Tag: Petite Verdot

Bevan Cellars Ontogeny Red 2016 Napa Valley, California

Time for a good #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great one from Napa Valley.

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Showing black fruits with cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, coke, chocolates, dark coffee, leather, spices and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity. Dry on the palate with nice balance and mouthfeel.

This is a delicious Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Complex and opulent, and might be too much for some.

Dark, rich and handsome. Very tasty now, although still young. Will be nice to revisit it in 10 years.

Robert Parker 95 points. Thank you Scott for sharing.

Good by itself or with food, like a big piece of steak.

A blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$120.

Newton Vineyard Unfiltered Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, California

To support the wineries that are the victims of the Glass fires, here is a delicious one from Newton Vineyard.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Great nose of blueberries, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, coke, tobacco, light alcohol, mocha and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, cooked cherries, dried figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, mocha, coke and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 10 year old Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking wonderfully, right out of the bottle. Very tasty and enjoyable by itself.

Very complex with a great mouthfeel. Rich and smooth. Awesome nose, that I kept smelling on for a long time.

This would have been even better if we had a couple of hours to open it up properly, but it was gone so quickly.

Robert Parker 94 points.

Delicious now and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with beef kebabs.

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 7% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$55 (current vintage).

High Dive Cellars Red Blend 2015, Napa Valley, California

Here is my #FridayCabernetfix with a beautiful Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, strawberry pie, dried figs, tobacco, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, mocha, coke and light earth. Gorgeous nose.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, figs, raisins, vanilla, sweet cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, earth, peppercorn, spices and light vegetables.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is s very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon based blend. Showing a great mouthfeel, although still young.

Nicely balanced with nice complexity, which will get better in the next 5 to 10 years.

Fruit forward with a touch of a Left bank Bordeaux style.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, which I didn’t have unfortunately, as it finished too quickly. Delicious wine.

A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Aged for 19 months in 65% new French Oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$95.

Silverado Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, California

It’s Cabernet Day today. Let’s celebrate with a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, black cherries, vanilla, licorice, spices, earth, peppercorn, cedar, chocolates, mocha, coffee and leather.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, blueberries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coke, graphite, earth, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This four-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and shows the tannins and complexity. An hour in a decanter does the trick.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

Nicely balanced, fruit forward, rich and elegant. Tasty and delicious.

A good sipping wine, that will age nicely in the next 5 to 15 years. I’ve had a few vintages with much more age before, and it is always delicious.

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

A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 16 months in mostly French oak barrels (44% new).

14.6% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$46.

Uproot Wines Grenache 2014 Santa Ynez Valley, California

Ruby in color with medium intensity and a reddish rim.

Strong fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, sweet strawberries, light oak, raspberries, spices, light earth, and black pepper. Fresh and inviting.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, red currants, light oak, licorice, dark chocolates, peppercorn, spices, earth and light vegetables.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice and refreshing Grenache from Santa Ynez Valley, California. Easy drinking with mild complexity. Spicy, fruit forward and good right out of the bottle.

This six-year-old feels young and fresh. Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

I gave it a light chill and had it by the pool with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 86% Grenache, 9% Syrah and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 11 months (33% new). A small production of only 300 cases.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$46.

Baldacci Family Vineyards Fraternity Napa Valley Red blend 2018, California

Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, licorice, vanilla, peppercorn, spices, dark coffee, espresso, tobacco, light alcohol and cinnamon.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, oak, vanilla, light vegetables, licorice, peppercorn, light earth, coffee, dark chocolates, coke, tobacco and spices.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This young Napa red blend is already drinking very nicely. Tasty with lots of coffee notes. Smells like walking into a coffee shop. Loved that.

Needs time to open up properly, I gave it 90 minutes, but longer would be suggested.

Nicely balanced, although a little rigid right now. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Loved smelling on it for a long time.

A good wine to pair with a big piece of steak, but good all by itself as well.

Still young with potential to be even better in the next 5 to 10 years. I had the 2013 recently, and it showed so well, so be patient with this 2 year old.

Spicy, tasty, delicious and interesting.

A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah and 2% Petit verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Meadowcroft Wines Anniversary Cuvee Napa Valley Non Vintage, California

For this week’s #MerlotThursday I opened a very nice red blend from California. Merlot is not the dominant grape here, but it works for me 😉

Pretty color of purple with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, black currants, vanilla, cedar, licorice, Indian spices, dark coffee, light tobacco, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with currants, black cherries, blueberries, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, dark chocolates, peppercorn, leather and tobacco.

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

This is a very young red blend from Napa Valley, and it is already tasty. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Easy drinking, light and airy. Tangy and interesting. Good by itself or with food. I gave it an hour to open up.

Showing good potential, and would benefit from 3 to 5 years in the bottle to further mature and get more complex.

This Non Vintage was bottled in 2019.

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

A blend of 20% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 14% Syrah, 5% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec. Aged in (30% New) French oak barrels. A small production of only 180 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$52.

Harlan Estate Napa Valley Red 2001, California

Cheers to my 6,000 review on Vivino. A Big milestone deserves a big wine. This was on my wishlist for a while now. Go big or go home!

Deep inky in color with a short brick rim. Unbelievable. Not showing age at all.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, black currants, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, leather, earth, Mediterranean spices, beef jerky, peppercorn, cedar, leather, vanilla and licorice.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet plums, vanilla, cedar, light vegetables, spices, smoke, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, cola, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon based, Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley. Showing great complexity and a great mouthfeel. Big with bold tannins. Delicious and yummy.

This 19 year old is drinking very nicely now, and really shows like a young wine. Has at least 15 years in it.

After 3 hours of airtime, forest floor notes come in on the nose. Tasting like an aged left bank Bordeaux.

Wine Advocate 100 points.

This is a Fabulous wine to share with good friends. Very enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with BBQ ribs.

Thank you John, for sharing this phenomenal wine with me.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

97 points.

$1,200.

King Family Vineyards Merlot 2018, Monticello, Virginia

This week’s #MerlotThursday is a nice Bordeaux blend from Virginia.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, cherries, black currants, strawberries, earth, wood, licorice, vanilla, tobacco, light vegetables and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, blueberries, raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, tobacco and dark coffee.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Merlot from Virginia. Showing a soft mouthfeel. Tangy with lots of red fruits and spices. A nice food wine. Light, bright and airy.

I enjoyed their Mountain Plain Merlot better. Would be interesting to see how this develops in the next couple of years.

A good everyday wine. For some reason it has an Italian red wine feel.

Needed an hour of airtime to blow off some of the acidity.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers, but would pair very nicely with Pepperoni pizza.

A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in French Oak barrels (30% new).

12.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$28.

Finca la Estacada Hello World Petit Verdot 2017, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Fruity on the nose with black currants, black plums, black cherries, cedar, spices, vanilla, licorice, earth, black pepper, eucalyptus, leather and chocolates.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, vanilla, light earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee and light vinaigrette.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tart cranberries.

This is a nice surprise. An interesting Petit Verdot from Spain. Definitely feels like a new world wine. Tangy and a little hot.

Good by itself and better with food. Good right out of the bottle, but better as it opens up and brings some tannins and structure.

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

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$9.