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….
In Magnum, I was hoping for a repeat of last years tasting of the 2008 Cab Franc. Dark purple, medium opacity. Nose is exquisite- plum reduction, oaky warmth, tobacco and leather. On the palate it shows purple framboise, some cassis, more tobacco and that delicious tertiary note of leather. The midpalate has a touch of tart cranberry compote alongside the flavors already noted. The finish is medium length, fresh and a touch tannic. This wine is at peak now. Drink till 2023. 91 points and 4 stars. Available from the winery as part of their library collection for $180, or $60 for a regular 750 mill- wow. Salut….
A blend of 36% Petit Verdot, 28% Syrah, 20% Cab Sav and 16% Boral (Never heard of her)- got me excited to try this Spanish red that is a medium opacity purple in the glass. On the nose it is reminds me of wild fruit, damson, red licorice and bramble. There is a dustiness that is typical for Rioja’s but I have no experience with this appellation- Ribera del Jucar. The initial palate is really nice with purple fruits galore. Plum reduction, black cherry and really crispy tannins. The structure is very solid with fine acidity balancing the tannic bite. The mid palate has iodine and more black cherry with a touch of charcoal. The finish is long and dry, the tannins starting to get hold of the gums. It’s a nice feeling that I am enjoying for a good 30-45 seconds. I like the combination of the blend, the Petit Verdot giving a nice backbone and some floral hints throughout. Well made and drinkable till 2028 with some pasta, perhaps Strip Steak or even Osso Bucco. 91 points from me and 5 stars for this $13 gem. Salut….
Medium intensity purple in the glass with a nose of black cherries, eucalyptus and iodine. The palate gives me a dry, tart opening of blackberry reduction coupled with balsamic and that iodine note. The mid palate is very dry with the tannins coating my gums. Black fruits and Ribena are prominent. The finish is decent length with the tannins really gripping. There’s black cherry and a hint of oak back there amongst the black tea reduction. Well crafted and built for the long haul. Drink now if you like em dry or cellar for 3 years, until 2029. 91 points. For $30, this wine gets 4 stars. Salut….
Very dark bluish purple in the glass with very fine legs, indicative of the 12.5% alcohol. On the nose it is purple fruit, blackberry, damson and cinnamon. The palate is surprisingly fresh, I was expecting a more traditional attack. This one pops with plums, black cherry and lithe tannins. The mid palate gives me cola, black cherry and some strawberry jam. Strange, I know. The finale is really a nice, smooth, fruity affair with really well tamed tannins holding the blackberry and cola flavors on for a good 30 seconds. There is a trace of acidic bite, but it is appropriate and balances the nice tannins. This is a tasty, decent wine that gets 91 points from me. I would drink right away until 2024 with lighter meat dishes, perhaps beer-can chicken or even roast duck breast. Strangely enough the Decanter score of 95 was opposite to the mid 80’s score given by others. I think this is a steal at $20 and it gets 5 stars from me. Salut….
Good blackish color. The nose is smoky, meaty and has hints of fig and charcoal. This 50% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo and 20% Carignan blend is right up my alley. The nose leads me to a delightful palate of blackberry, more charcoal, some tar and really tight tannins. The mid palate concentrates on the fruit with tasty blackberries and some currant. The tannins are ever-present but not overpowering, they caress instead of attack. There is a juicy acidity towards the finish that reveals a touch of wood. The oak is nicely integrated and gives a touch of vanilla. The finish is medium length and really tasty. I’m digging this wine- 91 points and 5 stars for this $15 effort. I’m pairing it with Bacon Alfredo and it’s on pointe. Salut….
This winery is one of the most consistent mass producers out there. I have never had a bad bottle and the QPR (Quality Price Ratio) is always tops. So, when I saw this at my local Costco- no brainer.
We start off with a slightly cloudy medium hued purple. It’s opaque AF though. The nose is lovely- leather, plums, cassis…. I am excited. The palate lives up to my expectations, lovely pure fruit flavors of plums, black currants and very well integrated oak. The mid palate is scrumptious. More dark fruits, some leather and a touch of wood. I will say: There is a very fine grained tannic component that is barely perceptible making this wine delicious and easy to drink now but does not bode well for extended cellaring. The acidity is feint and nicely balanced. The finish is relatively short but tasty, black fruits galore and that touch of dryness. This is a real treat to pop and pour if you can find it (just go to Costco!). It will pair well with many a mid-week meal yet hold it’s own against a leg of lamb on a Sunday roast. I’m really thinking Lasagna is the perfect match. Either way, enjoy this 91 point gem and drink till 2023. 5 stars for sure as you can pick it up all day long for under $15. Salut….
Quite see-through with a darker purple hue in the glass. The nose has violets, cherry essence, bramble and leather. On the palate it is fruity, lighter than expected and a touch dry. Blueberry is the primary flavor alongside some cedar plank and those violets. The tannins start to really grip on the mid palate to go along with the blue fruit compote and wood. The wine finishes strong, with the tannins really getting stuck in and the gums really getting pounded. The fruit remains for a while but is eclipsed by the 60 second plus grip of the astringency. Very young wine, but thoroughly enjoyable if you like ‘em dry. I would personally drink this wine now with veal chops on the grill, a heavy duty pasta dish or perhaps Moroccon lamb in the tagine. If you have patience, this one will mellow nicely for a few years and be presentable from 2024- 2030. 91 points, $35 and 4 stars for this Nebbiolo. 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….
It’s a medium gold in the glass with a nose of pear, apricot and banana. The palate is tasty, with nice flavors of that pear, some citrus by way of grapefruit and some lanolin. The mid palate has some weight, with silky smooth popcorn notes along with the fruit. Acidity is lithe and balanced. It makes the wine refreshing without too much cut. The finale’ has more of that pear fruit meets lemon with a decent length finish that has me wondering how good this is going to be with the roasted Cornish Hens I am grilling. 91 points. I paid $20, but it lists for up to $50, this is a 4 star effort at the first price. Drink till 2027. Salut….