Tag: tasting

Macrostie Winery Clockwise Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Napa Valley, California



Purple in color with medium plus intensity, and a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black cherries, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, chocolates, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with red currants, plums, cherries, strawberry jam, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, chocolates, earth, vegetables, tobacco leaf, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a young Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity already, with a soft mouthfeel.

Tangy and interesting. Fruit forward and elegant.

Still young, but drinks very nicely right out of the bottle. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Not your typical Napa Cabernet, so it’s worth trying.

Very easy to drink with all that alcohol. Nicely balanced and a little dangerous 😉

Will pair nicely with barbecue meats.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in (60% new) French oak barrels for 22 months. A small production of only 298 cases.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$76.

Effingham Manor Cellars Tannat 2019, Virginia

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberries, plums, red cherries, light oak, barnyard, herbs, light vegetables, earth, black pepper and dark chocolates.

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

Dry on the palate with blueberries, sour cherries, strawberries, cooked plums, licorice, light oak, earth, bitter herbs, light vanilla, peppercorn, tobacco and coffee.

Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and pomegranates.

This is a very interesting wine from Virginia. Drinks like a California Merlot with an old world twist.

Good by itself and better with food. Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, and bring out the tannins.

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

A good food wine that I paired with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Very yummy with the prosciutto.

100% tannant grapes were aged in Virginian oak barrels for 14 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$44.

Optio Vineyards  La Mar Vineyard Petite Sirah 2020, Paso Robles, California



Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing black currants, cooked cherries, plums, dried figs, tobacco, oak, spices, light vanilla, peppercorn and bitter herbs.

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

This is a tasty Petite Sirah from Paso Robles. Showing nice complexity, rich and concentrated.

This Single Vineyard is a nice sipping wine, big and bold. Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Fruit forward, extracted and jammy.

Still young and would be better in a few years. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, and see if it calms down a bit.

In your face kind of wine, so not for the faint of hearts, with a teeth staining color.

Petite Sirah grapes were aged in (50% new) oak barrels for 17 months. A tiny production of only 660 bottles.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

Grand Napa Vineyards Stone Crib Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Napa Valley, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, cedar, spices, espresso, vanilla, dark chocolates, light earth, tobacco leaf and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, dark chocolates, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea, light wet leaves and herbs.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford is still young, and would be even better in a few years. Already showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Rich, yet elegant. Nicely balanced and smooth.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime. Fruit forward and extracted. 

This 4 year old will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years. Will be nice to revisit it in 3 years and see how it evolved.

Good by itself or with food. Paired beautifully with a filet minion and asparagus.

Grapes were aged for 24 months in (80% new) French Oak barrels. Limited Production.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$165.

Smith-Madrone Vineyards Spring Mountain District RosĂ© 2021, Napa Valley, California



Bright neon cherry in color.

On the nose light raspberries, citrus, limes, green apples, light herbs and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, sour cherries, limes, green apples, red grapefruit, spices and white pepper.

Medium plus on the finish with limes and light almonds.

This is a unique Cabernet Franc Rosé from Napa Valley. Feels fresh with some weight on the mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing. Tangy and easy drinking.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and will pair nicely with food too.

A blend of 67% Cabernet Franc and 33% Merlot. A tiny production of less than 2,000 bottles.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.

Meadowcroft Wines Anniversary CuvĂ©e Napa Valley Red Blend Non Vintage, California



This is a very tasty red blend from Napa Valley.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black and red fruits, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 2 hours of airtime, when tannins and structure come in.

Still young and would be better in the next 5 to 10 years.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. A good wine to pair with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petite Verdot, 9% Touriga Nacional, 2% Syrah, 5% Merlot and 2% Syrah. A small production of 10 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Red Hills Petit verdot 2019, Lake County, California



Deep purple in color with a tiny purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, earth, dark chocolates, black pepper and Mediterranean spices.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with currants, plums, cherries, sweet raspberries, spices, cedar, chocolates, tobacco leaf, licorice, herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Petit Verdot from Lake County in California. Big, bold and spicy. Feels like a Napa Petite Sirah.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and a teeth staining color.

The mix of black and red fruits is very interesting. Tangy and rich.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age in the next 5 to 7 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food.

Organic Petit verdot grapes are grown at 2,200 feet of elevation on red volcanic soil. A tiny production of only 1,300 bottles.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

Four Seasons Collection Late Harvest Red Moscato 1997, Moldova

This is a very tasty sweet wine from Moldova. Actually, my first one from this region.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Sweet on the palate with nice acidity that balances it out.

Showing red and black fruits with sweet cherries, over ripen citrus fruits, Indian spices, caramel, mocha, nuts, dried figs, cooked raisins and walnuts.

This 25 year old, still has good acidity, which is nice to see.

Good right out of the bottle, and so much better after 3 hours of airtime.

It does not feel fortified, but I wonder how they got to that high alcohol…

A good dessert wine with great complexity.

I found it in a Russian grocery store for $4. Couldn’t help myself.

I paired it with an Italian Fruit Tart cake.

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

Chalk Hill Estate Winery Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Russian River Valley, California

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Strong nose of gooseberries, citrus, limes, green apples, light grass, spices, minerals and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and thick legs.

Dry on the palate with limes, lemons, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, light earth and black pepper.

Nice length on the finish with limes and grapefruits.

This is a very tasty Sauvignon Blanc from Chalk Hill in Sonoma County. Fruit forward and easy drinking.

Spicy, tangy and interesting. Crisp and refreshing.

Nicely balanced and good by itself or with food. A good pool wine as well.

Will pair nicely with oysters. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Sauvignon Gris and 3% Sauvignon Musqué. Aged for 7 months in (60%) French oak barrels and stainless steel vats.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$22.

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.