Bern's Crush Hour Nov. 13

Bern's Fine Wines

Cult California Cabernet Sauvignon
Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits
November 13th, 2009 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Please join us as we sample a range of Cult California Cabernet
Sauvignons. The Cult Cabernet phenomenon in California can be defined
by several factors including: high prices, limited production, famous
winemakers and gushing reviews by wine critics. Join the Berna€s staff
as they feature an array of a€Cult Cabsa€ including Hartwell (by
winemaker Andy Erickson of Screaming Eagle), Robert Foley (by winemaker
Robert Foley of Pride, Hourglass and Switchback Ridge), Hestan
Vineyards (by winemaker Mark Herold of Merus), Beau Vigne, Kolbalt and
more! Five artesian cheeses from the Berna€s Cave du Fromage will be
paired with the wines. The price is $25.00 per person. Reservations are
requested and can be made by calling Berna€s Fine Wines & Spirits at
(813) 250-9463.

Please see below for the featured wines:

2005 Robert Foley Vineyards Claret $119.95

Production: 1,200 cases produced

Winemaker: Robert Foley (Pride, Hourglass, Switchback Ridge)

The prodigious 2005 Claret possesses a dense purple color in
addition to beautiful aromas of creme de cassis, smoke, graphite, and
cedar. Full-bodied, opulent, and voluptuously-textured with superb
depth and purity in addition to a savory mouthfeel, and a surprisingly
fleshy, forward personality, it should last for 10-15 years, but who
will be able to resist it for that long? 94 Points Robert Parker

2006 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon $99.95

Production: 600 cases produced

Winemaker: Mark Harold (Merus, Buccella, Harris)

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is possibly the best wine yet produced
at Kobalt. The wine has an opaque bluish/purple color and a sweet nose
of toast, chocolate, blackberry, and cassis with some charcoal in the
background. Ripe, dense, full-bodied, with massive richness, high
tannin, but enormous length, this wine needs 2-4 years of bottle age
and should keep for 25+ years. This limited production offering of
approximately 400-450 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is made by
consultant Mark Herold for proprietor Kevin Carrikar. Virtually all of
the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the cool-climate, higher elevation
vineyards in Napa's sector of Coombsville. 94 Points Robert Parker

2003 Hartwell Cabernet Sauvignon $99.95

Production: 1,369 cases produced

Winemaker: Andy Erickson (Screaming Eagle, Staglin, Dalla Valle, Ovid)

The resulting Cabernet Sauvignon from Hartwell Vineyards is dark and
flavorful, but with freshness and a natural acid balance that is pure
Stags Leap. The depth of color is impressive, while the tannins are
full and round, providing structure and age ability. On the nose aromas
of bing cherry, anise, and currant rise from the glass. The entry is
powerful, with an explosion of blackberry, cassis, brown sugar, clove
and exotic spices. The wine has a full mouth feel, with ample tannin
and an impression of dark chocolate that melts away on the finish. This
wine is powerful in its youth, and should continue to age gracefully
over the next 10-15 years. Winemakers Tasting Notes

2007 Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $99.95

Production: 700 cases produced

Winemaker: Dave Phinney (Orin Swift, Stanton)

This Reserve has smooth pointed entry of black currant, black
cherry, and creme de cassis, backed by tobacco leaf and cocoa notes.
Offering a complex harmony of flavors and aromas. Nicely structured
tannins lead to a full 60 second finish. Drink 2010-2018. Winemakers
Tasting Notes - 2006 96 Points Robert Parker

2005 Sherwin Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mt. District

Production: 1,270 cases produced

Winemaker: Mike Hirby (Behrens and Hitchcock)

Creamy oak and hints of dill give this a supple mouthfeel, yet the
ripe currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit is elegant and stylish,
gaining depth and momentum and ending with a long, intricate finish.
Best from 2009 through 2015. 93 Points Wine Spectator

2005 Burly Cabernet Sauvignon $59.95

Production: 1,200 cases produced

Winemaker: Massimo Monticelli (Silver Oak, Brion)

Firm, rich and intense, with a complex core of wild berry, currant,
black cherry and plum, framed by toasty, cedary oak. Well-focused, deep
and persistent. Best from 2009 through 2014. 1,250 cases made. 92
Points Wine Spectator

2004 Hestan Vineyards Meyer Cabernet Sauvignon $55.95

Winemaker: Mark Harold (Merus, Buccella, Harris)

The hallmarks of the Meyer Cabernet Sauvignon are its deep flavors
and velvety tannins with concentrated layers of red and black fruit.
This handcrafted wine, aged 18 months in French oak barrels, was
bottled without filtration and fining. 90 Points Wine Spectator

2005 Reynolds Family Cabernet Sauvignon $49.95

Production: 1,530 cases produced

Winemaker: Steve Reynolds

Hedonistic from the start and true to its world-class vineyarda's
characteristics of blackberry, dark cherry, chocolate, tobacco, and
just a hint of spice. A long velvety finish with soft but structured
tannins make it enjoyable now and through the next decade.
Winemakera€s Tasting Notes

Bern's Fine Wines
1002 South Howard Ave. Tampa FL 33606
Phone: 813-250-9463 Fax: 813-259-9462
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