, Joel Aiken knows the vineyards and growers capable of producing exceptional grapes for his wines. This includes his new Pinot Noir Rose, one of the best Pinot Noir produced by Aiken Wines to date. Aiken Wines is also known...

Aiken Wines to be Part of New Innovative Tasting Room in 2018

Aiken Wines is proud to be part of Feast Studio, Feast It Forward’s flagship brick and mortar showroom, retail marketplace and wine collective in downtown Napa, California. Scheduled to open in late May, the two-story, farmhouse-style building and garden will house...

Aiken Wines Launches New Website

NAPA, California, March 2018 – With a career spanning over 30 years, renowned Napa Valley winemaker and proprietor Joel Aiken understands what goes into making a wine not just good, but great. Aiken used his well-established winemaking talents to create his own unique...

Ratings: Top Rated Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

Napa is blessed with diverse soils, an ideal climate and topography that produce a variety of consistent wines from a wide range of grapes. From silky, seductive Pinot Noirs to ripe, velvety Merlots, there is a Napa Valley wine perfect for everyone. In this post,...

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...

95 pts. – 2013 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

The superstar in the portfolio is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, which comes entirely from the well-known Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford. Aged in 100% new French oak, it’s not a big cuvée (only 105 cases), but exhibits a dense purple color and a...

92 pts, two puffs – 2013 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

In terms of its ample substance and tannic frame, this wine is not so much different than its accomplice below, but where the latter is comparatively tight-fisted with its fruit, this one is close to succulent and juicy with a generous dollop of sweet oak and savory...

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...

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...

90 pts. – 2012 Aiken Pinot Noir Sonoma Mountain

Dense and intense, pleasantly earthy and tarry, with crushed rock, graphite, blackberry, black licorice, cedar, anise and tar flavors remaining complex, distinctive and captivating. Drink now through 2023.  280 cases made.      –JL

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...

90 pts. – 2012 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is a more elegant, downsized version compared to the Oakville. There are some dusty, loamy soil, cedarwood, tobacco leaf and red and blackcurrant fruit notes. It’s lovely, ripe and can be drunk now or aged for up to a...

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,...

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,...

92 pts, two puffs – 2012 Aiken Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

Joel Aiken’s Sonoma Mountain bottlings are cut from a bolder piece of cloth than his effort from the Fiddlestix Vineyard, and if that other wine can be counted on to age well, the two from a more northerly clime will not only improve in the bottle but also...

92 pts. – 2011 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, Napa Valley

Joel Aiken spent 27 years making wine for Beaulieu Vineyard before leaving to start his eponymous label. His third release of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Morisoli Vineyard, surrounded on three sides by Inglenook, is a successful portrait of both site and vintage. It’s...

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...

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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