Tag: red blend

Ella Valley Vineyards Vineyard’s Choice 32/35 2012, Israel

Time for some #Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a great Merlot blend from Israel.

Deep purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Pretty nose of blackberries, sweet plums, dried figs, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet oak, spices, chocolates, black pepper, mocha, coffee, milk chocolates and tobacco.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, toasted cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, earth, mocha, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a wonderful Red Blend from Israel. Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Rich and extracted, yet elegant. Resembles a good quality Napa Bordeaux blend.

This 8 year old is peaking now and will be good in the next few years. I had it before, as a 5 year old, and this time it’s so much better.

This is a big red wine, with teeth staining color. Needs 3 hours to open up properly and show the tannins.

Thank you Sean for sharing this wonderful wine with me. This is a delicious wine to have with friends.

Enjoyable by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 17 months in oak barrels. Kosher.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$50.

RBJ Vintners VOX Populi 2001 Barossa Valley, South Australia

To support Australia, we are drinking a nicely aged one from South Australia.

Pretty color of light ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Showing black and red fruits with earth, light vegetables, tobacco, spices and peppercorn.

Dry on the palate with medium acidity.

Medium bodied with a tangy finish and no tannins at this point.

This 19 year old Grenache blend is drinking very nicely now. Nice and easy drinking, but not as complex as I expected it to be. Still, very enjoyable to drink a piece of history.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with light appetizers.

12% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

Dusty Nabor Wines Ballard Canyon Syrah 2017, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, black plums, oak, licorice, vanilla, cola, dark chocolates, tobacco, black pepper, earth and Indian spices.

Full-bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity with blackberries, black currants, oak, light vegetables, vanilla, coffee, spices, peppercorn, leather and tobacco.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Syrah from California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after 90 minutes of airtime. As it opens up, lots of coffee and chocolate notes come in, which is very nice to see.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Already drinking well, but will be better in the next 3 to 5 years.

Nicely balanced, interesting and engaging. I especially enjoyed the nose here.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier. Aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Unfiltered and unfined.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$40.

Kitron Winery Tigra Reserve 2009, Israel

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a beautiful Merlot blend from Israel.

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

Earthy nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, tobacco leaf, forest floor, earth, graphite, dark coffee and vinaigrette.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, blueberries, currants, vanilla, wood, spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee, vinaigrette, Mediterranean spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Bordeaux blend from Israel. Nicely balanced with great complexity and mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and got more complex as it opened up (90 minutes).

Peaking now and will be good in the next few years.

This 11 year old is delicious. Reminds me of a 20 year old Left Bank Bordeaux.

Thank you Oren for sharing this with me.

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

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Aged for 18 months in New French oak barrels. Hand picked and night harvested. Kosher.

14% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$45 (current vintage)

Orin Swift Cellars Abstract 2017, California

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, chocolates, tobacco, cola, espresso, spice box, cinnamon, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, spices, earth, vanilla, licorice, cloves, light vegetables, alcohol, cola, cinnamon and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a wonderful Grenache blend from the house of Orin Swift. Fruity, big, rich, spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and shows some tannins (1 hour). After 3 hours in the decanter, the nose really opened up, so be patient with this young wine.

Needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Good by itself or with food. A great sipping wine by the porch or with friends.

I paired it with a nice, juicy burger.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels for 8 months (30% new).

15.1% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$35.

Château Ste Michelle Indian Wells Merlot 2015, Washington State

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nicely priced one from Washington State.

Dark ruby in color with a cloudy reddish /brick rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, cooked plums, raisins, dried fruits, oak, spices, vanilla, peppercorn, light vegetables, pencil lead, light alcohol, chocolates, herbs and light earth.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium length on the finish with fine tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice Merlot from Washington State. Big and fruit forward with nice complexity, now. A good sipping wine and good for parties.

Showing a tangy finish with nice spices.

Needed an hour in a decanter to open up properly, so take your time.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$14.

Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore 2003, Italy

Happy New Year everyone! Here is a beautiful Italian Bordeaux blend.

Very dark ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim.

Great nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, wet leaves, leather, mushrooms, eucalyptus, peppercorn, vegetables, green pepper, tobacco leaf and spices.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a great Italian, Cabernet Based, Super Tuscan. Nicely balanced with great complexity. A little hot at the back of the throat still, which will probably go away in the next 5 years.

This 16 year old has a beautiful nose that you can smell on for hours (which I did). Reminds me of a nicely aged Left Bank Bordeaux.

We let it open up for 4 hours. Tannins come in only after 4 hours, so be patient. Will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years. A great quality wine.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

Robert Parker 93 points.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Was great with the triple cream truffle Brie cheese.

Delightful and elegant. Tasty and delicious.

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in (70% new) French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

$200.