Happy National Wine Day!
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, cola, licorice, tobacco, chocolates, mocha, light vegetables, light earth and coffee.
Full-bodied, bold and big. Rich and extracted with medium plus acidity.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
Still very young and extremely fruit forward. Needs 5 to 10 years of bottle time to relax, but already drinking very nicely. Very chocolatey with lots of coffee notes.
Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the complexity. Really comes home after 4 hours of airtime, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.
A great wine to sip on, and would be great with a nice piece of steak too.
Aged for 2 years in French oak barrels, 60% New.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
93 points. — 19 hours ago
It's definitely time for some good Cabernet on this #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish/ brick rim.
Fruity nose with blueberries, blackberries, licorice, wood, light vanilla, tobacco, spices, light earth, pencil lead, chocolates, coffee, black pepper and herbs.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, light cedar, vegetables, pencil lead, light vanilla, tobacco, herbs, licorice, earth, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates and spices.
Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and chili pepper.
This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Elegant and smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Showing nice complexity at this point.
Needs an hour of airtime to open up properly, and bring out the complexity. This 9 year old is not from a good vintage, but it is drinking very nicely now.
A gentler version of the big Napa Cabernets. Subdued with lots of earth notes, at this point. I really enjoyed smelling on it for a long time.
A nice wine to pair with food or to have all by itself. I paired it with a Pepperoni pizza, but it was really nice with the brie cheese too.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$95. — 4 days ago
Nose has dusty cherry with distinctive umami note, dried herbs, old vanilla bean, old molasses, dried mint, dried meats and old roses.
Palate has dusty blackberry, dried blueberry, violets, grilled meats, dehydrated black cherry, dried plum and slight cedar notes.
Long finish, tannins are still holding strong, pulled the cork 5h in advance, then decanted 90m...needs more time in the decanter. Holding just beautiful, no substitute for proper storage. — 3 days ago
My friend graciously shared his 1979 Robert Mondavi Winery ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon(WWB, 92), a wine I had not visited since I was at the winery several years back. The nose is highly Bordelaise with layers of red currents and red bell pepper with shades of dusty terroir that all mingle in the glass. The wine still has a good degree of freshness and a core of dark fruits with red bell pepper, damp earth and sandalwood tones. This now forty one year old wine has aged very gracefully. While not in its prime, it will provide drinking enjoyment over the next five to ten years — yet another resounding success from this Oakville estate. Drink 2020-2025- 92 — a day ago
Nose has freshly crushed blackberry, dried cherry, pencil shavings, warmed dark chocolate, old leather, dusty dried blueberry, red vines candy and dried loamy soil.
Palate has bold cherry, blackberry and plum (wow!), shaved dark chocolate, dried blackberry and anise. Quite chewy tannins, dense wine, would not have guessed this anything close to 21 years old.
Very long finish, tannins are still holding quite strong, pulled the cork 5h in advance, then decanted 90m...needs more time in the decanter. Holding just beautiful, no substitute for proper storage. Anyone holding this could do so to a 30th birthday without worry. — 3 days ago
Nice pure blackberry and cassis fruit with just a dash of brown sugar. While it has plenty of fruit, it has a savoriness and fine tannin that keep it from being cloying and bring it good balance. Very enjoyable without food, but it really shines with a grilled, dry-aged Flannery ribeye. It is the kind of balanced Napa Cabernets that takes me back to wines like early 1990s Etude and Forman. — 7 days ago
A slightly extracted wine that makes for an intoxicating nose of fresh, ripe blackberries and fresh sawn cedar. The fruity liqueur palate softened up over time to show some really fine dusty tannin, plums and baking spice. Not quite my cup of tea any more, but it’s an interesting and well made wine.
Of note, there was practically no sediment or coloration on the cork which is an indicator of extremely fine and well-integrated tannin. — 4 days ago
Nice bottle thats not over extracted, first time having this 👍🏼
$50.00 on K&L. Normally $75-80.00
Winery Notes: "Blueberry, black current, fresh herbs, talcum and mint are the primary components with lesser notes of iron and violets. Vibrant freshness in the mouth with full, supple tannins. Composition: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon & 8% Petit Verdot. Fruit is sourced from Stagecoach Vineyard, Coombsville, Mount Veeder & Spring Mountain. Aged for 21 months in French Oak (50% new). Winemaker: Kurt Niznik (Ex-Continuum). A total of 536 cases were produced. — 2 days ago
This is the youngest Buccella I’ve had, and the experience was very interesting. Knowing the style, as well as previous experiences with the producer, these fall in to the plush, decadent and hedonistic type bucket. Flavor is always turned up to 11 with silky texture. With this bottle, I experienced those things, but only in waves. It seemed to be a rollercoaster where it was rocking at pop and pour, shut down after some air, and then slightly opened back up after 24hrs.
Stain your glass purple in color! Wow. A total explosion of decadent flavors aromatically...dark chocolate shavings, cassis, baked mixed berry pie, plenty of baking spices like vanilla and nutmeg, and black licorice. On the palate, the structure is chameleon like...it pulls you in with freshly squeezed dark fruits and melted fondue chocolate before snapping back with a chewy, tannic, and dense finish. 24hrs smooths it out and reveals espresso, candied blueberries and blackberries. Fruit forward Cabernet that packs a punch but tries to soften the blow by being sexy. — 11 days ago
1 hour decant. A distinguished inky dark crimson color. Vinified in Sacramento (yes!)with premium Oakville grapes (To Kalon anyone) at a great price! One of the nicest vitners you can meet and he makes excellent wine to boot. On the nose: sweet perfumed almond milk chocolate, floral, smoked meat and slight menthol hit on the end. Taste: pencil lead, blackberry, chocolate espresso, with a vanilla dark cherry long finish...yum..a velvety full body wine ready to go another 10 years but drinking great now! — 13 hours ago