Tag: Wine

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.

Patland Estate Vineyards D’oro Red Dessert Wine 2015, Napa Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a short cloudy, reddish rim.

Wonderful nose of blackberries, blueberries, wild flowers, cedar, chocolates, dark coffee, Indian spices, cinnamon, light vegetables, a hint of bell pepper, earth, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full-bodied and bold with high acidity.

Sweet on the palate with black currants, blackberries, cooked cherries, raisins, figs, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, coffee and black pepper.

Long spicy finish with tangy cherries.

This is a delicious and complex sweet wine from Napa Valley. Loved the nose, with all those Indian spices mixed in with the sweet black fruits.

Nicely balanced with enough acidity for the sugars. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

This 6 year old, will age nicely in the next 15 years. Will be nice to revisit it in 7 to 10 years.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself as a dessert. I gave it a slight chill. This Single Vineyard is delicious even with the brie cheese.

Delicious and rich. Opulent and fruit forward. A fantastic sweet wine.

100% Petite Sirah grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 20 months. A small production of only 2,172 bottles were made, this is bottle number 574.

20% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$80 (375ml).

The Vice Wines American Paradox Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California

Time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Napa Valley.

Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a bright red rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cedar, sweet cherries, dried figs, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, spices, light earth, pencil lead and black pepper.

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

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, earth, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice, peppercorn, vanilla, cola, spices and espresso.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty wine from Napa Valley. Fruit forward, rich and extracted.

This 4 year old is starting to drink nicely now. A good quality wine that will age nicely in the next 10 years.

Easy drinking and elegant, with a nice mouthfeel. Already showing nice complexity. Showing nice potential to get to a 94+ point wine.

Good right out of the bottle, and gets more complex as it opens up. I gave it 3 hours in a decanter.

Good by itself or with food. A good sipping wine that I paired with meats and cheeses.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$95.

Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery Train Wreck 2015 Paso Robles, California

Time for some Merlot on this
#MerlotThursday. Here’s a nice one from Paso Robles.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, licorice, dark chocolates, tobacco leaf, coffee, pencil lead, spices, light earth, herbs and peppercorn.

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

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, blueberries, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, licorice, light vanilla, herbs, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather and tobacco leaf.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting red blend from Paso Robles. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Elegant and stylish. Rich and fruity with lots of earth notes to make it interesting.

This 6 year old is drinking very nicely now, and will continue in the next 3 to 5 years.

I gave it 90 minutes to open up and show the complexity. After 3 hours of airtime, it balances out with much less vegetables notes. Worth the wait.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Paired very nicely with the triple cream Brie cheese.

A blend of 21% Merlot, 21% Petite Sirah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 21% Zinfandel and 6% Mourvedre. Aged for 21 Months in oak barrels (35% New).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$45.

Canoe Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State

This 10 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State is a nice surprise. Doesn’t show its age at all, at this point.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and good with food.

After a couple of hours of airtime it shows, red and black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, bell pepper, vegetables, herbs, graphite and black coffee.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy pomegranates.

Wine Enthusiasts 87 Points.

A little off balance, but has nice structure with a nice mouthfeel.

I’ve had it before, but at a younger age. Now it feels like a California Merlot, actually. Very interesting to try these kind of wines.

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

Aged in French oak barrels (30% new).

13.9% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$22.

Alexana Winery Revana Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018 Willamette Valley, Oregon

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

On the nose strawberries, bing cherries, raspberries, light wood, earth, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with cherries, oak, sweet strawberries, light vanilla, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Pinot Noir from Oregon is starting to drink nicely now. Showing mild complexity and a soft mouth feel.

Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. Good by itself and better with food.

This Single Vineyard is still young, and would age nicely in the next 7 years. Would be nice to revisit it in 2 to 5 years. Showing great potential.

I paired it with Italian Prosciutto and goat cheese.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$55.

FVDP Vintners Terminim Cepages d’Or Alder Springs Vineyard 2018, Mendocino County, California

Light golden in color with a yellow tint.

On the nose, ripen yellow apples, pears, light citrus, vanilla, light oak and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with red and green apples, citrus, spices, vanilla, oak, earth and herbs.

Spicy finish with limes and peppercorn.

This is a very tasty White Rhone blend from Mendocino County. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Crisp and elegant.

A good quality wine that I would love to try in 3 years.

Nicely balanced and good as a sipping wine. This Single Vineyard is very interesting and well-made.

Feels like a mix of White wine from the Rhone Valley with a new world twist.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with goat cheese and the prosciutto.

A blend of 54% Marsanne, 22% Roussanne, 12% Viognier and 12% Picpoul Blanc.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Bee Hunter Wines Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Mendocino, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish, cloudy rim.

Fruity nose with sweet raspberries, bing cherries, blueberries, vanilla, light oak, light vegetables, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with black cherries, plums, sweet strawberries, raspberries, spices, light chocolates, earth, black pepper and herbs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

The six-year-old from Mendocino County, drinks like a fresh wine. Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and very pleasant. A Good quality Pinot Noir.

Fruit forward and rich. Tangy and tasty. Good by itself or with food.

This Single Vineyard is well balanced with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

This Pinot Noir seems to be aging nicely, and will continue to drink well in the next 5 years. Tangy and interesting. A great wine to sip on by the porch.

I paired it with a triple cream Brie cheese with wild mushrooms.

Aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 2 years.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

Fidelitas Wines Quintessence Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Red Mountain, Washington State

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a beautiful one from Washington State.

A pretty color of dark ruby with a short reddish rim.

On the nose blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, cedar, chocolates, mocha, bell pepper, vegetables, black pepper and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and pretty legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain in Washington State.

Already showing nice complexity, although it is still young and needs 3 years to mature properly. Will be good in the next 10 years.

Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 90 minutes, which is when the tannins showed up and brought in nice structure, and a nice mouthfeel.

Rich and delicious. Spicy and good by itself or with food.

This Single Vineyard is fruit forward and extremely dry, which is a unique combination. As it opens up it becomes earthier.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Really nice with the fatty Italian salami, and will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in 50% new French Oak barrels.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.

Bogle Vineyards Merlot 2018, California

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, licorice, peppercorn, coffee, chocolates, tobacco and light vegetables.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Merlot from California. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel.

Showing mild complexity, rich and extracted. Plush and tangy. A good everyday wine.

Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time (30 minutes).

I had it all by itself by the lake.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$8.