Tag: Cabernet

Assaf Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011, Golan Heights, Israel

Ruby in color with a hint of brick.

Spicy nose of peppercorn, blueberries, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, earth, Indian spices, wood, cardamom, light vegetables, cinnamon, vinaigrette, and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in body and elegant with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, sweet cherries, raspberries, spices, tobacco leaf, graphite, herbs, black pepper, chocolates, black olives, earth and black tea.

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

This 9 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel is delicious now. Easy drinking and elegant with nice complexity.

Still drinking very nicely, although this was probably better a couple of years ago.

Needs 3 hours to open up, but after 4 hours, nice tannins come in with nice structure, so be patient.

A good quality wine. Spicy, tangy, elegant and interesting.

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 20 months in French and American oak barrels. Grapes are grown in the Golan Heights region.

Thank you Sean for sharing this with me.

I paired it with cheeses, olives and nuts.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.

DNA Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black cherries, light wood, vanilla, licorice, spices, cola, peppercorn, vinaigrette, dark chocolates, light vegetables and espresso.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, spices, espresso, cola, light vegetables, chocolates, leather and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very tasty wine from Dry Creek Valley. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity with great structure.

I had it blind and I was really impressed with the complexity here. Drinks more like a Washington State Bordeaux blend. Delicious.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

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

13.8% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$28.

Mt. Brave Winery Mt Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Napa Valley, California

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one.

Deep inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, light vegetables, herbs, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee and earth.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Napa Cabernet. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Big and bold, rich and opulent.

Balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. A great wine from a great vintage, with great potential.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours).

Robert Parker 92 points.

Drinking very nicely now and will be even better in the next 5 years.

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

A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. Aged in (81% new) French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$100.

Château Peynaud-Bagnac Bordeaux 2012, France

This is a nice surprise for #MerlotThursday.

Pretty color of dark ruby with a wide brick rim.

On the nose, red currants, plums, blueberries, cherries, vanilla, black tea, tobacco leaf, light vegetables, cedar, licorice, mint, spices, vinaigrette, earth and black pepper. Really lovely nose.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, dark chocolates, espresso, black tea and peppercorn.

Medium finish with medium plus tannins and pomegranates.

This 8 year old is still drinking nicely, although past its peak. Showing nice complexity, especially on the nose. Tangy and very easy to drink, with a nice mouthfeel.

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

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.
Thank you David and Elvira for sharing.

I paired it with a big piece of steak and grilled asparagus.

A blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$15.

Lapis Luna Wines Red Blend 2017 North Coast, California



Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black cherries, chocolates, coffee, smoke, spices, light wood and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, cherries, plums, light wood, licorice, vanilla, tobacco, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice everyday red blend from California. Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Easy drinking, spicy and tangy.

Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch. Way too easy to drink, so watch out.

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

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Sangiovese and 10% Barbera.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$15.

Baldacci Family Vineyards Stags Leap District Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.
This one is gorgeous.

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, cedar, spices, vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus, chocolates, tobacco, coke, coffee, leather, black pepper and pencil lead.

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

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, vanilla, cedar, licorice, mocha, coke, light earth, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a wonderful Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Showing a great mouthfeel with great complexity.

Still young and will age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Rich and fruit forward. Nicely balanced, smooth, elegant and spicy. The spices hang on well after the long finish.

Delicious right out of the bottle with firm tannins that ease up, as it opens. I gave it a couple of hours in a decanter.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from a Single Vineyard.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$90.

Silverado Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

It’s Cabernet Day today. Let’s celebrate with a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, vanilla, licorice, spices, earth, peppercorn, cedar, chocolates, mocha, coffee and leather.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, blueberries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, graphite, earth, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This four-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and shows the tannins and complexity. An hour in a decanter does the trick.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

Nicely balanced, fruit forward, rich and elegant. Tasty and delicious.

A good sipping wine, that will age nicely in the next 5 to 15 years. I’ve had a few vintages with much more age before, and it is always delicious.

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

A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 16 months in mostly French oak barrels (44% new).

14.6% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$46.

Sheridan Vineyard L’ Orage Red Wine 2003 Yakima Valley, Washington State

Dark ruby in color with a nice brick rim.

On the nose light blueberries, black currants, cooked cherries, dried fruits, raisins, cedar, light vanilla, earth, vegetables, dark coffee, dark chocolates, leather, tobacco leaf, smoke, cola, pencil lead, black pepper, wet leaves and black tea. Wonderful and complex.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, raspberries, ripened blueberries, raisins, dried figs, tobacco, earth, spices, wood, vanilla, cloves, coffee, vinaigrette, light vegetables, green olives and herbs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cranberries.

This is a wonderful 17 year old Red Blend from Yakima Valley. Showing so much complexity, with nice balance and mouthfeel. Elegant, delicious, mature, and tangy on the finish.

Thank you Paul for sharing.

Needs time to open up properly and show the complexity, and great all by itself.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.

I had the 2015 vintage a year ago and it was a delicious treat as well, although not as complex.

This is a wine that needs to be had with good friends and talked about. No need to mess it up with food.

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$60 (current vintage).

Tzuba Estate Winery Metzuda 2016, Judean Hills, Israel

For #kosherwineSunday and Cabernet Sauvignon Day, here is a nice one from Israel.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose cherries, red currants, oak, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, peppercorn, bitter herbs and light barnyard.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, black plums, chocolates, wood, spices, light vanilla, green vegetables, tobacco leaf, earth, cocoa, dark roast coffee, herbs and peppercorn.

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

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon blend from the Judean Hills region in Israel. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Spicy and feels more like a Syrah dominant, at this point.

This new world wine shows a lot of old-world characteristics, which makes it interesting.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after 1 hour in a decanter, and will benefit from a few more years in the bottle.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with a Canadian Camembert cheese.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Kosher.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Vineyard Block Estates Block 955 Proprietary Red Wine 2012 Napa Valley, California

This is a delicious 8 year old Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley that is drinking very nicely now.

Showing black fruits, earth, tobacco, leather, vegetables, light vinaigrette and coffee.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Decanted it for 2 hours, and that was enough.

I had this exact vintage 5 years ago, and it is drinking nicer now.

Not an expensive wine, but from a great vintage, so it was worth keeping it for a while.

Has nice acidity and tannins to keep it for another five years which is nice to see. I love these Napa Bordeaux blends.

Aged in French and American oak barrels for 23 months.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

93 points.