Tag: Syrah

Mount Bullion Vineyards Casto Oaks Gardner Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Sierra Foothills, California

Here’s my choice for this week’s #FridayCabernetfix. This is a great California Cabernet.

Deep ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Extremely fruity on the nose with blackberries, black plums, cherry pie, cooked strawberries, cedar, vanilla, spices, chocolates, sweet tobacco, light vegetables, coffee, vinaigrette, black pepper and leather.

Full-bodied and big with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, bell pepper, cooked figs, dried fruits, dark coffee, spices, vanilla, cinnamon, cedar, caramel, earth, tobacco leaf, green vegetables, graphite and peppercorn.

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

This Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sierra Foothills in California, is drinking very nicely now, with very nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Still young and would benefit from a few more years in the bottle to smooth out, and reduce some of the acidity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly.

I had it 6 months ago and there’s still no change. I would love to revisit this in 3 years as this is a great vintage.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet is good by itself as a sipping wine, or with food.

I paired it with hard cheeses, but it really went well with a light French Brie.

Grapes are grown at 3000 feet elevation and aged for 15 months in American Oak barrels.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$27.

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Kuleto Estate India Ink Napa Valley Red Blend 2015, California

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of sweet cherries, dried fruits, coffee, vanilla, wood, plums, metals, milk chocolates, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, vinaigrette, bitter greens, graphite and peppercorn.

Medium finish with full tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Napa Petite Sirah /Malbec blend is very enjoyable. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity too.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Will be better in a year or two, but already enjoyable even by itself.

A blend of 60% Petite Sirah, 20% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Zinfandel and 3% Syrah.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Guillaume Gonnet Le Reveur Côtes du Rhône 2016, France

A nice color of dark ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, plums, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, spices, black pepper, earth, milk chocolates and tobacco.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, red cherries, oak, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, pencil lead, vegetables, earth and peppercorn.

Short finish with soft tannins and tart raspberries.

A simple and tangy Grenache blend from France. Unbalanced and better with food.

Fruity on the nose and earthier on the palate. Good right out of the bottle and good for everyday.

I paired it with a cheese plate and some appetizers.

A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. Old Vines grapes grown on clay soil.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$9.

Westerly Wines Côte Blonde 2014 Santa Ynez Valley, California

Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, vanilla, earth, vegetables chocolates, coffee, beef jerky, bell pepper, vinaigrette, light barnyard, dust, smoke and peppercorn.

Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, black currants, sweet raspberries, cherries, wood, licorice, bitter herbs, spices, light vegetables, dark chocolates, alcohol, graphites, earth, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long and spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great Syrah from Santa Ynez Valley in California. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Drinks way easier than it should, with all that alcohol, but still a little hot at the back of the throat. This is not a wine for the faint of hearts… Showing great complexity on the nose.

Needs an hour in a decanter to open up properly and remove some of the stinky nose. After an hour, it changes every 20 minutes. I love these kind of wines. Too bad it’s my last bottle.

I had it 6 months ago, and it is already drinking better. Will age nicely in the next three to five years, and will probably get to 94 points.

Good by itself as a sipping wine and good with food. I paired it with Brie cheese.

A blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (70% new).

15.7% alcohol by volume!

91 points.

$45.

Corley Family Monticello Vineyards Estate Grown Syrah 2013, Napa Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Earthy nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, vegetables, vinaigrette, earth, leather, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, plums, blueberries, oak, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, espresso, spices, pencil lead, peppercorn and leather.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Syrah from Napa Valley. Not fully balanced, but enjoyable with food and by itself. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Still young and needs another few years in the bottle to mature.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$48.

Père Anselme Crozes – Hermitage 1980 Northern Rhône, France

Beautiful color of light ruby with a wide brick rim.

On the nose red currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, wood, cloves, light vanilla, cola, tobacco, vegetables, earth, barnyard, wet leaves, herbs, vinaigrette, dark coffee and black pepper.

Light to medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Very dry on the palate with cranberries, pomegranates, cherries, red currants, licorice, earth, spices, graphites, bitter herbs, vegetables, bell pepper, forest floor, tobacco leaf, vinaigrette and black pepper.

Short finish with bitter herbs, fine grained tannins and tart cranberries.

This is a nice experience. This 38 year old is still drinkable. Unbalanced now, with light fruits and earth notes.

Needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins, but didn’t last after 3 hours.

A good food wine, though. Very interesting and unique.

I paired it with heavy appetizers.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

Mark Ryan Winery The Dissident 2012 Columbia Valley, Washington State

For International Merlot day I’m going with a Bordeaux blend from Columbia Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Soft nose of blueberries, plums, wood, licorice, oak, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, vinaigrette, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, green herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice surprise. A great Bordeaux Blend from Washington State. Well balanced and earthy with a nice mouthfeel and a tangy ending, that I really liked.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes).

Might have been better a year or two ago, even though, this was a great vintage and it’s showing great complexity.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

I paired it with cheeses, meats and light appetizers.

A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
A production of 95 barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.