Deep ruby with a touch of turbidity and some flecks of garnet in this 5 year old Cabernet from the western coast of Australia. The nose has very precise, sharp aromas of black plum, blackberry, cassis, eucalyptus, coffee, mint, mocha and vanilla. Very oak-driven aromas but it is hedonistic and I am looking forward to taste. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium (+) tannins, a full body and delicious flavors of ripe fruit and oak influence. Blackberry, dark plums and coffee dominate. Espresso to be more precise. Eucalyptus is pretty evident as is the mint component. The finish on this wine is medium in length and very fruity, making me realize that the tannins have really integrated already, ergo a very pleasant mouthfeel. I like this wine a bunch and will be pairing it with Strip steaks off the charcoal. One review went as high as 95….. I am more in the 93 camp, but 5 stars for sure as you can pick this up for $17, making it a terrific deal. Drink till 2028. Salut….
Somewhat hazy (unfiltered?) but a very opaque shade of ruby in the glass with medium legs and slight staining on the walls. The nose is intense with gorgeous aromas of blueberry, blackcurrant, black cherry, menthol, elderberry, coffee bean and chocolate powder. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and medium (+) tannins. Really ripe flavors of black cherry, blueberry, blackcurrant and elderberry meld beautifully with the menthol and coffee notes. Rich and full bodied this is a delicious wine that only rings in at 13.6% ABV, surprising to me. The tannic structure is excellent, giving a nice and silky dryness to the mouthfeel while fading gently as the fruit continues to roll on to a long finish. This is an outstanding Shiraz if you like them big and bold, which suits me fine for the Lamb chops I am grilling to pair with. I would say this one has some cellaring capacity but is drinking beautifully now and will last until 2028. 92 points from me for this $17 wine makes it a hard to beat 5 star effort. Salut….
This blend of Shiraz is a medium shade of garnet in the glass with defined legs (15% ABV). The nose has pronounced aromas of black plum, black raspberry, blackberry, cinnamon and dill. The palate is dry with medium (-) acidity and very supple tannins. Medium bodied- this delicious wine has very ripe fruit flavors of plum, dark raspberry and black cherry with some licorice, pepper and cedar. The alcohol shows up on the back end with a touch of heat on the throat, which was to be expected. The finish is medium in length and I get dark red and black fruit with some oak notes. Really delightful wine that gets 89 points from me and at $13 it’s a steal worthy of 5 stars. Drink over the short term with some braised beef ribs or perhaps a roast leg of lamb. Salut….
This 5 year old Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to turn visually- deep garnet colored with thick legs in the glass (14.0% ABV). The nose has youthful fruit aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, vanilla, mint, blueberry coulis, spice box, cedar and chocolate nibs. It’s a very rich nose and I’m looking forward to tasting it. The palate is dry with medium acidity and medium tannins that are well integrated. I get pronounced flavors of blackcurrant jam along with blackberry, blueberry, mint, green pepper, vanilla and chocolate. The fruit coats my mouth with the tannins and acidity there to balance it all out, full bodied to say the least. The long finish leans on the oak with the black fruit fading. I get persistent charred oak, vanilla and chocolate on the back end. For a wine that looks like it has some age, this $17 beauty is certainly youthful and ready to rock till 2027. I’m going with 91 points and 5 stars. Pairing it with Tenderloins on the cast iron. Salut….
Medium ruby turning garnet color from this 5 year old wine. The nose has aromas of black raspberry, red plum, menthol, licorice, coffee and some ripe blackberry. The palate is dry with medium acidity, medium (+) tannins and a full body. It coats the mouth with richness and flavors of black raspberry, coffee, anise, plum and blackberry. It ends with some charred oak notes alongside the dark red/black fruit. The finish is medium length with some tingle from the alcohol (14% ABV) and tannins. I like this style of wine, not over-top-top jammy. It is a more restrained Shiraz that obviously has ripe fruit and good structure. 90 points from me for this $17 effort makes it a 5 star wine. I’m pairing with stewed leg of lamb and roasted aubergine. Drink till 2016. Salut….
