I love the aroma on this sparkling. I get some fresh butter and lemon on it. Up front on the first sip, it reminds me of mandarin orange. The body has a nice tart juiciness and the bubbles are more foamy so it’s an interesting juxtaposition. After I sit with it, I get a hint of candied ginger. Mom always has the best sparkling. — 7 days ago
Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.
Fruity nose of black currants, chocolates, cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark coffee and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, herbs and black pepper.
Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a nice Merlot from Napa Valley. Drinks more generic than that, though. Feels like a California Cabernet.
An entry-level Napa Merlot made by Duckhorn. Has some residual sugar to balance it out. Showing mild complexity with a tangy finish.
Wine Enthusiasts 88 points.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after a couple of hours.
Easy drinking and a good everyday wine.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$30. — a day ago
This is a very nice Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Well-balanced and easy drinking.
Showing citrus, lemons, apples, pears, light spices, minerals, oak and light vanilla.
Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.
This is a nice surprise as it is not too much in your face kind of wine, which is what I expected.
Will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.
I had it by the lake. Delicious all by itself.
Aged in French oak barrels (33% new) for 8 months.
13.7% alcohol by volume.
92 points. — 11 hours ago
This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Showing red and black fruits with oak, vanilla, spices, chocolate, tobacco and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle and better after 3 hours of airtime.
Still young and would age nicely in the next 10 years.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
$110 — 2 days ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix.
Inky in color with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, blueberries, ripe cherries, light cedar, light earth, vanilla, black pepper, chocolates, coffee and pencil lead.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long skinny legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, vegetables, black pepper, spices, chocolates, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, leather and earth.
Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Napa Valley. Still young and will benefit from some bottle aging. Has good potential to become a really nice wine.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime. Really nice nose once it opens up.
Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, however, already drinking nicely and showing nice complexity.
The Malbec seems very dominant at the moment. Spicy and tangy. Fruit forward and tasty.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives.
A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 8% Malbec. Aged in mostly French oak barrels for 18 months.
14.2% alcohol by volume.
$85. — 8 hours ago
A member of our Tasting Group provided this bottle from his cellar. It had been opened 90 minutes prior to service, poured into a decanter and, in typical Tasting Group fashion, presented double-blind. Appearance: a deep, slightly turbid, garnet color with some very slight browning towards the rim. Medium intensity. Medium viscosity. On the nose this was fully developed with notes of red and dark fruit, grilled Poblano pepper, leather, and sweet pipe tobacco and baking spices. I felt certain, from the bouquet alone, that we were in the presence of a wine that had seen some significant age. On the palate, a mix of dried fruits including cherries, dates and figs with milk chocolate, nuts, leather, and tobacco. Plush mouthfeel. The tannins were medium and fully integrated at this point. Acid was medium+ which provided youthful energy. The finish was long, lovely. In fact, the flavor on the finish reminded me a bit of a Palmer Twin Bing. I called Napa Cabernet from the 1990 vintage. I was pretty darned close! This bottle was hitting right now and well-stored examples should continue to drink well over the next 5-10 years. — 9 days ago
Dark ruby color with a nose of blackberries, cassis, potpourri, a touch of strawberries, leather, vanilla, and an interesting sea air freshness. Full-bodied wine with amazing fruit. The tannins are definitely there, but not so overwhelming as to close the wine and kill the fruit. Finish is long and pleasant at over a minute. This is my type of wine! Celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary with this. Couldn’t have made a better choice. — 2 days ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one.
Inky in color with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, sweet cherries, chocolates, cedar, light caramel, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco light cola and black pepper.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, plums, licorice, vanilla, cola, cedar, black coffee, chocolates, tobacco, earth, beef jerky and peppercorn.
Nice finish with fine grained tannins and red cherries.
This young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is already drinking very nicely. Showing nice complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel.
Very true to the Terroir, without too much alcohol, which I liked.
Well balance and interesting. Fruit forward, rich and extracted.
Will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years. Showing nice potential to become a 94+ point wine.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour in a decanter.
Good by itself as a sipping wine, or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with Camembert cheese and prosciutto.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Oakville and Rutherford, were aged in French (mostly) and American oak barrels for 18 months.
14.2% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 7 days ago
A member of our Tasting Group generously provided this bottle from his cellar. It had been opened earlier in the day, decanted for sediment and reintroduced to the bottle. In typical Tasting Group fashion, presented double-blind. Appearance: a deep ruby color with no signs of sediment or any obvious signs of age. Medium+ intensity. Medium viscosity. On the nose, notes of ripe red and dark fruits, some green pepper, some leather, tobacco and baking spices. On the palate, a mix of delicious dark fruits including currants, cherries, and dates with dark chocolate, earth, leather, and tobacco. Extremely elegant. The tannins were quite firm (medium+) and acid was also medium+. The finish was remarkably suave and lasted forever. This came across as a special wine. I vacillated between Margaux and Napa, probably with 15+ years on it but I was leaning towards the New World because of the fruit being so beautifully ripe. Damn, was I impressed when this was revealed to be ’95 Seavey. This has another 20 years of life in it…possible more. Bravo! — 9 days ago
Pineapple and clementine in the aroma. Intense home made orange soda upfront that was surprisingly fresh. I also get some bright stone fruit. There’s a hint of thyme on the mid palate. The finish reminds me of candied ginger. Always a treat when one of these bottles get opened! — a month ago