Dearly Beloved Wines I Thee Red 2015 Central Coast, California

My Rating 82 Points.

Price $10.

Dark ruby in color with medium intensity and a light purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, cherries, vanilla, cloves, licorice, tobacco, light vegetables, wood, alcohol, metals and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, plums, raspberries, strawberries, oak, cloves, green vegetables, herbs, chocolates, spices, smoke and peppercorn.

Short finish with soft tannins and spices.

This is a spicy red blend from the Central Coast in California. Simple and Unbalanced with too much alcohol.
Drinkable, but what for?

14.5% alcohol by volume.

Montes Classic Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 D.O. Colchagua Valley, Chile

My Rating 85 Points.

Price $10.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Nose of cherries, plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, earth, vegetables, graphite, green pepper, smoke, sweet spice box and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, vanilla, earth, tar, pencil lead, peppercorn and chocolates.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Chilean Cabernet is drinking nicely now, without too many green notes. Almost balanced with mild complexity. A good everyday sipper.

Much better after a couple of hours in a decanter, and better with food. I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

Could use another year or two in the bottle. Aged for 6 months in French oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

Michael David Winery The Seven Deadly Zins Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 California

My Rating 85 Points.

Price $15.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, barnyard, oak, vanilla, cloves, smoke, bacon fat, spices and peppercorn.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, pencil lead, black pepper, leather, earth and spices.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Zinfandel is a nice everyday red wine. Almost balanced with mild complexity. Needs a couple of years in the bottle to mature.

This Lodi Zinfandel was aged for 12 months in American Oak barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

Screaming Eagle Second flight Napa Valley Red Blend 2010, Oakville, California

My Rating 94 Points.

Price $650.

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Strong and beautiful nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, earth, spices, leather, smoke, alcohol, vanilla, vegetables, cloves, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, beef jerky and peppercorn

Full bodied and buttery with velvety, soft mouthfeel and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, smoke, vanilla, cedar, leather, liquorice, light vegetables, coffee, chocolates, wood, tobacco, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and black pepper.

What a great Napa red this is. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food, like a big piece of steak.

Very complex and interesting, with multiple layers. Round and velvety, but still young. This is a gorgeous wine.

Delicious.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

Bürgerspital Wurgburfer Pfaffenberg Franken Kabinett Troken 1985, Germany

My Rating 83 Points.

Dark golden in color.

On the nose, rotten fruits, citrus, lemons, apples, melons, pears, spices, honey and white pepper.

Medium bodied and crisp with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, citrus, lemons, green apples, red grapefruits, rotten citrus and bitter herbs.

Creamy finish, medium in length.

This 32-year-old white German wine, is over the hill by now, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Showing nice nose and complexity, but unbalanced with oxidized notes. Still drinkable, though.

10% alcohol by volume.

Muirwood Vineyards Vaquero Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014, Arroyo Seco California

My Rating 89 Points.

Price $16.

Cheers to my Friday’s Cabernet fix.

This Central Coast Cabernet is deep purple in color with short purplish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, cola, cedar, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, leather, spices and peppercorn.

Full bodied (but not bold), with medium plus acidity and long legs.

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

Medium plus in finish with round tannins, tangy cranberries and spices.

This California Cabernet is drinking nicely now, with mild complexity and nice balance. This Single Vineyard is showing a nice tangy finish that makes it interesting.

Needs an hour to open up properly, but drinking nicely right out of the bottle. Will drink well in the next few years. Definitely a good value Cabernet.

Enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a steak on the grill, by the pool.

Aged for 15 months in French and American Oak barrels.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

Mont Gravet Pays D’Oc Rosé 2016 IGT, France

My Rating 83 Points.

Price $9.

Light salmon in color.

On the nose, light strawberries, grapefruits, lemons and minerals.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, limes, grapefruits, green apples, herbs, citrus, sea salt and white pepper.

Medium finish with bitter almonds.

This French Rosé is light and simple. Drinking nicely, refreshing and crisp. A good summer wine for the porch or pool. Nicely balanced, but a little bitter on the finish

Made with 100% Cinsault grapes.

12% alcohol by volume.