Color - burnt red with some bricking and a bit cloudy—a savory look indeed! Nose - dark deep cherry, smoked meat, pencil lead, gravel and notes of mint, cream cassis vanilla and with a subtle funky spice at the tail end giving much character to the wine. Taste definitely does not disappoint—an immediate creamy feel and dark cherry, savory, spice initially hits the pallet followed by cocoa, graphite and a smoke like aged vanilla long finish. Dusty tannins linger long after each taste. Loving it!! — 14 hours ago
14’ HDV YSABEL Pinot Noir.
Van der Kemp Vineyard(30 acres) sit high on top of Sonoma Mt.
Hi streak of acidity at first. Tart & tangy…Dried raspberries, ripe cherries, black tea, forest pine, asian spices emerge from this plush finish. Needs a 3-4 hour decanting.
Edit- This will remain memorable long after the bottle is gone. — 14 days ago
Pop and pour, but air only helped. On the nose: blackberry, tar, plum, smoke, cool herbal notes as well, but some vanilla and cinnamon rounding things out. On the palate: very good acidity, very dense black fruit, tar, charcoal, and excellent density, transitioning into a wall of tannin. After 12 years, this seems structured to age for a very long time. Nevertheless, fantastic right now. — 14 days ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a beautiful one from Washington State.
A pretty color of dark ruby with a short reddish rim.
On the nose blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, cedar, chocolates, mocha, bell pepper, vegetables, black pepper and spices.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and pretty legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, light vegetables and pencil lead.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain in Washington State.
Already showing nice complexity, although it is still young and needs 3 years to mature properly. Will be good in the next 10 years.
Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 90 minutes, which is when the tannins showed up and brought in nice structure, and a nice mouthfeel.
Rich and delicious. Spicy and good by itself or with food.
This Single Vineyard is fruit forward and extremely dry, which is a unique combination. As it opens up it becomes earthier.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Really nice with the fatty Italian salami, and will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in 50% new French Oak barrels.
15.1% alcohol by volume.
$70. — 23 days ago
Had a couple of these “Blue Boys” in my cellar. Mollydooker (Aussie for left-hander) Wines was established in 2005 by Sarah and Sparky Marquis. Dark Ruby with big dark berry fruit nose adding sweet spice and cedar. On the palate this wine has complex flavors of blackberry and blueberry with cacao, oak and vanilla. Fine dusty tight tannins, peasant mouthfeel, full-bodied, long ending with a nice spicy finish. Aging well, good now, has room to run. — 18 days ago
Chalk, dust flavored raspberry mixed with slight green pepper that has a medium long finish. Deep red/purple color that reminds of Syrah but a palate that makes you suddenly think sweet and deeply complex all at once (even though it is definitely not sweet). After having this at different stages in the bottle, have to say a little longer time in the cellar seems to increase complexity and overall length of finish. Excellent wine!! — 3 hours ago