Paringa Wines Individual Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, South Australia

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a tasty one from Australia.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, spices and black pepper. Nose of a California Cabernet.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, earth, light vegetables, spices, chocolates, light bell pepper, tobacco, coke, graphite and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice surprise. A tasty 16 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia. Very fruity, even at this point. Looks and feels very young. Just unbelievable.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself.

Showing very nice complexity on the palate, but simpler on the nose.

I really enjoyed this 16 year old. Surprisingly, but I did.

I paired it with heavy appetizers.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$12 ( for current vintage. Now you wait 15 years 😊).

Bodegas LAN Culmen Reserva Rioja 2011, Spain

For #tempranilloday here is a delicious one from Rioja.

A very pretty color of dark ruby with a reddish/ brick rim.

Delightful nose of blueberries, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, spices, light vanilla, earth, tobacco, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, blueberries, cedar, spices, tobacco, brown sugar, coffee, earth, wet rocks, vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Tempranillo blend from Rioja. Spicy and intense with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is starting to drink very nicely now. Would be nice to see how it evolves in the next 10 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine. A good wine to enjoy with friends and talk about. Awesome nose. Loved smelling on it for a long while.

Needs 90 minutes in a decanter to open up properly and remove some of the acidity, so take your time.

A good food wine too. Nicely balanced with enough fruits for the earthiness this region brings to the table.

A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 10 years. The tangy finish makes it interesting.

A blend of 88% Tempranillo and 12% Graciano. Grapes were hand-harvested and aged for 26 months in French Oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

@BodegasLAN #BodegasLAN.

Jack Simon Vineyards Albariño 2018 San Diego County, California

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

On the nose limes, grapefruits, green apples, vegetables and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

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

Medium finish with almonds.

This is a nice Albariño from California. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Refreshing when properly chilled. Tangy and nice.

A good food wine. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

I usually not one to like Albarino, but this one is really nice. I liked the new world touch in it.

100% Albariño grapes. Fermented in stainless steel vats and aged for 8 months in natural oak barrels.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$28.

Wines of Substance CS Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Washington State

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

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

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon is always enjoyable. Drinking nicely now as a 3 years old.

Fruit forward with nice balance. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows the tannins (45 minutes).

Nice enough to drink by itself, but pairs nicely with food too.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$17.

Trifula Piemonte Rosso 2016 ,Italy

A pretty ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, cherries, light oak, spices, dark chocolates, light alcohol, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, blueberries, light wood, earth, leaves, light licorice, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Nice tangy finish with soft tannins.

This is a simple and easy drinking red wine from Northern Italy. Fruit forward and good by itself or with food.

Changed every 20 minutes, which was interesting. Really fruity right out of the bottle, and gets more acidic after an hour of airtime.

I paired it with cheeses and fresh berries.

A blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

Le Chanceaux Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017, California

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Nice nose of lemons, citrus, light wood, light vanilla, yellow apples, spices, light tropical fruits and bananas.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, light grapefruits, limes, light wood, earth, vanilla, spices and white pepper.

Long finish with tangy citrus fruits.

This is great Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford in Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and spicy, with a great mouthfeel.

Showing nice complexity with a little bit of oak and vanilla notes, but not overwhelming at all.

Alcohol is well-balanced as well, although high, so watch out.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with fresh oysters. Delicious.

Aged for 8 months in 20% New French oak barrels. A small production of only 50 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$29.

Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black plums, black currants, sweet cherries, dried figs, cedar, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, mocha, coffee, coke, tobacco and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate, and very fruity, with blackberries, blueberries, figs, raisins, licorice, vanilla, leather, spices, graphite, light vegetables, alcohol, peppercorn, coffee, dark chocolates, coke and earth.

Long spicy finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a young Cabernet from Napa. Already drinking nicely with lost a fruits and mild complexity.

Showing a nice mouthfeel with solid structure. Spicy and bold.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show the tannins.

Need years in the bottle to mature and get more complexity. Would be better in the next 5 to 15 years.

I had it all by itself, but a big piece of steak would be nice too. 😊

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.