Tag: Malbec

George Vigouroux Château de Mercues Cuvée 6666 2015, France

For Malbec World day, here is a nice Malbec from France.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

On the nose, blueberries, blackcurrants, vanilla, earth, chocolates, dust, spices, herbs, vegetables, black pepper, bell pepper, celery and wet leaves.

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

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, vegetables, black pepper, earth, bacon fat, leather, tobacco and green herbs.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very enjoyable Malbec from Cahors, France. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nice, and well balanced.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (3 hours).

Already enjoyable, but will be better in the next 10 years.

Earthy with a new world feel, and gets earthier as it opens up. Not what I expected from a Malbec from this region at all.

Thank you, Wendy for sharing.

100% Malbec grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

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1692 Spier Creative Block 5 Red Blend 2015, South Africa

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, tobacco, barnyard, graphite and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, vegetables, river rocks, spices, earth, wet leaves and herbs.

Medium plus in finish with fine tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This South African Bordeaux blend really surprised me. Drinking nicely now and will be better in a few years.

Not fully balanced, yet enjoyable by itself or with food. Exhibits new world characters with an old world feel. Tastes very much like a flashy Right Bank Bordeaux.

Changed every 20 minutes in the decanter, which I really liked. Needs 3 hours to open up properly.

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

A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit verdot and 3% Malbec.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Cuda Ridge Wines Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

It’s time for my Friday’s Cabernet fix. This week it’s a nice one from California.

Dark ruby in color with a short
reddish rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, spices, cedar, vanilla, licorice, sweet cherries, dark chocolates, coffee, earth, peppercorn and leather.

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

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, coffee, oak, earth, vegetables, graphite, vinaigrette, spices, herbs and black pepper.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from California. Showing nice complexity with a Soft and elegant mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

Needs an hour to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.

Showing a beautiful nose. I loved to smell on it for a long time. Still young and needs another few years in the bottle to mature properly.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Aged for 29 months in French oak barrels.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$40

Terrazas De Los Andes Single Vineyard Las Compuertas Malbec 2011 Mendoza, Argentina

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black plums, oak, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, vegetables, peppercorn, tobacco, herbs, bell pepper and wet leaves.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, vanilla, coffee, vegetable, earth, leather, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great surprise. This 8 year old Malbec is drinking very nicely now. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

This Single Vineyard is showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Needs 4 hours in a decanter to open up properly and show tannins and all of the complexity.

This was a good vintage in Mendoza and it is showing. Very easy to drink so watch out 😁

Grapes are grown at 3,500 feet elevation, and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Chateau Ste Michelle Indian River Red Blend 2015, Columbia Valley, Washington State

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, black cherries, strawberries, figs, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, pencil lead, beef jerky, light chocolates and peppercorn. A very nice nose.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Tangy finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Washington red blend is very enjoyable. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Easy drinking, fruity and tasty.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 60 minutes of airtime. Will be better in a year or two, as it becomes more complex.

A good wine to sip on by the porch, and good for parties too. Just delicious.

A blend of 46% Syrah, 32% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, 2% Viognier and 2% Cinsaut. Aged for 20 months in 51% New French and American oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$18.

Yatir Winery Petit Verdot 2014, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, light vanilla, vegetables, bell pepper, dark coffee, licorice, oak, eucalyptus, black pepper, earth, river rocks, vinaigrette, wet leaves, leather, pencil lead and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, sour cherries, wood, licorice, spices, vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, dark coffee, vegetables, earth, leather, graphite, vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 5 year old Petit Verdot from Israel is drinking very nicely now. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Still young and needs another two years in the bottle to mature.

Needs 3 hours in a decanter to open up and show tannins and some complexity.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats cheeses and olives.

A blend of 85% Petit Verdot and 15% Malbec. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels and then 24 in the bottle. Kosher.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.

Jason Stephens Winery Merlot 2014 Santa Clara Valley, California

Time for #MerlotThursday. Here is a great Merlot from California.

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

Great nose of cherries, blueberries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco leaf, earth and mocha.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, light vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, leather, earth, peppercorn, pencil lead and red candy.

Nice length on the finish with tangy pomegranates and round tannins.

This is a nice surprise. This 5 year old Merlot from Santa Clara Valley in California is drinking very nicely now. Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.

Needs an hour to open up properly and come to its own.

At some point the nose reminded me of a Napa Cabernet, as it changed in the glass every 10 minutes, which was a wonderful experience, as I got to taste different wines in the same glass 😉

Would age nicely in the next 3 to 5 years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. Aged for 36 months in oak barrels (25% New).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$24.