Château Gassier Sables d’Azur Côtes De Provence Rosé 2015, France 


My Rating 86 Points.   

Price $14. 
Light salmon in color.

Mild nose with strawberries, citrus, grapefruits and spices.

Light bodied with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, cherries, lemons, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, spices and white pepper.

Medium finish with bitter almonds.

A very refreshing Rosé from Provence, France. Well balanced with mild complexity. Good by itself or with food. Crisp, clean and refined. Good for the pool, too. Was probably better last year, though.

I paired it with fried calamari and shrimp.

13% alcohol by volume.

Michael David Winery Petite Petit 2014 Lodi, California 


My Rating 88 Points.   

Price $17. 


Nice deep purple in color with a purplish rim.
Light nose of blueberries, blackberries, sweet cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, wood, chocolates, cloves, earth, pencil lead, peppercorn, mocha and spices.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, earth, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, spices and black pepper.

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

This Petite Sirah is drinking nicely now, not too heavy on the tannins.
Bold, big and tasty. Well balanced with nice complexity. Nice as a sipping wine or even for parties.
Good right out of the bottle.

A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petite Verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

Seaglass Wine Company Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc 2015, California 

My Rating 83 Points.   

Price $10. 


Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.
Bitter nose with green apples, herbs, gooseberry, grapefruits, vegetables, limes, citrus and white pepper.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, with medium plus acidity.

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

Medium plus in finish with bitter almonds.

A simple, yet refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Santa Barbara County. Drinking nicely, but a little bitter for my taste. Good wine to pair with food, though. I paired it with fried calamari and spicy Thai chili.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

Saxum Vineyards James Berry 2011, Paso Robles California 


My Rating 93 Points.   

Price $250.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, sweet plums, alcohol, vinaigrette, vegetables, earth, chocolates, mocha, coffee, Mediterranean spices and peppercorn.

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

Dry on the palate and very fruity, with black cherries, raisins, dried figs, wood, spicy vanilla, licorice, cloves, leather, earth, coffee, tobacco leaf, vinegar, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a wonderful Grenache blend from Paso Robles. Still very young but already enjoyable now.

A little off balanced, but time will change that. Very complex and enjoyable by itself or with food.
Great mouth feel with a tangy finish.

Needs three hours to open up in a decanter. Drank for a Magnum.

Robert Parker 96 points.

A blend of 69% Grenache, 13% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah, 2% Counoise and 1% Roussanne.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

Maison Louis Jadot Steel Chardonnay 2015, Burgundy France

My Rating 86 Points.   

Price $18. 
Pale lemon in color with a straw tint.

Nice nose of white flowers, lemons, citrus, minerals, tangerines and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with grapefruits, limes, lemons, salt, minerals, herbs, lemongrass, light spices and almonds.

Medium plus in finish with bitter vegetables.

An above average Chardonnay from Burgundy. This Unoaked version is refreshing, crisp and well balanced.

A little bitter on the ending for my taste but enjoyable, nonetheless, with nice, mild complexity.

Aged in stainless steel.

13% alcohol by volume.

Raymond Vineyard and Cellar Reserve Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California 

My Rating 89 Points.   

Price $32. 


This week, my Friday’s Cabernet fix is from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish/reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, plums, strawberries, wood, licorice, earth, eaucaliptus, metals, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, herbs and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Tart on the attack and dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, oak, bell pepper, vanilla, licorice, earth, chocolates, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices and black pepper.

Nice finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Napa Cabernet is still young. Drinkable now, but harsh with big tannins. A little off balance with green, bitter notes, but it has nice complexity and interesting acidity.

Does not have the Napa Cabernet character, more subdued, even though this 2012 was a great vintage. Feels like a Sonoma Cabernet more than a Napa one.

Needed 2 hours in a decanter to open up properly.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

Whitehaven Wine Co. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016, New Zealand 


My Rating 88 Points.   

Price $20.
Pale lemon in color, almost see through.

Nice nose of white flowers, lemons, tropical fruits, gooseberry, pineapples, minerals, spices, herbs and green apples.

Light to medium-bodied with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, sea salt, grass and white pepper.

Long finish with grapefruits.

A very enjoyable Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Well balanced with nice complexity.
Enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with spicy Thai food.

13% alcohol by volume.