Category: Napa Blend

Yount Ridge Cellars Napa Valley Proprietary Blend 2007, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide purplish rim.

On the nose black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, earth and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, figs, black plums, cherries, dried fruits, vanilla, cedar, spices, chocolates, coffee, light cola, pencil lead, earth and leather.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Nicely aged with a beautiful nose and palate.

Shows great complexity with a great mouthful.

This 14 year old is drinking so very nicely now, and will continue in the next five years. Has a lot of oomph in it still.

Good right out of the bottle, and even better as it opens up and shows more complexity and tannins.

I actually had a blind and called Cabernet based Bordeaux blend from Napa 2007. Doesn’t happen too often, but sometimes it does

A great wine to drink all by itself, and share with good friends and talk about.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

This Cabernet from the great 2007  vintage is showing wonderfully now. At its peak. I had the 2010 not too long ago and loved it too.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Verdot and 5% Malbec.

93 points.

$130.

Padis Vineyards Brilliance Napa Valley Red Wine 2018, California




This is a very young, Cabernet Sauvignon based red blend, from Oak Knoll District in Napa Valley. Already showing nice complexity and balance. Elegant and tasty with a smooth mouthfeel.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, coke, light alcohol, cedar, spices, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs and black pepper.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Needed a few hours to open up properly, which I didn’t have, as it finished too quickly.

Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Rich and powerful. Smooth and elegant.

A blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with some Syrah. Kosher and Mevushal.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$85.

Inglenook Vineyards Rubicon Estate 2009, Napa Valley, California



#AgedWineTuesday

Deep Inky in color with a very short reddish rim. Not showing age at all, with a teeth staining color.

Beautiful nose of blackberries, black currants, black figs, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, coffee, cola, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

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

Dry on the palate and very fruity with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha and coke.

Long long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is 12 year Napa Bordeaux blend is drinking deliciously now. Well balanced with lots of complexity.

Showing great structure with a great mouthfeel. Well integrated and elegant.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 45 minutes of airtime, when tannins and more complexity come in.

This is just fabulous, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years, but I don’t see any reason to wait. Really delicious and enjoyable now.

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

A blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Merlot. Aged for 17 months in French oak barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

97 points.

$180.

TOR Kenward Family Wines Oakville Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Napa Valley, California

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

This is a gorgeous Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley, from the great 2012 vintage. Rich, extracted, generous and fruit forward.

Full bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and a long finish.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, chocolates, licorice, sweet tobacco, cola, coffee, mocha and peppercorn.

Drinking very nicely right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.

Shows a really nice nose, that I kept on smelling for a while. Tasty and delicious. Showing great complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This 9 year old Magnum is delicious now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

Robert Parker 96 points.

Thank you Barry for sharing.

Grapes are from the To kalon and Beckstoffer Vineyards. A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Cabernet Franc. A tiny production of only 3 barrels.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

$450 (Magnum).

Flora Springs Family Estate Trilogy 2018, Napa Valley, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, blueberries, ripe cherries, light cedar, light earth, vanilla, black pepper, chocolates, coffee and pencil lead.

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

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, vegetables, black pepper, spices, chocolates, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, leather and earth.

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

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Napa Valley. Still young and will benefit from some bottle aging. Has good potential to become a really nice wine.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime. Really nice nose once it opens up.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, however, already drinking nicely and showing nice complexity.

The Malbec seems very dominant at the moment. Spicy and tangy. Fruit forward and tasty.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives.

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 8% Malbec. Aged in mostly French oak barrels for 18 months.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$85.

Moon Tsai Winery Howell Mountain Hillside Blend 2013 Napa Valley, California




It’s definitely time for a great Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Great nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and earth.

Full bodied with medium acidity and elegant.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, earth, peppercorn and leather.

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

This is a delicious Merlot based blend from Napa Valley. Rich, yet elegant. Fruit forward with nice complexity.

This 8 year old Magnum is drinking very nicely now. The fact that it is from a great vintage doesn’t hurt it either.

Delicious right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.

Excellent quality. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Thank you Barry for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with delicious lamb chops.

Grapes are grown at 2,100 feet of elevation. A blend of 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels (31% new) for 25 months. A small production of 579 cases. Made by Philippe Melka.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$350 (Magnum)


Faust Wines Salvation Napa Valley Red Blend 2014, California



Dark ruby, almost inky in color, with a short reddish rim.

Very fruity nose of blackberries, cooked cherries, cedar, cooked plums, figs, raisins, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, cola, light earth, pencil lead and coffee.

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

Extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, black cherries, raisins, figs, cedar, spices, licorice, peppercorn, cocoa, mocha, coffee and tobacco.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 7 year old red blend from Napa Valley is delicious now. Drinking very nicely right out of the bottle, and way better after 4 hours in the decanter.

Rich and extracted with a great mouthfeel. Would age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

I had this vintage a couple of years ago, and this time it is so much better.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

Showing great complexity, but very fruity right now, and might be too much for some.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$75.

Silverado Vineyards Borreo Ranch Vineyard Borreo Sangiovese 2018, Napa Valley, California


Pretty ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, sweet cherries, strawberries, light oak, vegetables, spices, peppercorn, chocolates and light herbs.

Medium in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, herbs, light earth, vegetables, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is an interesting red wine from Napa Valley. This Single Vineyard is showing mild complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Spicy and tangy.

Drinks like a Pinot Noir, but spicy with a Zinfandel flavor profile. Interesting stuff. A great wine for a blind tasting.

I gave it an hour to open up. Gets earthier after 2 hours of airtime.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% Sangiovese grapes were aged in French oak barrels (16% new).

14.2% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$38.

Castello di Amorosa Napa Valley Sangiovese 2017, California



Ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

On the nose blueberries, currants, plums, tart cherries, light cedar, vanilla, licorice, light earth, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, plums, vanilla, licorice, cedar, leather, earth, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, herbs and black pepper.

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

This is a nice wine from Napa Valley. Tangy, spicy and interesting with a nice mouthfeel.

Still young, but already drinking nicely. Feels like an Italian red with a new world twist.

Easy drinking and needs time to open up a property. I gave it 90 minutes.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Brie cheese. Will pair nicely with pizza.

A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels (35% new).

14.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$36.

Anarchist Wine Company The Philosopher 2017 Napa Valley, California

Dark purple in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black cherries, black currants, oak, light vanilla, licorice, chocolates, earth, pencil lead, coke and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black currants, blueberries, light wood, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, earth, peppercorn, spices, graphite and herbs.

Nice finish with round tannins and raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable red blend from Napa Valley. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Good for parties too.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime, when the tannins show up.

Showing nice structure and will be good in the next 3 years. I like these Napa Bordeaux blends, what can I say.

I paired it with dried meats, olives and crackers.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Petite Sirah.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$42.