Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Zinfandel 2016, Sierra Foothills, California

Deep purple in color, almost Inky, with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, light bitter vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Nice tangy finish with raspberries and spices.

This is a very tasty Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills in California. Spicy and a good sipping wine.

Nicely balanced and easy drinking, with nicely integrated alcohol, so watch out.

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now, with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel. Soft and elegant.

Good right out of the bottle, and tannins show up after 15 minutes of airtime. As it continues to open up, it shows more earth notes.

Will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.

Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with a burger.

100% Zinfandel grapes were aged for 19 months in neutral American oak. Unfiltered. A tiny production of only 4 barrels.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$23.

Henri Goutorbe “Special Club” Grand Cru Aÿ Brut Champagne 2008, France




Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of yeast, spices, apples, citrus, bread, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body, with small bubbles and medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, yeast, bread, lemons, earth, minerals and spices.

Medium on the finish with limes and almonds.

This is a nicely aged 14 year old Champagne. Showing great complexity at this point.

Tasty and interesting. Rich, yet elegant. Loved the mouthfeel and the well integrated bubbles.

Nicely balanced right now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Good by itself or with food, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with a delicious grilled Octopus.

A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. disgorged October 2020.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$90.

Gaderian Wines Henry Ranch Chenin Blanc 2019 Napa Valley, California



Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

On the nose citrus, pears, lemons, spices, light oak and light vegetables.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

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

Tangy finish with herbs.

This is probably my first Chenin Blanc from Napa Valley.

A good quality wine. Spicy and entertaining. Refreshing and crisp, and not as fruity as I expected it to be.

This Single Vineyard Chenin Blanc has an old world feel.

Easy drinking and good for the pool.

I paired it with a baked Brie cheese and crackers.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$32.



Tabor Winery 1/11.000 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Israel





This is a very young Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel.

Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing black fruits with tobacco, oak, light vanilla, spices, diet cola, black pepper, dark chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables and dark coffee.

Nice finish with round tannins, cherries and black pepper.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with some air time (2 hours).

Needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly, but already showing nice complexity. Will be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Paired very nicely with BBQ Meats.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were grown at 2,100 feet of elevation. Aged in New French oak barrels for 18 months. A small production of only 11,000 bottles. Kosher and Mevushal.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.

Halter Ranch Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California

It’s time to drink a Cabernet on this #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Paso Robles.

Deep purple in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, black currants, light cedar, licorice, vanilla, spices, tobacco, black pepper, dark chocolates and herbs.

Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, tobacco, licorice, light vanilla, herbs, coffee, light alcohol, peppercorn, light earth and chocolates.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. I always enjoy these Bordeaux blends. A good sipping wine too.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 45 minutes of air time, when tannins show up and bring in more structure to the wine.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years and see how it evolved.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair wonderfully with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in (30% new) French Oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

Psagot Winery Edom M-Series 2017, Israel



It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, light alcohol and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and spices.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

This 5 year old is peaking now, and needs 90 minutes to open up properly, so be patient.

Fruit forward with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Good by itself or with food.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 45% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot. Kosher and Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$40.

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Zinfandel Rosé 2020, Sierra Foothills, California

Deep salmon in color.

Fruity nose of raspberries, citrus, apples, metals and light vegetables.

Medium in body and refreshing, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, lemons, citrus, green apples, light grapefruits, earth and light vegetables.

Showing mild complexity with a nice finish.

This is a nice Rosé from Sierra Foothills in California. Made with Zinfandel grapes, which is interesting.

Easy drinking and good for parties.

Nice and engaging and a good porch wine to have all by itself.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$17.

Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, California

Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short brick rim. Not showing age at all.

Strong nose of of blackberries, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, coffee, Indian spices, peppercorn, tobacco and dark chocolates.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, earth and licorice.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a gorgeous 15 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from the great 2007 vintage. Opulent, spicy and elegant. Rich and extracted.

Showing great complexity and a gorgeous mouthfeel. Well balanced and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle, but oh so much better after 3 hours of airtime. Please be patient, it is so worth it.

Has a teeth staining color, so not a good choice for a first date. You’re welcome.

Still shows so much fruit, and
has 10 to 15 years in it. This is fantastic and delicious.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a beautiful piece of steak.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$180.

Gaderian Wines Invisible Vineyard Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019, California



Deep gold in color.

Strong nose of yellow apples, spices, oak, vanilla and lemons.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, oak, vanilla, spices, overripe pears, bitter herbs and nuts.

Medium finish with lemons and almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and fruit forward.

This Single Vineyard is still young and showing lots of oak and vanilla notes. Would be nice to revisit it in a year or two.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a horseradish Cheddar cheese and fresh berries.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$32.

Mia Luce Winery Syrah and Stems 2019, Israel




Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

On the nose cherries, black plums, barnyard, oak, spices, licorice, violets, espresso, vegetables, herbs, earth, wet leaves and black pepper. Nice complexity on the nose.

Full bodied with medium acidity and smooth.

Dry on the palate with currants, black cherries, plums, earth, oak, vegetables, black pepper, tobacco leaf, spices, coffee, wet leaves, herbs and earth.

Medium length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting Syrah from Israel. Showing a great smooth mouthfeel and very aromatic.

Still very young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. A good quality wine with good potential for aging. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Feels very much like a young Northern Rhone. A little stinky as well, which is nice to see.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

100% Syrah grapes were fermented on the stems and aged for 11 months in French oak barrels. Kosher and unfiltered.

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$62.