Tag: Sierra Foothills

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks May Rock Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Sierra Foothills, California



This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Sierra Foothills in California.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

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

Spicy and rich, yet elegant. Fruit forward and delicious.

Showing great complexity already, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Feels like a Napa Cabernet with a touch of Bordeaux.

Showing lots of black licorice notes on the palate, which I loved, not much on the nose though.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years. A good quality wine.

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

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in (50% new) American oak barrels for 19 months. A tiny production of only 4 barrels. Unfiltered.

15.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.




Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Zinfandel 2016, Sierra Foothills, California

Deep purple in color, almost Inky, with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, coffee and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, earth, vanilla, light bitter vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Nice tangy finish with raspberries and spices.

This is a very tasty Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills in California. Spicy and a good sipping wine.

Nicely balanced and easy drinking, with nicely integrated alcohol, so watch out.

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now, with mild complexity and a great mouthfeel. Soft and elegant.

Good right out of the bottle, and tannins show up after 15 minutes of airtime. As it continues to open up, it shows more earth notes.

Will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.

Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with a burger.

100% Zinfandel grapes were aged for 19 months in neutral American oak. Unfiltered. A tiny production of only 4 barrels.

15.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$23.

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Zinfandel Rosé 2020, Sierra Foothills, California

Deep salmon in color.

Fruity nose of raspberries, citrus, apples, metals and light vegetables.

Medium in body and refreshing, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, lemons, citrus, green apples, light grapefruits, earth and light vegetables.

Showing mild complexity with a nice finish.

This is a nice Rosé from Sierra Foothills in California. Made with Zinfandel grapes, which is interesting.

Easy drinking and good for parties.

Nice and engaging and a good porch wine to have all by itself.

13% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$17.

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Man’s Best Blend 2015, Sierra Foothills, California

Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short purple rim. Not showing age at all.

Light nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied and big, with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, cola, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, peppercorn, bitter herbs and earth.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious red blend from Sierra Foothills in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and better after 30 minutes of airtime, when the tannins show up, and bring nice structure to the wine.

Rich and opulent. Fruit forward and tasty. Spicy and interesting.

Good by itself or with a big piece of steak.

A blend of 37% Syrah, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Aged for 19 months in American oak barrels (30% new). A small production of only 7 barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$27.

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks May Rock Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Sierra Foothills, California

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

Very deep ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong fruity nose of blackberries, cedar, black plums, black currants, chocolates, vanilla, black pepper, light dust, diet cola, earth, spices, pencil lead and coffee.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, earth, peppercorn, espresso, cola and chocolates.

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

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Sierra Foothills in California.

This five-year-old is Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Did not need too long to open up nicely.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up and brings out more complexity and structure. At this point the high alcohol is well integrated. 

Fruit forward and elegant. Rich and tangy. Tasty and easy drinking. Feels like a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicious.

Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a cheese plate.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged for 19 months in American oak barrels (50% new). Unfiltered. A small production of only 100 cases.

15.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$28.

Binz Wines Fox Creek Vineyard Zinfandel 2015, Shenandoah Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity on the nose with blackberries, bing cherries, oak, licorice, vanilla, chocolates, dark coffee, spices and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, spices, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth and herbs.

Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Zinfandel from the Sierra Foothills in California. Drinking nicely now and showing nice complexity with a great nose. Spicy and tangy on the mid palate.

Good by itself or with food. A good quality wine with a soft mouthfeel.

Needs 2 hours to open up properly as it is too acidic right out of the bottle, so be patient.

Will age nicely in the next 3 to 5 years.

A good sipping wine to have all by itself.

I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.

100% Zinfandel grapes were aged for 19 months in French and American oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$28.

Tank Garage Winery The Art of Surfing Red Blend 2017, California

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose, cherries, strawberries, light wood, earth, spices, herbs, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with black cherries, plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, tobacco, graphite, spices and dark chocolates.

Medium length on the finish with fine tannins, chili powder and tangy cranberries.

This is a very interesting red wine from the Sierra Foothills in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Red fruits on the nose and black fruits on the palate. Nice and engaging, tangy and spicy.

Needs time to open up properly. I decanted it for 45 minutes. Easy to drink, so watch out for the high alcohol.

Could use a few more years in the bottle to mature, and bring out more complexity.

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

A blend of 48% Tempranillo, 39% Sangiovese and 13% Barbera. Only 725 cases made.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.