Tag: Cabernet

Chateau Auney L’Hermitage Graves Rouge 2014, Bordeaux, France


It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, cloves, vanilla, licorice, herbs, tobacco leaf, black tea, black pepper, coffee, pencil lead and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, earth, peppercorn, herbs, tobacco leaf and light forest floor.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Merlot blend from Graves. A unique blend for this region.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

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

Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

A good food wine and good by itself too. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. Aged for 15 months in French oak barrels.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia 2003 Tuscany, Italy

Dark ruby in color with a wide red/brick rim.

Pretty nose of currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead, light vinaigrette, olives, peppercorn, leather, tobacco leaf, earth and dark coffee.

Full bodied and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cooked black plums, ripen cherries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, earth, light vanilla and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Tuscany. Smooth with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

This 19 year old is Interesting and tasty. Not from the best vintage, but still very yummy, and at its peak right now.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours of airtime.

Robert Parker 92 points. Wine Enthusiasts 91 points.

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

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 24 months in oak barrels (30% new).

14% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$350.

Covenant Israel Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Israel




Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose black currants, black plums, black cherries, tobacco, oak, licorice, black tea, spices, earth, light chocolates, herbs and light vegetables.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco leaf, pencil lead and coffee.

This Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking very nicely now. Showing nice complexity, although still young.

Elegant and interesting. Spicy and tangy.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years. Would be nice to try it again in 3 years, and see where it is.

Fruit forward, yet shows lots of earth notes. Feels like a young Left Bank Bordeaux.

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

Wine Enthusiasts 94 points.

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

Grapes were fermented with indigenous yeast, and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$90.

Silverado Vineyards GEO Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California




It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon.

Deep purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, cooked cherries, milk chocolates, blueberries, cedar, earth, tobacco, light vanilla, licorice, spices, herbs and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, earth, black tea, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, herbs, dark coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 4 year old Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, is drinking beautifully now. Still young, but already showing very nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 45 minutes of air time, when more complexity comes into play.

This delicious Cabernet will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Good by itself or with food. A good sipping wine, but will also pair nicely with a nice piece of steak.

Rich, yet elegant. Spicy, tangy and fruit forward.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired really nicely with the Romanian Genoa Salami.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Coombsville were aged for 18 months in mostly French Oak barrels (43% new), with some American and Hungarian Oak.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$75.

Chateau Bellefont-Belcier Saint Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2018, Bordeaux, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a delicious one from Saint Emilion.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackcurrants, black plums, vanilla, dark coffee, oak, chocolates, fresh herbs, tobacco leaf, light black tea and black pepper.

Full-bodied and soft with medium acidity.

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

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Merlot based red blend from Bordeaux. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

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

I had it a year ago, and it is drinking much better now. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Tasty and spicy. Rich and elegant.

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

A blend of 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels (30% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Flam Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2017, Israel




Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, Mediterranean spices, vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, dark chocolates, light alcohol, light vegetables and herbs.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and cranberries.

This 5 year old feels like a left bank Bordeaux.

Already showing nice complexity, although still young. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Fruit forward with an elegant mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours in the decanter to open up properly and show the complexity.

Good by itself or with food, and feels like a blend of old and new world Cabernet.

Grapes are grown in the Upper Galilee region. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume

92 points.

$70.

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


It is time for a delicious Cabernet for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short reddish rim.

Strong fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, toasted cedar, vanilla, tobacco, Za’atar, chocolates, coffee, cola, black pepper, eucalyptus and spices.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Long spicy finish with fine grained tannins, peppercorn and cherries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap. Spicy and interesting. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel at this point.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime, when the tannins calm down.

This 6 year old Single Vineyard Cabernet, is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I had this vintage a couple of years ago and it is even better now.

Delicious and engaging. Fruit forward and good by itself as a sipping wine.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$100.

Gemstone Vineyards Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California

This is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from Yountville in Napa Valley.

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

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, light earth, chocolates, tobacco, spices, cola, peppercorn, coffee, mocha and light pencil lead.

Dry and fruity on the palate with nice balance and great complexity.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

What a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Rich, extracted and elegant.

This 9 year old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I gave it a couple of hours to open up properly.

I’ve had the 2009 not too long ago, and it is very consistent. This 2013 vintage is showing up very well.

Good by itself or with food, and a great sipping wine. Delightful and delicious.

A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

$150.

Myriad Cellars Three Twins Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, California


It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, dried figs, tobacco, raisins, cedar, vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus, chocolates, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, espresso, vanilla, spices, light earth, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 9 year old, from the great 2013 vintage, is drinking very nicely now. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 3 hours in the decanter.

Another wonderful wine from the hands of Mike Smith. Rich, elegant, fruit forward and extracted.

Getting to be at its peak, but not there yet, although very enjoyable at this point. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Robert Parker 93 points.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

Great by itself as a sipping wine, and will also pair nicely with a nice piece of steak.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from a Single Vineyard. A tiny production of only 100 cases made.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$135.

Effingham Manor Cellars Effingham Reserve 2019, Virginia

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose black currants, oak, plums, black cherries, Indian spices, licorice, tobacco leaf, black tea, herbs, dark chocolates, eucalyptus and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, espresso, earth, peppercorn, tobacco leaf and herbs.

Soft finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very interesting red blend from Virginia. Showing nice complexity already, with a soft mouthfeel. Tasty and enjoyable.

Smells very much like a young Bordeaux right out of the bottle.

Needs an hour in a decanter to open up.

Once it opens up, the palate catches up to the Bordeaux Style as well.

Still young and needs a few years to mature. Showing good potential, and would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

At this point, the Merlot is more dominant than the rest. Feels like a right bank Bordeaux. Spicy, tangy and entertaining.

Good by itself or with food. Really enjoyed the nose once it opened up. A very nice sipping wine.

A blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 19% Tannant, 15% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 14 months in American oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$49.