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….
It’s nearly opaque- probably medium to deep ruby in color. It’s age is not showing at all but the alcohol (14.5% ABV) presents some lively legs in the glass. The nose is a beaut. Rich blackberry, black plum compote, purple licorice, mint, coconut, vanilla, baking spices and a blueberry jam note on the tail end. Quite complex and certainly chock full. The palate is dry with juicy acidity and melded tannins. The flavors are not as pronounced but they balance beautifully with the structural components to give me a full bodied mouthfeel that leaves me with a medium finish that is jaw watering. I like this wine, it has layers of fruit and nice secondary notes. It drinks relatively easily but is full of flavor and is still fresh. 91 points, as I think it is peaking now. For $30 it gets 5 stars from me. Drill till 2026 with some hearty meat dishes or Moussaka. Salut….
Every so often I shop the bin-ends at my local wine shop, some are hits whilst others are a waste of time and money. This blend of Cab Sav and Shiraz ran me $20. It is showing a bit of age- medium garnet in color. The nose is still fresh however with primal aromas of blackberry, mint, black pepper, ripe blueberry jam, cloves, cedar and vanilla. The palate is dry with resolved and silky tannins, high acidity, medium to full body and flavors of black and blue fruit, menthol, spicy black pepper and oak by way of vanilla and cedar. The finish is medium in length and leans on the mint/menthol as well as the blackberry fruit. It’s a tasty drop that is at peak now and will need to be drunk by 2024 if you have some. Pairing tonight with grilled steaks and salad. 90 points from me make this a 5 star wine. Salut….
I’ve been a fan of this winery for many years. In fact I have written about several wines from them and each one got a glowing review. I just realized that this bottling is named after the founder’s daughter who is but 3 days older than my youngest son, Jet. This vintage runs a little less ABV than previous, 14.2%. In the glass it is deep purple and showing youth rather than maturity. The nose is very pronounced with aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant and white pepper. There’s oak for sure, it’s just seamless and presents itself in vanilla and perhaps some chocolate notes. As I swirl the flavor profile shifts towards blue fruit- think blueberry and plum. There is a sweetness to this wine that might manifest into a jammy component on the palate- let’s see.
On the initial attack I get blueberry cobbler, vanilla, grippy tannins, juicy acidity and ever so slight jamminess. It’s not overly thick like some Aussie Shirtaz-bombs can be, more subtle. I get a distinct smoky note which is actually not playing well into my aspirations, it’s a bit disjointed. The mid palate is quite dry and the finish is definitely where the tannins are showing up. It’s quite a long affair with plenty of fruit flavors, but the grip is very present. I like it. This wine will pair well with my char-grilled strip steak and Chorizo sausages. I think it drinks nicely now and will continue to evolve and get better with time. Cellar or drink till 2028 for this 91 point wine that gets 4 stars for it’s $55 entry fee. Salut….
It’s been four years since I had a drop of Mothers Milk, I was super excited to see it in my local wine shop. I’m cooking Venison Tenderloins in a mushroom sauce and think this might be the perfect match. It’s about 80% opaque and a medium shade of murky purple. On the nose it is spicy, peppery and has notes of licorice, blackberry and charred oak. On the palate it is really smooth and flavorful. Blackberry, anise and cola flavors shine through alongside some juicy acid. The mid palate is very fruity and has gobs of acidity to go along with lithe tannins. The fruit is working hard at this point to remain center stage. The finish is quite tart from the structural components but I do get more flavors right at the end. Black fruit melange, that licorice note and the acidity go on for ages. This is a very fresh wine that is drinking nicely and will do so till 2025. I’m going with 89 points and for $20 it gets 4 stars. (Ps. one of the pros went as high as 96!). Glad I re-discovered it! Salut….
Bright purple in the glass. The nose is smoky, laden with iodine and laced with blackcurrant jam. The palate is austere with a minerality starting us off. It opens up to the rich black fruits, and very lithe tannins. The wine is tasty once that austere punch fades, it’s a bit off-putting. The mid palate has nice cedar and black currant notes alongside some well integrated acidity. The finish is more black fruit that transitions to an oaky, tasty, mineral driven note. I kinda like it. I’m going to reserve a point for the austerity that hits at the beginning with a recommendation to cellar this one for a year or two and perhaps decant it. 89 points, which shocks me for this $45 wine. 2 stars unfortunately. Salut….
Wow…. super dark and brooding. I get nice, rich blackberry notes with coffee bean and vanilla extract on the nose. The initial palate is thick with black fruit preserves, finely integrated tannins, chocolate powder and an oak hint. The mid palate continues the theme but the tannins start to build. By the finish my mouth is coated with caressing dryness and a blackberry meets tar note. Intriguing. I think this wine will open up with decanting and develop somewhat in the glass. It is young and the potential for it to gain tertiary flavors is definitely there. I would cellar for another 2-3 years and pair it with roast lamb all day long. Delicious, powerful, well made and worthy of 92 points. For $36 it is not an everyday wine, but it gets 5 stars from me. Salut….
Somewhat opaque but dark purple. The nose gives up candies, plum, oak, cherry pie, vanilla bean. The palate is super spicy, loaded with fruit and very smooth. Plum ganache, mocha, cafe au lait and blackberry preserve round out the initial palate. The transition to mid palate shows off some very integrated tannins, a red berry note and some cedar plank. The finish is mid length and coats the mouth in plum sauce, coffee and chocolate dust. 92 points from me for this $32 effort, which contradicts the pro’s 89, oh well. I liked it and will buy again for a juicy Sunday roast companion. 5 stars for this Shiraz/Grenache/Viognier blend. Salut….
You know you’re in for a bombastic treat when the label says Shiraz and the wine comes out inky in color and very dense. The nose is delightful- full of plum, espresso, cedar plank, elderberry syrup and a vanilla hint. On the palate it is more restrained than I was expecting, more silky, smoother, with much more depth. This is indeed a powerful wine, but in a more stately fashion. It shows the dark fruits I mentioned plus a really tight knit tannic structure that couples with the acidity to give an amazing mouthfeel. The elderberry syrup component really kicks in on the mid palate, it is so silky smooth. The finish is long, and full of fruit. The tannins are perfectly in sync and do not overpower the flavors. This is a delicious wine that has aged nicely and will continue to do so for many years. Drink with pretty much any grilled meat or all by itself. Beware the well hidden 15.5% alcohol, it may sneak up! The pros went big on this wine, which was WS #3 wine of the year in 2012, I can see why. 95 points and 5 stars for this treat that comes in at $75, if you can find it. Drink till 2024 at the least. Ps. I originally bought 2 bottles, and then another six afterwards. See my other two posts on Bella’s Garden. Salut….