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Venge 2008 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)

  1. $125

An absolute joy and triumph. Just superb, showcasing the best of Oakville. Perfect tannins, as pure as velvet and sweet, and perfect oak, too, with beautifully applied char and wood spice. That the oak is 100% new is in keeping with the wine’s volumetrics. The wine’s flavors are a profound, heady expression of blackberries, blueberries, cassis and dark, barely…

 — S.H.  (6/1/2011)
96
points

Venge 2009 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $135

A massive wine, decadent and splendid, and a worthy followup to the near-perfect 2008. Densely packed in fruit, it explodes in blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate, minerals and sweet, toasty new oak. That richness is lifted to brilliance by the tannic structure, which is world class. So deliciously approachable, it’s drinkable now, but it should develop over the…

 — S.H.  (6/1/2012)
95
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Venge 2012 Bone Ash Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Calistoga)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $105

From one of three estate-farmed vineyards belonging to the producer, Bone Ash is dry-farmed and planted to old vines in volcanic soils, the minerality of which is divinely present in this wine. High-toned, balanced in acidity and softly structured, it offers a range of fruit, from sharp cranberry to jammy blackberry, changing in the glass over time. Complex and…

 — V.B.  (8/1/2015)
95
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Venge 2011 Bone Ash Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $85

This is made from 100% Cabernet grown in the St. Helena estate vineyard. The wine is exceptionally pure and delicious, rich in black currant, chocolate, black cherry and lots of toasty new French oak. The all-important tannins are exquisitely ripe and as fine as velvet. Nowhere near ready, this wine wants a good eight years in the cellar, and will gradually evolve…

 — S.H.  (4/1/2014)
95
points

Venge 2010 Bone Ash Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $85

Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t get much more rich or ripe than this bottling. Made from grapes grown in Calistoga, this 100% varietal wine offers blackberry jam and crème de cassis flavors. Lots of new French oak influence adds sweet toast and caramel notes. Dramatically complex and powerful, this tannic selection will benefit from being cellared for a minimum of eight…

 — S.H.  (4/1/2013)
95
points

Venge 2009 Bone Ash Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  1. $80

Venge’s superb 2008 Bone Ash was a tough act to follow, but this 2009 pulls it off. Made entirely from Cabernet and aged for nearly two years in mostly new French oak, it shows massively rich flavors of blackberries, cassis and sweet buttered toast, with a lush, smooth mouthfeel, courtesy of ripe, sweet tannins. So easy to like, and an ideal partner to a perfectly…

 — S.H.  (5/1/2012)
95
points

Venge 2008 Bone Ash Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $76

A beautiful, brilliant but immature Cabernet. It’s massively rich in blackberry and cherry pie filling, cassis, dark chocolate and fine, smoky oak flavors, wrapped into thick but fine, sweet tannins. Shows elegance and finesse despite the power, but needs time. Best after 2014.

 — S.H.  (6/1/2011)
94
points

Venge 2013 Maldonado Vineyard Dijon Clones Chardonnay (Napa Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $39

Layered and medium in weight, this is a well-crafted, concentrated wine from an exceptional vineyard site in the cool, southeastern reaches of Napa Valley. The rich pineapple and coconut is tempered by crisp acidity, finishing in caramel-accented oak.

 — V.B.  (10/1/2015)
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