I recently wrote about the 2013 Faithful Hound, so when I caught some of the 2014 on sale, I grabbed a few. Retailing for $18, it’s a good parallel to the Bordeaux style blends that I so truly love. This one has a dark purple complexion, just like it’s older sister. The nose is gorgeous- plums, bramble, chocolate, some oak and a blueberry component. On the palate, much darker fruits than expected. More of the blackberry and currants theme with some violets. The mid palate is bone dry with tannins popping out and caressing the gums. The finish is blackberry, tar and those delightful tannins. The mouthfeel on this wine is great, built for steaks or the pasta with meatballs and sausage I am about to serve. This wine will cellar well, it has al the right components. I really hope it can evolve with secondary flavors like it’s French cousins. Drink till 2025. 90 points and 4 stars for this gem from SA. Salut….
This wine was given to me for my birthday recently. I was not sure what to expect from an American ‘Negociant’ wine, but I was willing to give it a try!
Very dark and thick in the glass, which is telltale for what I am expecting. The nose is plums and mocha with some eucalyptus. The initial taste is as predicted. Full bodied, rich, creamy and delicious. Tannins are at the forefront but not overwhelming. Plums, blackberry and a touch of oak are all part of the package. Mid palate wise, the acidity and tannic dryness roll in and take over from the fruit, not that this is a bad thing as I am enjoying the texture tremendously. The finish is well defined, long and consists of more plums, spice box and the well framed tannins. There is a cigar box component that I just noticed as well. Delicious. Overall, this is a well crafted wine that I am enjoying while Moxie cooks up some Sirloins in a peppercorn sauce. 91 points, drinking now till 2022. Pricey at $51, until you realize you are drinking Napa Cabernet- well worth it and 4 stars from me. Salut….
Dark purple, brooding and opaque. The nose is black cherry, dare I say blackberry as well? The palate is tasty, with the blackberry theme continuing as well as some really fine tannins that are well integrated. Extraction is obvious with this one, but not overdone. The mid palate is refrained compared with the initial taste. I get dark cherry jam and a vegetal note- very interesting. The finish is smooth with more dark fruits and a hint of acidity. I would drink this with a filet and roasted veggies or perhaps marinated flank steak. It needs a lean cut of beef to shine methinks. 90 points and 4 stars for this $25 wine. Salut….
Very brooding and dark purple in the glass- promising some heady, extracted juice. The nose is full on dark plums, blackberries and cedar plank. The initial palate is straight up blueberry pie meets blackberry jam. Very viscous in the mouthfeel and very smooth. The wine glides past the mid palate with hints of plum ganache and mocha and a touch of acidity. I had to wait until the finish to get a glimmer of the fine grained tannins that hold this package together. I believe this wine is drinking great now and has a few years of cellaring available, say till 2022. I would pair it with Strip steaks, perhaps a peppercorn sauce based meat or even corned beef. The acidity and tannic structure seem ideal for casual drinking and lighter fare, not something too heavy or fatty. It really is tasty. 90 points. I paid $15 and would do it again for this 4 star effort. Salut…
As you may have read recently, I’m on a Port kick and looking to try as many styles as possible. This one is labelled Reserve, no info on Tawn, Ruby or LBV. It is dark purple, almost inky. The nose is rich with fig, blueberry paste and chocolate dust. On the palate it is refreshingly vibrant with plum, blueberry and a bracing acidic component. I sense a warmth on the mid palate that I attribute to tannins mingling with the 19.5% alcohol. The heat doesn’t bother me, it is well integrated as are the tannins. On the finish I am reminded of this wine’s youth, the mouthfeel is fresh and dry. More plums and blueberry pie show up on the tail end. The wine is tasty and well made, 89 points from me. On sale for $15 it is a good deal- 4 stars.
The last time I had an Australian Port was in 1999, in Sydney. It never really dawned on me to search them out. I recently got back into Port drinking and just ordered 10 different bottles to try out. This is the first of them and I am looking forward to this adventure.
In the glass it resembles it’s style-tawny… It has a brownish, purply tinge to the see-through base. The nose is nutty, with plum reduction and a hint of oak. There is a certain youth to go along with the mellowed out nuances in the nose of this aged wine. On the palate- orange marmalade, raisins and hazelnut mingle with a plum base. The wine is slightly syrupy and shows nice legs in the glass. The 18% alcohol is well masked and there is a trace of very fine grained tannins running through the mid palate and on to the long finish. Speaking of which, the finish has more of the orange notes I got on the opening as well as some oak, almond and raisin. It lasts a while, with not much sign of the alcohol at all. Overall this is a very tasty dessert wine that has aged nicely and is ready for business. I’m going with 90 points and for $19 this is a 4 star effort. Salut….
Just a gorgeous dark purple in the glass, it shows promise! On the nose I get lavender, plums, and a remarkable blackberry hint. On the palate I am getting delicious plums, black cherry kirsch and a hint of upfront tannins. As the wine progresses to the mid palate the tannins firm up a touch and the fruit mellows somewhat, indicating youth in this wine. The finish shows off a blueberry component which has me confused. Plums, Blackberry, Black Cherry and now blueberry. It cannot be possible, yet here it is, bathed in very well integrated tannins and just a touch of acidity. This wine is delicious, it really is. My choice was to pair it with Strip Steak, steamed Artichokes and a Cauliflower puree. A perfect match. This wine gets 91 points from and for $45 it is a 4 star effort. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot are the make up of this Bordeaux style wine, which as you know really excites me. Drink till 2022 at the least. Salut….
Still a dark purple after 13 years. Nose of figs, earth and violets. On the initial taste- not what I was expecting. Plums, blueberries, fresh and zesty. This wine is so young. The tannins are very integrated but not dry. Mid-palate wise there’s blue fruit and cassis. The finish is where this wine shines- leather, tobacco and blue fruit jam. Oak peeks through right at the end. Smooth and sexy, I like this wine from Magnum. 91 points from me and a reward for cellaring it for so long. I paid $50 per Magnum back in 2014 for this Tempranillo. 4 stars! Salut….
Dark, brooding purple in the glass, no way to see through it. On the nose I get black currant, mint and vanilla. On the palate this wine is lush, full and tastes of black berries, vanilla bean and coffee. The mid palate is a seamless continuation with the introduction to some very fine grained tannins that leave the finish just a touch dry. This wine is really smooth, full bodied and delicious. Very well balanced if I might say so. A perfect match to any grilled meats, pasta. 91 points from me which is close to the 92 that the pro’s are going with. I paid $25, but it normally retails for $35. 4 stars. Yummy. Salut….
Dark purple in the glass, very dense. The nose sports some really delicious aromas of blueberry, spice box and some oak. I also get a whiff of twizzlers right at the end.
On the palate the blueberry theme continues, laced with a ton of tannins that leave the gums all dry. The wine has some juicy acidity, which is needed considering the dryness I am encountering. The blue fruits continue onto the finish, which is quite long. A certain floral hint hits the mid palate that melds well with the berry component. I am digging this wine and reckon it would really do well with Ribeye and roasted sweet potato rounds. It begs for a fatty cut to offset the tannins, which are very tightly wound and help build the backbone of this wine. I would drink till 2024. 90 points from me, but I just looked up my order and noticed it got 95 from Decanter, that’s a big score. I paid $20, but it was on sale from $40. 3 stars for retail pricing but a 4 star effort for the sale price! Salut….