I bough this wine on its pedigree for $24. Medium opacity purple in the glass with visible legs. The nose has kirsch, raspberry and bing cherry by the boatload. On the palate it is brimming with red fruits, bright acidity and delightful tannins. Young and vibrant- it needs a little time to settle down. It is slightly one-dimensional at this time. I hope it evolves and gains tertiary flavors. The mid palate is more or less the same. The finish is of medium length with more cherry extract and a dose of rhubarb as well as lingonberry. The tartness of which shows up at the end. Overall- a decent wine that gets 89 points from me and 3 stars. Cab, Merlot and Sangiovese make up this Tuscan red. Drink from 2022 till 2027. Salut….
A few of these came across my desk at a reasonable price so to speak. I had to try. Quite a dark shade of purple in the glass. The nose is fresh, plummy and hinting of Ribena. The initial palate gives me quite a biting dose of plums, tannins and acidity. All at once. It kinda made we wince. The label says this wine is unfiltered, has a 14% alcohol and contains sulfites….
On the mid palate is where it opens up, adding some black currants and nutmeg to the mix. The tannins are searing however and this wine needs some time in the cellar. The finish is woody, with that astringency of young tannins. Strong black tea comes to mind. As does an old oak barrel. I like this wine, it has potential. I would decant/aerate the hell out of it if you want to drink before 2020. It will last a good while after that and hopefully mellow down some. I am giving it 90 points and 4 stars for the $20 I had to fork over for this 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Sangiovese blend. It got 93 points from the pros, so there is that. Think hearty stews, beef rib or even eggplant Parmigiana for this heavyweight. Salut….
Really dark purple, almost opaque in the glass. The nose is an interesting compilation of Cherry and Iodine meets blue fruits. On the palate it’s a different story. Much more focused on blueberry and some black berries plus a touch of oak. The acidity is present from the get go and the tannins ramp up gently, closing out the finish with a nice dryness. The mid palate exhibits blue and black berries as well as some nutmeg. This is a decent wine that gets 89 points from me and will do well with Osso Bucco or perhaps a mixed grill on the barbie. I paid $18 for it and give it 3 stars. Salut….
I bought two Magnums of this wine many moons ago and was waiting for the right time… How about my birthday party. I opened and poured without decanting. I was surprised there was no sediment. The 2003 Bordeaux vintage was very hot and produced many short lived wines, and many wines that were very stewed in taste. The Pichon Laland from this vintage got a surprisingly high 95 points from several top critics. The drinking window suggested between 2014 to 2026. I am glad I opened my first bottle now, it is ready.
Cassis, leather, plum on the nose. On the palate lively tannins, tobacco, plum and an earthy component. The tannins are thoroughly in control of this wine, from beginning to end. The midpalate shows stewed plums and the finish has some lingering notes of more leather and plum. The fruit on this wine has made way for the secondary flavors sought after in aged Bordeaux. This does not detract from the wine, it only strengthens its pedigree by the fact that it will mature in such a way. I really enjoyed this wine for what it was and look forward to the next bottle, perhaps within the year. 90 points from me but 4 stars even though it will set you back $150 or so. We drank it before dinner, which was a whole roasted beef tenderloin. It would have rocked the meal, but we thoroughly enjoyed it with some appetizers of cheese and olives. The greatest part of the whole thing was the ability to pull something out of the cellar that I have had for over a decade, and watch it give others pleasure. Salut….
I’m a fan of this winery as can be seen in my two tastings of their Pinot Noir. I came across this wine at the local store near my hotel and it was priced as a deal for two, I could not resist.
Medium to dark purple. Nose of minerals, plum and sasparilla. On the initial attack I get really smooth plums, with some red chili pepper hints- intriguing, sans the heat! On the midpalate the plums continue but I start to appreciate some oak use and the intro to black fruits. I’m thinking of Ribena on the finish along with some vanilla. Very smooth all throughout with very melded tannins and a balanced acidity. This is my first Merlot/Cabernet from the famed Gimblett Gravels, I’m digging the minerality and think this wine is a 90 point effort. I think they normally retail at $18, which makes this a solid 4 star wine. Availability in the States may be limited, but keep a lookout for this winery on your travels. This wine would pair nicely with Beef short ribs or a hearty stew. I’m getting more! Salut….
