Tag: red blend

Viñedos y Bodegas Pablo Gran Viu Finca Santiaga 2004, Cariñena, Spain

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, black currants, black cherries, wood, licorice, light vanilla, spices, light vegetables, tobacco, coffee, light vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, blueberries, cloves, oak, tobacco leaf, vanilla, spices, espresso, vegetables, earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great surprise. This 16 year old Spanish red is drinking very nicely now.

Showing nice complexity with an elegant mouthfeel. Alcohol is very integrated by now, although very high.

Thank you David and Elvira for sharing this with me.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly.

Good by itself or with food, and paired wonderfully with the Lamb chops.

Aged in New French oak barrels for 4 years.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Vincity Wines Vinatlas 2014, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a tasty one from California.

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

Fruity nose with blueberries, plums, currants, light cedar, vanilla, light earth, licorice, black pepper, spices and chocolates.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, coffee, dark chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend. Drinking very nicely now, and will continue in the next 5 years.

This 6 year old is showing nice complexity and balance, with a very enjoyable mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but gets more complex as it opens up. I let it decant for 2 hours.

A good quality wine. Delicious, interesting and engaging.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with meats, cheeses and light appetizers. Was really nice with the Italian salami.

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Grapes are grown in Napa County and Sonoma County.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Pestoni Family Estate Winery 1892 Field Blend 2017, California

For National Zinfandel Day, here is a nice one from California.

This is a nice and spicy Zinfandel based blend from Lake County, California. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Showing red and black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, light oak, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate and easy drinking.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Better once it opens up (30 minutes).

I had this vintage before, over a year ago, and it is drinking better now. A little high on alcohol so watch yourself 😉

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 83% Zinfandel, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petite Sirah.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$30.

Flam Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2017, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackcurrants, black cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, tobacco, earth, mint, light herbs and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, dark chocolates, cloves, licorice, herbs, spices, earth, peppercorn and pencil lead.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to drink nicely now.

Showing nice complexity with a gentle mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and tangy. Tasty, spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime.

This beautiful Bordeaux blend from Israel would benefit from 3 to 5 years of bottle time.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a delicious Brie cheese.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume

92 points.

$60.

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

It’s time for a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon for #FridayCabernetfix.

A pretty color of dark ruby with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Strong fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, cedar, cooked cherries, spices, licorice, vanilla, wild flowers, dark chocolates, pencil lead, light earth and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs. Soft and smooth.

Dry on the palate with cherries, sweet strawberries, blueberries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious wine from Napa Valley. Elegant and interesting. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Showing nice complexity at this point. This Single Vineyard is good by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle with lots of cedar notes, which calmed down after an hour of airtime. Would age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

I paired it with meats and cheeses. Tasty and intriguing. Tangy and spicy.

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

14.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$110.

Ca’ Momi Winery Rosso di Ca’ Momi 2018, California

This is a nice everyday red wine from California.

Showing black fruits with wood, vanilla, cloves, chocolates, mocha and coffee.

Full-bodied and bold with a nice mouthfeel.

Fruit forward with medium minus acidity and a strong chocolaty nose.

A nice wine to have all by itself and good right out of the bottle. A nice porch wine. Nothing fancy, but very drinkable.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Petite Sirah. Aged in French oak barrels for 6 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$13.

Katlav Winery Petit Verdot 2014, Israel

This is a very enjoyable Petit Verdot from Israel.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, licorice, vinaigrette, cloves, bitter herbs, spices, earth, wood, wet leaves, dark chocolates, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and herbs.

Good right out of the bottle, but has a great nose after 3 hours of airtime.

Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. This Single Vineyard has a nice grip on the mouthfeel, which is very enjoyable.

Still drinking nicely, but showing the beginning of the end, so drink up.

100% Petit Verdot grapes from the Judean Hills. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$75.

King Family Vineyards Merlot 2018, Monticello, Virginia

For international Merlot Day, here’s one from Virginia.

This is a nice and easy drinking Merlot. Showing black and red fruit with wood, earth, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, light honeysuckle, peppercorn and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Nice spicy finish with tangy raspberries and round tannins.

Still young and needs a couple of years to mature.

I had it before, and this time I gave it a slight chill and had by the pool. I love the fact that it is not high in alcohol.

Nice and engaging. Spicy, tasty and tangy on the finish.

Aged in French oak barrels for 16 months.

12.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$28.

Peju Province Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2015, California

Time for a nice Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s one from Napa Valley.

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, light cedar, spices, chocolates, mocha, metals, coffee, coriander, vanilla and peppercorn.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, tobacco, spices and
peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Merlot. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Tasty with nice complexity. Easy to drink, and good with food or by itself, as a sipping wine.

Good right out of the bottle, and much better after 2 hours of airtime.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now and will be better in the next next few years. Spicy and delicious.

A blend of 93% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Zinfandel. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$45.

Falset Marca Etim Seleccion 2006, Spain

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish, cloudy rim.

Pretty nose of cherries, blueberries, wood, earth, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, metals, acetone, wet leaves, leather, forest floor, mushrooms and light black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, red currants, oak, stewed strawberries, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, dark coffee, licorice, spices, forest floor and black pepper.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable 14 year old red wine from Spain. Drinking very nicely now with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show nice structure and tannins. Tasty and easy drinking.

Thank you David and Elvira for sharing.

Robert Parker 91 points.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan.

I paired it with light appetizers.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.