Initially, I wasn't sure if I liked this Primitivo but after a few more sips I'm really enjoying it. Definitely some smoke on it which could be off-putting. Perhaps it's more dried and darker fruit on the nose but on the palate more juicy with cherry and strawberry and a smooth vanilla finish. Its got nice acid and I like how the wine lingers, complementing the long legs in the glass! — 4 days ago
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Nose of plums, cherries, currants, light wood, earth, licorice, spices, black pepper and light vegetables.
Full bodied, smooth and soft, with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, dark chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables, earth and peppercorn.
Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Livermore Valley in California. This Single Vineyard is nice and plush. Showing mild complexity with a soft, elegant mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle, but I gave it an hour to open up properly.
A nice wine to have by itself and better with food. Spicy, tangy and interesting.
I paired it with meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with brie cheese.
100% Merlot grapes from a low yielding single Vineyard. Aged for 20 months in French Oak barrels. A small production of only 138 cases.
14% alcohol by volume.
$32. — 23 days ago
Upon opening I got slapped in the face with spoiled milk. With time it has subsided. Nose now is licorice, flint, wet leaves, clove, white pepper, very faint blueberry pie but it's waning. Drink 'em if you've got 'em. Out of balance a bit for me, tannins are sharp, bitterness on the finish. 0 for 2 tonight. And, after a closer look it's even a bit cloudy.
89 points — a month ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great Napa Cabernet.
Dark inky in color with a short reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, licorice, cedar, vegetables, vanilla, bell pepper, earth, dark chocolates, coffee and black pepper.
Full bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry and very fruity on the palate, with blackberries, black currants, stewed cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, chocolates, cola, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, coffee, light vegetables and herbs.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious Cabernet from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with great balance. Tangy and spicy.
Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. It would probably be much better.
Not too high in alcohol for this Napa style, which is nice to see. Juicy, rich and fruit forward.
Good by itself, and will be a perfect fit for a big piece of steak. I paired it with a cheese plate.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
14% alcohol by volume.
$65. — a day ago
What a wine, and an incredible value. Organic Chianti Classico is hard to come by and at $20 I can't imagine it gets much better than this. It's got all the hallmarks - snappy red cherry fruit, sweet florals, dusty earth, musky leather, herbs, all layered in an incredible complete package. Beautiful texture, with high acid and generous tannin, somehow this drinks well today but shows it can surely go for a couple decades. I'm looking forward to seeing where this ends up. — a month ago
This is a wine I got from Bright Cellars wine club and it's very good!! — 22 days ago
It's time for a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon for #FridayCabernetfix.
A pretty color of dark ruby with a wide reddish/ brick rim.
Strong fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, cedar, cooked cherries, spices, licorice, vanilla, wild flowers, dark chocolates, pencil lead, light earth and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs. Soft and smooth.
Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, blueberries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.
Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious wine from Napa Valley. Elegant and interesting. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.
Showing nice complexity at this point. This Single Vineyard is good by itself or with food.
Good right out of the bottle with lots of cedar notes, which calm down after an hour of airtime. Would age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.
I paired it with meats and cheeses. Tasty and intriguing. Tangy and spicy.
A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 21 months.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$110. — 22 days ago
I love this property and it's bang for the buck, and the 2014 is drinking at peak. Densely packed with dark fruit and gravel/iron/mineral, with a cedar note on the finish, as well as some smoky spice. Just a very well balanced wine, it's got heft and packs a punch, but never crosses the line to heavy and/or cumbersome. Great both on its own or with food. — 2 months ago