Tag: Napa Valley

Kukeri Wines Stags Leap District Proprietary Red Blend 2018 Napa Valley, California

It’s time for a nice Cabernet for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, cooked plums, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, espresso, pencil lead, black pepper, spices, herbs and light vegetables.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, black plums, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, cola, pencil lead, light peppercorn, vegetables, vanilla, earth and beef jerky.

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

This young Bordeaux blend from Stags Leap is spicy and interesting, and already drinking very nicely. Fruit forward and nicely balanced.

Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Tasty and rich, soft and warm.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly, so be patient.

Showing great potential to be a great 95+ point wine, and will age nicely in the next 15 years. A good quality wine that would be nice to revisit in 5 to 10 years.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 52% Cabernet Franc, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. A small production of only 290 cases. Aged in French and American oak barrels for 18 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

Calla Lily Estate Audax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

We have a new president! Time for a Celebratory wine 🍷

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with cedar, blackberries, vanilla, licorice, black plums, black currants, raisins, figs, chocolates, cola, earth, coffee, spices, violets and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, dark chocolates, peppercorn, tobacco and light herbs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Easy drinking and elegant. Nicely balanced, fruit forward and spicy.

Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time (90 minutes).

This 5 year old is still young, and will age nicely in the next 10 years.
Nice to see a Napa Cabernet that is not too high in alcohol.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine by the porch, but will be great with a piece of steak too.

A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Aged for 27 months in French Oak barrels (50% new). A very small production of only 1,600 bottles.

14.1% alcohol by alcohol.

93 points

$120.

Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel 2017, California

This is very tasty Zinfandel from Napa Valley with nice complexity and a smooth mouthfeel.

Fruit forward and still young, but already very enjoyable.

Showing black fruits with oak, licorice, spices, coffee, vanilla, mocha, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso and chocolates.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with and very fruity with lots of chocolate notes.

Good right out of the bottle, but way better after an hour of airtime. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Thank you Wendy for sharing.

Good by itself or with food, like BBQ burgers.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$35.

Calculated Risk Winery Barrel Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a nice reddish rim.

Fruity on the nose with blackberries, blackcurrants, black cherries, raisins, figs, coffee, cedar, chocolates, vanilla, licorice, black pepper and spices.

Full-bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and nice looking legs.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with black currants, blackberries, cola, sweet cherries, cedar, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, light vegetables, pencil lead, vanilla and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

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

Very tasty, rich and opulent, with a smooth mouthfeel. This is what you expect from a Napa Valley Cabernet, definitely delivers.

Very nicely balanced, good right out of the bottle, and better is it opens up, and shows more complexity. After 2 hours of airtime, tannins show up and bring in nice structure, so be patient.

Still young and needs a few more years to mature properly. Would be nice to try this in 8 years. Has great potential.

Spicy and entertaining. A great sipping wine.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, but would be terrific with a nice piece of steak.

This is just delicious.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points

$80.

Barnett Vineyards Spring Mountain District Merlot 2014 Napa Valley, California

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark purple in color with a reddish rim.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Dry to off dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, light medicine, coffee and peppercorn

Medium length on the finish soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from a great vintage. I actually expected more from this, but I believe it is still young. Too fruity for me, and that would hopefully calm down in the future. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

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

A good quality wine, but a little unbalanced.

Robert Parker 90 points.
Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

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

A blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 22 months in French Oak Barrels (
60% new).

14.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$65.

Calla Lily Estate and Winery Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Napa Valley, California

Dark ruby in color, almost black, with a nice reddish cloudy rim.

Great nose of blueberries, blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, cedar, licorice, light earth, chocolates, coffee, mint and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, stewed cherries, chocolates, cedar, leather, licorice, cola, vanilla, light earth, spices, peppercorn, tobacco and cocoa.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. This will not disappoint you, as it is true to the terroir. Rich and tangy. Spicy, elegant and fruit forward.

Still young and would be even better in 5 to 10 years of bottle time. Nevertheless, it is already delicious.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after a couple of hours of airtime. Tannins come in after 2 hours.

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

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia 2012 Napa Valley, California

Celebrating 20K on Instagram with this beautiful wine!

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim. Doesn’t show age at all.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, cola, chocolates, mocha, caramel and black pepper.

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

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

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Napa Bordeaux blend. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and fruit forward.

A fantastic wine from a great vintage. I’ve had a few different vintages of this, from older to younger, and this 2012 vintage is so nice right now. Will be even better in the next 10 to 15 years.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Rich yet elegant. Opulent and luxurious. Delectable and delicious.

Robert Parker 96 points.

Good right out of the bottle and much better after 3 hours of airtime. Fun wine for parties if it’s in the budget 😉

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. Aged in New French oak barrels for 24 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

97 points.

$250.

Van Asperen Vineyards Napa Valley Zinfandel 1997, California

So today my son got accepted to law school, and it’s time to celebrate with his birth year wine, that I kept for this occasion.

A pretty ruby in color with a wide brick/ brownish rim.

Wonderful nose of blueberries, blackberries, cooked strawberries, cedar, licorice, vanilla, cola, light forest floor, earth, light coffee, leather and Indian spices. Just beautiful.

Medium bodied, soft and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, stewed plums, cooked cherries, cedar, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, herbs, tobacco, light sweet vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Long finish with zero tannins and tangy raspberries.

What a wonderful 23 year old Zinfandel this is. Drinking so nicely and smoothly at this point. Showing great complexity with a great mouthfeel.

The high alcohol is very well integrated at this point. Delicious by itself or with food.

I did not decant it, and it was delicious right out of the bottle. Even better after 20 minutes.

Since I was drinking it (almost) by myself (covid), it lasted for 3 hours, and I really enjoyed it this whole time.

Elegant, rich and structured with a wonderful nose.

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

15.8% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

Thomas Henry Wines Napa Valley Pinot Noir 2018, California

Ruby in color with medium intensity.

Fruity nose with blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, light oak, spices, tobacco, chocolates and black pepper.

Medium-bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with currants, plums, cherries, strawberries, light tobacco, coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs, spices, black pepper and earth.

Medium finish with soft tannins.

This is a nice Pinot Noir from Carneros. Easy drinking with a soft mouthfeel. Nice and engaging.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself as a sipping wine by the porch.

A good everyday wine.

I paired it with a gorgeous day by the pool.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 Points.

$22.

Ca’ Momi Winery Heartcraft Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018, California

Yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong fruity nose with oak vanilla, citrus, lemons, red and yellow apples, spices, tropical fruits, honey, flowers and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and buttery, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, apples, melons, tropical fruits, peaches, bananas, oak, vanilla, spices and white pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with tangy lemons.

This is a very enjoyable Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and not to oaky, although it has enough of that.

Easy drinking with a pleasant mouthfeel. Soft and elegant, buttery and spicy. Really enjoyed the nose here.

Might have a small touch of RS to balance it out.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, by the lake.

100% Chardonnay grapes were aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.