Tag: red blend

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Lake County, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.  Here is a nice one from Red Hills.

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, raspberries, black plums, oak, light vanilla, licorice, herbs, tobacco leaf, earth, spices, chocolates, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, black currants, oak, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, coffee, cinnamon, earth, spices, light vegetables and herbs.

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

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County in California. Fruit forward with lots of coffee and chocolates notes.

Needs a few hours of airtime to open up, but drinkable right out of the bottle too. Big tannins come out after a couple of hours of air.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel, but still very young, and needs five years in the bottle to mature properly. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years. Will age nicely in the next 10 years.

I had the 2017 vintage a year ago and it is very consistent.

Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$75.

Chemistry Wines Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2019, Oregon



Purple in color with medium intensity and a wide purple rim.

On the nose black currants, raspberries, spices, tobacco, black pepper, light oak, spices and herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, currants, red plums, cherries, light oak, spices, chocolates, dark coffee, light earth and black pepper.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Pinot Noir from Oregon. Soft and elegant. Fruit forward and nicely balanced.

Smells more like a Syrah, and tastes like a blend of a California Pinot and burgundy. Interesting stuff.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food. A nice porch wine, too.

Aged in stainless steel and 15% oak barrels.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$19.

Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 2015, Bordeaux, France

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a beautiful one from Bordeaux.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, earth, tobacco leaf, herbs and black pepper.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, earth, wet leaves, herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead, dark coffee, dark chocolates and tobacco leaf.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.


This 7 year old, from the great 2015 vintage, is drinking very nice right now.

This Fifth growth Bordeaux is showing nice complexity, with a soft and elegant mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 3 hours in the decanter.

Young, but already delicious, and will continue to age nicely in the next 20 years.

Robert Parker 97 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. Will pair nicely with a nice piece of steak.

A Delicious wine that drank better than the 1996 I had 4 years ago.

A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 16 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$130.

Six Eight Nine Cellars killer Drop 2019, California



Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Sweet nose of blackberries, raisins, dried fruits, candied cherries, chocolates, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices and tobacco.

Full bodied and jammy, with medium minus acidity and long legs.

Dry to off dry on the palate with blackberries, raisins, oak, vanilla, toast, tobacco, chocolates, mocha, coffee, black pepper and dried figs.

Nice finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a fun red blend from California. Easy drinking and rich. Fruit forward and extracted. A great party wine.

Feels like an Orin Swift kind of wine, and might need a few years in the bottle to relax a bit.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels for 10 months (30% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$25.

Checkerboard Vineyards Napa Valley Red 2010, California




Another delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from a Single Vineyard in Napa Valley.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Showing black fruits with tobacco, chocolates, coffee, vanilla, cedar, licorice, spices and peppercorn.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with a long finish and round tannins.

Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. Rich, yet elegant and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle and probably better with airtime, but I didn’t have that luxury, as the bottle finished right away.

Thank you Barry for sharing this with me.

Good by itself, and does not need any food, but will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak.

This Magnum will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1%Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Grapes are grown at 1,200 feet of elevation, and were aged in oak barrels for 26 months. A small production of only 250 cases.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$800 (Magnum).

Yatir Winery Yatir Creek 2018 Judean Hills, Israel




Dark inky in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, black plums, barnyard, earth, vegetables, peppercorn, dark chocolates and bitter herbs.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, bitter herbs, earth, vegetables, black tea, chocolates dark coffee and black pepper.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and raspberries.

This is a unique Syrah based blend from Israel. Nicely balanced and still young. Earthy and stinky, in a good way. Feels like a Northern Rhône Syrah.

This 4 year old is starting to drink nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 7 years.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with dried meats.

A blend of 73% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 7% Mourvedre and 3% Grenache. Aged for 12 months in large oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

Titus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2019, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a tasty Cabernet Franc from Napa.

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, light bell pepper, peppercorn, earth and light vegetables.

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

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, peppercorn, earth, black tea and vegetables.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley is starting to drink nicely now.

Showing a nice mouthfeel, with nice complexity and good balance.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime, but it really needs longer than that.

This 3 year old will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years, and see how it evolved.

Has good potential to become a 94+ point wine.

Good by itself and better with food. Will pair nicely with lamb dishes. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 86% Cabernet Franc,
7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7%
Malbec. Aged in (65% new) French oak barrels for 20 months. 

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$53.

Barra of Mendocino Petite Sirah 2019, Mendocino, California



Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Strong fruity nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, dried fruits, light oak, spices, chocolates, coffee, licorice and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, milk chocolates, coffee, cola and peppercorn.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice and easy drinking Petite Sirah from Mendocino County.

Nicely balanced, rich and fruit forward. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.

Still young, and would be better in a few years. Will be nice to revisit it in a couple of years, and see how it evolved.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with BBQ Meats.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$26.


Avery Rose Winery Six Acre Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, wild flowers, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, vanilla, light spices and black pepper.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, dried figs, raisins, vanilla, tobacco, cedar, licorice, diet cola, chocolates, light mocha and peppercorn.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This tasty 6 year old Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, is drinking very nicely now.

Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Elegant and fruit forward. Rich and extracted.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime.

I had it a couple of years ago, and it is drinking even better now. Will continue to age nicely in the next 7 to 10 years.

Delicious to drink all by itself and good with food too. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired beautifully with the Italian salami.

A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels (50% new) for 21 months.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$110.

Binyamina Winery Diamond 2019, Galilee, Israel




A pretty color of ruby with a wide reddish rim and medium plus intensity.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, spices, chocolates, light oak, licorice, cloves and herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, light oak, cloves, chocolates, herbs and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Israel is still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Spicy and interesting.

Needs 45 minutes to open up properly. Earth and vegetable notes come in after 2 hours of airtime.

I’ve had the 2014 vintage a few years ago, and this is much better. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Paired nicely with an aged Spanish cheese.

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in French oak barrels. Kosher for passover and Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$52.