Category: * Red Wine

Achaval Ferrer Winery Malbec 2016 Mendoza, Argentina

Dark purple in color with a purple rim.

Great nose of blackberries, black currants, vegetables, earth, bell pepper, wood, light vanilla, leather, red candy, spices and peppercorn.

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

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, vanilla, wood, vegetables, earth, celery, bell pepper, beef jerky peppercorn, spices, herbs and pencil lead.

Medium finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Malbec from Mendoza. Showing nice complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Could use 3 to 5 years in the bottle to mature. Still very earthy with lots of green notes.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly, which I did not have, unfortunately, but it is still enjoyable by itself. A good food wine to accompany a big piece of steak. 100% Malbec grapes.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$20.

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Hunter Chaps Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

Dark ruby in color with medium intensity and a red rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, blackberries, black currants, red candy, cherries, vanilla, light oak, herbs, licorice, earth, spices and black pepper.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity, smooth with nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, black currants, vanilla, cherries, licorice, light vegetables, pencil lead, earth, spices, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with very soft tannins and raspberries.

This Cabernet Sauvignon from California is very light. Well balanced with mild complexity, but nothing special, if you’re looking for a Cabernet. A good sipping wine and good with food.

This is a Cabernet Sauvignon for the Pinot Noir lover.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$13.

Bodega Septima Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Mendoza, Argentina

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Earthy nose of blueberries, cherries, raspberries, leather, smoke, barnyard, vegetables, spices, wood, light cloves, herbs, bell pepper and peppercorn.

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

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, oak, tobacco leaf, green pepper skin, spices, vegetables, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea and peppercorn.

Medium finish with bitter tannins and tangy raspberries.

An earthy Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza. Spicy with mild complexity, but unbalanced.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

I liked the nose better than the palate, but wine is always better with a nice view…

13.5% alcohol by volume.

84 points.

$11.

Casto Oaks Gardner Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Sierra Foothills, California

It is time for my Friday’s Cabernet fix! This time it is a very nice one from California.

Dark ruby/ purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, sweet cherries, raisins, licorice, vanilla, oak, eucalyptus, mint, leather, earth, graphite, spices and peppercorn.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, black cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, leather, beef jerky, light vegetables, pencil lead, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with angular tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sierra Foothills in California. Showing lots of black fruits and spices. Not fully balanced yet, as it is still too young, but already drinking wonderfully. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel with nice structure.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and bring out its complexity and tannins. Only after 3 hours, the tannins calm down and tangy cherries come in on the palate.

What a wonderful evolution with time this is showing. In the beginning, it tastes like a California Cabernet and it moves on after a few hours to taste like a Napa Merlot. I love these kinds of wines.

Needs a few more years in the bottle to mature and balance itself out. Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food.

This is a big wine that will pair well with BBQ Meats. I paired it with hard and soft cheeses and crackers.

Delicious.

This is a Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 15 months in American Oak barrels.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$27

Bodega Los Aljibes Selectus 2007, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

On the nose, black currants, plums, wood, licorice, dark chocolates, black pepper, graphite, earth, bitter herbs, spices, green vegetables and dark coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Very dry on the palate with black currants, raspberries, sour cherries, earth, wood, licorice, spices, dark coffee, bell pepper, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, bitter herbs, wet leaves and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 11 year old Spanish red is still drinking nicely with a great mouthfeel. Not fully balanced any longer, but showing great complexity.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins.

I paired it with Spanish tapas and nice friends.

Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$12.

Aeris Cellars Pinot Noir 2015, Oregon

Light ruby in color with light intensity and a wide red rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, raspberries, light oak, light vanilla, water(?), spices, light vegetables and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, cherries, raspberries, red currants, vanilla, vegetables, spices, herbs, black pepper and pencil lead.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Pinot Noir from Oregon surprised me. It is very light looking, but had a nice mouthfeel, and much fruitier than I expected. Not fully balanced, but drinkable by itself or with food. A little bitter on the ending.

This is a great food wine for those who like a light red to accompany their food.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

82 Points.

$17.

Spier Wines Beyond Ordinary 2016, South Africa

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose, raspberries, strawberries, sour cherries, earth, leather, dust, vegetables, leaves, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with sour cherries, pomegranates, cranberries, earth, wood, peppercorn, green herbs, vegetables, wet rocks, tobacco leaf, spices and graphite.

Medium minus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tart cranberries.

This South African Bordeaux blend is unbalanced with mild complexity. Might be better in a year or two, but right now it is very tart.

Better with food than just by itself. I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

A blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

81 Points.

$15.