Tag: Cabernet

Roots Run Deep Winery Educated Guess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a wide purple /reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco, coffee, earth, light vegetables and light black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long pretty legs.

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

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Napa Cabernet is very enjoyable now. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel.

Shows nice complexity and a tangy ending.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes), when the tannins are rounded and soft.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$20.

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Robert Hall Winery Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

Dark ruby in color with a short purplish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, cedar, cloves, vanilla, spices, coffee, earth, eucalyptus, peppercorn and graphite.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine tannins and spicy chili powder.

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Very typical and consistent. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. A nice sipping wine by the porch. The tangy ending makes it interesting.

Wine Enthusiast 87 points.

Good right out of the bottle and gets some more structure after an hour of airtime. Really enjoyable.

Aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

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

Dark purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity on the nose with blackberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, earth, dark coffee and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cedar, vanilla, leather, light bell pepper, tobacco, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, is already very enjoyable by itself or with food. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (30 minutes). After a couple of hours big tannins come in.

This is a great Cabernet to cellar for 10 years.

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

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.

Orin Swift Cellars Papillion 2013 Napa Valley, California

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet figs, raisins, vanilla, sweet raspberries, smoke, chocolates, mocha, peppercorn, earth, graphites, spices, leather and tobacco.

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

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth and dark coffee.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon based, Bordeaux blend, from the house of Orin Swift.

This Napa Valley red blend is rich and extracted with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity. Big bold and beautiful.

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now and will be good in the next 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins. Complexity comes in after 3 hours of airtime.

Robert Parker 95 points.

This great vintage shows lots of chocolate notes. Delicious and yummy.

Good by itself, No need for food.

Thank you Barry for sharing this delicious wine with me.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels (40% new).

15.1% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$75.

Lewelling Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here’s a fantastic #Cabernet from #NapaValley.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Strong fruity nose with black currants, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, mocha, coffee, alcohol, earth, leather, smoke, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Full bodied and gentle with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, coffee, raisins, chocolates, mocha, earth, leather, coke, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Very enjoyable by itself or with food.

Still showing the high alcohol. Not fully balance yet, but so tasty. Still young, and needs 5 years in the bottle to mature and bring out more complexity.

Delicious and yummy.

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

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 18 months (70% new).

15.6% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$70.

Chimney Rock Winery Stags Leap District Elevage 2015 Napa Valley, California

Time for some #MerlotThursday. Are two better than one?

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim. Teeth staining color.

Fruity, yet subdued, nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, spices, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, dark chocolates, coffee, mocha, tobacco, earth and spices.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a a delicious Merlot based Bordeaux Blend from Stags Leap District in Napa Valley.

Still young and needs another 5 to 10 years of bottle time to mature, but good right out of the bottle too. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Needs a few hours to open up properly and show the complexity.

Tastes more like a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, rather than a Merlot, which is fine with me 😃

Loved the spicy and tangy finish. Delicious and yummy.

Robert Parker 91 points.

Thank you Shelby and Bob for sharing.

A blend of 77% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$100.

Château Kirwan Margaux Grand Cru Classé 2009, Bordeaux, France

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here’s a great one from Bordeaux.

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Nice nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, wood, dark coffee, light vegetables, pencil lead and black pepper.

Full bodied and gentle with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, vinaigrette and wet leaves.

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

This third growth Left Bank Bordeaux, is starting to drink very nicely now. Nicely balanced with a big mouthfeel.

Earthy and spicy with lots of fruits. Already showing nice complexity, and beginning to show age on the palate.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the big tannins, so be patient and don’t drink it right out of the bottle.

This 10 year old is good by itself as a sipping wine to enjoy with friends.
Still young and needs 5 to 10 years in the bottle to mature.

Robert Parker 92 points.

I paired it with meats, cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 13.5% Cabernet Franc and 13.5% Petit Verdot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$80.