Tag: Napa

Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here’s a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity on the nose with blackberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, earth, dark coffee and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cedar, vanilla, leather, light bell pepper, tobacco, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, is already very enjoyable by itself or with food. Well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (30 minutes). After a couple of hours big tannins come in.

This is a great Cabernet to cellar for 10 years.

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

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.

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Inglenook Vineyards Napa Valley Petite Sirah 1974, California

Ruby in color with medium intensity and a brick tint.

Strong peppermint on the nose with red currants, light oak, spices, earth, light barnyard, wet leaves, herbs, black tea and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, red currants, cherries, light oak, earth, light vanilla, wet leaves, black tea, black pepper, beef jerky, vinaigrette and dark coffee.

Medium finish with no tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 45 year old Petite Sirah is still drinkable, but way passed it’s peak. Interesting with nice complexity and a light mouthfeel.

Good by itself and better with food.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly, but died after a couple of hours.

I’ve never had a Napa Valley Petite Sirah with such low alcohol. What a great experience this is.

I enjoyed it with great friends and good food.

12% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

Orin Swift Cellars Papillion 2013 Napa Valley, California

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet figs, raisins, vanilla, sweet raspberries, smoke, chocolates, mocha, peppercorn, earth, graphites, spices, leather and tobacco.

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

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth and dark coffee.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon based, Bordeaux blend, from the house of Orin Swift.

This Napa Valley red blend is rich and extracted with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity. Big bold and beautiful.

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now and will be good in the next 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins. Complexity comes in after 3 hours of airtime.

Robert Parker 95 points.

This great vintage shows lots of chocolate notes. Delicious and yummy.

Good by itself, No need for food.

Thank you Barry for sharing this delicious wine with me.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels (40% new).

15.1% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$75.

Lewelling Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

It is time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here’s a fantastic #Cabernet from #NapaValley.

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Strong fruity nose with black currants, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, mocha, coffee, alcohol, earth, leather, smoke, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Full bodied and gentle with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, coffee, raisins, chocolates, mocha, earth, leather, coke, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Very enjoyable by itself or with food.

Still showing the high alcohol. Not fully balance yet, but so tasty. Still young, and needs 5 years in the bottle to mature and bring out more complexity.

Delicious and yummy.

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

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 18 months (70% new).

15.6% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$70.

Chimney Rock Winery Stags Leap District Elevage 2015 Napa Valley, California

Time for some #MerlotThursday. Are two better than one?

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim. Teeth staining color.

Fruity, yet subdued, nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, vanilla, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, spices, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, dark chocolates, coffee, mocha, tobacco, earth and spices.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a a delicious Merlot based Bordeaux Blend from Stags Leap District in Napa Valley.

Still young and needs another 5 to 10 years of bottle time to mature, but good right out of the bottle too. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Needs a few hours to open up properly and show the complexity.

Tastes more like a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, rather than a Merlot, which is fine with me 😃

Loved the spicy and tangy finish. Delicious and yummy.

Robert Parker 91 points.

Thank you Shelby and Bob for sharing.

A blend of 77% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$100.

Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great Napa Cabernet.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, earth, tobacco, vegetables, spices, wood, light vanilla, wet leaves, green vegetables, herbs, dark coffee and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables and green herbs.

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

This Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is already drinking very nicely, although still young. Showing nice complexity and a really great mouthfeel.

Needs 3 hours to open up and show some tannins. Will be even better in the next 5-10 years.

Good by itself or with food and would pair very nicely with a big piece of steak. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged in 45% new oak barrels (French, American and Hungarian).

Delicious and yummy.

15.1% Alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$53.

Erba Mountainside Vineyards Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend 2005, California

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

Light on the nose with blueberries, cherries, plums, oak, light vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, licorice, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, over ripen black cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, vinaigrette, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nicely aged Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Showing great complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Drinks like an aged Right Bank Bordeaux now.

This 14 year old has lost some of its fruits by now. I probably would have liked it better a few years ago.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly and show tannins and complexity.
Really strong black licorice come in after 2 hours of airtime.

Wine Enthusiasts 88 points. Robert Parker 95 points.

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

A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$80.