Part of 1980's Bordeaux Dinner at Edwin's. Medium golden in color, clear and bright. Not many bubbles in the glass. The nose is nice. Smoky with lemons and lanolin. Some trace of oxidation. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, not completely flat but getting there. That said, this was an excellent, crisp white wine. Lemons with some oxidation. Complex. Long finish. While perhaps a bit over the hill, still really providing an excellent drinking experience. It was nice on its own, and would work well with all but the heaviest foods. It went well with a beet dish and Marcona Alm
Aglianico can be a diverse grape, but the ones made in Vulture (the arch of the boot), tend to be excellent values. Purple in color with a ruby rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with plums, black cherries, cocoa powder, and spice. Full bodied. Firm tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, this is young but drinking well. Plenty of black cherries and plums with some underlying char. Good finish. Very nice on its own, this will go well with the right foods. Think bigger meat or fowl dishes and it can handle some spice. Drink over the next eight to twelve years. Plenty
It has been a bit since I tried this producer. The wines used to be everywhere, but they don't seem as prevalent these days at least in the stores I shop in. That is a shame as these are very good and reasonably priced wines. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has slight peach, bits of lemon rind and wet rocks. Medium bodied. Slightly viscous. On the palate, this is quite tasty. Lemons, minerals and slight peach. Good acidity. Long finish. This drinks easily on its own (9% abv) but also will work well with lots of food. Thai food would be a great choice.
Wow, this is stunning. What a great vintage. Medium gold in color with slight darker hues, clear and bright. The nose is big with apricots, honey, orange peel and crème brulée. Full bodied. Viscous texture. Excellent acidity. Great energy and balance. On the palate, this is deep and complex. Layers of fruits, dried fruits and other tastes. Apricots, honey, oranges and caramel. Long finish. This is fantastic on its own and will work great with a plain cookie or cake. Drink over the next thirty years.
This is a winery only release from this winery who makes quite a few different wines only sold as such. It is cooler climate in style. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has boysenberries, smoked herbs, slight bacon fat and black pepper. Medium bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, boysenberries with some char. Nice finish. This is nice on its own but better with food. It went well with Indian food. Drink over the next five to ten years.
This was a fun wine to try. 19.1% abv. Bottled in 1998. Purple in color with some ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, black cherries and some alcohol note. Viscous texture. Tannins all resolved. On the palate, this is sweet but not cloying. Lots of black cherry fruit. Warm on the finish but otherwise very smooth. Tasty and a nice way to end an evening. It does have many Cab qualities but also some Port notes, too. It appears they used to produce this every vintage, but only once since 2004.
It seemed like a bad idea opening such a young Bordeaux, but this was surprisingly still open and drinking well. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, cassis, chocolate and spice. Medium to full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, black raspberry fruit with black cherries and underlying char. Plenty of depth. Complex. Good finish with some milk chocolate notes. This is delicious. It will be interesting to see where this goes from here. Does it shut down? Does it develop more with cellaring. In any event it is excellent right now.
2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon The Reserve To-Kalon Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Oakville, Wine Review
Always great to try one of these! Still one of the better Cabs coming out of Napa. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, cedar and spices. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, this has cassis with slight cedar notes and underlying spice and char. It is still tight and young but already drinking well. Ideally, it could us another five to ten years in the cellar, but otherwise give it plenty of air. It has a nice complexity that unwinds in the glass. Great on its own, this would be classic with a steak, but would be great as well with a bowl of hearty c
Pop and pour, this wine is in a great place right now. Purple in color with slight ruby swirls, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with spice, cassis, earthy and some hay notes. Medium tannins. Full bodied. Complex. On the palate, cassis, and black cherries with some char. Long finish. At age 15, this seems at peak. I don't think it will improve but it should still drink well for seven to ten more years. Great on its own, this will work well at the dinner table. It went great with a pasta dish and a lentil salad.
This is in a very nice place right now. It needs a bit of air to open and then is drinking well. 2012 is an excellent if not flamboyant vintage. Coupled with this very structured wine and it does need some coaxing. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is classic with graphite, cassis, spice and cedar. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, this is very concentrated. Cassis, pencil lead and char. Long finish. Great balance. It is drinking well today but not yet at peak. This should easily go another twenty years. Great on its own, this will be excellent with foo