Tag: red blend

Robert Hall Winery Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

Dark ruby in color with a short purplish rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, blackberries, licorice, cedar, cloves, vanilla, spices, coffee, earth, eucalyptus, peppercorn and graphite.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light herbs and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine tannins and spicy chili powder.

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Very typical and consistent. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. A nice sipping wine by the porch. The tangy ending makes it interesting.

Wine Enthusiast 87 points.

Good right out of the bottle and gets some more structure after an hour of airtime. Really enjoyable.

Aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

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Nalle Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017, California

Deep ruby in color with a wide cloudy, purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black cherries, wildflowers, light cedar, tobacco, light bell pepper, vanilla, peppercorn, earth, cloves and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, blueberries, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, bitter greens, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Zinfandel from Sonoma County. Drinking nicely now even right out of the bottle. As it opens up, it gets earthier and spicier.

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature, get more complexity, and remove some of the vegetable notes. Will be a 90+ wine in 5 years.

Good by itself or with food and would pair very nicely with a burger. I paired it with a Brie cheese and roasted almonds.

A blend of 91% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah and 4% Carignan. Aged for 11 months in French oak barrels (25% New).

13.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$40.

Azari Winery CorkScrew Luma Rouge 2011, California

Dark inky in color with a short and cloudy, deep brick rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cherries, wood, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, herbs, light vegetables, vinaigrette, tobacco and diet cola.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, vinaigrette, vegetables, tobacco, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

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

This is a nice Syrah blend from Sonoma County. Tangy and spicy with lots of black fruits. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is not from the best of vintages, and over the hill by now, but very tasty nonetheless.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (2 hours).

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

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.

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.

Château Kirwan Margaux Grand Cru Classé 2009, Bordeaux, France

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here’s a great one from Bordeaux.

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Nice nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, wood, dark coffee, light vegetables, pencil lead and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blueberries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, vinaigrette and wet leaves.

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

This third growth Left Bank Bordeaux, is starting to drink very nicely now. Nicely balanced with a big mouthfeel.

Earthy and spicy with lots of fruits. Already showing nice complexity, and beginning to show age on the palate.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the big tannins, so be patient and don’t drink it right out of the bottle.

This 10 year old is good by itself as a sipping wine to enjoy with friends.
Still young and needs 5 to 10 years in the bottle to mature.

Robert Parker 92 points.

I paired it with meats, cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 13.5% Cabernet Franc and 13.5% Petit Verdot.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$80.

Bock Jozsef Ermitage Villany 2014, Hungary

A friend brought over an interesting red blend from Hungary. Probably my first Hungarian red.

Ruby /brownish in color with a wide brick rim.

Nose of blueberries, cherries, strawberries, wood, licorice, vanilla, earth, wet leaves, peppercorn, vegetables, green herbs, tobacco leaf and black tea.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry and tangy on the mid palate, with cherries, strawberries, cranberries, oak, licorice, wet leaves, herbs vegetables, bell pepper, spices, forest floor, black tea and earth.

Short and spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is an interesting red blend from Hungary. Reminds me of a light Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

A good food wine. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly, and became tart after 2 hours of airtime.

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Portugieser, Gamay and Syrah. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.