Deep ruby colored with really thick, slow moving legs. The nose has a whiff of alcohol that needs to dissipate- I now get pronounced aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice, smoke, coffee, vanilla and menthol. The cassis is en pointe. On the palate this wine is dry with medium acidity and high tannins (I forgot to mention the it stained the walls of the glass when I swirled). A full body was to be expected and I get rich flavors of ripe blackberry, black plum, cassis and the associated oak derived notes and menthol. The richness of this wine continues on to a medium (+) length finish. It’s a delicious blend of Cab Saver, Syrah and Merlot that gets 93 points from me and for $35- 5 stars. Drink with hearty meat (steak) till 2029. Salut….
This Cabernet Sauvignon did not show well today- the bottle had been left open far too long and it was past it’s prime. However, I chose to taste it and will include it in my next wine class as I have previously drunk this $18 offering and was impressed with its structure and fruit. This particular example had medium acidity, a full body and high levels of tannins. The fruit was stewed and basically undrinkable but I recall the previous bottle had lovely black and blue fruit, nicely integrated oak treatment and a decent finish. If I had to score this wine- 90 points which would make it a 5 star effort with some cellaring capacity- stay till 2028. Hearty, fatty steak would do well here. Salut….
Deep ruby colored yet it could pass for purple, interesting considering it’s 9 years of age. The nose has pronounced aromas of blackberry, blueberry, açaí with licorice, menthol, crushed stone and charred oak. Refreshingly primal with some secondary notes yet not much development presently. The palate is dry with medium acidity, medium (+) tannins that coat my gums and a full body- for sure. The flavors start off with very ripe yet fresh blackberry, açaí berry, blueberry and black currants. There is a sweetness that I attribute to the ample sunshine of the vintage. Oak nuance, mint and some signs of tertiary development fill out the flavor profile. The finish is a touch astringent with a black tea note and some very caressing tannins. This wine is young with lots of time to develop. I think it warrants 93 points and for $55 it’s a 5 star wine to serve up with Sunday roast beef. Drink till 2027. Salut….
Deep garnet colored with fast moving legs- 13.9% ABV. The nose started off with a medicinal note followed by horse saddle leather, dust, barnyard, blackcurrant, black cherry, bandaid and briar. It is earthy with loads of tertiary aromas. The palate is dry with medium acidity, well integrated tannins, medium (+) body and rich flavors of black fruits, dusty earth, bramble, briar and açaí berry that lead to a long finish of black tea and leather. 93 points is what I imagined this wine garnering yet the pros went lower back in the day. It’s amazing how some wines will age so gracefully and deliver those lovely tertiary flavors after 16 years yet still show some primary fruit and structure to age a few more years. I would drink this $140 offering till 2026 or so with lighter beef dishes. 4 stars from me. Salut….
Nearly opaque, this deep ruby colored wine has a tinge of blue coloring on the edges. The nose has aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, red licorice candy and ripe raspberry. A touch of oak is also present. The palate is dry with medium tannins and medium acidity. There is a sourness to the palate but I get red fruit, red licorice and charcoal. The body is medium and the finish is short. The tannins linger mind you and there is some juiciness on the back end that I am enjoying. It’s a Trader Joes special that runs $6. Great for a party, this 85 pointer will not break the bank and can be served with burgers, dogs or even pizza. 3 stars from me for this blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to drink by 2024. Salut….
The color of this Cabernet is a medium purple, but it is hazy, a touch cloudy which concerns me. The nose smells fresh and young with candied cherry, coconut, red plum, iron, bakers spice, dust and bramble. The palate is dry with grippy tannins and medium acidity. The fruit profile is darker on the palate- black plum and blackberry, gone is that candied cherry note (which I dislike immensely). The coconut, spice, iron and dust are evident in this full bodied wine. The finish is a tannic affair that is short to medium in length and highlights the iron and dust of the wine. I like it but would cellar it for a year or two unless I was cooking rack of lamb or another fatty cut of meat. I’m going with 90 points for this $15 bottle that gets 5 stars. Drink from 2023-2027. Salut….
Opaque- deep, deep ruby which is surprising for a 10 year old wine. Slow moving legs in the glass hint at the 14.5% ABV. The nose has freshness- dark plum, vanilla, blackberry, cassis, menthol, tomato leaf and a green herbaceous note. The palate is dry, tart from medium (+) acidity and balanced with medium (+) tannins which are still quite grippy. Full bodied, this wine coats my mouth with rich flavors of blackberry, cassis, black plum. The oak shines with vanilla whilst the menthol, tomato leaf and green notes all support. It’s a precise wine with delineation between all the flavors and aromas. It finishes rather short but it is balanced. I like it, as I like most of this winery’s offering (especially their Petite Sirah). 92 points from me for this $50 bottle makes it a 5 star effort to drink till 2030. We are firing up the charcoal for some Cowboy steaks and potato wedges which is funny because the last time I drank this wine we also had beef and potatoes. Read about my 2020 tasting here. Salut….
A Washington state Cabernet that is nearly opaque with a deep ruby color and thick legs (14.8% ABV). The nose has rich aromas of vanilla bean, ripe black plum, blackberry, black cherry, green pepper and boysenberry. The palate is dry with medium (+) tannins and medium acidity. Medium to full bodied, I get flavors of dark fruit, lots of oak influence and that green pepper note. I lose the vanilla somewhat but gain charred wood instead. The finish is a dry affair and medium in length. This wine drinks nicely now- if you like them a bit dry and tannic. Cellaring potential till 2028, I would serve this with hearty red meat dishes, rich pasta and stews. 90 points and for $40 it gets 4 stars. Salut….
Deep purple/ruby colored with a watery sheen in the glass (13.5% ABV). The nose has black cherry, dark plums, eucalyptus, purple licorice, green pepper and a medicinal note (from oak?). The palate is ‘dry’ yet I sense a touch of RS. Medium acidity and medium (+) tannins with flavors of black fruit, that medicinal note, bell pepper and eucalyptus come through the medium body. The tannins soften but linger through the medium length finish. This is night two for this bottle, it’s really opened up and is drinking nicely. I would go with 89 points on this $10 bottle that gets 5 stars from me. Drink till 2025. Salut….
Very deep purple colored, like ink. The nose has pronounced aromas of blackberry, cassis, vanilla, coconut, bilberry, cedar, sassafras, dust, baking spice, green peppers and a yeasty component. The palate is dry with beautiful fine-grained tannins that caress the gums. Acidity is medium (-) and the wine has a full body. Flavors of black fruit, sassafras, baking spice and green pepper carry on to a long finish. This is delicious- pure Napa sunshine and ripe fruit with enough oak treatment without overdoing it. Fantastic stuff to pair with steaks till 2032. The structure is great and it’s open for business now. 94 points from me for this $70 stunner makes it a 5 star treat. Salut….