Dark purple in color with a purple rim.
Fruity nose with cherries, plums, blackberries, black currants, vanilla, licorice, spices, oak, leather, earth, chocolates, coffee, light vegetables, graphite and black pepper.
Full-bodied and smooth with medium-plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, wood, vanilla, cloves, dark coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs, cola, earth, vegetables and peppercorn.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a nice Napa red blend. Still young, but already enjoyable even by itself. Needs a year or two to balance itself out. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A little bitter on the ending, which will disappear in time. This is very enjoyable.
Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show some tannins.
A blend of 60% Petite Sirah, 20% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Zinfandel and 3% Syrah.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$23. — 14 days ago
This is Anderson’s Conn Valley 2015 Right Bank. Not the cab, but a blend of cab franc 57% and merlot 43%. The bouquet is very pleasant with notes of lavendar and a forest with moss in the trees and wild mushrooms on the ground. I am serious. The initial palate is a tad bit young as there is a sour blackberry and boysenberry fruit. The sourness starts to dissipate quickly into a light oaky finish. There is not much in the middle. Finish is dry with no sour left overs and a thirst for more. Give it two more years and this will it be ready to serve! Decant for one hour. — 14 days ago
There are some places in the world where they view present day America as a place where we expect to be happy. Should we feel bad they live in places where you should just expect hardship? We live in a time and place where we can focus on building our inner selves and have a chance at....When we're not constantly putting out fires we can really focus on...should that be a source of shame. When the desperate struggle to find food and shelter is finally behind us, we can turn our attention to other sources of pain and truth.
This is the kinda wine you feel bad about being able to enjoy. I feel privileged. — 18 days ago
I get a lot of heat here, both on the nose, which delivers an explosion of chambord and stewed cherries, and in the mouth with its heavy syrupy Vick’s cherry cough drop flavors and clipped warm stinging finish. This is an agitated hottie right now. Too much of too much. I respect a big wine, but I appreciate when I can look past the muscle and appreciate the dexterity and heart. This is all baby rattlesnake at present—biting indiscriminately. I hope it matures and smooths out the rough edges in it’s teens. I wouldn’t touch for 5 years but I’m not confident of improvement based on what I see right now.
DAY 2 UPDATE: after being open for 24 hours the heat has subsided substantially but it still exists. Softer edges now and the finish is markedly longer and fuller. I’ve bumped my score 3 points. I still say hold but if you open audoze in the morning and decant 2 hours before consumption. — 16 days ago
Very enjoyable Cabernet from a top producer. Wanted to keep it for a few years but heard the dog barking and decided to let him out. Great aromas out of the bottle with blueberry, blackberry and sweet violets and lavender plus a distinct bubblegum essence. Tastes great after thirty minutes, very complex and a little savoury with blackcurrant, coffee and pepper. After 90 minutes it has developed lots of sweeter fruit and a collection of spices and is less dry on the palate. A top quality wine which is highly recommended. Rating is as of now but I have no doubt that this is a 9.7+ in a couple of years — 4 days ago
Let's go swimming in a deep sea of red licorice delight. And never come up for air.
So long as you can safely chisel through the half inch of bulbous red wax, this wine is definitely worth your patient knifework.
Next day, it is black forest cake. Don't go longer than one day. — 9 days ago
I’m not sure I’ve had a better Monday morning in my life. Beautiful site, even better people, and awesome wines. I was fortunate to taste through this excellent lineup:
• 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
• 2015 Firebelle
• 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
• 2015 LMV Salon
• 2014 Dr Olmo
• 2014 Solari
The 2015 LMV Salon was my WOTM. While Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) dominates the composition, the Cabernet Franc (40%) dominates its aromatics. — 8 days ago
Don’t walk, run to buy at least a case of the 16 Napa Lot 2 Kalinda Cabernet. At $22 a bottle, it’s delicious at pop & pour (not to try & sound like @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum) and I can’t wait to experience it’s rounded complexity in 5-7 to years.
I don’t know which Napa producers juice K&L Wine Merchants bottled or had make their 2016 but, it’s delicious. They’ve bottled a Kalinda Cabernet every year since 1984 and have not missed on any bottling that wasn’t worth two or three times + what I paid for it. The 16 is absolutely one of their best.
On the nose, ripe & slightly candied; kirsch cherries, blackberries, dark cherries, poached strawberries, some plum and hues of blueberries. Incense, bright vanillin, cinnamon, clove, smoke, dark, moist soil, limestone minerals and bright dark, red & blue florals.
The body is rich and leaning towards full. Tannins are dusty big. The length, tension, structure and balance are beautiful now and will evolve over the next ten years. Kirsch cherries, dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries, plum, strawberries, big vanillin cream, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, incense, dark spice with heat, licorice/cola, limestone minerals, crushed rocks, dark, rich moist soils, soft leather, wood shavings, cigar, bright, dark & red bright florals, waterfall acidity and a very, rich, long, elegant, well polished & balanced finish that lasts minutes. A steal @ $22. Don’t miss it.
Photos of, the K&L tasting bar in San Francisco, racks of wine in their SF store, Owner of K&L-Clyde Beffa and the marquee Napa sign all tourist stop to take a photo. — 3 days ago