Tasting Notes: Weekly Roundup

Happy Friday! Before we celebrate the coming weekend, we want to look back on drinks the Delectable community enjoyed and consumed this week. We've gathered a handful of reviews and notes that caught our eye. From detailed notes to standout photos, the Delectable community was busy this week, and there are so many great posts to read. Mark your favorites and pick up a bottle to try this weekend. Cheers!

Silver Oak

Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Smooth rich and delicious. This benefitted from 8+ hours in the decanter. — a year ago

Eric, Yianni and 6 others liked this


Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 2016

Rainy weather wine. Quite smooth and delicate upon opening. Red jammy fruit with herbal, tannic finish. Going to wait a few hours for the next taste. — a year ago

Anthony, Ericsson and 5 others liked this

Oak Farm Vineyards

Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Black cherry, raspberry preserves, cassis, plum, eucalyptus, licorice and oak. Full-bodied and soft tannins. — a year ago

Eddie, Ira and 7 others liked this

Empire Estate

Finger Lakes Dry Riesling 2018

Lime peel, green candy, petrol, yellow Gatorade, marjoram, sage, slate, jasmine, fresh ginger root, saffron on finish — a year ago

Ira, Raul and 10 others liked this

Dom Pérignon

Brut Champagne Blend 1996

POV: you’ve been asking your dad for 15 years when we can drink this wine and he finally opens it to celebrate your wedding weekend. Golden hue. Lemon, bruised apple, brioche. Soft moussey bubbles, dry and velvety on the tongue. Absolutely AMAZING to drink. — a year ago

Mark Huang
with Mark
Mark, Severn and 15 others liked this

Bogle Vineyards

Essential Red Old Vine California Red Blend 2018


Bogle never disappoints. IMO it is one of the best value and underrated wines. This petit sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel wine blend is a well balanced and delicate fruit bomb. This 2018 vintage has vanilla, cacao, and French oak notes that dance around the palate to finish off with ripe strawberries, cherry, and tobacco undertones. Will easily hold up to wines three times the price. — a year ago

HBR, Ericsson and 3 others liked this

Dueling Pistols

Dual Varietal Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Syrah 2016

Ming L

The nose is deep and opulent with blueberry jam, black cherry, nutmeg, black pepper, vanilla, and hint of cured meat. On the palate it’s rich , thick, yet silky smooth like melted chocolate, with touch of dried herbs. Ripe integrated tannins.
Very delicious blend.
— a year ago

Daniel P., Ericsson and 8 others liked this

Château Gruaud Larose

Sarget de Gruaud Larose Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2016

Popped. Notes from Day 3 open (unrefrigerated on the counter overnight). In a lovely place. Soft smokey cedar, blackberry, a hint of vanilla, earth. On the palate: lovely acidity, good density, more blackberry, blueberry, a touch of vegetal green, soft earth and lovely tang on the finish, which shows a dusting of tannin. Yum. — a year ago

Bob, Eric and 12 others liked this

Domaine Durieu

Lucile Avril Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2017

This wine is terrific. Made from 90-year-old vine grenache (85%), 60-year-old Mourvèdre (10%) and 5% Syrah. The wine was aged in concrete 18 months with only the syrah seeing oak. It is juicy with notes of bright strawberry, raspberry, red currant. Blackberry, spiced red cherries, and an subtle hint of herbal garrigue in the background with leather, kirsch and clove. Much more elegant than you might assume on learning it has 15.5% alcohol. A beautiful wine with surprisingly bright acidity - very long on the palate. — a year ago

Tom, Byron and 8 others liked this