Château Lynch Bages Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 2005 Bordeaux, France





Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables, cinnamon and vinaigrette.

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

Dry on the palate with black currants, blackberries, oak, vanilla, earth, wet leaves, light vegetables, black tea, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, coffee and dark chocolates.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

What a great Left Bank Bordeaux from the great 2005 vintage this is.

This Fifth Growth is nicely balanced with lots of dark fruit notes. Delicious and yummy. Fabulous and better than I expected.

This 16 year old is Drinking very nicely now. Showing great complexity with a great mouth feel. Powerful and rich.

Thank you John for sharing.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Loved smelling on it for a long time.

Great nose. Great palate. Tasty and gorgeous.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, but good all by itself too.

A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit verdot.

13% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$280.

Barkan Vineyards Ben Ami Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Galilee, Israel

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

On the nose cherries, light oak, earth, cloves, chocolates, wet leaves, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, light wood, vinaigrette, earth, black tea and peppercorn.

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

This is a nice surprise. This 5 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel is still drinking nicely. Actually, I liked it better now, than I did 3 years ago, when it was fresh.

Already lost a lot of the fruits, but there is still enough there. Not fully balanced at this point.

Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel, and feels like an aged Southern Rhône.

Good right out of the bottle and better with food.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the upper Galilee region were aged in oak barrels. Kosher and Mevushal.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$12.

Flora Springs Family Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2019, California


It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose black plums, cooked cherries, black currants, cedar, licorice, vanilla, milk chocolates, coffee, black pepper, spices and light earth.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, chocolates, light alcohol, sweet caramel and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Franc. Easy drinking and good as a sipping wine. Very chocolatey and so smooth and delicious.

Drinking very nicely already, although very young at this point. Would be nice to revisit this in 3 years, and will age nicely in the next 7 to 10 years.

Although it is dry, it has a sweet feel, like chocolate covered dried fruits, which makes it very pleasant and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and much better after an hour in a decanter. Showing nice complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel. Fruit forward and rich.

Will pair nicely with grilled meats. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses,

100% Cabernet Franc grapes were aged for 18 months in mostly French Oak barrels. A small production of only 250 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Shiloh Winery Secret Reserve Merlot 2017, Judean Hills, Israel



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a delicious one from Israel.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish, cloudy rim.

Strong nose of cooked plums, black currants, light violets, dark chocolates, spices, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, tobacco leaf, black coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and fruity with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, currants, tobacco, licorice, light earth, coffee, herbs and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Merlot from Israel. Fruit forward and rich. Well balanced with nice complexity, tangy and interesting.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. Good right out of the bottle and better with air time. After 90 minutes, the complexity comes in, and it is showing a really beautiful nose after 3 hours of airtime.

Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of cheeses, vegetables and dried fruits.

Aged in French oak barrels for 20 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Sine Qua Non Entre Chien et Loup White Blend 2015, California

This is a very interesting Chardonnay based white blend from California.

Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward.

Showing citrus, ripen apples, spices, melons, light tropical fruits, oak, sea salt, mangoes, honey, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Not for everyone, but if you are looking for a different kind of wine, try this.

Spicy, tangy and very rich. Showing great complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

This 6 year old is very unique. Not my style necessarily, but interesting enough for me to enjoy it.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 44% Chardonnay, 40% Roussanne, 8% Viognier and 8% Petit Manseng. Aged for 19 months, mostly French oak barrels and some in concrete and stainless steel.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$200.

Chateau Bechereau Philipperie Sauternes 1983, France





Dark golden in color.

Simple on the nose with honey, citrus, pineapples, honeydew and light spices.

Full bodied with high acidity and long legs.

Off dry on the palate with yellow apples, spices, light tropical fruits, licorice, honey, light earth notes, herbs and white pepper.

Long finish with spices and black pepper.

This 38 year old is still drinking very nicely now, but probably past its peak.

I gave it an hour to open up, but it probably needed much longer.

This is an interesting sweet wine. Spicy and entertaining, but lost a lot of the fruits by now. From a great vintage, but not as sweet as I expected it to be.

I had it a couple of years ago and liked it better then. Not what I expected but it is still very drinkable.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

Topel Winery Alta Orsa Hillside Cuvee 2018, Mendocino County, California



Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, light vanilla, dark chocolates, coffee, cloves, black pepper, earth, pencil lead and light vegetables.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Very dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, black tea, peppercorn, earth, green vegetables, bitter herbs and tobacco leaf.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice red blend from Mendocino County. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

An Interesting wine that feels more like a French Bordeaux. Tangy with nice balance between the fruits and the earth notes. A good everyday wine.

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

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with the wild mushroom Brie cheese.

A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Grapes are grown at 1,200 feet of elevation. A small production of only 5 barrels.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$32.



Terra di Seta Pellegrini Della Seta Chianti Classico Riserva 2016, Italy




Dark purple/ ruby in color with a reddish rim and medium intensity.

Strong nose of cherries, red currants, bitter herbs, earth, vegetables, light thyme, wood, spices, black tea and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Very dry on the palate with currants, sour cherries, tangy strawberries, light oak, spices, earth, bitter herbs, tobacco leaf, bitter vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a nice Italian Sangiovese.
Tangy and spicy. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Still young and would be better in 5 years. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and bring the tannins to play. The high alcohol is nicely integrated, so watch out.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with pizza.

100% Sangiovese grapes were grown at 1,500 feet of elevation and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

Carter Cellars Beckstoffer Las Piedras ‘La Bam’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California



Time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

This is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Tasty and spicy. Delicious and extracted. A very typical Cabernet for the region, but oh so yummy.

Dry and full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, chocolates, tobacco, spices, graphite, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Very fruity on the palate and elegant. Well balanced with nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime (3 hours).

I’ve heard many people trash the 2017 vintage in California. So far I’ve not seen that to be true, and this is a great example of that.

This 4 year old is still very young, and would age nicely in the next 10 to 20 years.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with grilled Lamb chops.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$190 (current vintage).

Ghost Cellars Paso Robles Proprietary Red Wine 2018, California



Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, cherries, spices, light oak, licorice, earth, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, light vanilla, oak, spices, peppercorn, earth, pencil lead and coffee.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Paso Robles. Easy drinking with a soft and spicy mouthfeel.

Good by itself and better with food.
Tangy and good right out of the bottle.

A good everyday wine that should get better in the next few years.

I paired it with prosciutto, olives and crackers. Will pair nicely with pizza.

A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot and 2% Malbec. A small production of only 423 cases.

12.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.