Tag: Bordeaux

Domaine de Gachet Lalande de Pomerol 2009, Bordeaux, France




It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

This is a very nice 12 year old Merlot blend from Bordeaux.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, dark chocolates, coffee, wet leaves and herbs.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Needs time to open up properly, so be patient with it. I’ve had it before, and this time I gave it 4 hours.

Drinking nicely now and will be good in the next 10 years.

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

A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.




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.

Château Giscours La Sirene de Giscours Margaux 2010, Bordeaux, France





This is a delicious second wine from this Chateau.

Full bodied with medium acidity and dry on the palate with a great nose.

Showing blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cigar box, tobacco leaf, graphite, light bell pepper, peppercorn, earth and sweet black tea.

A beautiful wine from a great vintage. Very enjoyable with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Decanter gave it 86 points. I think they missed it this time.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the complexity. It’s definitely worth the wait.

Feels like a Napa Bordeaux blend right out of the bottle, but then it changes as it opens up.

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

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$60.

Hertelendy Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California

Hertelendy Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, earth, cedar, leather, coffee, cola, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, dried meat, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with black currants, sweet cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, black tea, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and earth.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from a great vintage in Napa Valley. Spicy and interesting.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity at this point.

This 7 year old is drinking very nicely now and will continue to age in the next 5 to 10 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Needs 3 hours to open up properly, and show the complexity.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, but good with food as well. Will pair nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot, 5% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 23 months. A small production of only 30 barrels.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$135.

Clos du Val Wine Company Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California


Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Strong nose of black currants, cherries, raisins, dried figs, cedar, licorice, vanilla, spices, tobacco, black pepper and dark chocolates.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, sweet cherries, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates and black pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious and a classic Napa Cabernet. Exactly what you expect from one. Rich, yet not over the top and very chocolatey.

Still very young, but already very tasty. A beautiful Bordeaux blend with lots of potential. Very engaging and approachable at this young age.

Good right out of the bottle, but needs time to open up and show the tannins (90 minutes).

Showing great potential to become a 95+ point wine, and will age nicely in the next 10 years. Already showing nice complexity with a soft and smooth mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. Will pair nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Aged for 19 months in mostly French oak barrels (58% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$52.

Domaine de Gachet Lalande de Pomerol 2009 Bordeaux, France



It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday

Deep Inky in color with a short brick rim.

On the nose cooked plums, currants, oak, spices, vanilla, licorice, cloves, wild flowers, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, tobacco leaf and herbs.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity, with black plums, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, earth, herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Merlot blend from Bordeaux.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime.

This 12 year old from the great 2009 vintage, is showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

I’ve had it many times before, and it is very consistent. Will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

A great price point, if you can find the 2015 or 2016, and keep it for a while.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

A great wine to pair with food, and paired wonderfully with smoked beef brisket.

A blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Château Lynch Bages Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 2005 Bordeaux, France





Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables, cinnamon and vinaigrette.

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

Dry on the palate with black currants, blackberries, oak, vanilla, earth, wet leaves, light vegetables, black tea, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, coffee and dark chocolates.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

What a great Left Bank Bordeaux from the great 2005 vintage this is.

This Fifth Growth is nicely balanced with lots of dark fruit notes. Delicious and yummy. Fabulous and better than I expected.

This 16 year old is Drinking very nicely now. Showing great complexity with a great mouth feel. Powerful and rich.

Thank you John for sharing.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Loved smelling on it for a long time.

Great nose. Great palate. Tasty and gorgeous.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, but good all by itself too.

A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit verdot.

13% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$280.

Chateau Bechereau Philipperie Sauternes 1983, France





Dark golden in color.

Simple on the nose with honey, citrus, pineapples, honeydew and light spices.

Full bodied with high acidity and long legs.

Off dry on the palate with yellow apples, spices, light tropical fruits, licorice, honey, light earth notes, herbs and white pepper.

Long finish with spices and black pepper.

This 38 year old is still drinking very nicely now, but probably past its peak.

I gave it an hour to open up, but it probably needed much longer.

This is an interesting sweet wine. Spicy and entertaining, but lost a lot of the fruits by now. From a great vintage, but not as sweet as I expected it to be.

I had it a couple of years ago and liked it better then. Not what I expected but it is still very drinkable.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

Chateau Lacaussade Saint Martin Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2019 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, France




Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

Light nose of citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, earth and spices.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, faint wood, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter vegetables, spices, earth, herbs and almonds.

Medium minus on the finish with tangy limes.

This is a nice and enjoyable white Bordeaux. Easy drinking and good for parties. A little spicy, which makes it interesting.

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

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Fermented in Oak barrels, and aged on its lees for 10 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$23.

Château Royaumont Lalande de Pomerol 2018 Bordeaux, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim. Very intense color.

Strong nose of blackcurrants, cedar, blueberries, light vanilla, licorice, light earth, spices, eucalyptus, coffee, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf, herbs, pencil lead and peppercorn.

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

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

Long finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Merlot based Bordeaux is delicious already. A good quality wine. Showing nice complexity and balance.

Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 90 minutes to open up and shine. Softened up dramatically after 3 hours of air time.

I had the 2017 last year, and it is very consistent. Will age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine and good with food. I paired it with meats and cheeses.

Spicy and entertaining. Elegant, rich and powerful. A delicious wine.

A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Kosher. Non Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.