Category: * Red Wine

Round Pond Estate Kith & Kin Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

Time for my Friday’s Cabernet fix. This time it’s a Napa Cabernet.

Deep ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Soft nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, metals, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, vegetables, earth and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cherries, wood, spices, vanilla, light vegetables, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, spices, mocha, peppercorn, earth and licorice.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and spices.

This is a great Cabernet. Not a typical Napa Cabernet, though. Showing nice complexity and balance, with some earthy notes and lots of black fruits. A great smooth mouthfeel.

Still young but already enjoyable even by itself. Will mature nicely in the next few years.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle.

Yummy with a teeth staining color.

I paired it with beef sliders and great company.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

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Swanson Vineyards Cygnet Napa Valley Merlot 2013, California

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Here is my Thursday’s Merlot fix. This time it’s a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, blueberry pie, cedar, strong vanilla bean, leather, earth, graphite, chocolates, mocha, cigar box, caramel and peppercorn.

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

Dry on the palate with black currants, sweet plums, sweet cherries, wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, leather, spices, dark coffee, peppercorn and dark chocolates.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Napa Merlot is drinking nicely now. Showing nice balance, good complexity and a great mouthfeel .

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins, but good right out of the bottle.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with Beef sliders on a brioche bun and a fireplace.

A blend of 93% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$22.

Ogier Caves des Papes Héritages Côte du Rhône Rouge 2015, France

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, green vegetables, tobacco leaf, dark coffee, earth, light barnyard and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, earth, vanilla, vegetables, light bell pepper, coffee, tobacco leaf, wood, spices and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and spices.

This is a nice Côte du Rhône red blend. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Drinking nicely now and in the next few years.

A good food wine too. I paired it with a cheese plate, fruits and crackers.

I had it 6 months ago and it is already drinking nicer.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$14.

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Whiplash California Red Wine 2014, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, black cherries, vanilla, light vegetables, oak, licorice, earth, leather, black pepper, spices and bitter herbs.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, plums, sweet strawberries, blueberries, vanilla, spices, cloves, leather, oak, chocolates, coffee, bitter herbs, vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with soft, round tannins and tangy cranberries.

The California Red Blend is drinking nicely now. Very soft and easy drinking. Well-balanced with mild complexity.

By now, the high alcohol is not noticeable anymore. Good for parties a good everyday drinker. Good by itself or with food. Not very sophisticated, but enjoyable nonetheless.

I paired it with a cheese plate with fruits and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$14.

Domaine Lafage Arqueta Collioure 2015, France

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Nice fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, cherries, vanilla, wood, spices, medicine, cigar box, light earth, leather, smoke and chocolates.

Full-bodied and elegant with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, sour cherries, strawberries, raspberries light oak, spices, licorice, earth, black tea, peppercorn, leather, tobacco leaf and wet rocks.

Medium plus in finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice red blend from France. Not fully balanced, but very complex. Will be better in a year or two. The high alcohol is not noticeable, which I liked.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly. A Good food wine.

15% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$35.

Bleasdale Vineyards Bremerview Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2014, Australia

Purple in color with a purplish rim.

Strong fruity nose with black currants, blackberries, raspberries, tobacco, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, vinaigrette and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, blackberries, cloves, vegetables, vanilla, spices, oak, earth, beef jerky, bitter herbs, dark coffee, tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium on the finish with soft tannins and spices.

This is a spicy Shiraz from Australia. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing some low level of complexity. I liked the nose better than the palate here.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

85 points.

$18.

Folie à Deux Winery Ménage à Trois California Red Wine 2015, California

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, wood, spices, vanilla, chocolate cake, coffee, mocha, earth, black pepper and spices.

Full bodied and jammy with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate and very fruity, with blackberries, sweet plums, cherry pie, chocolates, vanilla, wood, spices, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and spices.

This is a simple red blend from California. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle and good for parties as well.
Easy drinking and good for a beginner red wine drinker.

I paired it with cheeses, meats and crackers.

A blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$9.