Tag: California

Artiste Winery Countemplation Non Vintage, Santa Barbara County, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. A very pretty color.

Fruity nose with bing cherries, blueberries, plums, wood, vanilla, red candy, spices and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, currants, barnyard, light vegetables, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy citrus fruit.

This is a very interesting Pinot Noir blend from Santa Barbara County. A nice surprise, a Pinot Noir with a twist. Smells like a Pinot Noir from California, tastes like a fruity Pinot Noir with a touch of Syrah. Spicy, unique and interesting.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. A good wine to sip on with friends and talk about.

Although very enjoyable now, it should get even better in 3 to 5 years. (This Non-Vintage was bottled in 2019).

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Interesting and engaging.

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

A blend of 70% Pinot Noir, 24% Syrah and 6% Chardonnay.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$38.

Joel Gott Wines California Merlot 2016, California

It’s time for #MerlotThursday. Here is one from California.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Sweet nose of blackberries, black plums, maple, brown sugar, spices, milk chocolates, tobacco, vanilla and toasted oak.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with black plums, cherry pie, dried figs, tobacco, spices, wood, vanilla, cloves, dark coffee, chocolates, herbs and peppercorn.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very extracted Merlot from California. Tastes like it was aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Good right out of the bottle and good for parties, with lots of caramel and maple notes.

Thank you Wendy for sharing.

100% Merlot grapes were aged in French and American oak barrels, 25% New.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$18.

Michael David Winery Inkblot Cabernet Franc 2015 Lodi, California

Here is a beautiful wine to celebrate Cabernet Franc Day.

Dark ruby in color with a cloudy reddish rim.

Fruity nose of dried figs, blackberries, cooked cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, cola, pencil lead, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco and light alcohol.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, blackberries, cooked cherries, dried figs, tobacco, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, herbs and coke.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet Franc from Lodi, California. Fruit forward, extracted and tasty, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

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

Delicious, but might be too sweet for some. I’d like to revisit it in a year or two.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$35.

Le Chanceux Mélange Napa Valley Red Wine 2015, California

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

Great nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, dried fruits, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, cola and black pepper.

Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up ( 30 minutes).

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly, but already delicious. I would love to revisit this in 5 years.

A great sipping wine to have all by itself. Tasty, tangy and delicious. powerful, yet elegant.

A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Cabernet Franc and 4% Syrah. Fermented in (50%) New French Oak barrels. A small production of only 45 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$59.

Heir Apparent Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2017, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a yummy Cab.

Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cooked strawberries, figs, vanilla, cedar, light earth, spices, chocolates, mocha, caramel, light alcohol and peppercorn.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, sweet spices, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, mocha, cloves, herbs, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, leather, tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with soft, round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Still young and needs a few more years in the bottle to mature and bring out more complexity. Would be nice to fast forward to 2025 and see what this looks like. However, it is drinking very nicely now, tasty and delicious.

Good by itself or with food and a good quality wine. Good right out of the bottle and better after 3 hours of airtime, when the tannins show up.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$125.

Jack Simon Vineyards Viognier 2018 San Diego County, California

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

On the nose limes, grapefruits, green apples, vegetables and spices.

Light to medium in body with high acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, vegetables and white pepper.

Nice and easy finish with tangy limes.

This is a nice white wine from California. Tastes more like an old world white actually.

Doesn’t show like a Viognier at all.
Earthy with mild complexity. Tangy and refreshing.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of cheeses and fresh fruit. Really good with Brie and Gorgonzola cheeses.

100% Viognier grapes. Stainless Steel fermented and then aged for 8 months in natural vessels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$23.

Artiste Winery Malaguena Non Vintage Santa Barbara County, California

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

Fruity nose of blueberries, red plums, cherries, oak, earth, light vanilla, vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Full bodied and soft with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, dark chocolates, herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Zinfandel blend from Santa Barbara County. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced and good by itself as a sipping wine. Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature properly.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.

Tasty, tangy, soft and interesting.

I paired it with Gorgonzola cheese and crackers.

A blend of 77% Zinfandel and 23% Petit Verdot. Non Vintage, bottled in 2019.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$52.