Category: * Red Wine

King Family Vineyards Meritage 2018, Monticello, Virginia

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a tasty one from Virginia.

Dark ruby in color with a nice reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, currants, bing cherries, honeysuckle, light oak, red candy, spices, dark coffee, vanilla, dark chocolates, light vegetables and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, black currants, light wood, spices, black pepper, earth, bitter herbs and tobacco leaf.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting wine from Virginia. A nice Bordeaux blend that warrants food, although pretty nice by itself too. Tangy and soft, with a nice mouthfeel and mild complexity.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly, but so much nicer after 90 minutes in a decanter, when it really comes together.

Could be mistaken for a California Bordeaux blend, except for the honeysuckle nose, that i usually find in wines from the Southeast of the US.

Nice and engaging with lively acidity and a tangy finish.

Would be nice to see how it ages in the next 5 years.

I enjoyed it with Brie cheese.

A blend of 41% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 23% petit verdot, and 4% Malbec.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$38.

Robledo Family Winery The Seven Brothers Tempranillo 2018 Sonoma Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, chocolates, spices, tobacco and black pepper.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, black cherries, plums, vanilla, cedar, brown sugar, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, spices, maple and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice surprise. This is a very enjoyable Tempranillo from Sonoma.

Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Still young and showing lots of Oak notes, which I actually liked.

Reminds me of a Napa Bordeaux blend.

Fruit forward, spicy, tangy and interesting. Very tasty.

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

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.

G Wine Cellars Mountains Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, California

#AgedWineTuesday

Dark purple in color with a short purple rim. Not showing age at all.

On the nose blackberries, blueberries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, vegetables, bitter herbs, graphite, chocolates, earth, celery, peppercorn and tobacco. Great complexity on the nose.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, bell pepper, vegetables, tobacco, celery, peppercorn, dark chocolates and coffee.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Earthier than I expected it to be at this point.

I had this vintage 5 years ago, and it seems better now, although I figured that much of the vegetable notes will go away by now. Nose is much nicer than the palate.

This 10 year old needs 3 hours to open up properly, although much fruitier right out of the bottle.

Thank you Sean for sharing this with me.

Peaking now and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.

I paired it with light appetizers.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in French oak barrels (65% new). A small production of only 7 barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$75.

Lapis Luna Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Lodi, California

Reddish in color with medium intensity.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, plums, light wood, licorice, vanilla, sweet candy, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate and very fruity with cherries, light vanilla, tobacco, blueberries, milk chocolates and peppercorn.

Nice finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice everyday red wine from Lodi, California. Tangy and pleasant. Very much a crowd pleaser.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Easy drinking and good for parties.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in neutral French Oak barrels for 10 months.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$15.

Elvi Wines Herenza Rioja Crianza 2016, Spain

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, cedar, wild flowers, vanilla, liquorice, cloves, dark chocolates, coffee, tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, currants, raspberries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable wine from Spain. Tangy and spicy. Really enjoyed the nose here, simpler on the palate. Showing mild complexity with a tangy finish.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, but after an hour of airtime it opens up with that great nose.

I paired it with cheeses, crackers and olives. Was especially good with the fatty Brie cheese.

Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$27.

J.A. Balistreri Vineyards Colorado Petite Sirah 2012, Colorado

Cheers to my first wine from Colorado.

Inky in color with a brick rim.

On the nose blueberries, currants, oak, light vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, Mediterranean spices, dark chocolates, vinaigrette, earth, herbs and peppercorn. Really nice nose.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, ripped cherries, red currants, light wood, cooked strawberries, spices, earth, herbs, light vinaigrette, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very tasty Petite Sirah from Colorado. Interesting and nicely balanced. Showing nice structure.

This 8 year old is good by itself or with food. Interesting and engaging.

This Single Vineyard needed time to open up. I gave it 90 minutes to bring out the tannins, which I really enjoyed. After 4 hours of airtime, the tannins get much finer.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Grapes are grown in the Grand Valley AVA and fermented on their own yeast. Aged in American oak barrels. Unfiltered. Vegan. No sulfites added.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$75.

Foyt Family Wines Mount Veeder Collector’s Series Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012 Napa Valley, California

It is #FridayCabernetfix time. Here is a gorgeous one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide red/ brick rim. A very pretty color.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, spices, cedar, cooked cherries, black licorice, vanilla, tobacco, green pepper, pencil lead, earth, herbs, light vegetables, dark chocolates, dark coffee and peppercorn. Very nice complexity on the nose.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, wood, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, earth, light vegetables, bitter herbs and graphite.

Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a tangy and spicy finish.

Not your typical Napa Cabernet, which is nice to see. Showing lots of fruit and earth notes, that make it very interesting.

This 8 year-old from the great 2012 vintage is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and blossom. I had a little taste right out of the bottle, and let it be for 90 minutes. When I came back, what a big difference on the nose, especially, so be patient for that lovely nose.

This is a wine to savor. I loved smelling on it for a long time.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Great with the Brie cheese.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$125.

Materra Cunat Family Vineyards Oak Knoll District Cunat Reserve 2014 Napa Valley, California

#MerlotThursday.

Dark inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Nice fruity nose of black cherries, blueberries, blackberries, vanilla, chocolates, coffee, light earth, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black cherries, blueberries, oak, light vanilla, Indian spices, licorice, coffee, herbs, peppercorn, earth, graphite, dark coffee, dark chocolates, coke and tobacco.

Long tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Napa Valley. Soft, smooth and tangy. Elegant with a nice mouthfeel. Well made with nice balance and complexity.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food.

This six-year-old from a good vintage in Napa would be better in the next 5 to 7 years.

This is not the big Napa red one might expect, but rather elegant, with a lighter mouthfeel.

Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 3 hours. After 4 hours of airtime it became very spicy. Interesting to see. I’d love to check it again in 3 years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 100% French oak barrels for 22 months. A small production of only 180 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$110.

King Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2018 Monticello, Virginia

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim, and medium intensity.

Interesting nose of cherries, red currants, wood, honeysuckle, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with red currants, strawberries, raspberries, light wood, earth, wet leaves, herbs, black pepper and dark coffee.

Tangy short finish with soft tannins and pomegranates.

This Cabernet Franc from Virginia is a very nice food wine. Tangy with light spiceiness. Nice and engaging.

I liked the fact that it is light in alcohol, with a nice mouthfeel.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Tasty and complimented the food, especially the hard meats.

100% Cabernet Franc grapes from the Monticello AVA, were aged in French oak barrels and in concrete vats, for 9 months.

12% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$28.

Ramey Wine Cellars Pedregal Vineyard Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Napa Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim. Not showing age much.

Great nose of blackberries, black currants, cedar, vanilla, licorice, earth, green olives, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco and graphite.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with and fruity with black currants, blackberries, dried figs, smoke, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, peppercorn, leather and tobacco.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious 15 year old Napa Cabernet from Oakville. Showing great complexity with a great mouthfeel. Elegant and gracious. Soft, yet powerful.

This Single Vineyard has a great nose, especially right out of the bottle.

Peaked a few years ago, and will continue to age very nicely in the next 10 years.

96 points Robert Parker. Thank you Mike for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair wonderfully with a nice piece of steak. Loved sipping on it all by itself. Delicious.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$150.