Deep plum in the glass with a wide brim. The nose is a bit shy upon opening with just a bit of blueberry and soil at first. With a nice long decant it starts to blossom. Raspberry jam and cherry soda with a hint of vanilla. There’s some figs and herbs with a streak of dark chocolate to boot.
Dare I say it? A Merlot for Cab lovers. But not in the bad way. It’s smooth and warmly pleasant Merlot that really takes the edge off of being a customary Big and Bold Napa red. Smooth and mellow and the alcohol never becomes a problem. The palate is the star here with such lively, lovely fruit along with oak and earthy elements. A definite winner. — 15 days ago
Soft tannins. Cherry. — 2 years ago
I gotta say, this was not at all what I expected. My second King Family wine (the first was their rather sublime Viognier) and first of their dessert wines. This is not at all some cloying mess that so many dessert wines end up being. Instead, it’s got great acid that gives the sensation that it’s almost dry. Might be one of the easiest-to-drink 17% ABV wines I’ve ever had. Even HRH, who hates dessert wines, took a sip and then poured a glass. Color me impressed. — 3 years ago
King = Klass!! Quality fruit from a overly hot vintage tests the best winemakers. This is such a scenario as PV with too much potential alcohol & tannin can overwhelm the inherent acid phenolics over extended cellar aging. Thus, this was at post peak performance at 11+ years from harvest. The quality of Matthieu’s work is, nevertheless, can clearly be appreciated here: blackberry & blueberry compote with delicious toasty herbs. So fun to test the limits and enjoy a LONG PV finish! — 9 days ago
Ripe cherry with basil leaf, hints of cinnamon. Long lasting bright finnish with a good dose of acidity. Very light toasty oak. — 2 years ago
Had ‘13 & ‘14 and thought ‘14 has a better and bolder style. Founded by Corley family in 1970 and now produces 15,000+ cases of Napa Valley wines. Aged for 22 months in French oak (35% new), aromas of red fruits and spice. On the palate this full-bodied wine shows flavors of strawberry and red plum with some espresso and caramel notes. Lingering finish, soft fine tannins ending with notes of oak and sweet spice. ‘14 will develop nicely in the bottle, but it’s good now. — 3 years ago
Very nice Virginia white blend. 43% Viognier, 37% Chardonnay and 20% Petite Manseng. Pleasant lemony and white flower notes on the nose. Buttery apples and pears on the pallet. Medium body and crisp acidity. Just a hint of oak. — 4 years ago
This is ACTUALLY the Mountain Plains White Blend. First vintage for this 3 Portion blend of Petit Manseng/Vio/Chard. 18 mons on barrel - while the tastes is hugely obtuse right now, the mouthfeel is wonderful. I have 1 more bottle and think another 2 years in bottle will make it sing. Nice effort Matthieu. — 2 years ago
King Family Vineyards Mountain Plains 2015, Virginia
Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a delicious one from Virginia.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, black currants, vanilla, oak, licorice, chocolates, earth, coffee, diet cola, light vinaigrette, herbs and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cola, oak, vanilla, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, licorice, vinaigrette, tobacco and peppercorn.
Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.
This 5 year old Bordeaux blend from Virginia is very tasty. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and a tangy finish. Soft, gentle and fruit forward. A good quality wine.
I have had the 2016 not too long ago and this 2015 vintage has more of an old-world feel, especially after letting it open up for a while.
Good by itself or with food and needs an hour to open up. Only after 3 hours of airtime, tannins show up and bring in more structure. So be patient.
Very tasty and interesting.
I paired it with cheeses and olives.
A blend of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 20% Petit verdot. A small production of only 2,928 bottles. Numbered. This is bottle 2,062.
14% alcohol by volume.
$70. — 2 years ago
Stunning!! The purity and clarity of fruit is world-class....mouthfeel is sooo sensual. The nose is almost ethereal. Just 46 cases - no sulfur = no adulteration! Remarkable balance — 4 years ago