Old World Wine Enthusiast from West Palm Beach, FL
Excellent with lamb kebabs
Scent of plum, blackberry, and peppercorn. Blackfruit flavors dominate the palate, with plum sauce, blackberry, and cocoa backed by firm, but ripe tannin, which is well integrated. Long finish.
4/22/8/5/4 + 50 = 93 pts.
This is great now, right out of the bottle. — 3 months ago
Excellent with a ribeye.
Nose of blackberry, spiramint, and a touch of spice. Flavors of blackberry, plum, leather, and cassis. Black cherry and some firm tannin on the finish. For a single vineyard cab from napa, this is a great value, although it does lean a bit more old world, which I rather enjoy.
3/21/8/4/4+50 =90 pts. — 4 months ago
On the nose honeycomb, apple pie, and a hint of pineapple. Flavors of honey drizzled pound cake, and roasted pineapple, and creme Brule. Finish is medium. I don't think this will gain much as it ages, but should hang on for several years.
3/23/9/4/3 +50 = 92 pts. — 6 months ago
Scents of earth, cherry, wood. Sour red cherry, black cherry, and soil flavors. Firm, but well integrated tannins and black fruit flavors dominate the long finish. It's a bit rustic, but I dig it. Fans of fruit bombs probably won't enjoy this.
3/21/7/4/4 + 50 = 89 pts. — 2 months ago
The nose is initially quite expressive with raspberry, blackberry, anise, leather, and earth. It does fade a bit after some time. The flavor profile is darker, with blackberry, tar, and black cherry. Firm tannins are present but not overwhelming. Longer finish dominated by black fruit and drying tannins. Give this an hour or two to breathe. Should age well for another 5-10 years.
4/21/8/4/4 +50 = 91 pts — 3 months ago
Nose of red cherry, tomato leaf, leather, and a bit of earth. Flavors of red cherry, earth, and some sanguine notes. Medium tannins and finish. Nice acidity. This is an excellent pizza wine and pairs very well with tomato based sauces. $12. Total wine.
3/21/8/4/3 +50 = 89 pts. — 4 months ago
A generous gift from JW to commemorate the birth of my first daughter.
Blackberry, pencil lead, cassis on the nose. Some petrol notes are present but mostly blow off after an hour. Flavors of blackberry, raspberry, and blackberry liquer with a long finish. It's a bit hot, but a strong showing for the vintage.
Drink now or enjoy over the next 10 years.
4/23/9/4/4 +50 = 94 pts. — 2 months ago
Nose of blackberry, leather, earth, and a bit of cocoa. Blackberry, raspberry, cocoa nib, and earthy flavors backed by full, but well integrated tannins. Finish goes on for well over a minute. Entering its drinking window now, but should hold on for several years.
4/23/9/5/5 +50 = 96 pts. — 4 months ago
This wine wad every advantage, but couldn't quite get there.
Medium rare ribeye? Check.
Zalto Bordeaux glass? Check.
Nose ok with plum, blackberry, earth, and pepper. The palate falls a bit flat with earth, tar, and sanguine notes, but only a hint of black fruit. Finish is medium with medium plus tannins.
3/19/7/4/3 +50 = 86 pts.
Not bad, but in the end, there's simply not enough here for the vintage.
WA went 93 on this one. I can't see it. — 6 months ago