First time with this wine coming from Bald Mountain Vineyard, aged 14 months 40% new French Oak. Local grocery wine department was giving these away at $10 per bottle; given the age and 13.5 alc. I decided to try it!
Not disappointed; presents with golden apples, pear, guava, honey, toasted almonds, chamomile tea, cheese rind, lemon balm and very soft oak.
I imagine in its youth this wine might have been more buttery but with a few years it has evolved nicely! Consider QPR I would pick up a few more of these....just for fun! — 13 days ago
Never had this grape before. It definitely has plum on the nose. Very fruit forward at first then a little more tannic and oaky after a short decant (because I couldn’t wait) but still very fruity! Very smooth going down. Can’t wait to pair with dinner. — 9 days ago
My first time trying the 2017 Estate, the latest release from this tiny yet remarkable producer way up on Bonny Doon Road. The wines from McHenry vineyard typically show their best with 5-10 years of age but I love to try them in their youth, you know...for science. I opened this bottle about three hours before dinner and allowed it to slow-ox in the cellar. At first, the aromas were predominately red fruited in profile; strawberries and spices…almost like a Christmas fruitcake. However, the profile evolved in the glass and with more air, this began to take on a darker fruit profile that I find to be more characteristic of McHenry’s wines. This is a beautifully perfumed wine. On the palate, this is very bright and full of precocious energy. Plums and red berries with baking spices and minerals. Tannins are medium at best but there is no shortage of acid, which is a hallmark for this estate, ensuring that the 2017’s will in all likelihood enjoy a long life. Excellent now and likely to be a stunner down the road. Only 100 cases were made. — 15 days ago
The label would appeal to writers, but the wine itself was very enjoyable. Lots of berries, both dark and bright, and the tannins remained solid throughout. A very enjoyable bottle.￼ — 9 days ago
To bring in the New Year, here is a delicious wine, one of California's icons. Happy New Year to all of you.
Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim. Not showing age at all.
Great nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, graphite, dark coffee, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn.
Full bodied, elegant and smooth, with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, plums, currants, oak, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, pencil lead, light vegetables, coffee and chocolates.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a great Cabernet blend from California. Showing great complexity with a soft mouthfeel.
This 13 year old is a delicious Bordeaux blend. Well balanced and engaging, with a tangy finish that makes it interesting.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, show the tannins and become its own.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with light appetizers. A good wine to pair with BBQ Meats.
Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.
Drinking very nicely now and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.
A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in mostly American oak barrels.
13.1% alcohol by volume.
$230 (current vintage). — 18 days ago