Here is my #FridayCabernetfix for this week.
Pretty color of dark ruby, with a cloudy reddish rim.
Fruity nose with blueberries, currants, cherries, light wood, honeysuckle, spices, pencil lead, earth, herbs, black pepper and dark coffee.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with red currants, black plums, oak, tobacco, earth, spices, licorice, light vegetables, dark coffee, cloves, herbs and peppercorn.
Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a nice Cabernet based Bordeaux blend from California. Showing a nice mouthfeel at this point, with mild complexity.
I had it last year, and this time I gave it a couple of hours in a decanter to open up.
Showing interesting notes of honeysuckle, which surprised me. This five year old is soft and engaging. Tangy and interesting.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with salami, Brie cheese and crackers.
Aged for 29 months in French Oak barrels. A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec.
13.8% alcohol by volume.
$40. — a day ago
A very pretty color of dark ruby, with a wide reddish rim.
Nice nose of blueberries, violets, blackberries, black cherries, light oak, vanilla, chocolates, licorice, spices, black pepper, earth and pencil lead. Very enjoyable nose.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, spices, earth, tobacco leaf, herbs, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.
Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a very nice and easy drinking Petite Sirah from California. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nice and tangy. Spicy, smooth and elegant.
Interesting to see black fruits on the nose and red fruits on the palate. I really enjoyed the nose.
Needs 30 minutes of airtime, and good by itself or with food. Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.
I paired it with salami and cheddar cheese.
13.9% alcohol by volume.
$19. — 7 days ago
There’s this expression that has arisen in the wine industry in the past decade - “crushable” or “smashable” wines, wines that All but demand you drink another glass and another until you realize sadly that you’ve drunk the entire bottle and you desperately want another. I’ve had my share of such wines, but this is my new favorite “gimme the whole bottle” font of deliciousness. @ownrooted has hit it out of the park with this mixed-black field blend of 1920’s-planted vines in decomposed granite sand. Berries, herbs, earth and an incredible saline kick gives this wine mouthwatering “come hither” appeal. I wish I had 24 more bottles. — 20 days ago
This wine is extremely dark in the glass and offers a nose to match. Blackberry aromas are laced with cedar, vanilla, clove and tobacco. The palate is dark, too, and rich. The fruit flavors are in the front while savory notes complement them. There is a rustic feel, and the tannins are firm. — 5 days ago