Tag: tasting

Aridus Wine Company Viognier 2019, Arizona


Dark golden in color.

Pretty nose of flowers, citrus, lemons, yellow apples, spices and white pepper.

Full bodied and creamy with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, pears, light tropical fruits, honey suckle, spices and light black pepper.

Tangy finish with limes.

This is a delicious Viognier from Arizona. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity and easy drinking.

A great sipping wine. Neither bitter nor tart. Love that.

I had the 2018 last year, but this 2019 is so much better.

I had it all by itself by the lake. Delicious wine.

100% Viognier grapes from Southeastern Arizona were aged for 19 months in French oak barrels and stainless steel. A small production of only 350 cases.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$35.

Prothro Family Wines Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2018 Napa Valley, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, black plums, sweet cherries, licorice, oak, dark chocolates, earth, dark coffee, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, spices, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, light vanilla and light vegetables.

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

This is a very tasty Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley. Rich and intense, and a good sipping wine, with a beautiful nose. The tangy finish makes it interesting.

I usually get lots of bell pepper notes with Cabernet Franc, but not here, which I liked.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and remove some of the acidity, so be patient. It is worth it.

A good food wine, and good by itself as well, once it opens up. Alcohol is nicely integrated by now, so watch out.

Still young and starting to drink nicely now. Would be interesting to revisit it in 5 years. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Will pair nicely with lamb chops. I had it with a fatty Brie cheese.

A blend of 99% Cabernet Franc with some Petit Verdot and Merlot. Aged for 22 months in oak barrels. A tiny production of only 1 barrel.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$68.

Effingham Cellars Chardonnay 2019, Virginia


Dark golden in color.

On the nose cedar, vanilla, spices, red apples, lemons, pears, light tangerine and white pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with oak, vanilla, citrus, spices, apples, pears and light white pepper.

Tangy finish with lemons and spices.

This is a nice Oaky Chardonnay from Virginia. Big and bold. Rich and flavorful.

Feels like an oaky Napa Chardonnay right out of the bottle, but changes after 20 minutes of airtime.

A nice wine to sip on by the porch. Tangy with a soft mouthfeel.

I had it by the pool.

89 points.

$34.

Antonella Corda Cannonau di Sardegna 2019, Italy

Light ruby in color with a wide reddish/brick rim and light intensity.

Fruity nose of raspberries, strawberries, earth, herbs and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, spices, peppercorn, dark chocolates, earth and light vegetables.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an interesting Grenache from Sardinia. Light and easy drinking. A good replacement to Pinot Noir.

A good quality wine. The high alcohol is well integrated.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, and and gets earthier as it opens up (45 minutes).

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

15% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Meadowcroft Wines Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2021, California



Cherry in color with medium intensity.

Fruity nose of blueberries, dark cherries, light wood, spices, coffee, red candy, dark chocolates, licorice, cloves and light black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with red plums, cherries, light oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco and herbs.

Soft tannins on the finish with strawberries and raspberries.

This is a nice and easy drinking Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley. A nice sipping wine.

Nicely balanced with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Good right out of the bottle, good by itself and a good porch wine. I paired it with cheeses by the lake.

A unique blend of 80% Pinot Noir, 10% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$38.

Rudd Estate Crossroads Mount Veeder Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Napa Valley, California


Pale lemon in color.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Showing limes, citrus, green apples, spices, minerals, light grass, herbs, light gooseberry and white pepper.

Dry on the palate with nice length on the finish.

This is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc from Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. Crisp and refreshing, and feels young for a 4 year old Sauvignon Blanc.

I had this vintage almost 2 years ago, and it is drinking better now.

Nicely balanced with lots of fruits to balance the acidity. Alcohol is nicely integrated by now.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 30 minutes of airtime, when complexity comes in.

Drinking very nicely now and will continue in the next few years.

A blend of 86% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Sauvignon Gris and 2% Sémillon. Aged in mostly French oak barrels for 9 months (9% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$37.

Tabor Winery Adama Merlot 2017, Israel



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

Ruby in color with a wide rim.

On the nose black plums, oak, vegetables, barnyard, earth, bitter herbs, spices and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, black currants, oak, vanilla, cloves, tobacco, dark chocolates, earth, black pepper, vegetables and coffee.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice everyday wine from Israel. Tangy and fruit forward, with a soft mouth feel. Simple and good by itself or with food.

Better after an hour of airtime, and only after 2 hours in the decanter, some of the barnyard notes disappeared.

This 5 year old is peaking now, so drink up. The high alcohol is well integrated by now.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

100% Merlot grapes were grown on rich volcanic soil in the upper Galilee region. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$20.

Bellefont-Belcier Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2017 Bordeaux, France



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

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of black plums, black currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, earth and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, oak, earth, vegetables, spices, tobacco leaf, dark coffee and black pepper.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a young Merlot from Bordeaux. Showing mild complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

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

Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 to 15 years.

A good food wine that I paired with pizza.

A blend of 68% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$55.

Barnett Vineyards Rattlesnake Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Napa Valley, California



It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, tobacco, spices and black pepper.

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

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, tobacco and herbs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Fruit forward with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with a few hours of airtime.

This 5 year old is still very young and would be better in 5 years. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I had the 2013 a few years ago, and it was drinking better at a young age. This 2017 will be much better in 10 years.

Elegant and tasty. Rich and extracted.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were are aged for 22 months in new French oak barrels. 52 barrels produced.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$180.

Chateau du Gazin Canon-Fronsac Rouge 1970 Bordeaux, France

Brick /rust in color with a wide brick rim.

On the nose cherries, strawberries, earth, spices, wet leaves, herbs and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, vegetables, light oak, sweet vanilla, spices, wet leaves, herbs and earth.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 52 year old is still drinkable, which was a great surprise. This is always interesting to try.

Definitely over the hill by now, but enjoyable and easy drinking. Tangy and interesting.

Lighter than I expected it to be, as it drinks like a Pinot Noir at this point.

The cork crumbled, even with the durand, and I had to decant it. It lasted for less than an hour. What a nice experience.

I paired it with Chateaubriand and grilled asparagus.

12% alcohol by volume.

84 points.