Category: * Red Wine

Roots Run Deep Winery Educated Guess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.
Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

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

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco, coffee, earth, light vegetables and light black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, spices, alcohol, light vegetables, coke, earth, leather and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Cabernet is very enjoyable now. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel.

Shows nice complexity and a tangy ending.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes), when the tannins are rounded and soft.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$20.

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WTN Cellars Mottington California Merlot, California 2016

It is Thursday, and it is time for #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Stinky on the nose with plums, cherries, barnyard, wood, bell pepper, cloves, spices, pencil lead, smoke, black pepper and bitter vegetables

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, graphite, spices, bitter herbs and black pepper.

Medium minus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy strawberries.

This is a simple Merlot from California. A good everyday wine.

A little stinky, even after 90 minutes of airtime, but nicer on the palate.

A nice food wine with a tangy finish. I expected more at this price point, though. Would work well as a happy hour wine.

I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$19.

Robert Hall Winery Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

Dark ruby in color with a short purplish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, cedar, cloves, vanilla, spices, coffee, earth, eucalyptus, peppercorn and graphite.

Full-bodied, elegant and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine tannins and spicy chili powder.

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Very typical and consistent. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. A nice sipping wine by the porch. The tangy ending makes it interesting.

Wine Enthusiast 87 points.

Good right out of the bottle and gets some more structure after an hour of airtime. Really enjoyable.

Aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Nalle Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017, California

Deep ruby in color with a wide cloudy, purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black cherries, wildflowers, light cedar, tobacco, light bell pepper, vanilla, peppercorn, earth, cloves and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, blueberries, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, bitter greens, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Zinfandel from Sonoma County. Drinking nicely now even right out of the bottle. As it opens up, it gets earthier and spicier.

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature, get more complexity, and remove some of the vegetable notes. Will be a 90+ wine in 5 years.

Good by itself or with food and would pair very nicely with a burger. I paired it with a Brie cheese and roasted almonds.

A blend of 91% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah and 4% Carignan. Aged for 11 months in French oak barrels (25% New).

13.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$40.

Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here’s a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity on the nose with blackberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, earth, dark coffee and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cedar, vanilla, leather, light bell pepper, tobacco, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, is already very enjoyable by itself or with food. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (30 minutes). After a couple of hours big tannins come in.

This is a great Cabernet to cellar for 10 years.

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

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.

CR Greybehl Wine Company The Grenachista Grenache Noir Mendocino County Alder Springs Vineyard 2016 California

Dark ruby in color with a wide cloudy reddish/ brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, bing cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, black pepper, vegetables, earth, leather and herbs.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, earth, wet leaves, peppercorn, green herbs, mint and tobacco.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an interesting Grenache from Mendocino County. This Single Vineyard is showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nicely balanced.

Easy drinking right out of the bottle and gets complexity as it opens up.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, and really changed from bottle opening, so take your time.

Smells like an Oregon Pinot Noir (after 3 hours of airtime), but really different on the palate.

A very interesting wine to share with friends and talk about. Tangy, spicy and little bitter on the ending.

I’ve had other Grenaches from this Winery, and each one is somewhat different, which is nice.

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

Grapes are grown at 2,400 feet elevation and aged for two years in used French Oak barrels.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$46.

Domaine Du Chateau De Meursault Corton Grand Cru 2012 Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France

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

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, light oak, spices, earth, river rocks, bitter herbs and green vegetables.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, vegetables, earth, spices, peppercorn, green herbs and espresso.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great surprise. Not my style of red wine, yet so enjoyable for me.

Nicely balanced with a smooth mouthfeel and nice complexity.

A good quality wine and very enjoyable, even by itself, with a nice tangy ending.

This is not from a great vintage, but it is drinking very nicely now, and will age nicely in the next 5 to 8 years.

This 7 year old is good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up. I enjoyed it a little chilled, all by itself.

Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels. Only 2,200 bottles produced. This is bottle number 93.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$300 (Current vintage).