Tag: tasting

Castello di Amorosa Winery Pinot Grigio 2020 North Coast, california



Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Fruity nose of citrus, lemons, apples, sweet grapefruits, light green vegetables, herbs and spices.

Medium-bodied with medium plus acidity. Nice and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, yellow apples, spices, light tropical fruits, white pepper and minerals.

Medium finish with limes and light grapefruits.

This is a very tasty Pinot Grigio from California. Easy drinking with nice balance.

Good by itself or with food, and will pair nicely with fresh green salads.

Tangy and fruit forward with a creamy mouthfeel.

A great party wine that I had by the pool with a great view.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$26.


Clos du Val Wine Company Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California


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

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim. Not showing age at all.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, cooked strawberries, spices, cedar, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather and coffee.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, peppercorn, pencil lead and dark coffee.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime.

This 6 years old is still young, but already enjoyable. Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

This is from a great vintage and it is showing beautifully right now.

Nicely balanced and fruit forward.
Loved the nose once it opens up.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient.

Robert Parker 90 points.

Thanks Elvira and David for sharing this with me.

Tasty and spicy. Delicious, rich and opulent.

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc. Aged in French oak barrels (66% new).

14.7% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$50.

Krug Brut Champagne 1998, France






Golden in color, very pretty.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing lots of yeast and bread notes with citrus, limes, green apples, Mediterranean spices, herbs, white pepper and minerals.

Tasting this aged vintage champagnes is always a great experience. I really liked the nose once it opened up.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime, and I liked it better once it warmed up a bit.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Paired very well with the caviar and the charcuterie board.

12% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$450.

TerraNova Winery Special Reserve Barrel 14 Red Blend 2018, Israel

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

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, spices, tobacco, light vegetables, earth, espresso and black pepper.

Full bodied, elegant and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, plums, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, peppercorn, earth, black tea, light bell pepper and dark coffee.

Tangy finish with round tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice and elegant Merlot blend from the Golan Heights. Tangy, spicy and interesting.

This Single Vineyard is showing a great mouthfeel with nice complexity.

This young wine was just bottle a few months ago, and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. Showing good potential in the next 7 years.

Needs an hour to open up properly.

A blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in French oak barrels for 28 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$40.

Netofa Estate Winery Latour Red 2018, Israel

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

On the nose black plums, currants, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, cloves, light barnyard, vegetables, light bell pepper and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, oak, vegetables, light vanilla, tobacco, bitter herbs, spices, light tar and peppercorn.

Medium on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very nice and easy drinking Syrah blend from Israel. A little spicy and interesting. Tasty wine.

Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Feels like a Washington Syrah.

Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

A blend of Syrah and Mourvedre. Aged in French oak barrels for 13 months. Kosher.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Viña Santa Rita Cabernario No. 8 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Maipo Valley, Chile

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, cooked plums, figs, light oak, vanilla, earth, chocolates, tobacco leaf and coffee.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Very dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, oak, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, light vegetables, coffee and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Still young, but already enjoyable, even right out of the bottle.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and show the tannins.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet is nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and bold with a teeth staining color.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Serres Ranch Winery Estate Grown Bordeaux Style Blend Watriss 2018, Sonoma Valley, California


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

A very pretty color of dark dark ruby, almost inky, with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of black cherries, black plums, crushed raspberries, wildflowers, cedar, spices, milk chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with cherries, raspberries, spices, oak, light vanilla, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, light earth, herbs, chili powder and black tea.

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

This is a very nice Bordeaux blend from Sonoma Valley. Nicely balanced with lots of fruits to match the acidity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, so be patient, that’s when tannins and more structure come in. worth the wait.

Already drinking very nicely, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and interesting.

Good by itself and good with food. A good quality wine that will pair nicely with game meats. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 34% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit verdot. Aged separately for two years in French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

M. Chapoutier La Mordoree Côte Rotie 2007 Rhône, France

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

Dry on the palate and medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing blueberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, olives, spices, tobacco, light barnyard, vegetables, herbs, dark chocolates and coffee.

This 14 year old is nicely balanced, with a nice mouthfeel. I really enjoyed the nose here.

Needed 3 hours of airtime to open up properly, but was good right out of the bottle too.

Thank you Scott for sharing.

Drinking nicely now and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Syrah grapes were hand-picked from 60 year old Vines. Aged for 16 months in Oak barrels.

13% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$120.

Lucky Rock Wine Co. County Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc 2020, California



Pale lemon in color.

Soft nose of limes, grapefruits, citrus, minerals and green apples.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples and spices.

Tangy finish with spices and limes.

This is a nice and simple Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County. Tangy and spicy. Crisp and refreshing.

Better after an hour of airtime, which surprised me. Easy drinking and good for parties.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers, and had it by the lake.

Aged in stainless steel vats for 6 months, with 8% in new French oak barrels. A small production of only 419 cases.

13.2% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$17.

Zwebner Estate Vineyard 24.19 White Blend 2017 Judean Mountain, Israel

Light to medium in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing limes, grapefruits, lemons, minerals, citrus, green apples and white pepper.

This is a nice surprise. This 4 year old Sémillon blend from Israel is still very tasty.

I had this vintage almost 3 years ago, and it is even better now. Lost some of the fruit as expected, but still tasting very fresh. Would be interesting to try it again in a couple of years.

Good right out of the bottle and better with a nice chill.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 60% Sémillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. A very small production of only 850 bottles. This is bottle number 612. Kosher.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$30.