Tag: Napa

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.

Grand Napa Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2017, California

It’s time for a good #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, black plums, black cherries, cedar, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, light vegetables, dark coffee, spices and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, light vegetables, pencil lead, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious, yet young, Cabernet Sauvignon. Drinking very nicely now, although will be better in the next 5 to 10 years.

Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. As it opens up, more earth notes show up. Nicely balanced, tangy and spicy.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime. Easy drinking and interesting. A nice sipping wine by the porch.

I’ve also had the previous vintage, and it is very consistent.

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

Aged for 24 months in French oak barrels (60% new).

14.6% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$110.

Le Chanceaux Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017, California

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Nice nose of lemons, citrus, light wood, light vanilla, yellow apples, spices, light tropical fruits and bananas.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, light grapefruits, limes, light wood, earth, vanilla, spices and white pepper.

Long finish with tangy citrus fruits.

This is great Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford in Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and spicy, with a great mouthfeel.

Showing nice complexity with a little bit of oak and vanilla notes, but not overwhelming at all.

Alcohol is well-balanced as well, although high, so watch out.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with fresh oysters. Delicious.

Aged for 8 months in 20% New French oak barrels. A small production of only 50 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$29.

Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black plums, black currants, sweet cherries, dried figs, cedar, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, mocha, coffee, coke, tobacco and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate, and very fruity, with blackberries, blueberries, figs, raisins, licorice, vanilla, leather, spices, graphite, light vegetables, alcohol, peppercorn, coffee, dark chocolates, coke and earth.

Long spicy finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a young Cabernet from Napa. Already drinking nicely with lost a fruits and mild complexity.

Showing a nice mouthfeel with solid structure. Spicy and bold.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and show the tannins.

Need years in the bottle to mature and get more complexity. Would be better in the next 5 to 15 years.

I had it all by itself, but a big piece of steak would be nice too. 😊

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.

Nova Wines Marilyn Merlot Napa Valley Merlot 2017, California

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday, and it’s is also #internationalMerlotday. Here is a great one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, figs, raisins, cedar, vanilla, Mediterranean spices, licorice, peppercorn, milk chocolates, tobacco and coffee.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black plums, black currants, coffee, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke and light earth.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This a delicious Merlot from Napa Valley. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. A good sipping wine to have all by itself.

Nicely balanced and spicy. Great nose with nice complexity. Loved smelling on it for a long time.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows the complexity.

Delicious and yummy.

A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$36.

Revolver Wine Company Purgatory Napa Valley Merlot 2015, California

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

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, cherries, sweet raspberries, light cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, light green vegetables, black pepper, graphite and beef jerky.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, oak, sweet strawberries, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates and light vegetables.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Napa Valley. Tangy and soft with nice complexity.

This 4 year old is drinking nicely now, and will be better in the next 3 to 5 years.

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

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

Thank you Sonny for sharing this with me.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.