Wow, this Napa wine is super opaque and dark purple-it looks like Welch’s grape juice. I can smell fruit flavors about a foot away from the glass, it’s wafting over and I think I’m going to like it. Yup, I do. Saturated with blackberry notes, I also get blueberry essence. On the palate it is delicious. Layers of blackberry, blueberry and cassis. Very primal, extracted and yummy. Lithe tannins appear on the mid palate but this wine is really juicy, the acidity really has a grip. Deft use of oak keeps this wine interesting without overplaying tertiary flavors. The finish turns quite dry with the tannins really starting to make themselves known. Overall a nicely balanced wine with good structure, great fruit and decent cellaring capacity. I would drink this blend of Syrah, Malbec, Zin, Merlot etc till 2028 with a big ole T-bone. 92 points from me make this $50 wine a 5 star effort. Salut….
Opaque and dark purple. The nose has a big dose of funk right off the bat- standing water comes to mind. Once past that shocker I get Napa sunshine with ripe blackberry, toasty oak and Ribena. The palate is blueberry and blackberry tart with coconut and creme. The oak influence is appreciated. Mid palate has very lithe tannins and mild acidity. Leather and tobacco appear on the finish with cassis. Really delicious as the wine progressed . 91 points and at $50 per bottle it gets 4 stars. Paired with Spinach rolled Flank Steak and Ceaser salad. Drink till 2023. Salut….
The finale for the 12th virtual wine tasting was a stunner. Dark purple, opaque and very powerful on the nose. Spice box, vanilla, cocoa powder, black cherry and jam were all noted as was, dare I say- plastic and banana. The palate gave us black fruit jam, black tea bursting with beautiful tannins that really coated the mouth. This wine was delicious and I made note that the oak use was very judicious and well played. There was a shot of pepper on the short finish, which took a few points off the table. Still young, it will develop nicely and drink well till 2030. I’m going lower than the pros with 92 points and 5 stars. $50 is not cheap, but this wine has loads of stuffing to it and will get better with time. Salut….
Semi opaque dark red in the glass. On the nose I get cherries, dried herbs, almond and rhubarb. The initial palate shows off sour cherry, more nuts and red currants. Juicy acidity hits me right off the bat. There’s a nice core of tannins that are present but not obtrusive. Red fruits dominate the mid palate and the finish – which is medium length. I like the cut of this wine and think it will drink nicely till 2028. 91 points and 4 stars for this relatively young Sangiovese that goes for $50. Pasta would be a great pairing. Salut….
In the glass this Sangiovese is very dark, opaque and brooding. On the nose it is perfumed with some bold cherry notes, black currants and spicy oak. The palate is delicious folks- ripe black cherry, crispy tannins, juicy acidity and cedar. The mid palate is stunning too with more of that juicy fruit and a shift to some red currants, rhubarb, game and cherry compote. The finish displays a nice balance between the medium grip tannins and the acidity. Judicious use of oak is evident as there is a touch of it on the back end but it is not obtrusive. This is a well made wine that I am thoroughly enjoying whilst making spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread and Caeser Salad. 93 points for this $50 stunner that will drink well till 2030. I’m going with 5 stars. Salut….
Really dark purple, brooding. On the nose I get violets, plum extract and black currants. On the palate it is juicy, mouth filling and packed with tight grained tannins. Black currant notes, black tea and some oaky vanilla start the wine off. The mid palate gets a dose of the tannins and some sour black cherries. That black tea component reappears with mouth puckering astringency, which is balanced nicely with the fruit and acidity. The finish is very dry with black fruit extraction and charcoal notes. 91 points and 4 stars for this $50 wine. Drink till 2030. Salut….
It’s quite bright and fresh looking in the glass with a deep garnet shade. On the nose – rhubarb crumble, cherry and chocolate dust. On the palate it is refreshing, tart and brimming with red fruits. There’s a hint of balsamic as well as coconut on the initial. The mid palate gives me some woody notes alongside the red currants and cherry. The tartness gets a little spiky and herbaceous on the finish, a little off-putting. Overall this is a tasty wine that has some structure to last a few years in cellar but is drinking nicely now. I’m gonna bury the others I have as I believe they will improve vastly with a bit of age. Made from Organic grapes and costing $50 makes it a wee bit pricy. Pair it with Fettucine or pot roast, perhaps Osso Bucco.. Drink till 2035. 90 points from me (the pros went as high as 95!) and 3 stars. Salut….
We just had a delightful dinner at our favorite restaurant, L’Auberge Chez Francois located in the D.C suburbs. They have a great wine list but this evening was a very special occasion so I took a bottle of the amazing 2000 Lynch Bages to start off with. It was spectacular and did not last long. We needed more vino and my friend wanted a Pinot. I figured we should order something a little more stout, Gevrey being the obvious choice in a French restaurant.
See-through medium intensity purple. On the nose sage brush, cherry, oregano. On the palate it’s very smooth with cherries, cedar, asparagus and lithe tannins. Medium intensity acidity gives the wine a cutting edge without sourness. The mid palate shows raspberries alongside the cherry- very tasty and full bodied. The finish is all sour cherry with acidity, medium tannins and a touch of wood. 91 points and 4 stars for this $50 Burgundy. Drink till 2035. Salut….
Nearly black and opaque in the glass. On the nose I get gorgeous blackberries and fruitcake with a touch of mint. On the palate it is fresh, young, fruity and chock full of black fruits, cedar, scrumptious tannins and a slight hint of cassis. Tobacco and leather are evident on the mid palate which totally excites me and hints at long term evolution in line with traditional Bordeaux. The tannic structure is amazing, very lithe at the beginning with a steady rise to a crescendo of black tea dryness. 92 points and 4 stars for this $50 Fifth Growth. Drink till 2030. Salut….
Dark purple with nice legs. On the nose it’s quite bland. Black currants, blueberry pie and rubber mat finally come out of the glass. On the palate I’m getting a subdued dose of blueberry pie, cedar, breakfast tea and warm blackberry cobbler. The tannins are of medium intensity and the finish has some dark fruits and tannins. I think this wine is closed right now but it has potential. I’m gonna go with 90 points for now. The pro’s ranged greatly- from 91 to 95 points. I’m not seeing it at this point in time, hopefully it will awaken from slumber as a real powerhouse 3rd Growth Margaux. Drink from 2022/2030. Available for around $50, making it a 3 star wine. Salut….