I would describe the color as ‘peachy’. The nose does in fact offer up some peach stone, banana and pineapple. Intriguing. On the palate I get more stone fruits, some pear and a citrusy hint. The acidity is very subdued here, which is a welcome change. The mouthfeel, especially on the midpalate is very nice, gentle and somewhat unctuous on the tail end. The finish is very refreshing with green pear and a lemon component. This wine certainly has a lot going on with a very easy going structure. I’m really enjoying it while cooking up some pasta that will be finished with lobster and fresh veggies. 89 points and for $14 this will be a repeat 4 star wine. Salut….
Dark purple in the glass. An intriguing nose of Cloves, black pepper and blackberry. On the palate- dark berries, ink, dust. Delicious. The mid palate is a smooth transition to some blue fruits including a plum reduction. The finish has some very fine grained tannins and blueberry compote. A very intricate wine that needs a cellar imho. Drink from 2018 to 2025. 90 points and 4 stars for this $20 effort. Salut….
I splurged, $25 a bottle for Jacobs Creek. It’s not just any JC though. In the glass it is dark, brooding and enticing. Rich, ripe plums on the nose with port wine accent. It smells the business. On the palate, it is super smooth and exhibits rich blackberries, plum extract, caramel, vanilla and a nice toast. The midpalate transition is seamless and the wine continues on to a very long finish. I’m astounded at the depth and purity of this wine. The balance is good but there are barely detectable tannins to go up against the slight acidity. That’s what gives this wine a great mouthfeel, yet detracts from its cellaring potential. It is the style of wine that I would use to introduce a novice red-wine drinker to. Easy on the tannins, the dryness and the acidity. This wine drinks beautifully now and will run well for another 5 years, till 2022. I would serve it with a rich stew, grilled lamb chops or perhaps a very well seasoned Cornish Hen. I’m going 91 points and 4 stars. Salut….
If you read my previous post on the 2015 Cono Sur Cab, you will recall that I ended up with two different vintages from the store. The 2016 is much darker purple, more extracted with heavier oak on the nose which disappoints me. I don’t like too much of the stuff.
On the palate, a much different story. Rich, thick plums alongside blackberry jam and oak shavings. The midpalate offers up black fruits and a tapenade note. The finish is short, with some black fruits and gentle tannins. This version is not as balanced and smooth as the 2015. It’s still a good deal though and should be on everyone’s party stocking list. I’m thinking dry rubbed ribs, burgers or even shish kebabs would pair nicely here. 88 points form me and for $9, 4 stars all day long. No picture taken BTW. Salut….
I don’t think I have seen a lighter opacity in a wine before. It is see-through and barely purple, more of a red. After a swirl in the BAG (Big Assed Glass), shaped like a tulip and made specially for Burgundy wines- I get an amazing cherry meets forest floor and mushrooms kinda scent. Strawberries feature, but only just. On the palate, super smooth offerings of violet, bing cherry, some acidity and a touch of dryness. The mid palate has an earthier component to it and the mushrooms pop up again. The acidity is prevalent here and continues to makes its presence known throughout the rather long finish. This is an elegant wine that is still too young at 7 years of age. It will mellow more and develop some nice secondary flavors IMHO. I would drink until 2025 at the least if not more. I’m grilling up some bourbon/honey marinated skirt steaks and sauteed creamy Kale. I think the combo will work. I reckon this is a 91 point effort that gets 4 stars for its $40 quality to price ratio. Salut….
See through dark purple. Nose of vibrant dark cherry, some oak and blueberry pie. On the palate this wine is young, with vibrant blue fruits and spice box. The mid palate shows some very lithe tannins and more blueberry notes. The wine has a minerality to it that I am enjoying. Zest is the word that best describes the mouthfeel, the 13.5% alcohol providing just a slight bite while the acidity gives it cut. The tannins are hitting the gums on the finish with more blueberries on tail end. Refreshing and decent for $20, 90 points and 4 stars. Drink now, but some cellaring will reward. Till 2025. Salut….
I just rolled up to the Aloft hotel bar and ordered this Cabernet from their menu, taking a chance on it’s provenance and style. I was pleasantly surprised. Forget the color, it was nigh on impossible to tell in the current venue. The nose has a warmth to it along with blackberry, slate and eucalyptus. On the palate I get a really smooth intro to the blackberry notes as well as graphite and black cherry. The core flavors continue to the mid palate and beyond along with some very fine tannins that really pop on the finish. The wine has a great mouthfeel with gentle acidity omnipresent but not obtrusive. Atypical for this varietal from Napa, this wine is more on the subtle side, a refreshing change. 90 points, $19 and 4 stars from me. Pair it with some steaks and mushroom sauce, or perhaps a Cornish Hen dressed up in a garlic rub. Salut….
In my continued effort to taste as many Port wines as possible, this is the latest to hit the gums. It looks sinister, dark blackish purple in the glass. The nose is somewhat subdued, but what I get is black currant jam with some wet towel funk I can’t get over. The palate is totally different, which is where it really counts. Notes of black berry, cherry extract and oak all hit the palate at once. It’s a crescendo of syrupy extract. There is a certain amount of very fine tannins that pop up mid-palate and dry the hell out of my gums. The flavors are all dark fruit, with a certain concentration as to be expected. The finish is very dry with loads of black currants, some earth and a touch of biting oak. 90 points from me for this non-vintage $15 wine. I like it, and will get more of this 4 star wine. Salut….
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….