Transitioning in the Lounge. Night is a little better than day. Love the glow.
This 07 has been hanging out in my secondary storage (temp & humidity controlled but, not EuroCave) for 12 years. Time to drink up, right? Nope. The cork was super pliable with nearly no seepage. This wine has another 10-15 years of good drinking ahead with proper storage.
The nose reveals fruits that are steeped in style. Although, ripe, ruby and quite floral. Dark currants, blackberries, blackberries, black cherries, poached strawberries, black plum, touch of pomegranate, sweet tarry notes, dark chocolate, malt in malt balls, haunting caramel, whiff of black pepper, mix of Asian & Indian dark spices, incense, limestone, volcanic minerals, dry crushed rocks, leather, dry brush, liqueur, liquid fruit chocolate truffles, oak shavings, leather, some graphite, anise to black licorice with dazzling; dark, blue, red, fresh & withering florals and violets for days.
The palate would fool a lot of wine lovers/professionals. There is an earthiness about it that might take you to a warm vintage Bordeaux or a Rhône blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah.
Ripe and lush, dark currants, blackberries, blackberries, black cherries, poached strawberries, black plum, touch of pomegranate, sweet tarry notes, dark chocolate, malt in malt balls, warm caramel, some black pepper, mix of Asian & Indian dark spices, dry Provenance herbs, black offering palate heat, incense, thick layered baking spices; clove, cinnamon & nutmeg with a mini splash of vanilla, limestone, gripping volcanic minerals, dry top soil & clay, dry crushed rocks, dark, rich, turned black earth, leather, dry brush, dry river stone, liqueur, oak shavings, leather, some graphite, anise to black licorice with dazzling; dark, blue, red, fresh & withering florals and singing violets for days. The acidity is round and good but, short of the vintage. The structure, tension, length and balance are approaching their peak. The long, big finish is; ripe, lush, ruby, show the quality of the vintage, well balanced and persists until you put something else on the palate.
P.S. It just gets better & better as you slow sip it. Now, 9.3.
Photos of; kicking nighttime in the D&S Lounge. — 7 days ago
It's time for my x. Here is a delicious Napa Cab.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, light alcohol, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, light cloves, chocolates, mocha, coke and dark coffee.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, blueberries, sweet strawberries, oak, vanilla, chocolate cake, coffee, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco and peppercorn.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious. This is from a great vintage (2012) and it is showing. Rich and extracted with nice complexity and mouthfeel. I liked the tangy ending.
This 7 year old is drinking very nicely now and will be good in the next 5 to 7 years. Needs 3 hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle.
A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in (30%) New French oak barrels.
Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.
15.2% alcohol by volume.
$90. — 9 hours ago
Mid to deep Ruby. Black currant and Margaret River herbaceous notes. Medium weight with medium plus intensity. Amazing quality for this Woodlands 2nd wine. Many Margaret River producers would be happy to have this as their No. 1 wine. From another good year in the Margaret River - will go on for at least another 5 to 10 years. — 7 days ago
It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, light alcohol, graphite, earth, leather, dark coffee and black pepper.
Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums black currants, stewed cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn and dark chocolate.
Long finish with fine, yet firm, tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a very tasty Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Spicy and elegant.
Good by itself or with food. A nice sipping wine.
Still young and needs another 5 years in the bottle to mature properly. Needs a couple of hours to open up, so give it some time.
This has a good potential to get to 94+ points, but not right now. However it is already enjoyable even by itself.
If you like a big, yet restraint red, this one is for you.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 99.35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.5% Petit Verdot and 0.15% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 25 months in 100% new French Oak barrels. A small production of only 103 cases.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$150. — 7 days ago
A pretty light purple color with a wide ruby rim. Vintage after vintage, this is about as consistent of a wine as I’ve found. It’s an odd blend, Nebbiolo doesn’t really need help but the Merlot and Cab do add body. On the nose, the fragrant red fruit is supplemented by sagebrush, cigar smoke, and dried roses. Well integrated tannins and very pleasant acidity. Beautifully structured and a very nice level of complexity. It takes time for all of the secondary characteristics to show but it’s more than worth the wait. The palate follows the nose with more smoke and roses. Lively cherries, tobacco, and exotic spices round things out. Not nearly as austere as the Italians that I usually love but this is still a fantastic Nebbiolo. — 6 days ago
For my 5,000th review on Vivino, it's time for a special bottle. Here is a gorgeous Bordeaux blend.
Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.
Gorgeous nose of blueberries, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, eucalyptus, black pepper, tobacco, herbs, leather, wet leaves, earth, vegetables and graphite.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs. Smooth and elegant.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, cherries, figs, licorice, wood, vanilla, sweet cherries, graphite, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, light vegetables and black pepper.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
What a great surprise. This Bordeaux blend is drinking so beautifully right now. Well balanced and very complex. Gentle with lots of fruits and earth notes.
This 14 year old from Knights Valley needs a couple of hours to open up properly and really show up. Delicious.
Robert Parker 95 points. Wine Spectator 95 points.
A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and 2% Petit verdot.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
15.1% alcohol by volume.
$200. — 5 days ago
Blend of 78% Cab Sauv, 12% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc, 2% Petit Verdot & 1% Malbec, deep Ruby red, concentrated youthful aromas of ripe black fruit, subtle nutty spice & creamy chocolate. Aged 24 months, 85% new & 15% 1-year used American oak. On the palate fresh fruit flavors of sweet plum, black cherry & dried blackberries, with bits of oak & cacao trying to peek through. Tannins are present, but just a tad persistent, reflecting its youth. Long & elegant finish with vanilla & slight mineral tang. Drinks well now, continue to develop over the next 15-20 years, why wait it’s perfect now! Outstanding! Tasting Sample! — 17 hours ago
The 2016 Yao Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon was soured from a host of Napa Valley vineyards ranging from their bench land site in Yountville to Northern St. Helena. The wine is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that weighs in at 14.6% alcohol. Classic creme de cassis, red bell pepper, thyme and suggestions of cocoa powder with dusty terroir complete the gorgeous aromatics of the wine. The palate is soft and generous, creating a silky texture and a racy sense of acidity. Black Forest Cake, creme de cassis and mocha flavors all marvelously combine with the bright sense of mentality on the palate. Dense, layered and highly polished, this silky effort will cellar well at least for another fifteen years. Drink 2019-2033- 93
— 8 days ago
Delectable: This is a new Cuvée for Wynns for this year called O’Deas Vineyard Red Blend. Only a small vineyard of 3.13 hectares planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. The warmer 2016 vintage enabled Wynns to make a field blend of the 4 varieties. I had brief notes - Mulberry, dusty Bordeaux blend still with the Coonawarra mint in evidence. Perfect balance - you could drink this now or cellar for 20 years. — 22 days ago