This is a well endowed, Bordeaux blend from Napa. It is full throttle and delicious although some may not like that style. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, plums, graphite, cedar, and anise. Firm tannins. Full bodied. On the palate, the black raspberries come thru in spades with some underlying char and graphite. Great lush texture. 15.6% abv. Long finish. No noticeable alcohol on the palate other than the texture. This drinks better on its own right now, but would work with roasted meats or fowl. Drink over the next few years to enjoy the
This is a very nice fruit forward Napa Cab. Purple/ruby in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, chocolate, and tobacco. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, there is ripe cassis fruit, some oak showing and slight dry earthiness. Nice finish. This is easy going and will make nice drinking over the next ten years. A great choice with a burger off the grill.
This is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 9% Petit Verdot and always one of the stars of the Flora Springs portfolio. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, plums, a wet, rich earthiness and a sort of tree bark note that is intriguing. Full bodied with firm tannins. On the palate, black raspberries, and a lush chocolate milkshake with a touch of underlying earthiness. This is a decadent wine that while still young is delicious. Give it a few more years until maturity and the score should rise even higher. Drink's great on it own, this will
This winery really stepped it up after the first couple of vintages and are producing some great wines. Deep purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, graphite, slight cedar and baking spices. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this is juicy with great cassis fruit. A bit of underlying graphite and char. Some complexity but more delicious than contemplative. Nice finish. This would match well with roasted or grilled meats or veggies but worked great with vegetarian chili. Drink over the next ten to twelve years.
Wonderful wine. Finally worth opening after waiting all these years. Bought on release and cellared. This was open and decanted for sediment and allowed to breather for an hour or so before trying. Deep ruby in color, purple at the core, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is classic with cassis, pencil lead, tobacco and a hefty amount of earthy funk. Full bodied. On the palate, this is complex and layered but still fresh and vibrant. Cassis with underlying earthiness and a bit of coffee and mushroom. Long finish. Contemplative. This drinks great on its own and will work well with
According to the label, this is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% cabernet Franc, and 20% Frankova Blaufränkisch. It has a label which has some resemblance to a whimsical Bordeaux label (if those even exist). I liked this better than the 2016 Life Flows from the same winery and a similar blend. Whether that was due to vintage variation or the use of better barrels, I am not experienced with these wines enough to know. It has a deep ruby color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, slight tobacco, cherries, spice and slight rhubarb. On the palate, this is medium bodied with
This is an inexpensive 100% Merlot. In good vintages, these are great places to look for values and nice wines that are accessible. And this one, hits all the marks. Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has raspberries, plums and slight spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, the raspberries continue along with some black cherries. Moderate finish. This is a tasty, fruit forward style of Merlot. It improves with a bit of air. Drinks fine on its own but will work better with some food. Roasted veggies or fowl would be a nice match. Drink over the next three to five
Tasted from a Magnum. Purple in color with ruby swirls, opaque and bright. The nose is earthy with cigar tobacco but plenty of fresh cassis. The wine is mostly clean with just a hint of funk. Medium bodied. On the palate, there is tart cassis and cranberry fruit with underlying earthiness. Showing some complexity. Good finish. In Magnum, this is drinking well today and probably close to peak. This certainly could go another ten years but I doubt it gets better. It will work better with food and went well with a tomato tart, but fatty meats would be a good choice.
Great showing for this wine. Drinking wonderfully at this time. Seems fully mature, possibly, just slightly past (depending on your tastes). Purple in color, ruby swirls, but no browning. The nose is great with cigar box, earthy, some Bordeaux funk but still with some cassis left. On the palate, this has faint tannins. Very earthy with cassis, dried black raspberries some tobacco. Complex. The layers unwind in the glass. Wonderful texture. Long finish. This drinks great on its own, but would be even better with food. Roasted veggies or duck would be great. At this age (34) ever
2008 Kapcsándy Family Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Grand Vin) State Lane Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review
This was opened and allowed to slowly oxidize for 12 hours prior to serving, but that was not enough. It needed more air/time. It took over night to really open and was better on day 2. Despite this being a Robert Parker 100 point wine, this is not what people think of when talking about "Parkerized" wines.