Tag: red blend

Elvi Wines Clos Mesorah 2015 Montsant, Spain

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

On the nose, black plums, red cherries, blueberries, light oak, licorice, spices, peppercorn, earth, dust, vegetables, alcohol and black tea.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and spicy on the attack with blueberries, cherries, strawberries, wood, licorice, spices, vegetables, bitter herbs, graphite, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Spanish Red Blend. Spicy, tangy and easy drinking. Showing mild complexity and mouthfeel.

Good by itself and better with food.

A little hot, but very drinkable. Might need a few years in the bottle to mature. I let it open up for 2 hours.

A good quality wine. Elegant and spicy. I’d like to revisit it in 3 years.

I had it blind, and called Priorat Garnacha/Syrah blend.

I paired it with cheeses, crackers and fresh berries.

A blend of 40% Carignan, 30% Garnacha, and 30% Syrah. Old Vines. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$68.

Artiste Winery Countemplation Non Vintage, Santa Barbara County, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. A very pretty color.

Fruity nose with bing cherries, blueberries, plums, wood, vanilla, red candy, spices and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, currants, barnyard, light vegetables, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy citrus fruit.

This is a very interesting Pinot Noir blend from Santa Barbara County. A nice surprise, a Pinot Noir with a twist. Smells like a Pinot Noir from California, tastes like a fruity Pinot Noir with a touch of Syrah. Spicy, unique and interesting.

Good by itself as a sipping wine or with food. A good wine to sip on with friends and talk about.

Although very enjoyable now, it should get even better in 3 to 5 years. (This Non-Vintage was bottled in 2019).

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Interesting and engaging.

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

A blend of 70% Pinot Noir, 24% Syrah and 6% Chardonnay.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$38.

Yatir Winery Yatir Creek 2016 Judean Hills, Israel

A pretty color of dark ruby with a nice reddish rim.

Stinky nose of black currants, blueberries, barnyard, vanilla, oak cloves, spices, earth, wet leaves, black pepper, black tea, dark coffee, pencil lead, vegetables and bitter herbs.

Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, vegetables, vanilla, spices, coffee, herbs, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very nice Syrah blend from Israel. Feels like a good quality Chilean Red Blend.

I let it open up for 3 hours, and the stinky nose was still there. As it opens up it becomes tastier, so be patient.

Still young and needs 3 to 5 years in the bottle to mature properly.

An interesting wine to drink and talk about. If you are familiar with their Yatir Forest, this is its baby brother. This has the potential to get to 92+ points in 5 to 7 years.

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

A blend of 76% Syrah, 12% Tannant and 12% Malbec. A very unique blend from this area. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.

Ch芒teau Montbrun Cru Bourgeois Margaux 1983 Bordeaux, France

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice surprise from Margaux, Bordeaux.

Dark brown in color with a wide brick rim.

Great complexity on the nose with blueberries, black currants, potpourri, raspberries, earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, green vegetables, vinaigrette, black tea, mashrooms, forest floor, smoke, tobacco leaf, spices and graphite.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, dried fruits, wood, cloves, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, black pepper, earth, black tea, vinaigrette, mushrooms, wet leaves, herbs and graphite.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

What a great experience this is. This 36 Year old, Cabernet based Bordeaux, is drinking very nicely now. Showing great complexity on both the nose and palate, with a soft mouthfeel. Resembles a 40 year old Barolo.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Took 90 minutes to peak.

Not from a great vintage, but it is still holding great.

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

I can’t say what the alcohol level is, but it feels like 12.5%.

91 points.

Fausto de Pizzato Verve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Tannant Gran Reserva 2011, Brazil

Dark inky in color with a short, dirty brick rim.

Strong nose of black currants, cooked plums, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, pencil lead, cola, peppercorn, leather, bonefire smoke, dark chocolates and sweet candy.

Full bodied and soft with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, black pepper, graphite, peppercorn, leather, vegetables, tobacco and espresso.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tart raspberries.

This is a very nice Brazilian Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Feels like an old world wine.

This 8 year old has a nice mouthfeel, but not fully balanced. The mid palate is very tasty, until the ending, which is a bit too tart for my taste. I actually liked the nose better than the palate.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and remove the barnyard notes.

Paired very nicely with food.

Thank you Alex for sharing.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tannant. Aged in Oak barrels. A small production of only 4250 bottles. This blend was only produced in this 2011 vintage.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

K Vintners Syrah The Beautiful 2012 Walla Walla Valley, Washington

Dark inky color with a short brick rim.

Great nose of black plums, black currants, oak, cloves, earth, barnyard, vanilla, tobacco, dark coffee, chocolates, peppercorn, spices, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, leather, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Syrah from Washington State. Well balanced and fruit forward with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Tangy, beautiful, spicy and delicious. Long coffee finish that lasts for a while.

This 7 year old is a great sipping wine, to have by the porch.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Drinking very nicely now, and will be good in the next 10 years. Teeth staining color, so not so good for a first date 馃槂

Thank you Scott for sharing this gorgeous wine with me.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$75.

Les Producteurs Reunis Vinsobres C么tes du Rh么ne 1978, France

Ruby in color with a brick rim and medium intensity.

Nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, oak, light vanilla, earth, vegetables, wet leaves, spices, tobacco leaf, black tea, barnyard, black pepper and light bell pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, barnyard, green vegetables, herbs, chocolates, wood, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather and smoke.

Short finish with no tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a nicely aged C么tes du Rh么ne. Showing great complexity and a soft mouthfeel. Not fully balanced any longer, but still very drinkable. I didn’t expect it to be where it was. What a nice surprise.

Drinking this 41 year old is a great experience. I kept smelling on it for a long time.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with light appetizers.

13% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.