Dark ruby in color with a short, cloudy reddish rim.
Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, dried figs, vanilla, oak, chocolates, mocha, tobacco, light alcohol, spices and black pepper.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, vegetables, pencil lead, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, bitter herbs and peppercorn.
Medium plus in finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Napa Valley red blend is very young, but already drinking nicely. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.
Good by itself or with food. A good sipping wine. Needs an hour to open up properly, show some tannins and remove some acidity. Will be better in 3 to 7 years.
As it opens up (3 hours) it gets very earthy, and feels like a South American Cabernet Sauvignon.
A very interesting wine. Not one to drink just yet, as it needs a few years to come to its own. Has a good potential to be a 92+ wine in 5 years time.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Petite Sirah and 30% Syrah. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels, new and slightly used.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$60. — a day ago
I am going to post this again. I will only say that my previous notes all still apply but, I under scored this wine 2-3 weeks ago.
I find this to very similar to the 08 and 09 Promontory I posted in January. It’s closer in style to the 08. However, if you wanted to buy a bottle of the 08 Promontory today, it would cost you $1300. The wine was $89.99 a bottle. Given this wines quality and price point, it was a very easy decision to purchase a full case of this DR Stephens over a single bottle of 08 Promontory. I’m just glad there was still enough to acquire a case of it.
Not only is it one of the best Napa Cabernet I’ve had ever, it the best Napa Cabernet value I have ever purchased.
This wine is simply amazing on the palate and turns your head inside out over and over. — 8 days ago
From magnum and after 4+ hours of air. Mature color. Exotic nose with a hint of brett. Notes of dark fruit, cedar, moist dark soil, some cola, iron and a little menthol. Nicely balanced in the mouth. The brett thing blew off or wasn’t notable after awhile. Consistent notes with recent tastes of this. Ready for consumption, but in a steady holding pattern. — a day ago
For the price, this is the one of the best “bread and yeasty” tasting champs out there. Delicious!!! — a month ago
Friday afternoon before vacation week! What better a moment to enjoy a glass or two? Been sitting on some Firebelle bottles for (probably) too long, and the first sip post-cork says the wait was worthwhile. Yes, I know, it’s a Merlot blend and probably shouldn’t age too long, but I don’t think this bottle suffered at all. Inky dark, rich, smooth mid-mouth feel. Light finish with just a hint of strawberry. Very little mineral effect usually typical of Larkmead due to mid valley floor. Enjoy the weekend, all. Headed out to Tahoe... — 3 days ago
Color of purple mixed with ruby. Quite clear. Nose of cherry jam, blackberry, vanilla, a bit tobacco leaves, and plenty of sweetness note. Taste of solid tannins dressed with spice, tobacco leaves and sweetness from dark fruits and vanilla. I am impressed by the solid tannins she presents. Aftertaste is also quite long with flavors. Actually has some potential to age and some room to improve, especially on the nose. Nice steal. — 8 hours ago
Another really nice wine found by my brother! Presents with a pretty dark ruby red with a clear rim. On the nose cherry, strawberry, cigar box and vanilla. Tastes of ripe red fuit..wet leaves and eucalyptus! One hour dacant an this! Alc 15% ..no burn! I thought I would hop aboard the #fridaycabernetfix ...celebrating " the snow has melted" and seeing plenty of Robins today! 😉 — 3 days ago
Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. This week it's a wonderful Cabernet based blend from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.
Fruity nose with blackberries, black cherries, vanilla, licorice, cedar, spices, earth, cloves, pencil lead, leather, chocolates, dark coffee, alcohol, spices and peppercorn.
Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate and very fruity with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, earth, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke and peppercorn.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is another very nice red blend from Napa Valley. Well balanced with a great mouthfeel. Showing nice complexity, but still young.
Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins, however it is good right out of the bottle.
This five-year-old is drinking nicely now and will get better in the next couple of years.
I just love these Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux Blends from Napa Valley.
Robert Parker 90 points. Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.
A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged separately for 21 months in small oak barrels.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 10 days ago
First time trying this producer but I’d say Christopher Vandendriessche has got something good going on. This BDX blend offers abundant notes of ripe cherries, plums, pencil shavings and eucalyptus on the nose with ample supply of spices, graphite, blackberries, raspberries, and dried herbs on the palate. Tannins still haven’t resolved themselves so it needs time to integrate; I’d say this has a few more years left before it’s peaked for optimal drinking. — 4 days ago
Is that an Erlenmeyer flask you used to double aerate that before a 12 hour decant? Yep. Cheap on Amazon and super functional. Love it! Oh yea, the wine is gorgeous. Nose is perfume, flowers, blackberry and the tiniest bit of forest floor, nice touch. Full mouthfeel. Coats the tongue and puckers the mouth with consistent tannins throughout. Dark fruit and cherries. Complex, layered. Fun wine to drink. — 3 days ago