Tag: red blend

Optio Vineyards Inmesceo 2020, Paso Robles, California



Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberry jam, black currants, plums, baked cherries, light oak, spices and light pepper.

Full bodied and soft, with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, currants, cooked cherries, light oak, spices, light alcohol, peppercorn, chocolates and light tobacco leaf.

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

This is a very tasty Mourvedre blend from Paso Robles. Easy drinking and good by itself. Feels like a Spanish Monastrell with a new world twist.

Better after 90 minutes of airtime, but good right out of the bottle as well.

Still young and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

Already showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and rich. Fruit forward and smooth.

Good by itself or with food. Would pair nicely with burger and fries.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend 50% Mourvedre, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petite Sirah. Aged for 17 months in (15% new) oak barrels. A tiny production of only 63 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$58.


Arling blaze Wines Hope Dies Last 2018, Napa Valley, California



This is a tasty Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Napa Valley.

Full bodied and smooth, with medium plus acidity.

Showing black fruits with dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, alcohol, cola, licorice, light oak, vanilla, earth and spices.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle, but better after 45 minutes of airtime.

A good party wine, and good by itself as a sipping wine. A little hot at the back of the throat, though.

A little unbalanced, but works well for parties.

Thanks Elvira for sharing this with me.


A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Zinfandel and 25% Merlot.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Heir Apparent Spring Mountain District Cellar Selection Red Wine 2019, Napa Valley, California

It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday


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

On the nose red cherries, red currants, sweet raspberries, light oak, spices, chocolates, bell pepper, vegetables, green olives, earth, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, earth, dark chocolates, peppercorn, herbs, light vegetables and tobacco leaf.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Napa Valley is starting to drink nicely, but needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Soft and smooth with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Spicy and entertaining.

Needs a couple of hours in the decanter to open up.

Feels very much like a right Bank Bordeaux rather than a Napa one.

There’s plenty of fruits here, but they’re all intertwined with lots of earth notes. Interesting stuff out of Napa.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. A small production of only 390 cases.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$120.

Yount Ridge Cellars Proprietary Blend 2009, California





Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Full bodied with medium acidity and smooth.

Dry and fruity on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing blackberries, cedar, sweet cherries, currants, licorice, diet cola, chocolates, vanilla, spices, espresso and light earth.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 13 year old Napa Bordeaux blend is peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years. Delicious and easy drinking.

Soft and smooth. Rich yet elegant. Fruit forward and spicy.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime.

A gorgeous Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon blend with a wonderful nose, right out of the bottle.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

I’ve had a few vintages before, and it is always delicious. Tangy, spicy and interesting.

Really enjoyed it, especially the nose. Kept smelling on it. Delicious stuff.

A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Merlot.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$120.

Patland Estate Vineyards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Napa Valley, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a great Napa Cab.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

This Single Vineyard is showing blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, tobacco leaf, earth and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with round tannins and pomegranates.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime.

This Napa Cabernet is not typical at all. There is a lot going on here. Showing great complexity.

Rich and tangy. Fruit forward and nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

This 6 year old, from the great 2016 vintage, is drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Will pair nicely with a nice piece of steak, but good as a sipping wine too.

A blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Malbec. Aged in (80% new) French Oak barrels for 20 months. A small production of only 4,800 bottles.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$240.

Château Clos Beauregard Pomerol 2013, Bordeaux, France



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, red cherries, red currants, plums, earth, oak, vanilla, dark chocolates, herbs, light vegetables, garrigue, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, dark coffee, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, light river rocks and peppercorn.

Medium finish with grippy tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Pomerol. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Feels big and grippy, and has a lot in it to last much longer.

A good quality wine from a bad vintage, that will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Good right out of the bottle, and much better after a few hours of airtime.

Thank you James @wineroomvideos for sharing this with me.

I had the 2016 a couple of years ago, and it is showing nice consistency.

Wine Enthusiasts 88 points.

A blend of 93% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

13% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$80.

Bolla Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2008, Italy




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

Beautiful nose of blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, light licorice, earth, chocolates, tobacco leaf, light must, peppercorn, raisins, herbs, dried figs and light alcohol.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with black currants, sweet plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, earth, herbs and licorice.

Spicy long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 14 year old Amarone is still delicious, with a beautiful color and a great nose. Tangy and very spicy.

Elegant and fruit forward. Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle.

Will not last much longer, so drink up if you have one.

Robert Parker 90 points.

Thank you Elvira for sharing this with me.

Paired nicely with Pizza.

A blend of 70% Corvina and Corvinone, and 30% of indigenous grapes. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50(current vintage).

Nana Estate Winery Cassiopeia 2019, Israel

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate and very fruity, with nice complexity.

Showing black currants, cooked plums, sweet cherries, oak, spices, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco, black pepper, dark coffee, herbs, chocolates and light vegetables.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This 3 year old Syrah blend from Israel is very interesting. Fruit forward with a smooth mouthfeel. Rich and flavorful.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime. Very easy drinking, and good by itself or with food.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

A blend of 85% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah and 3% Petit verdot. Grapes are grown in the desert. Aged in French oak barrels for 14 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$42.

Penfolds Wines Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2018, Australia



Deep Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Dry and very fruity on the palate.

Showing black currants, cooked plums, figs, earth, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, vanilla, spices and peppercorn.

Fruit forward with medium acidity.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Rich and extracted. Showing nice complexity with a strong nose.

This delicious “baby Grange” is starting to drink nicely now. Still young, and would be better in 5 years. Will age nicely in the next 15 years.

Wine Spectator 92 points. Robert Parker 93 points.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime, which I did not have, as it finished way too quickly.

I had the 2017 a couple of years ago, and liked it even better, even though the 2018 was a better vintage.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, or with a nice piece of steak.

A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.

PerUs Wine Company Proprietary Red Alessio 2016, Napa Valley, California


It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here’s a gorgeous Cabernet based Bordeaux blend.

Full bodied with medium acidity and elegant.

Dry and very fruity on the palate.

Showing blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, cola, light herbs, Mediterranean spices, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco, graphite and light dark coffee.

This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Elegant, thick and fruit forward.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime.

Showing great complexity, although still young, and drinking very nicely right out of the bottle.

This 2016 was a great vintage and it is definitely showing. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

Soft and smooth. Rich and extracted. Delicious . I just love these Napa Bordeaux blends.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and will also pair nicely with a nice piece of steak.

A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot. Made by Russell Bevan.

15.2% alcohol by volume.

96 points.

$300.