Tag: Cabernet

Ella Valley Vineyards Vineyard’s Choice 32/35 2012, Israel

Time for some #Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a great Merlot blend from Israel.

Deep purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose of blackberries, sweet plums, dried figs, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet oak, spices, chocolates, black pepper, mocha, coffee, milk chocolates and tobacco.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, toasted cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, earth, mocha, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a wonderful Red Blend from Israel. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Rich and extracted, yet elegant. Resembles a good quality Napa Bordeaux blend.

This 8 year old is peaking now and will be good in the next few years. I had it before, as a 5 year old, and this time it’s so much better.

This is a big red wine, with teeth staining color. Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the tannins.

Thank you Sean for sharing this wonderful wine with me. This is a delicious wine to have with friends.

Enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 17 months in oak barrels. Kosher.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$50.

Martin Ray Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2014, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.

Fruity on the nose with blackberries, cooked cherries, dried figs, licorice, cedar, heavy vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, spices and mocha.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, sweet oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee and tobacco.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Fruit forward with a tangy finish.

Good right out of the bottle and will be better in the next few years with proper care.

Good by itself or with food. Delicious and yummy.

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

Aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$33.

Château Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Washington State

Dark ruby/Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Great fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, mocha, coffee, black pepper, earth and light vegetables.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Nice spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 5 year old Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon is always enjoyable. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity, but good right out of the bottle.

Wine Spectator 90 points.

This is a very nice wine for under $20.

I paired it with a cheese plate and fresh fruits.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$16.

Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Chile

It’s time for Cabernet for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nicely aged one from Chile.

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

On the nose, blueberries, black cherries, black plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, dark coffee and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, leather, light bitter herbs, light earth, vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Long finish with smooth and elegant tannins and tangy cherries.

What a nice surprise. This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Nicely aged with nice balance and complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 45 minutes of airtime in a decanter.

This 12 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile is drinking extremely nicely now. Peaking now, with great complexity and a soft mouthfeel. Very tasty all by itself.

Thank you Elvira for sharing.

This is a great example of an under $20 wine that becomes delicious with proper aging.

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

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

14% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$17 (Current vintage).

Kitron Winery Tigra Reserve 2009, Israel

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a beautiful Merlot blend from Israel.

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

Earthy nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, tobacco leaf, forest floor, earth, graphite, dark coffee and vinaigrette.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, blueberries, currants, vanilla, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee, vinaigrette, Mediterranean spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Bordeaux blend from Israel. Nicely balanced with great complexity and mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and got more complex as it opened up (90 minutes).

Peaking now and will be good in the next few years.

This 11 year old is delicious. Reminds me of a 20 year old Left Bank Bordeaux.

Thank you Oren for sharing this with me.

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

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Aged for 18 months in New French oak barrels. Hand picked and night harvested. Kosher.

14% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$45 (current vintage)

Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore 2003, Italy

Happy New Year everyone! Here is a beautiful Italian Bordeaux blend.

Very dark ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim.

Great nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, wet leaves, leather, mushrooms, eucalyptus, peppercorn, vegetables, green pepper, tobacco leaf and spices.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a great Italian, Cabernet Based, Super Tuscan. Nicely balanced with great complexity. A little hot at the back of the throat still, which will probably go away in the next 5 years.

This 16 year old has a beautiful nose that you can smell on for hours (which I did). Reminds me of a nicely aged Left Bank Bordeaux.

We let it open up for 4 hours. Tannins come in only after 4 hours, so be patient. Will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years. A great quality wine.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

Robert Parker 93 points.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Was great with the triple cream truffle Brie cheese.

Delightful and elegant. Tasty and delicious.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in (70% new) French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

$200.

Le Chanceux Napa Valley Belles Filles Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a nice reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, sweet cherries, figs, earth, raisins, vanilla, cedar, tobacco, chocolates, vegetables and black pepper. A very nice nose.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and nice legs.

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

Long tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious 7 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville. Showing nice complexity with a great nose and a soft mouthfeel.

This Single Vineyard from a great vintage is drinking very nicely now. This is not the big and bold Napa Cabernet, but rather elegant and restrained. Will age nicely in the next 10 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine. A good wine to talk about with friends.

I let it open for 90 minutes, and it was well worth the wait, although it is tasty right out of the bottle, too.

I paired it with Brie cheese and roasted almonds.

Aged for 24 months in 30% New French oak barrels. Only 196 cases produced.

Only 13.5% alcohol by volume, which is very unique for a Napa Cabernet from this vintage.

91 points.

$85.