It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix
. This week it's a nice one from California.
Dark ruby in color with a short
Nice nose of blueberries, spices, cedar, vanilla, licorice, sweet cherries, dark chocolates, coffee, earth, peppercorn and leather.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, coffee, oak, earth, vegetables, graphite, vinaigrette, spices, herbs and black pepper.
Long finish with soft tannins and tangy pomegranates.
This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from California. Showing nice complexity with a Soft and elegant mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.
Needs an hour to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.
Showing a beautiful nose. I loved to smell on it for a long time. Still young and needs another few years in the bottle to mature properly.
I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.
A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Aged for 29 months in French oak barrels.
13.8% alcohol by volume.
$40 — 8 days ago
Superb Cabernet blend, consisting of cab, merlot and cab franc. From the good folks of Alpha Omega. Well worth the $30 price tag. Wonderful on the nose, bright fruit with earthy undertones. Medium to long finish. Wonderful balance with this one. Nothing is extravagant or outlandish, just a great cab blend. — 6 days ago
The second to last bottle of a case bought many years ago. Dark rubi color that only suggests this is an old wine. Very elegant nose with secondary notes, dark fruits and a hint of flowers. Very polished tanins and a long velvety mouth with incredibly civilized tannins. This is a great wine by any measure. Drink or hold. — 4 days ago
The owners of Hobel Wines came to town and put on a nice tasting, while also detailing their history. Very nice people and wines. They make two wines, both Cabernets from Calistoga. TRB is the winemaker.
This was extremely perfumed showing a ton of sweet red fruit on the nose with potpourri. The same sweet red fruit really popped at the front palate (cherries jubilee, raspberry liqueur) but the mid palate seemed to thin out a tad. Someone mentioned mint, and I agree that there was an Andes mint type note carrying to the finish. Some cedar and blackberry rounded it out. Tasted like a cab/zin Blend. — 3 days ago
So balanced no descriptors stand out - just damn good claret. Herbal silky with fading plum - medium weight. The Cullen girls Diana and Vanya are long time adopters of organic and biodynamic principles and this is considered as one of Australia’s leading Cabernet blends. Cullen say this will live 20 years so it is only halfway there. Have the next one later this year. — 6 days ago
It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here's a great Cabernet from California.
Dark inky in color with a wide reddish rim.
Pronounced nose of blackcurrants, plums, sweet cherries, vanilla, oak, licorice, dust, light vegetables, spices, light alcohol, leather, chocolates, coffee, earth, peppercorn and bell pepper.
Full-bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, currants, vanilla, wood, earth, vegetables, graphite, spices, bitter herbs, bell pepper and peppercorn.
Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Clara Valley in California. Showing nice complexity with a soft and smooth mouthfeel. Big and bold, but very easy to drink.
Still young and needs a few more years in the bottle to mature. Still showing some alcohol.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly. Actually, it is earthier than I expected. With time, much of these vegetable notes will go away.
A nice wine to sip on with friends and talk about.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$20. — a day ago
Color of deep ruby with shades of purple. Nose is plenty of dark fruits, vanilla, milky chocolate, and indeed some juicy grapes. Taste is following the nose, with mellow tannins, dark fruits notes, milky vanilla, a bit spice and oak, sweetness, and nice touch of acidity and tobacco leaves. Aftertaste of some more cherry jam, tobacco leaves, spice, and medicinal note. Just a bit too sweet for me, crowd pleaser and reminds me of Bogle’s essential red. — 14 days ago
In appearance, I would have called this Napa as it had a deep purple rim but once you smelled it, it was South African through and through. Though I’ve only had a limited experience with SA wines, I’ve normally gotten a unique smell, reminiscent of smoked rubber. A lot of potpourri to this too. Black fruits (blackberries, cassis) with an herbal and tannic/slightly chalky finish. Well made. — 7 days ago
The thing I'm most impressed with is that this wine was extremely soft. About 70% Cabernet Franc 20% Petit Verdot. The softness definitely doesn't come from the PV!! This wine tastes like it is a barrel sample of a Napa project that is about to be put in bottle. Has some chocolate, wild herb, wildflower notes on the nose. The entry of this wine is black cherry, herb, and sweet chocolate notes to the middle. The finish is a touch brambly, a touch acidic, but it is incredible how rounded this wine is even from start to finish. And at 14 years, I would expect some slight jagged edges. But, this is all finesse. Very impressive. — a day ago