Semi opaque with a dark red hue. On the nose I get dark cherries, beautiful oak, raspberry and dried herbs. On the palate there’s an immediate thrust of leather, tobacco and cherry. It is a touch tart but mouthwatering. The cherry theme continues onto the mid palate where I also get a good thwack of tannins. Wow, this wine is a cherub. Creosote, black plums and that tart cherry all mingle on the palate and I sense this wine is not yet close to maturity. The finish is long, tannic, tart and fruity with those cherries galore, some sage and more leather. I regret opening this wine so young, but I will get more for the cellar. Tonight I will pair it with Sous Vide Ribeyes, probably the best combo I could think of for this tannic monster Nebbiolo. Drink from 2025 to 2030 at the least. 92 points and 5 stars for this $39 beauty. Salut….
Quite see-through and showing off a reddish/purple hue in the glass. On the nose I get sour cherry and rhubarb. On the palate it starts off with that sour cherry, some cola and rooibos tea. There is a crisp acidity that begins on the front end and carries all the way through. Lithe tannins greet me on the mid palate where the sour cherry theme continues alongside some raspberry and vanilla notes. The finish is quite tart but I get a very defined cherry note and some earthiness- leather and creosote. Overall this is a tasty wine but for $39, it’s a stretch. I’m going 89 points and 3 stars. Drink till 2025 with Pasta or hearty appetizers. Salut….
I wrote about the 2016 Failla recently so it was interesting to sample the younger version. Strawberry coulis nose from this darker red Pinot Noir On the palate I get raspberry, strawberry and crunchy tannins. The mid palate has a pepper component alongside bing cherry. The finish is medium in length with that strawberry core flavor returning. The acidity is decent and the mouthfeel is good. A touch young- it could benefit from some cellaring. Drink till 2029. 89 points $39 make this a solid 3 star wine. Consistent with the previous vintage. Salut….
This is a dessert style red wine that my brother and sister in law gave us for Christmas. In hails from Virginia and proves yet again that this state is an up and coming wine region.
Reddish purple with a nose of stewed raspberries, honey, raisin. On the palate- prunes, smoke and stewed plum. Caramel notes with sherry hints show up on the mid palate. The 17.9 % alcohol is well disguised, so beware! The finish has some delectable tannins that mingle with a rather long rendition of plum torte meets blueberry pie. I’m no expert on this style of wine but I reckon it might be worth 89 points and a delightful way to end a big roast supper! For $39 it gets 3 stars from me. Made from the Chambourcin grape and fortified with grape spirit brandy. Salut….
Another Napa Cabernet that I got to taste at the AMEX Centurion Lounge at SFO airport. This one was a dazzler, but give it time.
I love Malbec, Argentinian or French. They have their nuances but both regions offer up really juicy , meaty wines that offer power and finesse at the same time. This one is particularly good at both characteristics.
Dark purple in the glass with strong blackberries and vanillin on the nose. Very smooth on the initial attack of dark fruits and integrated oak. Flavors of chocolate and some cassis come through on the back end. The tannins sneak up and leave a refreshing dryness on the gums. We’ll integrated and balanced. This is a tasty wine for $39 a bottle. I just had a glass at the airport before traveling to Cali. 91 points and 4 stars. This wine is superb on its own but I bet it would kill a Filet Mignon. Treat yourself! Salut….
Jam on the nose, the dark purple kind I used to eat with toast as a kid in England….. On the palate, somewhat confusing. Atypical of Napa Cabernet, I get sublime hints of Herbs Du Provence, plum and cassis Kinda weird and exciting. Sulking beneath this complexity hides a strong tannic frame, very well integrated and adding to the yummy mouthfeel. I am digging this wine, but can’t pinpoint why…. It’s different, fruity, complex and interesting. 92 points and for $39- 4 stars. I think it’s drinking nicely now and will cellar for 7 years at the least.