Dark yet not very opaque. Typical for the varietal. Gorgeous nose of cherry reduction, dare I say mushrooms and old oak. The palate is super smooth and full bodied, showing off cherries and cola. The oak is dominant in this wine, but not obtrusive. The mid palate is round and slightly tannic. The cherries march on and the wine finishes with coconut notes, probably from the wood. 91 points and 4 stars for this $44 effort. Drink this Pinot Noir till 2025 with pasta, roasted Chicken or a cheese and salami plate. Salut….
Napa Cabernet is to me big, bold and beautiful. Sonoma is more refined, less in your face and more about finesse. Both are delicious, both have a time and a place. I often think that Napa is synonymous with Cab and Sonoma is relegated to Pinot. I wonder what gives me those thoughts…..
This wine was good, smooth and silky. It showed up as a lighter shade of purple in the glass and had a nice bouquet of dark fruits and jam. On the palate I noted rich plums and berry compote. Good acidity and fine-grained tannins were also noted and the wine had a good length to it. It packed an unnoticeable 14.4% alcohol and did not show any heat whatsoever, a deft hand in the cellar. Later on I got dried figs and blue berry on the finish which was really delicious. We served this up at a birthday dinner with some grilled meats and Chorizo sausage. It was a perfect match and I would highly recommend it. 90 points from me and 4 stars for this $44 effort. It could use some short term cellaring, but is drinking nicely and will do so for another 5 years minimum. Salut….
I bought this Chilean wine in Hong Kong for Thanksgiving day. We opened it first because I could not wait and besides, never leave the good stuff till the end. Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, it gets a touch of Syrah to soften it. Dark purple in the glass it had a beautiful nose of blackberry and mint. Eucalyptus was present in the taste as were black fruits and a figgy component. Extremely well crafted tannins were evident but unobtrusive. This is a multi layered wine that shows off class and depth. The mouthfeel was silky smooth and the finish- long. I must say I enjoyed this wine as we paired it with appetizers and caviar. It was on sale for about $44, regularly priced at $54. Im going with 91 points and 4 stars. Salut….