Tag: Petit Verdot

Heir Apparent Cellars Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California



Dark purple/ inky in color with a short purple rim.

Pretty nose of blackberries, black cherries, licorice, light vanilla, cedar, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, spices, light herbs and pencil lead.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, vanilla, tobacco, cedar, leather, dark chocolates, coffee, light earth, vegetables, liquorice and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

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

Still very young, but already enjoyable, even by itself. Needs 5 to 7 years to mature properly.

A good quality wine that has the potential to become a 95+ point wine.

Needs 4 hours to open up properly, so give it time.

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

A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$165.

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Block Three Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Lake County, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Nice nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, spices, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, light earth, liquorice and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, figs, vanilla, cedar, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County in California. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Still young and would be better in a few years. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime. I gave it 90 minutes to open up and show the tannins.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a nice piece of steak. Very tasty.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels. A small production of 150 cases.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Anarchist Wine Company Rage Against the Machine 2018, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, blackcurrants, oak, licorice, earth, light vegetables, spices, tobacco and chocolates.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, blueberries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, bitter herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice and easy drinking red wine from the North Coast in California. Fruit forward with mild complexity.

Still young and needs a couple of years in the bottle to mature.

Good by itself and better with food.

A good everyday wine that paired nicely with meats and cheeses.

A very interesting blend of Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest is Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Zinfandel. A small production of less than 200 cases.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$42.

Anarchist Wine Company The Philosopher 2017 Napa Valley, California

Dark purple in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black cherries, black currants, oak, light vanilla, licorice, chocolates, earth, pencil lead, coke and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black currants, blueberries, light wood, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, earth, peppercorn, spices, graphite and herbs.

Nice finish with round tannins and raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable red blend from Napa Valley. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Good for parties too.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime, when the tannins show up.

Showing nice structure and will be good in the next 3 years. I like these Napa Bordeaux blends, what can I say.

I paired it with dried meats, olives and crackers.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Petite Sirah.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$42.

7 Cellars Elway’s Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California

Deep ruby/ purple in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, black plums, light oak, vanilla, licorice, coffee, chocolates, spices and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, light vegetables, dark chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty, but young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Fruit forward and easy drinking.

Smooth and elegant. Spicy and entertaining. Good right out of the bottle, and better with some airtime.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years. Has the potential to be a 93+ point wine in 5 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine. A good porch wine too. Already Very approachable, tangy and interesting.

A nice collaboration with Robert Mondavi Jr. A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Sirah and 1% Petite Verdot. Aged for 18 months in French oak (60% new).

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

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

Château Gloria Saint Julien 2009, Bordeaux, France

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. Not showing much age.

Nice nose of blueberries, blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, light vegetables, herbs, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, black pepper and light medicine.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, coffee, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and coffee notes.

This is a nicely aged Bordeaux from the great 2009 vintage. Showing a great nose and mouthfeel.

Elegant with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show its pretty nose, so be patient. Tannins come in after 90 minutes.

Robert Parker 93 points.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Tasty and spicy. A delicious wine.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65.

Lepe Cellars Petit Verdot 2017 Monterey County, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of cherries, blueberries, oak, spices, licorice, light vegetables, earth, peppercorn, tobacco and coffee.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, sweet raspberries, plums, currants, oak, light vanilla, earth, light vegetables, graphite, peppercorn, dark chocolates and tobacco.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice and easy drinking Petit Verdot from Monterey County in California.

A good porch wine and good by itself or with food. Drinking nicely now, and would be nice to revisit in a couple of years.

A little high on alcohol, but not noticeable at all, so watch out, kind of dangerous 😉

Spicy and tangy. A nice wine to sip on by the lake, as i did. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$35.

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.

Long Shadows Vintners Pedestal Columbia Valley Merlot 2016, Washington State

Time for a good Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a delicious one from Washington State.

Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Nose of black plums, cedar, chocolates, coffee, cooked cherries, leather, light vegetables, earth, licorice, black tea, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

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

This is a very tasty Merlot from Columbia Valley. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Another delicious wine from Michel Rolland.

Still young, but already tasty. Drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, but better after an hour of airtime, as the complexity comes in. Showing nice complexity already.

Wine Enthusiast 89 points.

Tangy and interesting. A Delicious wine.

A blend of 75% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Aged for 22 months in (85% new) French Oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

Avery Rose Six Acre Vineyard Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Napa Valley, California

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

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

Strong fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, cedar, cooked cherries, spices, licorice, vanilla, wild flowers, dark chocolates, pencil lead, light earth and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, blueberries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious wine from Napa Valley. Elegant and interesting. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Showing nice complexity at this point. This Single Vineyard is good by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle with lots of cedar notes, which calmed down after an hour of airtime. Would age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

I paired it with meats and cheeses. Tasty and intriguing. Tangy and spicy.

A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 21 months.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$110.