Tag: Cabernet

Turnbull Wine Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. This is a wonderful Cabernet from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, black currants, cherry pie, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, coffee, mocha, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, cloves, beef jerky and black pepper.

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

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a great Napa Cabernet. Very enjoyable already, but will be so much better in 5 years. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Extremely fruity right now, and needs some time to soften up and get more complexity.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show tannins. Good enough to have all by itself as a sipping wine.

Good with food too, like a big piece of steak.

This is just delicious. Tasty, even though it is so young.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$50

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De Wet Family Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, South Africa

Dark ruby in color with medium intensity and a reddish rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, sweet cherries, strawberry pie, coke, vanilla, vegetables, graphite, black pepper, spices, barnyard, wet leaves and tar.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark, coffee, vegetables, green herbs, tobacco leaf, cocoa and peppercorn.

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

This is a nice Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Nice and balanced with a tangy finish.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins, but drinkable right out of the bottle too.

I really liked the nose, it is fruity and refreshing with red fruits and earth notes.

I paired it with a few different French Brie cheeses, nuts and crackers.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$10.

Yatir Winery Forest 2015, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Earthy nose with black currants, plums, bell pepper, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, vegetables, green herbs, mint, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Smooth with long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, pencil lead, tobacco leaf, vegetables, light bell pepper, black pepper, dark coffee and dark chocolates.

Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Israeli Bordeaux blend is drinking very nicely now, although it is very young.

Showing a great mouthfeel with nice complexity. Nicely balanced and good by itself or with food.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show tannins and complexity. Will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Reminds me of a right Bank Bordeaux. Has high alcohol but not noticeable at all.

Tasty an interesting.

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

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Grapes are grown at around 2600 feet elevation, and aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. Kosher.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$80.

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Gardner Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Sierra Foothills, California

Here’s my choice for this week’s #FridayCabernetfix. This is a great California Cabernet.

Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Extremely fruity on the nose with blackberries, black plums, cherry pie, cooked strawberries, cedar, vanilla, spices, chocolates, sweet tobacco, light vegetables, coffee, vinaigrette, black pepper and leather.

Full-bodied and big with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cooked figs, dried fruits, dark coffee, spices, vanilla, cinnamon, cedar, caramel, earth, tobacco leaf, green vegetables, graphite and peppercorn.

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

This Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sierra Foothills in California, is drinking very nicely now, with very nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Still young and would benefit from a few more years in the bottle to smooth out, and reduce some of the acidity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

I had it 6 months ago and there’s still no change. I would love to revisit this in 3 years as this is a great vintage.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet is good by itself as a sipping wine, or with food.

I paired it with hard cheeses, but it really went well with a light French Brie.

Grapes are grown at 3000 feet elevation and aged for 15 months in American Oak barrels.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$27.

Flam Winery Classico 2016, Judean Hills, Israel

This Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon based blend, is always enjoyable. Nicely balanced with mild complexity and a soft mouthfeel. Shows black and red fruits, vegetables, earth, wood, cloves, chocolates, spices and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with soft tannins.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly, and will be better in a year or two.

A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 8% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels.

I paired it with cheeses and the sunset.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.

Joel Gott Wines 815 California Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

A pretty color of dark ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blackcurrants, black plums, sweet cherries, oak, raisins, dried figs, cloves, vanilla, spices, peppercorn, light earth, mocha, coffee and tobacco.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, peppercorn, spices, earth and light vegetables.

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

This is a nice Cabernet from California. Showing mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Spicy with lots of cloves, that gives it an aftertaste that I did not like.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with brisket.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$15.

Kuleto Estate India Ink Napa Valley Red Blend 2015, California

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of sweet cherries, dried fruits, coffee, vanilla, wood, plums, metals, milk chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, vinaigrette, bitter greens, graphite and peppercorn.

Medium finish with full tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Napa Petite Sirah /Malbec blend is very enjoyable. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity too.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Will be better in a year or two, but already enjoyable even by itself.

A blend of 60% Petite Sirah, 20% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Zinfandel and 3% Syrah.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.