Layer Cake One Hundred Percent Hand Crafted Shiraz 2015, Australia

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of black currants, black plums, cooked figs, oak, licorice, vanilla, cloves, earth, coffee, dark chocolates, Light alcohol and peppercorn.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, black currants, blackberries, vanilla, sweet oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco and earth.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Australian Shiraz surprised me. Drinking very nicely now as a three year old, with nice balance and nice complexity. Spicy with lots of chocolate and coffee notes. Very yummy.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes), and shows some tannins.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$15.

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True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Paso Robles, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, plums, cherries, light wood, vanilla, smoke, spices, earth, bell pepper, vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, vegetables, vanilla, earth, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco and mocha.

Medium on the finish with fine tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Nicely balanced and rich, with mild complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and needs 30 minutes to open up properly.

Wine Enthusiasts 86 points.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$19.

True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Paso Robles, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, plums, cherries, light wood, vanilla, smoke, spices, earth, bell pepper, vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, vegetables, vanilla, earth, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco and mocha.

Medium on the finish with fine tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Nicely balanced and rich, with mild complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and needs 30 minutes to open up properly.

Wine Enthusiasts 86 points.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$19.

Rideau Vineyard Château Duplantier 2015 Santa Barbara County, California

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

Nose of blueberries, red cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, spices, earth, leather, wet leaves, light barnyard, vegetables, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, dust, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs. Soft and elegant.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, wood, vanilla, cloves, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, bitter greens, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with very soft tannins and bitter herbs.

This Rhône blend from Santa Barbara County is elegant and earthy. Nicely balanced with nice complexity. Feels like an old world wine, like a Northern Rhône red with a touch of an aged burgundy. Very interesting.

Probably still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature. I’d like to revisit this vintage in 2 to 3 years.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly, so be patient.

A good sipping wine to sip on and talk about, and a good food wine too.

A blend of 35% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 21% Grenache Noir and 19% Petite Sirah.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$49.

Vinyard Block Estate 775 Special Reserve Stags Leap District Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose, blackberries, black cherries, cooked plums, licorice, vanilla, cinnamon, graphite, earth, light vegetables, coffee, chocolates, mocha and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, cooked blueberries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, pencil lead and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet from Stags Leap District. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature properly. Needs an hour to open up and show some tannins.

I loved the nose and kept on smelling on it for a long time.

Fermented and aged in 100% French Oak barrels for 22 months.

15.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Château Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2014 Columbia Valley, Washington State

It’s time for #MerlotThursday. Here’s a great one from Columbia Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, cherries, cooked plums, wood, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, dark coffee, mocha, earth, leather, coke and black pepper. What a great nose.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, peppercorn, earth sweet vinaigrette, dark coffee and light mocha.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This 4 year old Merlot from Washington State surprised me.
Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

Soft, spicy and smooth. Peaking now, and better now than a year or two ago.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (1 hour).

I paired it with a filet mignon and grilled asparagus.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$20.

Juan Gil Monastrell Silver Label 2015 Jumilla, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth and black tea.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, wood, earth, chocolates, coffee, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and spices.

This is a great Monastrell from Jumilla, Spain. Always enjoyable by itself or with food. Fruity and spicy with a touch of earth notes.

Well balanced with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Very fruity right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up.

I paired it with Spanish tapas. Has high alcohol so watch out… 😃

Aged in French oak barrels.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$13.