Anise and cherries dominate the nose. Almost no oak and very fruit forward. Easy short finish. Could stand some more time in the barrel, but a super approachable easy drinking wine. — 19 days ago
The fruits are clearly Beckstoffer to Kalon but, they showed a little dull the day we tasted.
On the nose; ripe, lightly perfumed floral, dark currants & fruits of; blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, black raspberries & creamy raspberries. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, light, dark spice, forest floor with fresh, dark florals.
The entry glides over the palate with juicy fruits of; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, strawberries, black raspberries & creamy raspberries. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, caramel, light, dark spice, forest floor, dry clay, soft leather, saddle-wood boarding to cedar & fresh & dry tobacco. It’s fairly closed and perhaps would have shown better with more time in the individual decanters. Wire to wire it’s good...not necessarily stunning yet, shows promise. Florals that are fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, blue & purple. The acidity is beautiful. The finish is round, rich, lush, well structure, balanced & elegant.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, the greeting table they have you sign Covid waivers & their side tasting salon area. — 7 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackcurrants, black cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, tobacco, earth, mint, light herbs and black pepper.
Full bodied and elegant with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, dark chocolates, cloves, licorice, herbs, spices, earth, peppercorn and pencil lead.
Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This young Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to drink nicely now.
Showing nice complexity with a gentle mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and tangy. Tasty, spicy and interesting.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.
This beautiful Bordeaux blend from Israel would benefit from 3 to 5 years of bottle time.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a delicious Brie cheese.
A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.
14.5% alcohol by volume
$60. — 9 days ago
The Denali showed better than the earlier red wines we tasted. This is where we crossed over into the realm of outstanding during our single vineyard tasting at AXR.
The 2018 has great freshness & mouthfeel. Beautiful, floral, round, ripe, lush, juicy fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, bark cherries, some blueberries & haunting raspberries over the top. Dry, grainy tannins that show their baby teeth, caramel, cinnamon, light nutmeg, clove & vanilla, some black licorice, tree sap, black tarriness, dry crushed rocks, limestone, soft volcano, saline, stones, light graphite, beautiful florals that are; dark, purple, red & blue framed in violets. Excellent acidity. The lush, well balanced, elegant, sexy finish sings on the palate for minutes.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, their woods off the tasting patio and their Estate vines. — 6 days ago
The nose reveals, strong perfumed floral fruits of; dark cassis, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum & dark cherries. Expresso roast, graphite, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, layered baking spices, dark, rich soils, fresh tobacco, dark spice, stones, moist clay, herbs with fresh & withering; darkness & purple florals.
The palate shows dark, meaty tannins. Big structure & tension that needs 7-8 years in bottle. Floral fruits of; dark cassis, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum & dark cherries. Expresso roast, graphite, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, layered baking spices, dark, rich soils, fresh tobacco, dark spice, stones, moist clay, herbs, dry stems, limestone volcanics, dry rock powder with fresh & withering; dark, red & purple florals. Great acidity. Round & well balanced finish. Wire to wire a beautiful wine that persists nicely for minutes.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, patio tasting lounge & amazing redwoods around the Estate. — 7 days ago
It was the end of the day when we arrived at Hall & I was burnt out writing detailed notes. So, I’m just going give you my notations.
I liked the Ellie’s. More than that, I like its style and the fact it drank so well with only two years in bottle. Ellie’s showed nice softness and integration. Similar wire to wire and simply delicious. You can drink it now and for the next 7-8 years. 2016 such a good Napa vintage & Hall did well.
Once I arrived at Hall, I remembered why I had left it to the back of my visit list for so long. It’s not that the wines aren’t good...they are and it’s a beautiful setting, it’s just a bit of a tasting factory. — 6 days ago
I wanted to taste primarily their single vineyards Cabernet Sauvignons. The staff at AXR was gracious enough to accommodate.
The nose on Sleeping Lady reveals nice, ripe, ruby, floral & candied fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black plums & black raspberries. Tarry tannins, used expresso grounds, dark rich soil, dark barrel char, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, some brown sugar/molasses, perfumed, dark, brightly fresh; dark, red & purple flowers.
The palate reveals big, dusty dry & meaty tannins. The fruits were somewhat muted/closed. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, dark cherries, used expresso grounds, sweet dark tarriness, wood staves, dry tobacco, leathery, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, understated & evenly layered baking spices, mid dark spices with withering, dark, red, & purple flowers. The acidity is round & pleasant. The long, well balanced finish leads with fruit and persists nicely landing on dry tannins & earthiness.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, redwood trees that surround the Estate and a look straight up through their redwoods. — 7 days ago
Second bottle in less than a week and this is a smokeshow. Pure Cab. Such a good wine. What a nose. Tobacco, cigar, not Marlboro, awesome layered cassis, ripe berry, so ebullient, better aromas than my first bottle. This is really something else. Mint, raspberry. So complex and inviting. Palate is just so silky and structured. Concentrated like a mofo and man is it pure and juxtaposed with such intense minerality and it is mega fresh because it’s Tuscan Cabernet. Superb. Just superb. So hard to get wines like this right. Tuscan soul, Bordeaux heart, Ca cab 70’s brain. Like a Graves/St. Estephe cross. Gravelly and woodsy. Really tows that line between ripeness and freshness so well. — 3 days ago
We finished with the AXR Red Blend.
The body is full, round, lush & gorgeous. The fruits are lightly floral, ripe, juicy; blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, dark cherries with raspberries pulling up the rear. Dark spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, anise to black licorice, dark, rich soils, stones, dry crushed rocks, tobacco notes, light granite, soft leather, saddle-wood with fresh florals that are; dark, red & purple. The acidity is close to perfect. The long, well balanced, sexy, elegant, lush finish shows excellent polish & persists for days.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, redwoods around the property, their guest house that was a Brothel during Prohibition & their tasting patio. — 6 days ago
Wine from Morocco 🇲🇦 , good in term of balance, and value for money. Paid the equivalent of € 15-17. For this price we have a beautiful expression of Cabernet-Sauvignon, « on the fruit » with discreet aging. Persistent finish and a nice overall balance.
Vin du Maroc, haut du panier en matière d’équilibre, et rapport qualité/prix. Payé l’equivalent de 15-17€ en cave. Pour ce prix on a une belle expression du Cabernet-Sauvignon, sur le fruit avec un élevage discret. Finale finement persistante et un bel équilibre général. — 4 days ago