This was a Six Liter Methuselah bottle of wine. The cork came out in one piece with the use of a Durand. It was soaked up the sides but did not leak. The bottle was sampled right away and then over the next few hours. Purple/ruby in color. It looked to be about ten or fifteen years old (not 41). The nose was initially muted, but with air this had some cassis and black cherries, some dried fruit, dust, cedar and a slight funk. With air, it got younger for the first hour and then plateaued. On the palate, this still has a nice freshness to it. There is some age showing but not a whol
Aaron Pott has been making great wine in the Napa Valley for a while now. Understandably, as the high critics scores have rolled in, the prices have crept up. While this bottle is not cheap (around $75), it is a lot less than the Pott single vineyard wines. Since I had never had one, my wife and I decided to open one young and drink it over a couple of days. The result is this is an outstanding wine and should age nicely for a more than a decade. Bright purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has nice cassis with a fair amount of char and spice. On day 2, the oak blended more
Despite what you may think, Sideways didn't kill the California Merlot market as much as it made Pinot Noir stylish. There are still some fine Merlots being made. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has a nice chocolate covered cherry quality to it. Some spice as well. On the palate, this takes about thirty minutes of air to open and then drinks very well. It is more expressive (right now) on the palate with milk chocolate covered cherries and a nice vanilla streak. Not candied as much as liqueur notes. Good balance. Nice finish. This drinks very well on its own and would b
Looking for an outstanding Napa Cabernet for $50? This one fits just fine. This is drinking just great right now but will easily last a decade. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Malbec,1% Petit Verdot. Purple in color. The nose is great with cassis, a bit of pencil lead, coffee and a slight dusty note. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Great balance. Plenty of cassis fruit over a dry earthy note. Good finish. This will go well with a variety of heavier dishes from BBQ to roasts.
This used to be a go to wine, but its been a few years, so it was a pleasure to be able to revisit this Bordeaux Blend. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, cherries and spice. With air some plums come out. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Lots of juicy black currants, with black raspberries. Firm tannins. Nice balance. This has not yet been released and of course, will need a few years to really show what it has. I believe the release price will be around $80 which is fair for the quality from Napa. It will go we
This wine was stunning. Seemingly in a great place right now. Drunk alongside some their more higher priced wines, this seemed to be everyone's favorite. Part of that was that the other wines need time but this was fantastic. For $60, that is a great price for mountain fruit in Napa. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis, sandalwood, blueberries, and spice. On the palate, this has a nice juicy texture. Medium tannins, but not rough. Notes of cassis and blueberries over a nice mineral base. Great finish. This will work with medium and heavier foods. Not sure if this gets bett
This is a blend of 45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petite Verdot and it is delicious. Drinking very well right now, it will change over time as different varietals take more of a lead. Right now, the Syrah is dominant. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, roasted meats, blueberries and char. On the palate, this is a big wine and full of fruit. It also has plenty of depth and complexity. Juicy texture. Great balance. Long finish. This wine has great acidity that will work well with roasted meats. Indian dishes should match quite well.
Opened this and it was ok but very tight. Checked in on day 2 and it was a bit better but not quite. Finally on Day 3, this opened up and is drinking well. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, plums and tea along with a bit of spice. On the palate, this is deep but will need some time to develop. Still needs a bit more cellaring. Medium tannins. Good balance. Nice finish. Hold for three to five more and then cellar for a decade or two after that. This will drink great on its own or work with grilled meats. Should be some upside.
Wow. Dark purple in color, to the rim. What a great nose. The kind of nose one could just sniff all evening. Cassis, graphite, slight chocolate, slight cedar and slight spice. The nose itself it big but not overblown. On the palate, the texture is gorgeous. Seamless, velvety and round yet muscular enough. Layers of fruit tightly layered with chocolate and slight dry earth. Complex and deep. Dee-licious. Gulpable but then it demands attention. Medium tannins. Long finish. This will require bigger foods and meat but this is a classic Napa Cab to just drink by itself. It is that
Light golden in color. The nose has some oak/spice on it but not a ton. Also some baked apples. On the palate, the apples are fresh with a slight bit of ripeness. The oak is a bit more persistent but again, not over the top. Good bite of refreshing acidity. Nice finish. This works on its own as a cocktail wine but will work just fine with lighter fare. It should make good drinking over the next few years. It may not be worth long term cellaring, but it might surprise.