Tag: Napa Valley

Flora Springs Family Estate Trilogy 2018, Napa Valley, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, blueberries, ripe cherries, light cedar, light earth, vanilla, black pepper, chocolates, coffee and pencil lead.

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

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, vanilla, vegetables, black pepper, spices, chocolates, dark coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf, leather and earth.

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

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Napa Valley. Still young and will benefit from some bottle aging. Has good potential to become a really nice wine.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime. Really nice nose once it opens up.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, however, already drinking nicely and showing nice complexity.

The Malbec seems very dominant at the moment. Spicy and tangy. Fruit forward and tasty.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives.

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 8% Malbec. Aged in mostly French oak barrels for 18 months.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$85.

Postmark Wines Napa Valley Merlot 2018, California



Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, chocolates, cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Merlot from Napa Valley. Drinks more generic than that, though. Feels like a California Cabernet.

An entry-level Napa Merlot made by Duckhorn. Has some residual sugar to balance it out. Showing mild complexity with a tangy finish.

Wine Enthusiasts 88 points.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after a couple of hours.

Easy drinking and a good everyday wine.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$30.

Flora Springs Family Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California



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

Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, sweet cherries, chocolates, cedar, light caramel, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco light cola and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, plums, licorice, vanilla, cola, cedar, black coffee, chocolates, tobacco, earth, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and red cherries.

This young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is already drinking very nicely. Showing nice complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Very true to the Terroir, without too much alcohol, which I liked.

Well balance and interesting. Fruit forward, rich and extracted.

Will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years. Showing nice potential to become a 94+ point wine.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour in a decanter.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with Camembert cheese and prosciutto.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Oakville and Rutherford, were aged in French (mostly) and American oak barrels for 18 months.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Moon Tsai Winery Howell Mountain Hillside Blend 2013 Napa Valley, California




It’s definitely time for a great Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Great nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and earth.

Full bodied with medium acidity and elegant.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, earth, peppercorn and leather.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Merlot based blend from Napa Valley. Rich, yet elegant. Fruit forward with nice complexity.

This 8 year old Magnum is drinking very nicely now. The fact that it is from a great vintage doesn’t hurt it either.

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

Excellent quality. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Thank you Barry for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with delicious lamb chops.

Grapes are grown at 2,100 feet of elevation. A blend of 71% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels (31% new) for 25 months. A small production of 579 cases. Made by Philippe Melka.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$350 (Magnum)


Faust Wines Salvation Napa Valley Red Blend 2014, California



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

Very fruity nose of blackberries, cooked cherries, cedar, cooked plums, figs, raisins, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, cola, light earth, pencil lead and coffee.

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

Extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, black cherries, raisins, figs, cedar, spices, licorice, peppercorn, cocoa, mocha, coffee and tobacco.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 7 year old red blend from Napa Valley is delicious now. Drinking very nicely right out of the bottle, and way better after 4 hours in the decanter.

Rich and extracted with a great mouthfeel. Would age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

I had this vintage a couple of years ago, and this time it is so much better.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

Showing great complexity, but very fruity right now, and might be too much for some.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$75.

Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Booth Bella Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Rutherford, California

It’s time for a great Cabernet on this #FridayCabernetfix.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, dried fruits, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, earth, leather, tobacco, cola, black pepper, spices and chocolates.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, leather, cedar, licorice, cola, mocha, herbs, earth, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Already drinking beautifully, but still young and needs 5 to 10 years of bottle time to mature properly.

Good right out of the bottle, and a little better after 2 hours of airtime, when more complexity comes in.

A great sipping wine. No need for food here 

This 8 year old from the great 2013 vintage is tasty delicious.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$220.

Krill Family Vineyards Pellet Estate Sunchase Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 Petaluma Gap, California


Deep golden in color, with a yellow tint.

On the nose citrus, limes, yellow apples, spices, light oak, vanilla and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long fat legs.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, red apples, pears, light vegetables, spices, oak, light vanilla, light herbs and black pepper.

Tangy finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice Oaky Chardonnay from Sonoma County. Rich and fierce, yet elegant. Tangy, spicy and interesting.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and relax. Good by itself as a sipping wine, or with food. Spicy with nice complexity. The high alcohol is not noticeable, so you better watch out.

This 4 year old Single Vineyard still feels fresh and young, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 16 months.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$68.

Revana Family Vineyards Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a beautiful one.

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, raisins, dried figs, tobacco, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice spices, chocolates, mocha, coke, metals, light earth, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, peppercorn, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke and beef jerky.

Long finish with round tannins and dark coffee.

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

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and shows more complexity. Good by itself or with food. I loved smelling on it for a long time.

This 6 year old from the great 2013 vintage is tasty and delicious. Has the potential to be a 97 point wine in 5 years.

Thank you Barry for sharing.

This is a nice wine to drink all by itself and talk about. Well balanced, rich and expressive.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 20 months.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$150.

Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot 2016, California



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday, and this is one of the the best Merlots from California, that I have ever had.

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Gorgeous nose of black currants, cooked plums, cooked cherries, dried figs, cedar, licorice, vanilla, basil, tobacco, chocolates, light cola, eucalyptus, Mediterranean spices and peppercorn.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Showing great complexity with a great mouthfeel, and drinks way above its price point.

Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time. After 90 minutes in the decanter, tannins show up and bring more structure. Well worth the wait.

Tasty and luscious. Flavorful and inviting with a fabulous nose.

Robert Parker 93 points.

Will age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years. A great wine to have all by itself and talk about.

Thank you Scott for sharing this beauty with me.

Delicious and engaging. Rich and extracted.

Teeth staining color, so not so good for a first date. You’re welcome.

A blend of 96% Merlot with a touch of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$90.

7 Cellars Elway’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Napa Valley, California



Deep purple in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, black cherries, oak, spices, vanilla, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, licorice, light earth and peppercorn.

Full-bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, earth and light herbs.

Long finish with fine-grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and fruit-forward. Rich and extracted.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime, when complexity and structure come in.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch. Will also pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Sirah.

13.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65 (current vintage).