Time for my #FridayCabernetfix . Here's a beautiful one from Israel.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Nice nose of black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, earth, wood, vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite and peppercorn.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea and spices.
Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon is always enjoyable. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity. Tastes like a blend of old world and new world.
Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show its tannins and complexity, but good right out of the bottle also.
Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.
This 6 year old is very tasty now, and will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.
Grapes are grown at a high elevation and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Kosher for Passover.
14.5 % alcohol by volume.
$35. — 5 days ago
The Calling from Alexander Valley. Cherry pie bouquet. The initial thought on the palate is black cherry , maybe because it was described on the back of the bottle. Then blackberry comes to mind, and a sweet passion fruit hint on the back end. This is a perfect sweet to a dry wine. Then comes the chocolate and ripe fig. Now as this dissipates the Earthy ending, moderately dry finish takes over. And yes, the aroma of sweet pipe tobacco lingers in the nose from the aromas escaping the palate. This is a great wine. I highly recommend it. Cheers! — 2 days ago
Left Bank Bordeaux, likely blinded this is what is I'd tell you, yet a stunning bottle of beautifully aged WA Cabernet sits in front of me. We almost opened a Saint-Émilion (Right Bank) tonight, and so glad we opted for this particular bottle.
Nose has very tarry cherry, fresh violets, canned black olive, licorice, pencil lead (light), crushed blackberry and a touch of heat from the alcohol (14.6%).
Palate has ripe black currant, coffee, ripe blackberry, beautiful silky dark chocolate, light cedar box and fully resolved tannins. Drink now (2019) or hold for 2-3 more years.
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carmenere.
Paired this along side an experimental beef course. Usually with more expensive cuts we go with the tried and true preparation, but tonight we strayed. Grass fed beef ribeyes mostly cooked sous vide, then finished on the grill. We cooked to 125°F in the water bath, then hit the grill at 550°F for about 6-7 minutes. Perfection on the plate, beautifully medium-rare. The only downside is that the grill temps render the fat to moisten the beef, and do add some flavor, which wasn't fully achieved in this process. A little more grill time, next time around, won't do any harm. — 11 days ago
Time for my #FridayCabernetfix.
Here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.
Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, cherries, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, coffee and black pepper.
Full-bodied, soft and smooth, with medium acidity and nice long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, chocolates, bitter herbs, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco and earth.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a very yummy mouthfeel.
Still young and needs time in the bottle to mature.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. After 90 minutes of airtime, it shows more vegetable notes.
Good with food, but also a great sipper. Delicious now, but will be even better in the next 5 to 10 years.
I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.
Had it all by myself. Sometimes you need to take time for yourself, with a good bottle of wine, right? 😂
A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Merlot. Aged in 33% new French oak barrels.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
$85. — 12 days ago
Stuart Spoto and his wife spent some time visiting TX for a few days and put on a nice tasting at Classic. Talk about micro production, they only do around 500 cases of wine total across their 5-7 wines. Kind and salt of the earth type people.
The flagship wine from Spoto, this ‘15 vintage is already spectacular, and tastes better young than the big and structured ‘13 I had a year or two ago. I was actually shocked, in a good way, at how good this was. This is all To-Kalon fruit and you can taste it to the core. There is power all over this, yet an elegance and balance. Sweet cardamom, cocoa dusted dates, ripe black cherry, and cherry pipe tobacco dominate the nose. It is dense and balanced all the way on the palate...oak and nutmeg spice start it off before it turns savory and herbal on the mid palate. The finish has baked black cherry pie and some dust to it. Really great. — 4 days ago
To me this did not taste like it came from the Napa Valley. this is a very fruit forward wine, and I think the youthfulness of this sort of crushes some of the delicacies that might come out in the mid palate after a few years. Red and black fruit dominated wine. Really just kind of has one focus, but does that one thing extremely well. This was not decanted really much at all, as the focus was for the person who opened it to recork and enjoy later that night. I bet it was doing much better then. The back end has a lot of roasted cedar type tannin, which I think will soften and make this one shine quite a bit more in the years to come. If you have this bottle, I would certainly hold it. — 4 days ago
The 2016 Provenance ‘Rutherford’ Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent effort from this warm vintage in Napa Valley. On the nose the wine shows off lovely herbal undertones that combine with blackberry cobbler, mocha and anise aromatics. The palate is plush, delivering a soft and inviting mouthfeel. Wild blackberry, crushed mint, and dark chocolate covered espresso bean flavors all combine nicely in the mouth. While excellent now, this will evolve well over the next decade. Drink 2019-2029- 90 — 3 days ago
The 2015 ‘Georges de Latour’ is another stunning release of this storied wine by Beaulieu Vineyards. Coming from a warm vintage in the Napa Valley, this gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon shows off an inky core, slowly unveiling exotic spices, espresso bean, blackberry cobbler and hints of pipe tobacco that all build on this expressive nose. The palate shows some serious weight and elegance as the wine gracefully dances across the mid-palate. Polished and layered with dark fruits, chocolate, minerals and herbal undertones, the 2015 ‘Georges de Latour’ is surprisingly open in its youth. If enjoying in its nascency be sure to give this beautiful wine at least a one hour decant. Drink 2020-2040- 95 — 3 days ago
What a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing black fruits with earth chocolates tobacco spices peppercorn earth leather light green vegetables herbs and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs. Smooth and elegant.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show tannins. Spicy and delicate.
A little restraint for a Napa Cabernet in my opinion.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.
This 13 year old is drinking very nicely now.
A little vinaigrette on the nose but not on the palate.
Thank you Scott for sharing this wonderful wine with me.
13.8 % alcohol by volume.
93 points — 5 days ago
This has done a lot of evolving since I had this 2-3 years ago. Pop and pour. Still just a crazy, dark black-purple in the glass, with juicy and ripe blueberries and fresh squeezed blackberries on the nose. Boysenberry, chocolate graham cracker and mixed berry pie crust too. Dense and almost a fruit bomb, but there is enough graphite and savory notes on the mid palate to prevent it from being overblown. Toes the line of being a little hot. At this stage, this is a ripe/juicy/candied Cabernet that has smooth tannins. — 3 days ago