Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, licorice, vanilla, peppercorn, spices, dark coffee, espresso, tobacco, light alcohol and cinnamon.
Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, oak, vanilla, light vegetables, licorice, peppercorn, light earth, coffee, dark chocolates, coke, tobacco and spices.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This young Napa red blend is already drinking very nicely. Tasty with lots of coffee notes. Smells like walking into a coffee shop. Loved that.
Needs time to open up properly, I gave it 90 minutes, but longer would be suggested.
Nicely balanced, although a little rigid right now. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Loved smelling on it for a long time.
A good wine to pair with a big piece of steak, but good all by itself as well.
Still young with potential to be even better in the next 5 to 10 years. I had the 2013 recently, and it showed so well, so be patient with this 2 year old.
Spicy, tasty, delicious and interesting.
A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah and 2% Petit verdot.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 2 days ago
Jeb, Suckling, and RP all gave the 2016 a 93/100. I can see it, though I feel more comfortable with a 92. This blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 11% Malbec, and 7% Cabernet Franc. Lovely aromas of tobacco, cedar, blackberries, and dark berry preserves fill the nostrils. On the palate blackcurrants, dark chocolate shavings, and juicy plums, all of which lend a rich and inviting mouthfeel that coats the palate in a suave, plush blanket. — 7 days ago
Nice little boutique wine store find despite their inventory being decimated by shelter at homers getting their drank on. 2015 vintage has notes of pomegranate, black plum, vanilla and spice. Not jammy, but the fruit is starting to transition to secondary. Long, plush finish. Cheers to the freakin’ weekend! — 12 hours ago
Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.
On the nose blueberries, black currants, plums, earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, light vanilla, tobacco, barnyard, licorice, coffee, vegetables and pencil lead.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, oak, licorice, tobacco, sweet vanilla, spices, espresso, diet cola, tar, earth, pencil lead, herbs and peppercorn.
Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Shiraz from Israel. Spicy and nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Drinking nicely now as a 3 year old, and will be nicer in the next few years.
Feels like a new world wine with a touch of old-world. Needs 90 minutes to open up properly. Once it opens up, it reminds me of a young Northern Rhone.
A nice wine to have all by itself, but better with food. I paired it with dried meats.
100% Shiraz grape from the Galilee region in Northern Israel. Aged for 14 months in Oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.
14% alcohol by volume.
#Hurricaneparty — 6 days ago
A fascinating new project in Chile that has been years in the making. This blend of young Carmenérè, Cabernet Franc and some Malbec comes mostly from a 1.3ha vineyard that is as wild as the day is long. In fact, the estate is known for its rescue animals which freely roam about the land. Some of the fruit is still purchased until the vineyard fully matured. The wines are spontaneously fermented and aged for 18mos in a combination of old Chilean oak foudre and amphora. The wine has no SO2 added and is bottles unfiltered. It presents a brilliant garnet color that’s slightly hazy. The nose is remarkably fresh flowers, tobacco leaf, fresh herbs, and dark berries. Some VA for sure...but that relaxes after an hour of air. On the palate, it’s bright, crunchy dark fruits with a bit of earth and finishes long with smacking acid. The wine is rustic for sure but also remarkably fresh. Definitely own for the natural wine crowd and eschews the typical New World approach towards more international styled wines. This is definitely a project to follow. — 11 days ago
Sleepless Nights is a hodge podge of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Zin, Cab, Counoise, Muscat, Roussanne, Picpoule, and Viognier. Kitchen sink souicide soda fountain wine.
They blur together into a refreshingly simple dark rose’ of sweet tarts, sour peach, and raspberry lemon.
11.5% all biodynamic from a vineyard at Sunhawk Farms. — 2 days ago
Deep, dark and delicious. The nose opens with a whiff of smoke, which leads to aromas of dried cherry, cedar and pipe tobacco. The palate shows a nice mix of fruit and savory - the cherry flavor finds a black raspberry partner. Firm tannins and bright acidity make it dance on the tongue.
— 4 days ago
For this week's #MerlotThursday I opened a very nice red blend from California. Merlot is not the dominant grape here, but it works for me 😉
Pretty color of purple with a purplish rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, black currants, vanilla, cedar, licorice, Indian spices, dark coffee, light tobacco, pencil lead and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with currants, black cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, dark chocolates, peppercorn, leather and tobacco.
Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very young red blend from Napa Valley, and it is already tasty. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.
Easy drinking, light and airy. Tangy and interesting. Good by itself or with food. I gave it an hour to open up.
Showing good potential, and would benefit from 3 to 5 years in the bottle to further mature and get more complex.
This Non Vintage was bottled in 2019.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 20% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 14% Syrah, 5% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec. Aged in (30% New) French oak barrels. A small production of only 180 cases.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$52. — 9 days ago
This wine is dark enough, that’s for sure. It is a blend of Cab, Merlot and Alicante Bouschet. No light gets through it when I hold it to the light. It smells dark, too. Cassis and tar fight for first place, while blackberry and oak spice aromas jostle from behind. The palate is stately, with a muscular elegance structured by firm tannins, flinty minerals and a lively acidity. Bring on the steaks, as big as you like.
— 2 days ago
Hey Gentlemen wouldn't you just love it if your wives SUGGESTED That you consume a little wine each night to take the edge off!
Well this is what I am being told by my husband!!
He says I am bouncing off the walls with the daughter's wedding this Saturday!
Actually the whole event has been downsized and will be more intimate! ❤
This wine is a Costco bargain! A simple but really nice table wine; it was in the 2019 WE Best Buys! I have never had a wine from Portugal before! This wine is fruity and presents with low tannins, smooth as silk and huge smoke on the finish which I love! Not complex yet absolutely nothing offensive! — 10 days ago