Napa and Sonoma Cabernet 2009: panel tasting results

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High alcohols and uneven quality in the generic-level wines marred what was otherwise a fine tasting, with our experts recommending most wines for good medium-term drinking. See the top 18 Napa and Sonoma Cabernet 2009 wines here...
Napa and Sonoma Cabernet 2009, Far Niente
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Far Niente, Oakville, Napa Valley

Far Niente, Oakville, Napa Valley
Decanter average score: 17.75pts/20 (92/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: Stephen Brook 18.5 Yohann Jousselin MS 16.5 David Motion 18
Deep autumnal fruit with a dark side and a voluptuous plummy nose. Rich, velvety, full-bodied, concentrated, with generosity of fruit, fine ripeness, and fine-grained tannins with a hint of black pepper on the finish. Delicious and long.
Price £92–£110 Christopher Keiller, Fintry Wines, Slurp, Winedown
Drink 2013–2030
Alc 14.5%