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, Brandlin
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Brandlin, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

Brandlin, Mount Veeder, Napa Valley
Decanter average score: 17.25pts/20 (90+/100pts)
Individual judge’s scores: Stephen Brook 17.5 Yohann Jousselin MS 18 David Motion 16.5
Intense plummy nose, with a balsamic edge. Plump and luxurious, with a pure sense of fruit that carries through every stage. Rugged and peppery, and with enough acidity to give some persistence.
Price £50 Thorman Hunt
Drink 2013–2025
Alc 14.5%