This is what cab is all about. I feel grateful when I have the opportunity to try California Cabernets from the 70s. This from a 3L - pulled from the Montelena library. Gorgeous fruit with healthy development but given the bottle and impeccable cellaring I think this is only middle aged at this point. — 7 days ago
This North Coast red blend offers up a dark nose of smoke, tar, plums, cigar box, vanilla, cedar and an old baseball glove. The palate shows huge black and red fruit, also with plenty of oak spice. BTW, the wine is said to pay homage to Abraham Lincoln. He may have been Honest Abe, but he was not a Federalist. But whatever. You’re not really drinking it for the backstory, are you?
— 4 days ago
A few days late in posting the Wednesday Wine Committee wines. Standard format with 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.
One of the better Kistlers I’ve had. Green tinged in the glass with gorgeous notes of keylime pie and crust, lemon cream, and honeysuckle. Rich and powerful on the palate...more so than most Kistlers I’ve had. Soft and round profile. Finish has a savory sea salt note. Very nice. I guessed young Kistler Chardonnay. — 7 days ago
Thanks to @Mark Flesher for opening this as a side by side versus my 2016 Aubert Hudson. Same vintage, same vineyard source, very different wines. Whereas the Aubert was rich and powerful on both the nose and palate, this was decidedly more herbal on the nose with hay, herbal spices and underripe honeydew. Similar to the Aubert in how round and soft it was initially, but this one has less of the sweet fruit and toasted oak and in turn, has more sea spray, limestone, with added poached pear toward the middle and finish. — 14 days ago
A random bottle from a recent Fukubukuro offer from Navarro. 692 cases produced of the Grenache-Carignane blend. Reddish-pink, excellent clarity. Dry, medium-to-strong fine-grained skin tannin astringency, strawberry flavor with some guava, as accurately noted on their website. Tart strawberry and mineral finish with good acidity balance. A different style and flavor profile than most rosés - West Coast, French and Italian - I’ve tried in the last few years... — 7 days ago
Cherries, sandalwood and white pepper on the nose. Lovely expression on the palate, with notes of red and black fruits, overripe cherries and brown sugar. Very well done - burger and wine night at Capital Grille, Paramus.
Wifey rating - 93 pts. — 7 days ago