Meadowcoroft Wines Prohibido Pinot Noir 2015 Sonoma Mountain, California

Light ruby in color with a reddish rim and light intensity.

Fruity nose with bing cherries, blueberries, sweet strawberries, spices, chocolates, earth, licorice, wood, river rocks, herbs and light vegetables.

Full bodied and soft with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, light licorice, bitter herbs, spices, earth, leather, coke and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins and spices.

This Sonoma Pinot Noir is drinking very nicely now, as a four year old. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Fruit forward with nice earth notes, and resembles a mix of New and Old World Pinot Noir.

Not what I expected from the color, as it is bolder than I thought it would be (which I liked).

Good after 15 minutes of airtime, and I preferred it a little bit chilled.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a double cream brie cheese.

Grapes are grown at 2400 feet elevation in the Sonoma Mountain region.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$30.

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Zwebner Estate Vineyard 35.6.18 2015, Israel

This Grenache blend from Israel is very tasty. Showing red and black fruits with lots of vegetables, bell pepper, wet leaves, tobacco, dark coffee and earth notes.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with game meats. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

The (high) alcohol is not noticeable any longer, so you better watch out 馃槂

A blend of 47% Grenache, 33% Carignan and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels.

90 points.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

$50.

Ch芒teau Chante Cigale Ch芒teauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Rhone, France

This is a very enjoyable CDP. Showing black fruits with chocolates, earth, wood, vanilla, vegetables, dark coffee, herbs, spices, peppercorn, leather, vinaigrette and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and very yummy. At this point it is showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a from a great vintage, Drinking, very nicely now, and will age nicely in the next 10 years.

Robert Parker 94 points.

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

A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. Aged in stainless steel vats (70%) and new oak barrels (30%).

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

CR Greybehl Wine Company The Grenachista Sonoma Valley Grenache Noir 2016, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, wood, spices, earth, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet strawberries, wood, vanilla, cloves, herbs, earth, tobacco, coffee, light vegetables, chocolates, peppercorn and spices.

Medium plus in length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Grenache from Sonoma valley. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows the tannins (60 minutes).

Tastes like a good quality C么te du Rh么ne red. Spicy and fruit forward.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and cured meats.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$38.

Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme Landot Haut Medoc 2010 Bordeaux, France

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a gorgeous one from France.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Gorgeous nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, black pepper, dark coffee, light alcohol, pencil lead, river rocks, light vegetables and leather.

Full bodied, soft and elegant, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vegetables, vanilla, pencil lead, earth, chocolates, dark coffee, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and spices.

This 9 year old Cabernet based Bordeaux is drinking very nicely now. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This is from a great vintage, and it is showing. Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up. Tannins come in after 30 minutes of airtime.

Still has a lot in it, and will age nicely in the next 10 years.

Thank you Steve and Alex for sharing this beauty with me.

Delicious and yummy.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers, but it is great to drink all by itself too.

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$40.

Ch芒teau Pavie Macquin Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru Class茅 2015, Bordeaux, France

It’s time for some #MerlotThursday. Here is a fruit forward Merlot from Bordeaux.

Showing black and red fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, wet leaves, black tea, black pepper, spices, dark coffee, earth and leather.

Medium finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is still young and a little harsh, even after opening up, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Needed 3 hours to open up.

Showing great potential. This is from a great vintage, and will age nicely in the next 20 years. I would suggest not to touch it for another 3 years.

I’ve had the 2012 last year, and although this is much younger, it is much tastier already.

Robert Parker 94 points.

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

A blend of 84% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$100.

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Sierra Foothills Zinfandel 2013, California

Ruby /brick In color with a wide reddish /brick rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black cherries, sweet strawberries, wood, mocha, chocolates, vanilla, licorice, spices, black pepper, light alcohol and pencil lead.

Medium plus in body and soft, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, red currants, oak, vanilla, tobacco, spices, chocolates, peppercorn and dark coffee.

Medium plus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 6 year old Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills is peaking now. Drinking very nicely with nice balance and complexity. Spicy with a soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show the tannins. The spicy finish lingers for a few minutes.

I had this vintage a year ago and I’m glad I had another bottle. What a difference.

I paired it with meats and cheeses.

Aged for 12 months in American (mostly neutral) oak barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$21.