Deep ruby colored with pronounced aromas of black plum, coconut, blackberry, sassafras, loam, cedar and baking spices. The palate is dry with well integrated, powerful tannins. Medium to full bodied I get rich fruit cake flavors, black cherry, black plum, vanilla and spice. The acidity is medium and very balanced with the tannic structure. The finish falls off rather rapidly but it’s okay- the fruit intensity up till then was really great. It finishes with a touch of charcoal, some tannic grip and black fruit. Very little tertiary notes at this time even though the wine is 11 years old. It should last another five or six years and drink really well with some grilled meats. 93 points, possibly higher if the finish were a little bit longer. For $50 it is a 5 star wine. Salut….
Medium/deep ruby to garnet colored, this 11 year old Grenache is playing tricks on my old eyes. The nose has generous aromas of rich red raspberry, red licorice, coconut, rooibos tea, dried herbs, menthol and black cherry. The palate is dry with crispy tannins that coat my upper gums. Low acidity and medium to full bodied, this delicious wine has ripe flavors of red and black fruit with red licorice, cocoa powder, menthol, rooibos tea, dusty bramble, leather and that garrigue I got on the nose. I’m generally impervious to the alcohol level as I find it difficult to ascertain but this one does have a bit of heat on the back end (14.5% ABV). The finish is medium plus in length with the tannins fading faster than the fruit. I pretty much love everything that comes out of this winery- this bottle is no exception. The alcohol detracts a bit but I think it is well made and delicious, worthy of 93 points from me. It runs upwards of $70 per bottle making it a 5 star treat wine to drink till 2027. I think it will develop more tertiary notes by then and be even better. Roast game, grilled lamb leg or even Moroccan tagine. Much better than the previous tasting of this wine. Salut….
Deep hues of ruby along with a hint of age- a garnet edge. The nose has lovely, pronounced aromas of black plum, blackcurrant, licorice, vanilla, blackberry jam, cedar and spice box. The palate is dry with medium acidity and well-melded tannins that are grippy yet unobtrusive. The rich, ripe black fruit flavors dominate but I get some charred oak, black tea, licorice and spices in this full bodied beaut. It flows seamlessly to a somewhat tart and slightly tannic finish that lasts a good 20 seconds. I really like this winery, they produce enjoyable wines that age well. This one will keep going until 2030 at the earliest and pair well with grilled meats, rich stews and wild game. 93 points from me for this $40 wine makes it a 5 star effort. Salut….
This Grenache is rather light, I would say pale ruby in the glass. The nose has medium intensity aromas of raspberry, red cherry, violets, pomegranate and dried spices. The palate is dry and lively with ripe red fruit, medium acidity, lithe tannins and a medium body. The floral and spice components are not as pronounced on the palate but I now get some charred wood and rooibos tea instead. The finish is medium in length and a touch tart, refreshing. I like this $35 effort and give it 93 points and 5 stars. It will drink well now and age gracefully till 2030. Pair with lighter meat dishes or even poultry. Salut….
Deep garnet in color, this 11 year old Cabernet Sauvignon is getting paired with Wagyu Ribeye steaks for my son’s 25th birthday. The nose is gorgeous- a mix of primary, secondary and tertiary notes that are quite pronounced. Cassis, steeped black plum, mint, cedar, leather, tobacco, bramble, bilberry, vanilla and tar. Wowza. The palate is dry with firm tannins that grip, medium acidity, full body and a generous helping of the aforementioned aromas that caress my tongue. The finish is the only letdown here, it is quite short, albeit still bone dry from the tannins that are searing. This wine has structure to cellar for another decade at least and will pair beautifully with our well marbled beef. 93 points for this $45 jewel makes it a 5 star wine to buy and hold/drink! Salut….