Tag: Cabernet Franc

Quilceda Creek Palengat 2016 Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State



It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

This is a gorgeous Bordeaux blend from Washington State.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, cola, black pepper, light vegetables, earth and licorice.

Feels like a Napa Cabernet with light age. Showing great complexity already.

Robert Parker 94 points.

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

Very yummy now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

This is a fabulous Cabernet.

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. Aged in new French oak barrels for 20 months.

94 points.

$120.

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Domaine de Gachet Lalande de Pomerol 2012, Bordeaux, France


It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Showing black and red fruits with tobacco, chocolates, coffee, oak, light vanilla, spices and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot blend from Bordeaux. I’ve had different vintages of this wine, and it is very consistent.

This 11 year old needs 2 hours to open up properly, so be patient.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with grilled meats.

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

13% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$40.

Selene Wines Chester Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2016, California


This is a delicious Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley.

Fruit forward with nice complexity and a strong nose.

Showing black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and leather.

Dry and fruity on the palate with medium acidity and long legs.

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

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

Feels like a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon right out of the bottle. Only after a couple of hours, it brings out more earth and vegetable notes.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and entertaining.

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

A blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40.

Perus Wine Company Alessio 2019, Napa Valley, California


Dark Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, blueberries, light cedar, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco, eucalyptus, Mediterranean spices, chocolates, mocha, cola and black pepper.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, cola, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light earth, coffee, peppercorn and light mint.

Long long finish with fine grained tannins and chocolates.

This is a fabulous Bordeaux blend from Napa valley. Rich and extracted yet graceful.

Nicely balanced with lots of black fruits and chocolate notes.

Drinking beautifully now as a 4-year-old, but still so very young, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years and beyond.

Showing a soft and opulent mouthfeel. Spicy and buttery.

Good right out of the bottle, but much better once it opens up. Started opening up after 2 hours in the decanter, but kept on changing from there.

Another gorgeous wine from Russell Bevan. A great wine to have all by itself. No food needed.

A blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. A small production of only 8 barrels made.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

$300.

Chateau Tertre Daugay Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2000, Bordeaux, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this#MerlotThursday. Let’s bring Merlot back!

This 23-year-old Merlot based Bordeaux is still drinking very nicely.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Very dry on the palate with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing black plums, cooked cherries, oak, herbs, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates, earth and wet leaves.

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

This is a very tasty wine from the great 2000 vintage in Bordeaux. Will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Showing nice complexity, soft and smooth.

Lost some of the fruits by now, but still very enjoyable by itself, and even better with food.

13% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$200.

Kukeri Wines Limited Edition Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Napa Valley, California



It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Beautiful nose with lots of fruits, earth notes and chocolates.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, cedar, tobacco leaf, light earth, bitter herbs, coffee, dark chocolates, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 4 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville in Napa Valley, is starting to drink very nicely now.

Still very young, but already approachable. Fruit forward, spicy and good by itself. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and much better after 2 hours in the decanter.

Not “in your face” kind of wine. Feels like a blend of Napa Cabernet and Left Bank Bordeaux.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 7 to 10 years.

A blend of 98 % Cabernet Sauvignon with some Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot. Aged in (40% new) French and American oak barrels for 26 months. A small production of only 175 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$79.

Smith Madrone Vineyards Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Napa valley, California


Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black plums, black cherries, earth, oak, licorice, eucalyptus, spices, herbs, dark coffee and light black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, earth, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf, herbs and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and raspberries.

This 4 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is still young, but starting to drink very nicely now. Shows nice complexity and smooth.

Definitely not the extracted Napa cab Style. Feels more like a Left Bank Bordeaux. Nice to see that coming from Napa.

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

Good by itself or with food. A nice wine to pair with a nice piece of steak. Paired nicely with aged Gorgonzola cheese from France.

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

Notre Vue Estate Balverne Forever Wild Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Sonoma County, California



Ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, cedar, cloves, vanilla, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, herbs, light alcohol, peppercorn and dark coffee.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County. Fruit forward, rich and elegant.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour in the decanter, when tannins show up. Really worth the wait.

Loved the chocolaty nose.

Still young and will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with a big piece of steak.

A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels. A small production of only 504 cases.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$48.

Chateau Nenin Pomerol 2016, Bordeaux, France


It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Let’s bring Merlot back!

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, herbs, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

Medium minus in length on the finish, with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 7 year old Merlot blend from Bordeaux is showing nice complexity now, although still very young.

I gave it 2 hours of airtime, but it was clearly not enough.

Robert Parker 93 points.

Still very young and tight. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years. I had the 2012 a few years ago, and it was much more approachable.

A blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels (35% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$90.

Merus Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, California



This is a superb Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with medium acidity.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 13 year old is drinking fabulously now. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Soft, smooth and elegant. Rich and fruit forward, with a very nice nose.

Nicely balanced and good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine.

Still has a lot in it, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

I’ve had this vintage a few times before, and it is always gorgeous.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Wine Spectator 92 points. Robert Parker 95 points.

Needs 3 hours in the decanter to open up properly.

Spicy and tangy. Ripe and entertaining. This is just fabulous.

A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$175.