Inky purple in the glass. I am really hoping for an extracted powerhouse, that’s what I am in the mood for. The nose has black currants, a hint of oak, some cinnamon and fig paste. On the palate I am ecstatic- it is full bodied, tannic and surely a mouthful. Black fruits intertwine with the brooding tannins, mouthwatering acidity and smoky notes. A great level of balance even though this wine is very tannic right now. It needs several years in the cellar to soften unless you need a dry wine right now, or have a Vinturi to run it through. The wine later exhibits some black cherry and eucalyptus, only to be overshadowed on the finish by the tannins. I think this wine will develop nicely and am going with 91 points. For $24 it’s hardly a steal but gets 4 stars from me. Pair now with hearty game, Prime Rib or a char-grilled Porterhouse. Salut….
Next in my tasting series from Alexander Valley Vineyard is this gem. 45% Cab Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot makes this a Meritage in anyone’s books. How I love Cab Franc and more importantly how it melds into the Bordeaux style blend ! This was one bottle I was looking forward to.
Dark purple with a nose of black currant, eucalyptus, wood shavings and pencil lead. On the palate is a vibrant, somewhat tannic attack of currants, black berries and more graphite. Very young wine with a good cellaring potential. 89 points with a drinking window of 2016-2022. (Or you could run it through a Vinturi and pair it with a ribeye!) I paid $24 at the winery and give it 3 stars. Salut….
I bought this one on ratings and write-ups, having never heard of it before. It started out with plums and a woody note on the nose with an interesting initial attack that was slightly sour. I noticed a tremendous acidity, perhaps too much?? The flavors that I came across on the first pass were red currants and raspberry. The wine is silky with deep, smooth tannins. Later on I noticed blueberry on the back end with some coffee. This wine is very juicy, related to the acidity perhaps. It was a little sharp when first opened but seemed to mellow out after some air time. I’m not a huge fan of this wine but I think it is serviceable. I have seen up to 92 points from critics on this one, I am not sure I agree- giving it 88 instead. I paid $18 and therefore award it 3 stars. Salut….