Tag: tasting

Fratelli Ponte Barbera D’Asti Superiore 2016, Italy

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose cherries, red currants, strawberries, bitter herbs, light wood, licorice, coffee, spices, barnyard, vegetables and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with tart cherries, strawberries, raspberries, espresso, peppercorn, black tea, vegetables, herbs and spices.

Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Italian Barbera is a good food wine that will pair very nicely with pizza. Tangy with a light mouthfeel.

A good week day wine, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers. I wish I had a pizza.

100% Barbera grapes where aged in oak barrels for 1 year.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$25.

PerUs Wine Company Proprietary Red Wine Alessio 2016, Napa Valley, California

To celebrate 15,000 followers on Vivino, i had to open something special.

Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, cedar, light earth, licorice, vanilla, eucalyptus, chocolates, alcohol, herbs, coffee, spices and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate and extremely fruity with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, cola, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, spices, alcohol, peppercorn and coffee.

Long finished with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is just too delicious. What a great red from Napa Valley. An excellent Bordeaux blend.

Rich, dense, opulent, spicy, bold and elegant. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Powerful and not for the timid.

Loved the nose and smelled on it for a while.

Although this is so tasty now, it is a sin to open it this young, as it has so much more potential. Will age nicely in the next 5 to 15 years.

The only other wine that I gave such a high score, at this young age, was the Penfolds Grange. I would love to try the two together at the same time. That would be very interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. I gave it 6 hours in a decanter, and checked it periodically. Tannins come in after 6 hours, so be patient.

Good by itself or with food. A fabulous wine to share with friends and talk about.

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

15.2% alcohol by volume.

97 points.

$300.

Domaine Au Pied du Mont Chauve Saint Aubin Le Charmois Premier Cru 2014, France

#ThanksGivingWine

This is a nice surprise. A nice Pinot Noir from Burgundy.

Dry on the palate with cherries, red currants, raspberries, light oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, vegetables, herbs, graphite, earth, leather and light barnyard.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Nice length on the finish with spices and raspberries and fine grained tannins.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, and show the tannins and structure.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with us.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

This 6 year old is still young, and would be better in 5 years.

Better with food than just by itself, right now. Tangy and a little hot at the back of the throat. Spicy with a nice mouthfeel.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.

FVDP Vintners Terminim Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah 2018, Mendocino County, California

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose with cooked plums, cherries, wood, light vanilla, light vegetables, earth, tobacco, dark chocolates, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, blackcurrants, oak, spices, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a juicy Syrah from Mendocino County in California. Drinking very nicely now with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better after a couple of hours of airtime, when the complexity comes in.

This Single Vineyard is spicy and interesting. Rich and powerful. A good quality California Syrah.

Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, although very approachable now.

A nice collaboration between an American wine maker and a Northern Rhone wine maker . A small production of only 300 cases.

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

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$65.

Vincity Wines Vinatlas 2014, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a tasty one from California.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. A very pretty color.

Fruity nose with blueberries, plums, currants, light cedar, vanilla, light earth, licorice, black pepper, spices and chocolates.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, coffee, dark chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend. Drinking very nicely now, and will continue in the next 5 years.

This 6 year old is showing nice complexity and balance, with a very enjoyable mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but gets more complex as it opens up. I let it decant for 2 hours.

A good quality wine. Delicious, interesting and engaging.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with meats, cheeses and light appetizers. Was really nice with the Italian salami.

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Grapes are grown in Napa County and Sonoma County.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$60.

Poupille Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2011, France

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

A very pretty color of ruby with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of red currants, plums, light oak, medicine, spices, licorice, peppercorn, herbs, vegetables and dark coffee.

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

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, spices, tobacco, earth, vegetables, wood, bitter herbs, coffee and peppercorn.

Medium finish with firm tannins (once it opens up) and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Merlot from Bordeaux. This 100% Merlot, not from a great vintage, is showing mild complexity with a grippy mouthfeel.

This 9 year old is drinking very nicely now, and will be good in the next 5 years.

Needed time to open up properly and show the tannins, but good right out of the bottle.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points. Thank you Wendy for sharing.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and dried meats.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

Pestoni Family Estate Winery 1892 Field Blend 2017, California

For National Zinfandel Day, here is a nice one from California.

This is a nice and spicy Zinfandel based blend from Lake County, California. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.

Showing red and black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, light oak, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate and easy drinking.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Better once it opens up (30 minutes).

I had this vintage before, over a year ago, and it is drinking better now. A little high on alcohol so watch yourself 😉

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 83% Zinfandel, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petite Sirah.

14.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$30.

Maritana Vineyards Russian River Valley La Riviere Chardonnay 2018, California

Pale straw in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of citrus, vanilla, spices, oak, yellow apples, pears and white pepper.

Full bodied, buttery and smooth, with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, melons, apples, light grapefruits, spices, hazelnuts, oak, vanilla and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with spices and almonds.

This is a very tasty Chardonnay from Russian River Valley.

Spicy and intriguing. Interesting with a buttery, smooth mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and Oaky.

Right out of the bottle, it is in your face kind of wine, but as it opens up, it calms down a bit with less oak and vanilla notes, so give it 20 minutes.

Will be nice to see how this evolves in 5 to 7 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheese plate.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$55.

Flam Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2017, Israel

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackcurrants, black cherries, plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, tobacco, earth, mint, light herbs and black pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, dark chocolates, cloves, licorice, herbs, spices, earth, peppercorn and pencil lead.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Israeli Cabernet Sauvignon is starting to drink nicely now.

Showing nice complexity with a gentle mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and tangy. Tasty, spicy and interesting.

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

This beautiful Bordeaux blend from Israel would benefit from 3 to 5 years of bottle time.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a delicious Brie cheese.

A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14.5% alcohol by volume

92 points.

$60.

Wood Family Vineyards One Oak Vineyard Merlot 2017, Livermore Valley, California

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

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nose of plums, cherries, currants, light wood, earth, licorice, spices, black pepper and light vegetables.

Full bodied, smooth and soft, with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, dark chocolates, bitter herbs, light vegetables, earth and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Livermore Valley in California. This Single Vineyard is nice and plush. Showing mild complexity with a soft, elegant mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but I gave it an hour to open up properly.

A nice wine to have by itself and better with food. Spicy, tangy and interesting.

I paired it with meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with brie cheese.

100% Merlot grapes from a low yielding single Vineyard. Aged for 20 months in French Oak barrels. A small production of only 138 cases.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$32.