Tag: Petit Verdot

Halter Ranch Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California

It’s time to drink a Cabernet on this #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Paso Robles.

Deep purple in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, black currants, light cedar, licorice, vanilla, spices, tobacco, black pepper, dark chocolates and herbs.

Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, tobacco, licorice, light vanilla, herbs, coffee, light alcohol, peppercorn, light earth and chocolates.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. I always enjoy these Bordeaux blends. A good sipping wine too.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 45 minutes of air time, when tannins show up and bring in more structure to the wine.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years and see how it evolved.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair wonderfully with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in (30% new) French Oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

Psagot Winery Edom M-Series 2017, Israel



It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, light alcohol and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, cloves, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and spices.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

This 5 year old is peaking now, and needs 90 minutes to open up properly, so be patient.

Fruit forward with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Good by itself or with food.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 45% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot. Kosher and Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$40.

Kukeri Wines Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Napa Valley, California

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, dried fruits, toasted cedar, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, sweet tobacco, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, mocha and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, tobacco, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and dark chocolates.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Although still very young, the nose is already wonderful.

Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle. Once it opens up (1 hour), earthy notes show up, and make it more interesting.

A good quality wine with good potential to become a 94+ point wine.

This young Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with some Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Aged for 30 months in French oak barrels (30% new). A small production of only 6 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$79.

Ghito Winery Adom Red 2018, Israel





Ruby in color with medium-plus intensity and a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, raspberries, red currants, light oak, light spices, licorice, black pepper, vegetables, tobacco leaf, beef jerky, herbs and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with over ripen cherries, plums, earth, tobacco, light wood, spices, vegetables, bitter herbs, light vinaigrette, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This red blend from Israel is tasty and interesting. Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel.

Smells like a new world Pinot Noir, but that doesn’t show up on the palate.

Good by itself or with food. Spicy and entertaining. Good right out of the bottle and easy drinking. Tannins show up after an hour of airtime.

Feels like a fruit forward Spanish red. Interesting stuff.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in mostly used French oak barrels. Kosher and unfiltered.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$53.

Yount Ridge Cellars Napa Valley Proprietary Blend 2007, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide purplish rim.

On the nose black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light herbs, earth and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, figs, black plums, cherries, dried fruits, vanilla, cedar, spices, chocolates, coffee, light cola, pencil lead, earth and leather.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Nicely aged with a beautiful nose and palate.

Shows great complexity with a great mouthful.

This 14 year old is drinking so very nicely now, and will continue in the next five years. Has a lot of oomph in it still.

Good right out of the bottle, and even better as it opens up and shows more complexity and tannins.

I actually had a blind and called Cabernet based Bordeaux blend from Napa 2007. Doesn’t happen too often, but sometimes it does

A great wine to drink all by itself, and share with good friends and talk about.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

This Cabernet from the great 2007  vintage is showing wonderfully now. At its peak. I had the 2010 not too long ago and loved it too.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Verdot and 5% Malbec.

93 points.

$130.

Realm Cellars The Bard 2013 Napa Valley, California

It’s time to celebrate with a great wine for #FridayCabernetfix.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Strong fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, raisins, dried figs, tobacco, spices, cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, chocolates, coffee, alcohol and peppercorn.

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

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, earth and tobacco,

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Very tasty, rich and extracted, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. I gave it couple of hours to open up properly.

Still young and will age nicely in the next 10 to 20 years.

Robert Parker 100 points.

This 2013 vintage is drinking so nicely now. Very yummy, but might be too sweet for some.

A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon with 7% Petit Verdot.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

$350.

Montes Alpha M Colchagua Valley Red 2013, Chile


It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

What a great Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from Chile this is.

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

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, vegetables, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, cola and black pepper.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is delicious now and not showing much age. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

This Single Vineyard is a little heavy on the vanilla right now, but I enjoyed it regardless. Gets earthier as it opens up (2 hours).

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$95.

Serres Ranch Winery Bordeaux Style Blend 2017, Sonoma Valley, California



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

Very unique nose of black currants, black plums, red cherries, cranberries, spices, light oak, licorice, vanilla, green pepper, cardamom, dark coffee and tobacco.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, black plums, blueberries, light wood, earth, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates and peppercorn.

Nice tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting Malbec blend from Sonoma. Fruit forward and elegant. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Tangy, and a good food wine. Alcohol is nicely integrated, so watch yourself.

The nose is very interesting, which was a nice surprise, once it opened up. Better after 90 minutes in the decanter.

This 4 year old will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years. Would be nice to revisit it then.

I paired it with a fatty Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 46% Malbec, 30% Petit Verdot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes were aged separately for 3 years in French oak barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

Calla Lily Estate Audax Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California



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

This 6 year old Napa Cabernet is drinking very nicely now. Rich and extracted. Spicy with a great mouthfeel.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with medium acidity and long legs.

Smooth and elegant and feels prestigious. Full bodied and bold.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, earth, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, Mediterranean spices, light vegetables and fresh flower stems.

Showing great complexity on the nose and palate with a gorgeous nose. Delicious.

Rich, yet elegant and so tasty.

Would be very nice to pair it with a big piece of steak. I paired it with Caciocavallo cheese. Delish.

A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Aged for 27 months in French Oak barrels. A small production of only 1,580 bottles.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$120.

Gemstone Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Napa Valley, California





Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Gorgeous nose of blackberries, cooked plums, raisins, eucalyptus, earth, dried figs, tobacco, spices, oregano, light vegetables, cedar, vanilla, pencil lead, leather, chocolates, mint, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs. Smooth and elegant.

Dry on the palate and fruity, with blackberries, black plums, cedar, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, cola, vanilla, licorice, leather, spices, light vegetables, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Nicely aged and drinking extremely well now.

Well balanced with great complexity and a smooth mouthfeel. Tasty and tangy with a teeth staining color and a very interesting nose.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. After 3 hours in the decanter, tannins show up and bring nice structure.

Robert Parker 93 points.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

This 11 year old is peaking now, and will be good in the next 5 to 7 years. Rich and extracted. Spicy and interesting.

So enjoyable by itself, but good with food too. A great sipping wine that I paired with great company.

96 points.

$100.