Bolt to Wines Grenache 2014, Ballard Canyon, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, black currants, plums, oak, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, barnyard and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, vegetables, tobacco, wood, wet leaves, herbs, black pepper, spices and dark coffee.

This is a very nice Grenache from Ballard Canyon in California. This 6 years old is drinking very nicely now.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly. Way different than right out of the bottle, although very drinkable, but it’s worth the wait. Showing a smooth mouthfeel with nice complexity. Very interesting and tasty.

Good by itself and good with food. I paired it with a double cream Brie cheese with truffles that was ripened in Riesling wine.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Château de Civrac Grand Vin Medoc 2007, Bordeaux, France

This is a delicious 13 year old Bordeaux. Showing red and black fruits with earth, wood, spices, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather, tobacco leaf, cola, coffee and wet leaves.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Nice and complex with a spicy finish and fine grained tannins. I also loved the nose here.

I was a little hesitant about decanting it, but I did so to remove the sediments, and then followed its progression. Always a great experience.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show more complexity, tannins and structure. Peaking now.

Very enjoyable by itself or with food.

I paired it with Brie cheese.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

River Road Family Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2017, Sonoma County, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light alcohol and pencil lead.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn and earth.

Medium on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. Showing nice balance and mouthfeel, with nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes), and shows the complexity and structure.

Wine Enthusiasts 88 points.

I paired it with a cheese plate and pizza.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$26.

F2 Wines TBO Cabernet Sauvignon Great Oaks Vineyard Los Olivos District 2016, California

It’s time to get my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice Cabernet from California.

Dark ruby in color with a brick/ reddish rim.

Interesting nose with overwhelming spices like thyme, eucalyptus, tarragon, cinnamon, light wood, licorice, earth, light vegetables, blue and black fruits, black pepper, light alcohol, pencil lead and mint. So interesting.

Full-bodied, bold and smooth, with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, strawberries, light oak, spices, earth, dark coffee, wet leaves, vegetables, vinaigrette, tobacco, dried herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.

This is a very unique wine from Los Olivos District in California. Showing unique flavors that I have not encountered in a California Cabernet, yet very interesting.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet is showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel, and really unique. I don’t remember the last time I was stomped with a California Cabernet Sauvignon.

Good by itself or with food, and needs time to open up properly. I gave it 3 hours.

I paired it with cheeses, nuts and olives. Very tasty.

A blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with some (less than 10%) Cabernet Franc. Aged for 30 months in 25% New French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$55.

Shiloh Winery Mosaic 2016, Israel

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a very tasty one.

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick/ red rim.

On the nose plums, black cherries, light wood, licorice, eucalyptus, earth, light smoke, light vegetables wet leaves, black pepper, black tea, cola and light vinaigrette. The nose shows much like a Right Bank Bordeaux.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, raspberries, vanilla, licorice, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee, vinaigrette, earth and tea leaves.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Israel. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Well balanced with nice acidity, a tangy finish and a nice and elegant mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show more complexity.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. Good by itself and better with food. Delicious.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 42% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 12% Petit verdot. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Kosher. Mevushal.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

Peirano Estate The Immoral Zin Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 Lodi, California

Ruby in color with a wide brick rim. The color is so pretty now.

Showing black fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, leather, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward, with a nice tangy finish and soft tannins.

This 5 year old Zinfandel is drinking very nicely now. Needs a few minutes to open up and remove the barnyard notes.

Tasty and easy to drink, so watch out.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$15.

Folded Hills August White 2018 Santa Ynez Valley, California

Light golden in color.

Fruity nose of lemons, citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, vegetables and light spices.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, black pepper and earth.

Nice length on the finish with tangy citrus fruits and almonds.

This is a nice southern Rhône white blend from California. Crisp and refreshing and good by itself or with food.

It is actually, much better, with some air time. 30 minutes does the trick.

I paired it with a baked Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 68% Grenache Blanc and 32% Roussanne.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$32.