Straw color, very lemony, nice acidity, crisp finish. Similar to a Sauv. Blanc. Product of California, U.S.A. 13.5% abv.
Paired with pan fried salmon stuffed with spinach and cream cheese. Rice and greens rounds out the dish.
The acidity of this wine offset some of the richness of the cream cheese. Perfect combination. — a month ago
It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great one from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, black plums, black currants, sweet cherries, dried figs, cedar, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, mocha, coffee, coke, tobacco and black pepper.
Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity bold and long legs.
Dry on the palate, and very fruity, with blackberries, blueberries, figs, raisins, licorice, vanilla, leather, spices, graphite, light vegetables, alcohol, peppercorn, coffee, dark chocolates, coke and earth.
Long spicy finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a young Cabernet from Napa. Already drinking nicely with lost a fruits and mild complexity.
Showing a nice mouthfeel with solid structure. Spicy and bold.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show the tannins.
Need years in the bottle to mature and get more complexity. Would be better in the next 5 to 15 years.
I had it all by itself, but a big piece of steak would be nice too. 😊
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$28. — 4 months ago
By itself, notes of cherry. Went well with the “holy shiitake” pizza from Mellow Mushroom, + rosemary lamb. — 6 months ago
Surprisingly good. Actually has some complexity to it. A great start with what seems to be a cherry taste followed by some vanilla and finishes with the oak and bourbon. Fun. — 4 days ago
WOW! Was given to me by Michael Mondavi in 2001 or 2002 during a Tampa market visit! Been relocated about 10 times, including oversees and back, yet at 19 years of age, this wine still drinks great! #mondavi #tokalon #oldwinerocks @DLynn Proctor @Robert Mondavi — 4 months ago
Deep garnet color with a wide brim and dark purple undertones. Spice throughout, especially on the nose along with violets, dusty blackberries, and a good bit of oak. This isn’t trying to be French. At all. Proudly waving the Napa Valley flag, this is a big boy. As expected, higher alcohol than his Gallic cousins and fuller bodied. High acidity with smooth tannins and very tight at this stage, could probably do with a few more years in the bottle. Much less herbaceous than I expected but with some really beautiful red fruit on the palate. Plums, red cherries, and cassis is supplemented by plenty of oak, spice, and Newports. Some herbal notes come in to play on the medium long finish. This wine was more fun than I expected. — 5 months ago
We buy so much of this that my husband considers it our house wine! Love it — a month ago
Wonderful to drink anytime! — 2 months ago
The first European grapes were planted in what is now the U.S. in the 1600s, where Spanish missionaries in New Mexico needed sacramental wine. But Phylloxera was ever-present near the eastern population centers, so the earliest American wine industries were built on hybrid grapes. Cincinnati's sparkling Catawba was America's first cult wine, followed by cultivars like Norton, Isabella, and Concord in Missouri and Virginia. The sleeping giant began to awaken in the 1850s, when Agoston Haraszthy began importing high-quality vine material to California.
It all came crashing down with Prohibition in 1920. Not only were vineyards ripped up and knowledge lost, but the American palate became soft and sweet. Low-quality fortified wine from whatever grapes were available became the standard of the American wine industry.
Things began to shift in the 1960s. Robert Mondavi brought dry table wine, varietally labeled, back to the forefront. Boutique producers like Ridge began to creep toward European quality standards. The 1976 Judgement of Paris blind tasting, a sweeping victory for the Americans, proved that the New World wine was here to stay.
(This is adapted from notes for Le Dû's Wines 'History of Wine 1453AD-Present' seminar, where this wine was poured) — 6 months ago