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Foyt Family Wines No. 77 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, California

Pretty color of dark ruby with a reddish/brick rim.

Great nose of black currants, blackberries, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, earth, eucalyptus, light vanilla, vegetables, mint, herbs, spices and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black fruits, oak, licorice, spices, light vanilla, espresso, chocolates, earth, vegetables, Indian spices, wet leaves, dirt, black pepper, pencil lead, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with nice length and fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

This 11 year old is nicely balanced, at this point, and good by itself or with food. Will be good in the next 5 years.

I decanted it for 3 hours, which is when the tannins showed up.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Delicious.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$105.

Colloca Estate Winery Lake Effect Vineyard Dry Riesling 2016, New York

Light lemon in color with a golden tint.

Fruity nose with limes, lemons, citrus, spices and minerals.

Medium plus in body with high acidity.

Dry to off dry on the palate with citrus, spices, honey, red apples, light diesel, minerals, white pepper, light tropical fruits and pineapples.

Long tangy finish with limes and honey.

This is a delicious Riesling from New York State. Good by itself as a sipping wine. Tasty and spicy. Interesting and engaging.

The bright acidity is nicely balanced with the excess sugar. I liked the palate better than the nose.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely, now and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

A good food wine that will pair very nicely with spicy Thai food.

A small production of only 340 cases made. Less than 1% residual sugar.

11.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$20.

The Vice Wines The House Pinot Noir 2019, Napa Valley, California

Reddish in color with light intensity.

Fruity nose with bramble, bing cherries, strawberries, raspberries, light oak, light licorice, vegetables, earth, herbs, light barnyard, black pepper and spices.

Light to medium in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, earth, oak, light vanilla, tobacco, vegetables, black tea, spices and black pepper.

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

This is an easy drinking Pinot Noir from Napa Valley. Tangy and spicy with lots of fresh red fruits and earth notes, that make it interesting.

Good by itself and better with food. A good every day wine, fresh and juicy.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

Would be interesting to try it in a couple of years and see how it evolves.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Great with the prosciutto.

100% Pinot Noir grapes were aged for 3 months in French Oak barrels. Unfiltered

13.8% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$25.

Belle Glos Clark and Telephone 2019 Santa Barbara County, California

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Sweet nose of black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates and black pepper.

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

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, oak, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice easy drinking red wine from Santa Barbara County. Fruit forward with mild complexity and a nice, smooth mouthfeel.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.

Pinot Noir for the Cabernet lover. Rich and extracted. Spicy and opulent. Alcohol is already nicely integrated.

I’ve had this wine many times before, but never so young. Surprisingly good at this age and Will be better in 5 years.

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

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$50.

Foundry Wines Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, California

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nice nose wild flowers, blueberries, black cherries, light wood, licorice, spices, bitter herbs, chocolates, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with cooked strawberries, black currants, sweet cherries, licorice, spices, light vanilla, cedar, leather, earth, peppercorn, herbs, red chili powder and light vegetables.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from the great 2015 vintage in Napa Valley. Nicely balanced with a great nose.

Showing nice complexity at this point. Elegant, spicy and soft.

Good by itself and good right out of the bottle. After 2.5 hours in the decanter, tannins and structure show up together with lots of spices. Worth the wait.

A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petite Sirah. A small production of only 214 cases. Aged for 29 months in French Oak barrels (80% new).

14.2% alcohol by Volume.

92 points.

$78.

Chateau Méaume Bordeaux Superieur 2018, France

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

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

On the nose black currants, black cherries, black plums, oak, spices, light vanilla, licorice, pencil lead, coffee, chocolates, earth, light vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, black cherries, earth, oak, licorice, coffee, vegetables, peppercorn, black tea, graphite and bitter herbs.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Bordeaux is starting to drink nicely now, although still very young.

Fruit forward with nice complexity and a soft mouth feel. Feels very true to the terroir.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Structure and complexity come in after 30 minutes of airtime.

This 2018 was a great vintage, and it is showing. Nice to see that this young Bordeaux is already approachable. Will age nicely in the next 7 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it meats and cheeses. Really nice with the aged Brie cheese.

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Bottled 2 years after harvest.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Foyt Family Wines No. 14 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Napa Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose black currants, cooked cherries, black plums, blackberries, cedar, licorice, vanilla, eucalyptus, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, espresso, herbs, spices, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, alcohol, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather and espresso.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Napa Cabernet is already delicious, but needs three to five years to mature properly.

Soft and elegant with a beautiful nose. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up and show its beauty, so please be patient. Will be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Nicely balanced with lots of earth notes. A little uncommon for this region, although very typical for this producer.

Tasty by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired wonderfully well with the Brie cheese.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$48.

Château Gloria Saint Julien 2009, Bordeaux, France

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. Not showing much age.

Nice nose of blueberries, blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, spices, coffee, light vegetables, herbs, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, pencil lead, black pepper and light medicine.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, coffee, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and coffee notes.

This is a nicely aged Bordeaux from the great 2009 vintage. Showing a great nose and mouthfeel.

Elegant with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with nice complexity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show its pretty nose, so be patient. Tannins come in after 90 minutes.

Robert Parker 93 points.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Tasty and spicy. A delicious wine.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65.

Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery GSM Crossing 2015 Paso Robles, California

A pretty color of dark ruby with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, red currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, spices, earth, black pepper and light pencil lead.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, licorice, dark coffee, pencil lead, tobacco leaf, herbs, light vinaigrette and black pepper.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting Rhone blend from Paso Robles. Elegant, spicy and good by itself or with food.

This 6 year old is peaking now with nice complexity and a soft mouth feel. An interesting wine, and very tasty.

I gave it one hour in a decanter to open up, and paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Goes very nicely with the Prosciutto and the wild mashroom Brie cheese.

A blend of 44% Syrah, 34% Mourvedre and 22% Grenache. Aged for 19 Months in (30% New) French Oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$42.

King Frosch Nahe Riesling 2018, Germany

Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

On the nose lemons, diesel, apples, pears, citrus, tropical fruits, pineapples, kiwi, papaya, peaches, minerals and spices.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with a touch of RS.

Medium finish with tangy lemons.

This is a very nice Riesling from Germany. Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing.

Showing nice complexity, easy drinking, gentle and fruity.

Good by itself or with food. A good pool wine and good for parties.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$26.