This is the second wine I have had from this South African winery. The first was similar blend but with Cabernet Franc thrown in as well. Vergelegen Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc.
Back to this wine…. Dark purple in the glass spelt out what to expect. A nose of black plums, earth and iodine. The initial taste is amazing. A hint of violets come over after the waves of black berry, plum jam and spicebox. A fine set of tannins swirls around at the finish to leave a nice mouthfeel. The mid palate is balanced and smooth with some acidity that balances the whole thing out. I am really enjoying this wine!
The judicious use of oak is apparent. A finish of coffee and a touch of vanilla make this an easy drinking red that will go great all by itself or hang in there with a juicy New York strip, even some pasta with a spicy sauce. I would guess a drinking window up to 2020 at least, with it open for business right now.
It was on sale for just over $11 and gets an easy 91 point score from me. I will be buying this in bulk, a stunner and worthy of 5 stars easily. Salut…..
A Margaret River presentation with very dark purple appearance in the glass and a nose of ginger, plum, clove and vanilla. On the palate, youthful and bursting with blue fruits and plums. The mid palate shows off some wood notes and much more meaty plums. Mid range tannins and a very slight acidity make it an easy drinker right off the bat. $12, 88 points and 3 stars. Salut….
With no varietals mentioned on the label I took a chance on this $30 offering that was on BOGO at the local. Brooding nose of black fruits and chocolate dust. Mouth of ripe plums, cinnamon, ganache and green pepper (kinda strange I know). Rich acidity and mellow tannins. 88 points from me and 2-3 stars. Not sure yet, perhaps it needs some time. This wine hails from Sonoma and I suspect it is loaded with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Salut….
By far the most widely searched wine on my blog has been the La Croix-Barton 2008. I did not particularly care for it, but apparently many people googled it and ended up reading my 2 cents worth. When I saw the ’09 I did not hesitate. Priced at around $14 it provides gratification with oak and mulberry on the nose to get things started. Tart cherry and plums greet the palate but they are slightly thin right now. Juicy acidity and young tannins make this an interesting wine to drink now yet I feel it could do with another 2 years in a cellar. This wine is vibrant and lively but should settle down and gain some weight in short order. It is interesting to taste wines from the same winery but from an average year versus a far superior one to see the nuances. This particular example highlights just how much variation you can get between vintages. I’m going with 88 points and 3 stars for this Merlot/Cab Sauvignon blend from Bordeaux. Salut….
A South African wine from Stellenbosch with huge credentials. It’s a joint venture between Bruno Prats (formerly of Cos D’Estournel), Hubert de Bouard (Chateau Angelus) and Lowell Jooste of Klein Constantia. Each of these men’s wineries are world renowned and highly respected. I got the offer by e-mail to pick up a few bottles from my local distributor so I jumped in, each priced at about $40.
A vibrant purple greeted me along with a nose of hoisin and plums. Some cassis became apparent after a swirl which really excited me. Straight out of the blocks- this is a young wine with some cellaring potential still to go. Primal fruit flavors of plum, blueberry and rooibos tea came through behind the veil of youngish tannins and acidity. Coffee notes and some oak were apparent after some time in the glass. The wine reminds me so much of Meerlust Rubicon, perhaps the terroir plays a role. The blend is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Shiraz and 5% Merlot- an interesting combo if I might say so. The bottle says it has a drinking window between 2014-2016. I am gonna go a step further and say it will last another 5 years at least (2019). I think it is worthy of 91 points versus the pro’s at 89. Pricy for an everyday drinker it will do well with a Sunday roast as the weather cools down. A big Ribeye would also complement the tannic structure to a T if you’re in a grilling mood. 4 stars from me. Salut….