First of a case and despite the fact that this is so very young, curiosity was getting the best of us tonight! A two hour decant did little to coax this bottle into showing more than its huge potential. The experience, however, was not without pleasure. The nose is a light perfume of dark fruits, purple flowers with the softest addition of sweet baking spices; like the scent of a young woman riding past on her bicycle, as she makes her way to a gathering of mates on an autumn afternoon. I’ve read that the style for “Ca’Marcanda” has changed in recent years, favoring a greater percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance being Cabernet Franc (dropping Merlot altogether). Admittedly, I don’t have any experience to draw from in terms of how this compares to pre-2015 versions but I do like what I’m experiencing here. The palate delivers currants, black cherries, dried herbs, minerals, and that bit of dusty earth that I tend to find so charming in these Italian Bordeaux blends. Definitely a sense of place. The finish is long and bone dry. Yes, everything is tight and compact at this stage of its evolution but greater things will comes with time. There is deft balance and stout structure that will give this an opportunity for decades of enjoyment. Like all Italian wines, a meal gives an even greater appreciation for this beauty. That being said, I suspect these will be prime drinking by 2028-2030. — 9 days ago
Second bottle in less than a week and this is a smokeshow. Pure Cab. Such a good wine. What a nose. Tobacco, cigar, not Marlboro, awesome layered cassis, ripe berry, so ebullient, better aromas than my first bottle. This is really something else. Mint, raspberry. So complex and inviting. Palate is just so silky and structured. Concentrated like a mofo and man is it pure and juxtaposed with such intense minerality and it is mega fresh because it’s Tuscan Cabernet. Superb. Just superb. So hard to get wines like this right. Tuscan soul, Bordeaux heart, Ca cab 70’s brain. Like a Graves/St. Estephe cross. Gravelly and woodsy. Really tows that line between ripeness and freshness so well. — 4 days ago
The nose reveals, strong perfumed floral fruits of; dark cassis, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum & dark cherries. Expresso roast, graphite, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, layered baking spices, dark, rich soils, fresh tobacco, dark spice, stones, moist clay, herbs with fresh & withering; darkness & purple florals.
The palate shows dark, meaty tannins. Big structure & tension that needs 7-8 years in bottle. Floral fruits of; dark cassis, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum & dark cherries. Expresso roast, graphite, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, layered baking spices, dark, rich soils, fresh tobacco, dark spice, stones, moist clay, herbs, dry stems, limestone volcanics, dry rock powder with fresh & withering; dark, red & purple florals. Great acidity. Round & well balanced finish. Wire to wire a beautiful wine that persists nicely for minutes.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, patio tasting lounge & amazing redwoods around the Estate. — 8 days ago
2018 vintage. Cuvée Ortolan, 100% Cabernet Franc aka Bouchet. If anyone should know about the heights perfectly ripe Cabernet Franc can achieve, it would be Pierre Lurton,also the manager of Cheval Blanc where Cabernet Franc is the most planted grape variety (52%). This minuscule production (5297 bottles) of pure Cabernet Franc at his own estate Château Marjosse is a sheer delight. Very attractive nose with raspberry, flowers, a hint of fresh rosemary and a subtle dash of pepper. In the mouth it is all about finesse with a Burgundian-like velvety texture, with layers of predominantly red fruits, fresh acidity, refined tannin and a long finish with retronasal fruit and a delicate spiciness. The 14% abv. alcohol goes unnoticed. Beware: this is very hard to resist, be prepared to finish a whole bottle by yourself. Very impressive. — a day ago
I wanted to taste primarily their single vineyards Cabernet Sauvignons. The staff at AXR was gracious enough to accommodate.
The nose on Sleeping Lady reveals nice, ripe, ruby, floral & candied fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black plums & black raspberries. Tarry tannins, used expresso grounds, dark rich soil, dark barrel char, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, some brown sugar/molasses, perfumed, dark, brightly fresh; dark, red & purple flowers.
The palate reveals big, dusty dry & meaty tannins. The fruits were somewhat muted/closed. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, dark cherries, used expresso grounds, sweet dark tarriness, wood staves, dry tobacco, leathery, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, understated & evenly layered baking spices, mid dark spices with withering, dark, red, & purple flowers. The acidity is round & pleasant. The long, well balanced finish leads with fruit and persists nicely landing on dry tannins & earthiness.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, redwood trees that surround the Estate and a look straight up through their redwoods. — 8 days ago
We finished with the AXR Red Blend.
The body is full, round, lush & gorgeous. The fruits are lightly floral, ripe, juicy; blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, dark cherries with raspberries pulling up the rear. Dark spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, mocha powder, anise to black licorice, dark, rich soils, stones, dry crushed rocks, tobacco notes, light granite, soft leather, saddle-wood with fresh florals that are; dark, red & purple. The acidity is close to perfect. The long, well balanced, sexy, elegant, lush finish shows excellent polish & persists for days.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, redwoods around the property, their guest house that was a Brothel during Prohibition & their tasting patio. — 7 days ago
This is a very nice Cabernet Franc from Virginia. Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.
Showing red and blue fruits with wood, spices, earth, light vegetables, tobacco leaf, spices, cocoa and coffee.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Very enjoyable by itself or with food. Tangy and easy drinking.
I had it a few months ago, and this time I gave it a light chill and had it by the pool.
Only 12.4% alcohol by volume, which is really nice to see.
$35. — a day ago
The Denali showed better than the earlier red wines we tasted. This is where we crossed over into the realm of outstanding during our single vineyard tasting at AXR.
The 2018 has great freshness & mouthfeel. Beautiful, floral, round, ripe, lush, juicy fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, bark cherries, some blueberries & haunting raspberries over the top. Dry, grainy tannins that show their baby teeth, caramel, cinnamon, light nutmeg, clove & vanilla, some black licorice, tree sap, black tarriness, dry crushed rocks, limestone, soft volcano, saline, stones, light graphite, beautiful florals that are; dark, purple, red & blue framed in violets. Excellent acidity. The lush, well balanced, elegant, sexy finish sings on the palate for minutes.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, their woods off the tasting patio and their Estate vines. — 7 days ago
The fruits are clearly Beckstoffer to Kalon but, they showed a little dull the day we tasted.
On the nose; ripe, lightly perfumed floral, dark currants & fruits of; blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, black raspberries & creamy raspberries. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, light, dark spice, forest floor with fresh, dark florals.
The entry glides over the palate with juicy fruits of; blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, strawberries, black raspberries & creamy raspberries. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, caramel, light, dark spice, forest floor, dry clay, soft leather, saddle-wood boarding to cedar & fresh & dry tobacco. It’s fairly closed and perhaps would have shown better with more time in the individual decanters. Wire to wire it’s good...not necessarily stunning yet, shows promise. Florals that are fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, blue & purple. The acidity is beautiful. The finish is round, rich, lush, well structure, balanced & elegant.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, the greeting table they have you sign Covid waivers & their side tasting salon area. — 8 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackcurrants, black cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, tobacco, earth, mint, light herbs and black pepper.
Full bodied and elegant with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, dark chocolates, cloves, licorice, herbs, spices, earth, peppercorn and pencil lead.
Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This young Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to drink nicely now.
Showing nice complexity with a gentle mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and tangy. Tasty, spicy and interesting.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.
This beautiful Bordeaux blend from Israel would benefit from 3 to 5 years of bottle time.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a delicious Brie cheese.
A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.
14.5% alcohol by volume
$60. — 10 days ago