Medium dark purple in the glass. Plum, cassis, blackcurrant on the nose. On the palate- great integration of dark purple fruits, oak, tannins and some cocoa dust. The midpalate is very concentrated on the plum core, relinquishing nothing to the structure and concentrating mainly on the fruit. The wine is definitely Napa in flavor, full of sunshine, fresh tannins and plum flavors. It reeks of new world boldness, extraction and does not shy away from its 14.5% alcohol (which is well hidden) The acidity is somewhat muted but present nonetheless. This wine is ready to drink now and has some cellaring potential- albeit not long term. 89 points and 3 stars for its $52 price point. 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….
This wine is 15 years old, yet it pours like an infant- dark purple, no bricking and clear, if not see-through. The nose is gorgeous, fruity yet nuanced with secondary flavors belying maturity. Plums, coffee, tobacco and leather come to mind. On the palate, rich plums, cassis and a touch of eucalyptus. This wine is not even close to maturity. Tannins are on pointe and there is a juiciness to the mid palate that I am enjoying thoroughly. The finish leaves you with a clear dose of acidity, the tannins drying up at this stage. There is still tons of primal fruit here and the wine already demonstrated its ability to pick up those long sought after nuances of aged Cabernet. This is a top wine in my opinion, worthy of 92 points even at this stage of its development, which is funny considering it only got 83 points from WE back in 2006. Drink now till 2021 at the least. Pair with any beef dish, charcuterie or just by itself. I found it online for $28. 5 Stars. Salut….
Really dark purple color, impervious to light. The nose leans heavily on blackcurrants with a touch of spearmint of all things. It’s really unique and very nice. The initial attack is all dark fruits with some gripping tannins. Flavors of plum come out on the midpalate along with blackberries. The tannins are ever present. The finish is medium in length and the dryness of the tannins goes on forever. This wine will go the distance but can tackle some hearty meals right now. Really tasty- 91 points. $36 if you can find it make this a 4 star effort. Salut….
A rich opaque purple in the glass with a beautiful nose of Black and Blue berries. On the palate- very smooth, like buttah… A delicious mix of blue berry , cherry, and ginger spice. Fine grained tannins and a touch of acidity give this wine a great mouthfeel, easy to drink. This wine is made in a very elegant, understated style. The fruit is allowed to express itself, the tannins are not pumped up and the acidity is gentle yet balanced. Very delicious wine with medium term aging potential. Tonight I will pair it with Roasted Beef Tenderloin, probably the best cut for such a lithe wine that isn’t overly tannic. 90 points and 3 stars for this $24 effort. Salut….
One of my sons is 14 and ice-skates competitively in Synchro and Ice Dancing. He has been with his Dance partner for just over 5 months and they qualified to go to the National Skating Championships this weekend in Kansas City. They all left yesterday and I was supposed to join them today, Friday the 13th. My flight cancelled and the weather is supposed to be horrendous out there. Why do I mention all this? Because his partner’s parents gave me this bottle of wine for Christmas, so it made sense for me to open it tonight in honor of the big weekend.
First off, this wine is a really dark purple- I can almost see extraction. On the nose, really nice aromas of plum, black currant and olive strike out. On the initial attack I get more plum, some really prominent tannins that give way to primal black fruits and a hint of the wood. This wine is young but delicious. The mid palate is where the tannins really take over and coat my whole mouth, perfect for Ribeye steak! The finish is rather long and gives out some hints of berry jam, leather and still more lingering tannins. The winemaker does a masterful job of hiding the 14.9% alcohol. The acidity is perfectly balanced and this wine is ready for some cellar time. By all means drink it now, but I think you will be rewarded with 4-5 years in the darkness. Drink till 2028 and pair it with grilled meats, lamb stew or even a rustic wood oven fired Margherita pizza. I am going with 92 points on this and for about $43 this is a 4 star wine. I’m loving it! Wish us luck this weekend and Salut….
An invite to my old college buddy’s house revealed this bad boy waiting to happen. We started with a Merlot I had brought and moved into this one shortly thereafter.
Nearly black in the glass with a nose of black berries, black cherries and oak, but in a mild mannered way. The initial attack is bold, bright and tannic. Tons of dark fruit, cassis and espresso. The mid palate is somewhat muted by the tannins which push through to the finish where they really shine. The balance is slightly off between the acidity and fruit being overcome by the tannins- give this wine a few years in the cellar. 90 points from me which coincides with WS. RP gave it 93 points, I can’t see that personally. Delicious wine but pricey at $60 per bottle make this a 3 star effort and worthy of cellaring for that special occasion. It would rock a well marbled Ribeye, Leg of Lamb or in our case- homemade Meatballs in a Marinara sauce. Salut….
I bought several bottles of the Cosentino Cabernet and really liked it. This is a follow-up after three more years in cellar.
Another Napa Cabernet that I got to taste at the AMEX Centurion Lounge at SFO airport. This one was a dazzler, but give it time.
I have not visited the American Express Centurion Lounge at San Francisco airport in two months but the bartenders remembered me and offered up some special tastings. This was one of them, and boy was it good.
Expressive nose of dark fruits and cola. Plums and black tea fight with the tannins for control of the initial attack. The mid palate shows off more dark fruits that tail off with some herbs and oak on the mid length finish. This wine needs another 2 years in cellar to really shine. Drink 2018-2025 with pretty much any grilled meat dish. 90 points from me and 4 stars for this yummy $34 bottle. Salut….