So much earth and jam is in the background. Definitely light bodied petite sirah. Good with food. — 11 days ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix.
A very pretty color of dark ruby, with a red /brick rim.
Earthy on the nose with black currants, black plums, oak, licorice, light vanilla, light vegetables,, earth, tobacco leaf, dark coffee, dust, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Full-bodied with medium acidity and fat legs.
Dry on the palate with currants, cherries, spices, tobacco, oak, green herbs, vegetables, earth, spices, red chili pepper, bitter herbs and dark coffee.
Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is still young, but already enjoyable. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel and good structure.
Earthier than I expected, actually, and good by itself or with food. Feels like a Left Bank Bordeaux. Interesting stuff.
Needs time to open up properly, I gave it 90 minutes. A good quality wine. Spicy and interesting.
Will be nice to revisit it in 5 years.
Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a French Brie cheese.
A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 21 months in (50% new) French Oak barrels.
14.3% alcohol by volume.
$62. — 5 days ago
This is a delicious second wine from this Chateau.
Full bodied with medium acidity and dry on the palate with a great nose.
Showing blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cigar box, tobacco leaf, graphite, light bell pepper, peppercorn, earth and sweet black tea.
A beautiful wine from a great vintage. Very enjoyable with nice complexity and mouthfeel.
Decanter gave it 86 points. I think they missed it this time.
Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the complexity. It's definitely worth the wait.
Feels like a Napa Bordeaux blend right out of the bottle, but then it changes as it opens up.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$60. — 22 days ago
This is a very tasty Merlot from Italy.
Showing black fruits with wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, vinaigrette and black pepper.
Dry on the palate and fruit forward. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.
Tangy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Tannins show up after 90 minutes of airtime.
A good sipping wine and good with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
100% Merlot grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 15 months.
15% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 4 days ago
Deep Inky in color with a very short reddish rim. Not showing age at all, with a teeth staining color.
Beautiful nose of blackberries, black currants, black figs, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, coffee, cola, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and dark chocolates.
Full bodied, bold, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate and very fruity with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha and coke.
Long long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This is 12 year Napa Bordeaux blend is drinking deliciously now. Well balanced with lots of complexity.
Showing great structure with a great mouthfeel. Well integrated and elegant.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after 45 minutes of airtime, when tannins and more complexity come in.
This is just fabulous, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years, but I don't see any reason to wait. Really delicious and enjoyable now.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. Aged for 17 months in French oak barrels.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$180. — 8 days ago
It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday
Dark ruby in color with a wide purplish rim.
Sweet nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, red candy, spices, sweet tobacco, chocolates, coffee and diet cola.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.
Dry to off dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light earth and mocha.
Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a nice every day Merlot from California. A little sweet for my taste, but easy drinking nonetheless.
Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. A little "fake" tasting, but very pleasant.
Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime. Good by itself or with food.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$15. — a month ago
Tawny color, mostly opaque. Herbal nose. In contrast to the Roty red burg which is rich and silky, this is more angular and herbal – pairing well with food. Notes of red briary fruit, herbs de provence, dusty earth and some tobacco leaf. Great balance in the mouth with a great mix of fruit, acidity, structure and softened tannin. In a good spot right now. — 12 days ago
v14. Very good. Soft, sharp, white pepper and smoked meat nose. Rich, deep, savory black fruits. Full bodied, black pepper, mocha and earth finish. Decant! Nicely balanced, good “rich” food wine! — 6 days ago
Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short reddish rim.
Very unique nose of black currants, black plums, red cherries, cranberries, spices, light oak, licorice, vanilla, green pepper, cardamom, dark coffee and tobacco.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with cherries, black plums, blueberries, light wood, earth, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates and peppercorn.
Nice tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very interesting Malbec blend from Sonoma. Fruit forward and elegant. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Tangy, and a good food wine. Alcohol is nicely integrated, so watch yourself.
The nose is very interesting, which was a nice surprise, once it opened up. Better after 90 minutes in the decanter.
This 4 year old will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years. Would be nice to revisit it then.
I paired it with a fatty Brie cheese and crackers.
A blend of 46% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes were aged separately for 3 years in French oak barrels.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 14 days ago
Cherries, herbs, and earth. Good structure and excellent food wine. — a month ago