Dark crimson and garnet color. Very dark cherry fruit, bacon spices and a smokey vanilla hit the nose then lingers with a spearmint menthol scent and chocolate that is pleasant and inviting. Velvety feel fills the mouth with a cherry liqueur hitting the pallet; as the wine coats the tongue a raisin-prune and cedar taste comes out with hints of vanilla and coffee floating in and out. Medium to long finish and tannins pretty much resolved. 2017 Wine Spectator’s wine of the year! — 9 days ago
I don’t really have any relationship to Merlot, so I thought it was time to spend some time with a bottle. Though not necessarily known for this grape, Freemark Abbey is a name to remember - the first winery in CA founded by a woman and an American delegate at the 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting. I figured an Oakville right bank blend was as close as I’m going to come soon to a young Pomerol. The wine was a deep garnet purple, almost opaque, and after an hour in decanter I got wild blackberry and rhubarb, dark chocolate and tobacco chilling with some decreasingly opinionated tannins. We’ll see how it compares to the next, but I’m happy. $32, 2016 — 6 days ago
Perus Wine Company Bryn Proprietary Red Wine 2017 Napa Valley, California
It's time for some #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa Valley.
Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.
Pronounced nose of cooked cherries, dried figs, raisins, blackberries, light vanilla, cedar, mocha, light earth, chocolates, coffee, tobacco and black pepper.
Full bodied, big, soft, smooth and elegant with medium acidity and long long legs.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, cola, light earth, maple, alcohol, peppercorn and coffee.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Napa Valley is just delicious now, although still young.
Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced and fruit forward.
Definitely a wine to sip on all by itself. No need for food here, although a big, juicy steak would be fine too 😊.
Good right out of the bottle and gets better as it opens up and shows the complexity. I gave it 4 hours in the decanter before I started drinking it.
This reminds me of the Insignia. I would love to try them side by side. I'd love to see how it evolves in 10 years.
Spicy and interesting. Elegant yet powerful. Tasty, smooth and delicious. Loved the palate better than the nose at this point, but this will probably change in 5 years from now.
A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. A small production of only 250 cases.
15.5% alcohol by volume.
$125. — 11 days ago
I’ve had multiple vintages of this wine ranging from 10 years back to 4 years. 6 year old ‘14. Napa dust, raspberry, blackberry on the nose. Clay minerality, raspberry, strawberry on the tongue. Definitely has some life left. Tannins are still really noticeable but some of the fruit is waning. I think this would be perfect in a year or two. — 9 days ago
Consistently my favorite domestic Merlot because it’s consistently a stellar wine. Beautiful medium purple with lighter lavender undertones. I love smelling this wine, it may be the best part of the show. Highly expressive nose that starts off with smoke, dried herbs, and blackberry cobbler. There are some really nice floral notes here too. Wonderful Coombsville fruit shining here, she’s not heavy handed or bloated. None of that “a Merlot that drinks like a Cab” happening, there’s a softness and a deftness despite the 14.5. So many other wines just can’t maintain this kind of balance: rich and deep without being heavy. Tons of black and red cherries on the palate, along with vanilla and just the right amount of oak. Year in and year out this is one of Napa’s great Merlots. — 18 days ago
Provençal herbs on the nose, black cherry palate, medium tannins- great now and good for another eight years -Seavey virtual tasting — 3 days ago