It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice surprise.
Inky in color with a wide purplish rim.
On the nose cherries, blueberries, black currants, black plums, herbs, spices, light tobacco, light oak, dark chocolates and light earth.
Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, ripe cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, licorice, red candy, light earth, peppercorn, coffee, chocolates and herbs.
Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Los Angeles County. Easy drinking once it opens up properly. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.
This Single Vineyard Cabernet from Malibu Coast, is already showing nice complexity.
Needs 90 minutes in a decanter to open up properly, so be patient.
This 4 year old is starting to drink nicely now, but still young, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years. Showing good potential to become a 94+ point wine.
Smooth, rich and elegant. Fruit-forward and tangy. Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged in 100% new French Oak barrels for 22 months.
15.1% alcohol by volume.
$150. — 4 days ago
This 2020 Pinot Noir opens with zesty raspberry, blood orange and rose aromas, along with hints of cola and baking spices. Juicy, seamless and energetic in style, it offers sweet red berry and floral pastille flavors. Fine-grained tannins shape the finish, with spice-driven persistence. $24.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2022) — a month ago
Nose v reductive at this stage, even with air - not giving much away! One thing I will say, however, is that this wine’s aromas transport me to the coast of Spain; perhaps it’s a slight likeness to Albariño, not sure. But it makes me want a plate of grilled seafood!
On the contrary, the palate is a real extrovert, with an immediate hit of juicy fresh lime, Granny Smith apple, peach and bitter lemon. This wine is Sauvignon led (64%), and it shows, but there is a hint of orange peel and gentle tannin from the 16% Chenin in the blend, along with an underlying impression of wet gravel. Semillon makes up the other 20%, though you might not notice it.
Overall, this is a promising first look at Duncan Savage’s flagship white, a wine that will doubtless repay cellar time, and one I’ve really enjoyed despite my general aversion to Sauvignon Blanc. I look forward to trying this again in a year or two.
92+ — 2 months ago
My 2016 Rivers Marie Pinots are about gone…SummaOV is left. Occidental, Silver Eagle and SummaOV are always my favorites. I’m between a 93-94 here.
Great example of a Pinot that has a lot of power but plenty of balance. Deep black cherry colored in the glass but the aromatics are much more savory than expected. There’s an animalistic/feral quality to this initially (that I love) showing a smoked meat flair alongside dark blood orange and ripe black cherries. Commanding mouthfeel and great acidity. Continual back and forth of dark berry fruit and savory/herbal notes. The use of whole cluster is noticeable but it does a good job complimenting the wine (more high toned) and not taking center stage (as in, not overly stemmy/green). Wonderful lengthy finish. More brooding and savory than Silver Eagle but certainly not in the vein of a “cab lovers pinot” style. This was delicious and likely hangs in this window for at least 5+yrs. — 15 days ago
The 2011 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard is laced with hints of dried pear, orange peel, mint, spice, ginger and caramel. The Ritchie appears to be a bit more forward than the other 2011 Chardonnays in this tasting, but has tremendous richness and the viscosity that is such an Aubert signature. Tasted from magnum. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2022)
— a month ago
The 2019 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is an absolute delight. Bright, fresh and beautifully lifted, the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay brings together so many of the elements that make the Ferren wines so appealing. Orange confit, spice, white flowers, mint and chamomile are all laced together, framed by bright saline notes that invite a second taste. Terrific. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, June 2022)
— 18 days ago
Reliably good summer rose, at an okay price point — 23 days ago
$20 from Whole Foods — a month ago