Dark purple. Nice nose of dark currant, mint and oak slivers. On the palate it is a pleasing wine with freshness, good dry tannins and flavors of Ribena, plum, bitter chocolate as well as a meaty note. The tannins really kick in on the mid palate and the finish. The wine is full bodied, full flavored and not shy about its structure. It is somewhat tilted toward the tannic end with hardly discernible acidity at this time. I think this wine needs some cellaring for a year or two to mellow out just a touch. I’m going to be pessimistic and go with 90 points but I think it may improve. If you must drink it now pair with Lamb Shanks and Couscous or maybe a seasoned T-bone on the charcoal. I paid $12.80 each for two bottles on sale. Regularly $21. 4 stars. Salut….
A pleasant purple with medium density. On the nose I get plums, a faint hint of cinnamon, black cherry and creosote thanks to the 9% addition of Pinotage. The balance is Cabernet Sauvignon. The initial taste is very Pinotage heavy, with more plums, some dark fruits and the telltale chemical note, often likened to nail polish remover. I like it. The wine transitions nicely and some very delightful tannins caress throughout. The flavor profile doesn’t change much throughout and the acidity is very fine, barely noticeable. The finish is relatively long, with the dark fruit balancing nicely with a hint of oak. The bitterness of the tannins is apparent right at the end but is not detracting. This is a tasty weekday wine that I would pop with stew, chili, grilled sausages and even burgers. 89 points and 4 stars for this $11 wine. Salut….
Dark blackish purple in the glass. An interesting nose of sweet dark plums, sasparilla, oak and ginger. On the palate I get very precise flavors of plum ganache, dark chocolate, violets and the beginnings of some very fine grained tannins. The mid palate shows a bitterness I can’t figure out. The tannins however really kick in. The finish is a really strange compilation of blueberry pie, oak, astringent tannins and that odd bitterness. It detracts from the full potential of this wine and makes it an 88 point wine IMHO. I paid $12 and give it 4 stars. I would like to re-taste in a few years, perhaps it will mellow out and gain some balance whilst losing the bitterness. Salut….
Very bright purple in the glass. The nose has blackcurrants, oak and cherry reduction. Intriguing. On the palate I get a very delicious attack of black fruits- berry, plum, cherry. The tannic structure is good, bracing yet not too dry. The mouthfeel is really refreshing with some sharp acidity. The mid palate has yet more of the dark fruits plus a mocha component. The winemaker has skillfully managed to hide the 14.5% alcohol and slides some deft tannins in that really grip on the back end. The finish is very dry, with black cherry and cassis. The oak that I got on the nose has seemed to disappear up till the very end. This is a very easy drinking wine that is ready to go right now and will last for another 3-4years. I would pair it with lamb chops, roasted veg and perhaps Beef Ribs slow cooked in a wine reduction. I’m going 90 points and 5 stars for this $13 wine. Buy it by the case. (One critic went 94 points, but then again he always rates high.) Salut….
If you read my previous post on the 2015 Cono Sur Cab, you will recall that I ended up with two different vintages from the store. The 2016 is much darker purple, more extracted with heavier oak on the nose which disappoints me. I don’t like too much of the stuff.
On the palate, a much different story. Rich, thick plums alongside blackberry jam and oak shavings. The midpalate offers up black fruits and a tapenade note. The finish is short, with some black fruits and gentle tannins. This version is not as balanced and smooth as the 2015. It’s still a good deal though and should be on everyone’s party stocking list. I’m thinking dry rubbed ribs, burgers or even shish kebabs would pair nicely here. 88 points form me and for $9, 4 stars all day long. No picture taken BTW. Salut….
I bought two bottles of the Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon but didn’t realize I had two vintages…. so here goes the 2015.
Very nice purple in the glass. The nose is of ripe plums, bursting violets and a blackberry component. On the palate I get blackberry, currants, cinnamon and some earthy notes. The wine is easy to drink with slight tannins, moderate acidity and a good mouthfeel. The midpalate has some very nice dark cherry notes with a touch of oak. The tail end is shortish but nice; green olives and cherry come to mind. Overall a very serviceable wine that gets 89 points from me and 5 stars for its $9 price tag. Drink now for best results. Salut….
As I was pouring this wine I couldn’t help but notice the rich purple color, mesmerizing. On the nose I get gorgeous plum meets an oak shaving. This wine smells amazing. There is an intensity to the aroma that is really pure and focused. This pureness continues on to the initial taste. This is a great wine folks. It tastes amazing, has very fine grained tannins, is balanced and has got me grabbing for more. Plums continue to the mid palate and are joined with coffee beans, Ribena and a crescendo of tannins. They really hit on the back end with a really nice dryness that hits my gums in the right way. The wine finishes with cassis, espresso and a swath of tannins, delicious. An extremely well crafted wine that gets 92 plus points from me. I am a huge fan of Charles Smith, his winemaking is always on pointe. In fact, I search out his wines-looking for absolute gems like this one. I paid $13, and rate this as one of my all-time best buys. 5 Stars for sure and I am buying a case. Drink it alone or pretty much with everything from now till 2022. A steal, literally. Salut….
I just rolled up to the Aloft hotel bar and ordered this Cabernet from their menu, taking a chance on it’s provenance and style. I was pleasantly surprised. Forget the color, it was nigh on impossible to tell in the current venue. The nose has a warmth to it along with blackberry, slate and eucalyptus. On the palate I get a really smooth intro to the blackberry notes as well as graphite and black cherry. The core flavors continue to the mid palate and beyond along with some very fine tannins that really pop on the finish. The wine has a great mouthfeel with gentle acidity omnipresent but not obtrusive. Atypical for this varietal from Napa, this wine is more on the subtle side, a refreshing change. 90 points, $19 and 4 stars from me. Pair it with some steaks and mushroom sauce, or perhaps a Cornish Hen dressed up in a garlic rub. Salut….
This wine was given to me for my birthday recently. I was not sure what to expect from an American ‘Negociant’ wine, but I was willing to give it a try!
Very dark and thick in the glass, which is telltale for what I am expecting. The nose is plums and mocha with some eucalyptus. The initial taste is as predicted. Full bodied, rich, creamy and delicious. Tannins are at the forefront but not overwhelming. Plums, blackberry and a touch of oak are all part of the package. Mid palate wise, the acidity and tannic dryness roll in and take over from the fruit, not that this is a bad thing as I am enjoying the texture tremendously. The finish is well defined, long and consists of more plums, spice box and the well framed tannins. There is a cigar box component that I just noticed as well. Delicious. Overall, this is a well crafted wine that I am enjoying while Moxie cooks up some Sirloins in a peppercorn sauce. 91 points, drinking now till 2022. Pricey at $51, until you realize you are drinking Napa Cabernet- well worth it and 4 stars from me. Salut….