I really enjoy this appellation so I am looking forward to this $ 45 wine. It is medium purple but totally opaque in the glass. The nose is stunning. Cassis, blackberries, plum reduction and some oak. The palate is very dark-fruit forward with some delicious oak and cassis. The well integrated tannins bring a really nice dryness to the gums right off the bat. The mid palate is opulent with layers of black fruit, vanilla and the beginnings of an acidic bite. The finish is long, fruity and dry with some black tea notes along with the berries and plum. Tannins are ever present and the wine is mildly acidic, making the mouthfeel very interesting and complex. This wine is already 8 years young and will drink well till 2026 at the earliest. 93 points from me. 5 stars for this sun-drenched beauty. I’m grilling Filet and baked potatoes. Salut….
Nice shade of dark red, see-through. The 14.1% alcohol evident by some nice looking legs. On the nose it is somewhat atypical. Violet, strawberry compote and cherry cola. The palate is a touch sweet with some nice stewed rhubarb notes. Cherry comes along eventually as do some nice fine grained tannins. There’s a nice acidic bite on the finish that balances it out without making me wince. It’s a very interesting wine that has a warm mouthfeel, that nice touch of sweetness countered by the acid on the back end. This wine will appeal to the novice and also provide tasting groups with an interesting mix of flavors. I’m baking up some Brisket that will pair nicely. 91 points and 5 stars for this $15 bottle to drink till 2028. Salut….
Dark purple and opaque in the glass. Iodine, plums and blackcurrants on the nose give way to a refreshingly tannic initial taste of more black fruits alongside a charcoal note. This wine rides tough on the gums with delightful, young tannins that beg for steak. I’m happy to oblige tonight. The mid palate is all about the balance of fruit versus tannins. The finish is short to medium in length and gives off note of that iodine meets Ribena. Very tasty wine that has some nice structure and good cellaring potential. 90 points and drink till 2030. 5 stars for this $18 effort. Salut….
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….