Tag: * Red Wine

Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 2013, California


It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, light vanilla, licorice, alcohol, tobacco, dark chocolates, Sherry liqueur cordials, dark coffee and spices.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity.

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

Tangy finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This 9 year old Merlot from Napa Valley is still drinking nicely.

Showing some acetone notes, that might go away with longer decanting, which I did not have the time for.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime. Not as complex as I wanted it to be, but still drinkable.

This 2013 was a great vintage, but it is not showing in this bottle.

Good by itself and better with food. Will pair nicely with a nice piece of steak. I paired it with short ribs with polenta.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$28 (current vintage).

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.

The Vice Wines American Paradox Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California





Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with a great mouthfeel.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, earth, sweet spices, raisins, dried figs, milk chocolates, tobacco, herbs, smoke, licorice, light cola, cigar box and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins.

This is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. I had it almost 2 years ago, and it is so much better now. The 17s Napas are starting to drink very nicely now.

This 5 year old is showing a great nose now. Good right out of the bottle, and so much better after an hour of airtime.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 7 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food too. Paired very nicely with the Capocollo dried meat.

15% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$120.

Cuda Ridge Wines Livermore Valley Cabernet Franc 2016, California





This Cabernet Franc from Livermore Valley is drinking very nicely now, as a 6 year old.

Purple in color with a wide purplish /brick rim.

Showing a strong, pretty nose with violets.

Full bodied, dry, and very fruity on the palate with medium acidity.

Showing black plums, black cherries, blueberries, vanilla, licorice, spices, oak, dark chocolates, alcohol, peppercorn, herbs and light earth.

Spicy, interesting, and a little hot.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 45 minutes of airtime.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

I had it 3 years ago, and decided to wait for a few years. That was a good call. So much better now.

Peaking now, so drink up. Elegant and fruity. Rich and extracted.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$36.

Amphorae Winery Makura Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Israel





Here’s another beautiful wine from the Michel Rolland consulting collection.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

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

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

Showing blackberries, black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, alcohol, peppercorn, tobacco leaf, herbs and licorice.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Nicely aged with a beautiful nose, that I kept smelling on. Looks and feels much younger.

The alcohol is still noticeable, which surprised me a little.

I had this vintage before, and it seems like this 14 year old has reached its peak a year or two ago.

Feels like a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley with a splash of Bordeaux.

Delicious right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours in the decanter.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 36 months.

15% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$55.

Mollydooker Wines Velvet Glove Shiraz 2018, Australia



Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried figs, alcohol, licorice, vanilla, cedar, cola, spices, milk chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

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

On the palate black currants, cooked plums, sweet cherries, vanilla, spices, cedar, espresso, cola, light herbs, licorice, mocha and red chili pepper.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Shiraz from Australia. Big and bold, and somewhat sweet. Has a lot of acidity on the finish for all that fruit. Rich and extracted.

Very much “in your face” kind of wine, and not for the faint of heart. Feels very much like a Napa Syrah, with a teeth staining color.

Needs a couple hours to open up properly, which I didn’t have, as it finished too quickly.

Needs 5 years in the bottle to mature properly, and calm down a bit. Will be a 95+ wine in 10 years. Will age nicely in the next 15 years.

Wine Spectator 95 points. Robert Parker 96 points.

Good as a sipping wine, and good with food too. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

16% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$215.

Golan Heights Winery Yarden Petit Verdot 2013, Israel




Dark ruby color with a short reddish rim.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Showing blueberries, blackberries, black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, dried figs, raisins, cedar, earth, vanilla, herbs, chocolates, tobacco leaf, light forest floor, vinaigrette and light black pepper.

This 9 year old Petit Verdot, is drinking very nicely now, with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

I expected it to have a touch of old old feel, but it drinks like a new world wine.

Probably peaked a couple of years ago, but still very yummy. Rich and extracted.

Looks much younger than it is, and tastes much older than it is. An Interesting wine out of israel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 30 minutes of airtime. Alcohol is well integrated by now.

Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with lamb dishes.

100% Petit Verdot grapes were grown in the Golan Heights region. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$40 (current vintage).

Meadowcroft Wines Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California

Meadowcroft Wines Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California


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

On the nose blueberries, black currants, black plums, oak, licorice, light vanilla, earth, light vegetables, eucalyptus, tobacco leaf, herbs, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, plums, red currants, oak, tobacco, licorice, earth, cocoa, spices, coffee and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder is still young, and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly.

Showing lots of earth notes, once it opens up (90 minutes).

This 4 year old is showing black fruits on the nose, and red fruits on the palate. Feels more like a Left Bank Bordeaux. Interesting stuff. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with dried meats and crackers. Will pair nicely with lamb dishes.

A small production of only 7 barrels. Bottled in May 2021.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$115.

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.