47% Cab Sav, 37% Malbec and the rest is Petite Verdot and Merlot. Always one of my go to wines and this vintage is surely not disappointing. — 3 days ago
Really nice acidic cab, unique scent on the nose, very natural taste and smell, lighter side, got from Lincoln wines — 5 months ago
A real good $20 Chard! Chalk Hill winery now owned by Bill Foley, of Foley Family Wines, who continues the traditions that Fred Furth, who founded Chalk Hill in 1972. Medium lemon color with aromas of stone, tropical fruits and citrus notes. On the palate ripe apple, sweet melon and lemon flavors with vanilla and nutty toasty oak. Well balanced on medium+ finish ending with oak and mineral notes. A favorite. Bar Taste!! — 7 months ago
Great combination. Cloudburst has to be the closest Chard to a high end white burgundy outside of France. This 2013 was spectacular, with electric minerality. The 1998 Hill of Grace is claimed to be one of the 3 best Australian vintages (along with 02 and 06). Whoever says that Australian wines can’t age is just dead wrong! Anyway, tasted like an aged cuvée CDP and the depth and structure was just outstanding. — 9 months ago
Lovely, subtle, easy-going cab - just what I like 👍🏻 — a month ago
Dark ruby in color with a reddish cloudy rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, black currants, black plums, black cherries, licorice, spices, vanilla, wild flowers, oak, tobacco, dark chocolates, light alcohol, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, raspberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, tobacco, light herbs, peppercorn, a touch of red candy, espresso, licorice, spices and chocolates.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very tasty Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Easy drinking and fruit forward. Tangy and interesting. Loved the finish.
Needs an hour of airtime to open up properly.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
Made with 100% Cabernet Franc grapes from Vineyards in Chalk Hill and Knights Valley.
13.7% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 4 months ago
Honeysuckle flowers, followed by lovely preserved citrus white apricot and pan fried almonds and pecan nuts. Textural, clean with a dash of minerality. A great example. — 8 months ago
Preferred it immediately after opening. With some air, felt a bit overly jammy. Paired with sausage pizza first night and spaghetti + meatballs second night. — 3 months ago
This #cabernetsauvignon is very good. I didn’t like the Titan Shiraz though.
#mclarenvale is located around 30 km south of Adelaide at the northern end of the peninsula with the Gulf St. Vincent to the west and the Adelaide Hills to the east.
The region has warm to hot summers although winds blowing in off the Gulf and down from the Adelaide Hills moderate the climate and also keep the risk of disease low. Rainfall levels are relatively low during the growing season (usually less than 200mm), although winters can be fairly wet.
McLaren Vale has a particularly complex geology: many major soil types have been identified, varying from sand to loam to clay. In general, the soils in the north of the region are poor with lower levels of nutrients, whereas those in the south are deeper and more fertile, producing higher yields.
McLaren Vale is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in Australia. By the late 19th century, Thomas Hardy & Sons was producing wine and exporting to the UK. Fortified wine production dominated the first half of the 20th century but after World War II a wave of European immigrants, particularly from Italy, encouraged the return to dry red wine production. In the 1970s, the focus was on full- bodied, ripe Chardonnay and Semillon but, since the late 1980s and early 1990s, this has returned to red wine
It is a large region, with vineyards covering around 6,200ha , and so has a great diversity of microclimates. Proximity to the sea is one factor influencing vineyard climate, as is altitude: vineyards stretch from sea level to around 350m, with most planted on flat or gently undulating land between 50 and 250m.
Over 90 per cent of plantings are now black grape varieties.
premium priced wines, covering both single-varietal and blends. Shiraz is the most planted, with over half of total plantings, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. McLaren Vale reds tend to be deep-coloured and full-bodied with high alcohol levels and pronounced dark fruit flavours. Many have spice characteristics from oak. In the hotter, lower sites, the fruit flavours can become cooked or jammy. Higher elevations give wines with higher acidity and tannins.
Production ranges from inexpensive, high volume bottlings to super-Premium — 7 months ago
And in the end - we got to wines from Pritchard Hill. Some consider these over the top but the flavor explodes on your palette and the finish lasts forever. It’s truly a magical place in Napa. Cheated a little here since this is a blend - 55% Cab Franc and 45% Cab Sauv. — a year ago