Shirah Wine Company Murmur Vineyard Syrah 2016, Santa Barbara County, California




This Single Vineyard Syrah from California is drinking beautifully now.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, dark chocolates, coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, tar, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

Nicely balanced with nice complexity. Fruit forward, tangy and elegant. The high alcohol is well integrated at this point.

This 7-year-old is peaking now and good right out of the bottle.

I had it 4 years ago, and decided to give it a few years in the bottle to mature. Good call on my part. So much better now.

A great sipping wine.

A blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Viognier. Aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels (25% new). Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$55.

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Sheridan Vineyard Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Washington State



This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon from Yakima Valley in Washington State. Still young, but starting to drink very nicely now.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, tobacco, chocolates, peppercorn, spices, light earth, licorice and herbs.

Rich and elegant. A delicious wine.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after two hours of air time.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

A great sipping wine.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$35.

Haber Family Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Deep ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Beautiful nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, peppercorn, cedar, vanilla, toast, tobacco, chocolates, spices, wild flowers, light alcohol and herbs.

Full bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, black currants, coffee, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, peppercorn, spices, tobacco, chocolates and light cola.

Long finish with round tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain.

This 6 year old is starting to drink very nicely. Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. Would continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Fruit forward, rich and opulent. Spicy, tangy and interesting.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly, so be patient.

A great sipping wine, and will pair nicely with a nice piece of steak.

Aged for 19 months in oak barrels. Only 16 barrels produced. Unfiltered and unfined.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$80.

Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot 2014, California



It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let’s bring Merlot back!

This is a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Soft and elegant. Smooth and fruit forward.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with medium acidity.

Showing black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, cedar, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, earth, dark coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 2014 vintage is drinking wonderfully now, and this wine is a good example of it. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too.

I had this vintage 6 years ago, but it was not ready at all. Was unbalanced and a little austere. Right now, it is a wonderful wine that’s at its peak, and will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.

Easy drinking, spicy and entertaining.

Robert Parker 92 points. Wine Enthusiasts 93 points.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it Meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

A blend of 78% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Malbec. Aged for 20 months in mostly new French oak barrels.

15.3% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$60.

Tamarelli Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2020, Mendoza, Argentina



Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Nose of blueberries, red currants, black cherries, herbs, vegetables, earth, oak, licorice and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, vegetables, tobacco leaf, dark chocolates, earth, spices, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Cabernet Franc from Mendoza is starting to drink nicely now.

Good right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up. Fruit forward and spicy.

Showing nice complexity already, and enjoyable by itself or with food.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

I paired it with a beautiful day by the lake.

100% Cabernet Franc grapes were aged in New French oak barrels for 18 months. A tiny production of only 300 bottles.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$37.

Bravante Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc 2007, Napa Valley, California




This is a delicious Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward, with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, coffee, mocha and cola.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 16 year old feels young, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I love this vintage from Napa. Just gorgeous.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime. Good by itself as a sipping wine.

A small production of only 8 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$100 (current vintage).

Maison Jaffelin Chambolle- Musigny 2015, Burgundy, France



A very pretty color of ruby with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose bing cherries, red candied apples, blueberries, earth, light oak, spices, light licorice and sweet raspberries.

Medium bodied and elegant, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, sour cherries, light chocolates, light oak, spices, earth, bitter herbs, light vegetables, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Tangy on the medium finish with soft tannins and cranberries.

This 8 year old Pinot Noir from Burgundy is drinking very nicely now, but still has more in it to continue maturing in the next 10 years.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

I would have liked it to have more complexity, which will probably come with some more time in the bottle.

Fruit forward, elegant and enjoyable. Showing nice structure and mouthfeel.

This 2015 vintage in Burgundy was great, and it is showing. Will be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Good by itself and better with food.

Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels (40% new), 30% whole Cluster.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$100.

Ghito Winery Adom Red 2018, Israel





This is a nice Grenache blend from Israel.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Showing black currants, plums, cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, black tea, barnyard, earth, vegetables and tobacco leaf.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime.

I had it a year ago and it was a different wine. Showed mainly red fruits, and now it feels like a new world Syrah blend. Interesting stuff.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in mostly used French oak barrels. Kosher and unfiltered.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$53.


Azienda Agricola Montevertine Le Pergole Torte Toscana IGT 2016, Italy



Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. This 7 year old is showing a great nose now.

Dry on the palate with medium plus acidity.

Showing red and black fruits with wood, earth, herbs, spices, wild flowers, chocolates, leather, tobacco leaf, dark coffee and black pepper.

This is a delicious, yet very young, Sangiovese from Chianti. Nicely balanced, powerful and tangy.

This 2016 vintage holds great promise for aging gracefully over the next two decades. However, at present, it has yet to fully reach its full potential. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Would have been nice to have it decanted for a few hours, but it wasn’t my call. I had it blind, so it is what it is.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Sangiovese grapes.

14% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$350.

Penfolds Wines Bin 704 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Napa Valley, California


This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley made by Penfolds.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Rich and extracted.

Showing black cherries, sweet plums, cedar, licorice, chocolates, herbs, spices, earth, light vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours of airtime. Gets earthier as it opens up.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Big and opulent.

Still young and will continue to mature in the next 8 years.

Robert Parker 94 points. Wine Enthusiasts 95 points.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with a big piece of steak.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.