Effingham Manor Cellars Effingham Reserve 2019, Virginia
Happy #nationalwineday. Celebrating with a unique one from Virginia.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
On the nose black currants, oak, plums, black cherries, Indian spices, licorice, tobacco leaf, black tea, herbs, dark chocolates, eucalyptus and peppercorn.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, espresso, earth, peppercorn, tobacco leaf and herbs.
Soft finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a very interesting red blend from Virginia. Showing nice complexity already, with a soft mouthfeel. Tasty and enjoyable.
Smells very much like a young Bordeaux right out of the bottle.
Needs an hour in a decanter to open up.
Once it opens up, the palate catches up to the Bordeaux Style as well.
Still young and needs a few years to mature. Showing good potential, and would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.
At this point, the Merlot is more dominant than the rest. Feels like a right bank Bordeaux. Spicy, tangy and entertaining.
Good by itself or with food. Really enjoyed the nose once it opened up. A very nice sipping wine.
A blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 19% Tannant, 15% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 14 months in American oak barrels.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$49. — 2 days ago
Ten years aging in my cellar at 52 degrees. Stags’ Leap 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Decanting for one hour. This was recommended by the winery when I purchased it. Today is the day. Its now 10 years old. It is absolutely stunning! The cork was perfectly preserved with a minimal saturation level. The bouquet is a beautiful African violet and black licorice explosion in the nose. The initial palate delivers a robust dark berry and dark currant fruit. The mid pallet slides in with a velvety and Earthy quality. Lots of silk and butter. Then comes the rich mineral infused soil and Graphite￼ middle. There is a bit of chocolate in the pallet. The finish is so smooth you might never stop sliding until you pull yourself another glass. The tannins ￼are so soft and supple. ￼￼it is moderately dry leaving you thirsty for more. Perfect Cab! — 3 days ago
New blend from the Prisoner Wine Co. Very Dense. Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. I initially liked the label better than the wine - the flavor components just didn’t seem to really integrate all that well - except a day later this wine found its balance. So you really want to decant like crazy to fully enjoy this bottle. — 6 days ago
Color of dark purple. Nose of woody barrel, dark fruits, strength of alcohol, and more oaky note. Taste is smooth and sweet, low tannins, with slightly burn maybe due to being aged in oak barrel. Some more grapefruit, acidity, cocoa, spicy alcohol and sweet ripe fruits in the 2nd sip. Aftertaste definitely shows some warmth in the throat. Quite tasty at this price range. — 11 days ago
Darioush - Darius II- cabernet sauvignon 2018. Although it is way over priced, its not a bad cab. This is about 200 dollars over priced at 350 a bottle offered to only a few in the wine club. I am very happy to be able to share this with you all. The color is as opaque as they come. The bouquet is mostly blackberry pie fresh out of the oven. The initial palate is crisp black raspberry, blackberry, and fig. The sudden sharpness overwhelms the mid palate and bleeds into the finish. There is some graphite and oak present in the back ground. The finish is a wee bit sharp, almost sour, and very dry!!! However, I must have another sip. It is very addictive… this gives new meaning to sharp wine tannins. It has a very thick feel in the mouth. I would not buy it again, but boy is it fun to drink! — 2 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.
Beautiful nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, mint, espresso, earth, spices, black pepper, light vegetables, eucalyptus and pencil lead.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, green olives, peppercorn, earth, black tea, light vegetables and herbs.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This 13 year old Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking very nicely now, although still young.
Gentle, elegant and tasty. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with lots of fruits.
Tastes very much like a good quality left bank Bordeaux. Loved the nose here.
Will continue age nicely in the next 15 years. Would be nice to revisit it again in 5 years, as I see it becoming even better.
This Single Vineyard is a delicious wine that needs time to open up properly. I gave it 4 hours in the decanter.
Robert Parker 96 points.
Thank you Sonny for sharing this with me.
Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
15.5% alcohol by volume.
$600 (current vintage). — 10 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, dried figs, tobacco, raisins, cedar, vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus, chocolates, herbs, spices and black pepper.
Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, espresso, vanilla, spices, light earth, dark chocolates and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This 9 year old, from the great 2013 vintage, is drinking very nicely now. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.
Good right out of the bottle and better after 3 hours in the decanter.
Another wonderful wine from the hands of Mike Smith. Rich, elegant, fruit forward and extracted.
Getting to be at its peak, but not there yet, although very enjoyable at this point. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.
Robert Parker 93 points.
Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.
Great by itself as a sipping wine, and will also pair nicely with a nice piece of steak.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from a Single Vineyard. A tiny production of only 100 cases made.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$135. — 5 hours ago