Color of dull purple, bubbly and clear. Nose of ripe cherry, almost cherry jam like, tobacco leaves, oily paint, slightly crayon, a bit oak, and some more blackberry. Nose is quite plenty and hints sweetness. Taste of follows the nose with the sweet bite from cherry and dark fruits, drizzled with soft tannins, black pepper, tobacco leaves, a bit vanilla, and medicinal note. Aftertaste is long with zest, peppery, and some herbs note. Done well. Not sure why the rating is low. — 11 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackcurrants, black cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, tobacco, earth, mint, light herbs and black pepper.
Full bodied and elegant with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, dark chocolates, cloves, licorice, herbs, spices, earth, peppercorn and pencil lead.
Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This young Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to drink nicely now.
Showing nice complexity with a gentle mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and tangy. Tasty, spicy and interesting.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.
This beautiful Bordeaux blend from Israel would benefit from 3 to 5 years of bottle time.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a delicious Brie cheese.
A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.
14.5% alcohol by volume
$60. — 10 days ago
This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Judean Hills in Israel. Showing black fruits with oak, vegetables, chocolates, earth, tobacco, light vanilla, cloves, herbs, spices and peppercorn.
Full bodied and big, with medium acidity.
Tangy finish with fine grain tannins and raspberries.
Still young and would be nice to visit it again in a couple of years. Better after a couple of hours in the decanter.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with French brie cheese.
A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Kosher.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$30. — 14 days ago
At home. Bought this from the winery as a courtesy purchase during a tasting that was recommended and set up by a local vineyard owner and winemaker. This was the best of what we tasted. Then they charged us for the tasting. If I knew we were being charged I wouldn’t have made the purchase. One and done for Comstock. Not a big merlot fan. — 6 days ago
The Ritchie is one of the more pleasurable Napa/Sonoma Chardonnay’s I’ve had. The fruit is very good and made by Winemaker-Jean Hoefliger...who has a French background & goes easy on the new oak.
The body is thick and round with nice viscosity. Green apple, lemon, lime candy, overripe pineapple, just a touch of buttered popcorn, caramel, soft wood notes and backbone, butterscotch, delicate chalkiness, limestone & volcanics with yellow lilies, spring flowers and mixed greens. Full round acidity. Beautifully polished, elegant & s well balanced finish that persists nicely.
Photos of; the entrance to AXR’s main tasting room at the rear of the property, their guest house that in the days of prohibition was a Brothel, a sitting area under the Redwoods that overlooks their Estate vines & the AXR house that fronts the property. — 8 days ago
I know the history of Trump Winery. All politics aside- for this review only, if you please- what Trump has done with this incredible property and the caliber facility that it has truly become- is a story into itself. The 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($25 from the tasting room) is the perfect style of red to enjoy with all kinds of fare. Winning a Gold medal at the Virginia Governor’s Cup- is actually quite the deal. In truth, it’s hopped into contention for my “vanishing middle class’s Cheeseburger Wine of the Year”- which is fairly less prestigious as the aforementioned, Virginia Governor’s Cup. It’s a simple delight with just enough stricture to hold up to all kinds of cuisine. From a deep garnet color the nose evolves and grows from simple notes of currant and blackberries into deeper, fuller expressions of those flavors. Medium-full bodied on the palate, earthy elements begin to emerge and frame flavors of blackberry, stewed cherries and a whisper of smoke. I’m blown away by its elegance and simplicity. Winemaker Jonathan Wheeler is most definitely someone to watch, and deserves a hand foe crafting this delightful, easy-drinking Virginia Cabernet. — 17 days ago
Ripe and ready, pop and pour...I am learning not to think too much about these wines. Absolutely crushable and absolutely desirable. The alcohol, jammy ripeness, and viscosity of the young Carlisle’s just recedes into the background and the balance roars to the foreground. As always a classy, smile-producing dinner companion. Mike Officer is a national treasure! — 14 days ago
Just released and very primary at this moment but there is a hell of a lot to like here and shows remarkable restraint considering the 14.8% abv. The overarching theme is freshness. Dark ruby, almost electric magenta. This is a vibrant wine full of brambly fruit and racy acid; tannins are medium. A balanced wine that’s drinking very well right now and will likely improve over the next 10 years. This would pair wel with any hearty meal. 100% biodynamic. — a month ago
Very similar profile of nose to the 15’ I had couple months back, with blueberry, black cherry, raspberry, smoked meat, dark espresso, and light spice, but it’s riper, darker, and deeper. The palate is quite rich balanced by bright acidity. Polished lightly candied tannins.
Just searching the surface. — 6 days ago