This is certainly not today's Pavie. A very different style of Bordeaux. Whether that is good or bad is subjective. Ruby/brown in color though clear if a bit muted. The nose is all about the earthy funk. There is some slight mine and slighter cherry fruit. Tart acidity. On the palate, this starts out with thin cherries. As it blows off bottle stink, it adds some weight but tastes old and past prime. Certainly no sin for a 37 year old wine. There is a lot of funk on this wine. One of the people sharing this wine called it "dirty" which might (or might not) be a bit strong. Still,
So this is apparently produced for the Flora Springs wine club. They make 330 cases of it. It has a really fun label and I guess the idea is to serve it for Halloween parties. Seems like a pretty specific target audience, but I salute them for having fun with it. They actually have a whole series of Halloween wines. The wine itself is outstanding and I am not sure if it gets some short shrift due to the fun label. Deep ruby in color. The nose has black cherries and spice. On the palate, black cherry fruit. Slight tannins. Some depth. Drinking well now. I suppose the obvious food
This wine was opened and decanted for at least three hours before drinking. Not enough. This should still be held. It is a magnificent wine but very young still. It is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Merlot.
A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot. This was a new winery for me. So many choices which is great! Purple in color. The nose has cassis, some black cherries, cedar, baking spices and dust. On the palate, this seems to be drinking well. Just slight tannins. Cassis fruit. Some depth. Solid finish. This probably won't get better but should continue to drink well for another five to seven years. It will go well with grilled burgers or steaks and most medium to heavier foods.
One of the great wines of the world. This was tasted right after a huge Aussie Shiraz and it took a sip or two to re-calibrate, but once that was accomplished, this wines class shown thru. Still a young wine, this has a long future ahead. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, cedar, an herbal note (in a good way), spice and slight forest floor. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Full bodied but by no means brawny or a fruit bomb. Nice purity of cassis fruit over some roas
A friend opened this bottle for me. I believe this was their first release of this wine. Although I believe Outpost is making better wines now than they were then, it was a pleasure and an insight into how well these wines can age. This is drinking beautifully and still on the youthful side. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, black cherries, spice and slight dried floral notes. On the palate, this is concentrated. It has a wonderful texture. Juicy black cherry fruit. Long finish. It still has some lighter tannins to resolve. This will go well with medium and heavier foods. It
Bevan Cellars makes some of the best wines anywhere but his Napa Cabs are very expensive. So is this one, but it is half the price of the others and that makes this a great value in the rarefied air of top Napa Cabs. On release, this was $95. This is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
This is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. This is a very nice value in Napa Cabernet. They also make a Reserve which is a bit better but a lot more expensive. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose shows cassis, a bit of coffee, slight anise, and spice. On the palate, this is soft but still has enough structure to hang the fruit on. Good balance. Cassis with an earthy/tobacco underneath. Good finish. This will work well with a wide variety of foods. It may improve still but certainly should last another seven to ten years.
This is a red blend that is 48% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. It is a delicious wine that is drinking well but will likely improve with some cellar time. Deep ruby in color with some purple at the core. The nose shows black raspberries, cherries, dark chocolate, spice and cigar box. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied. Moderate tannins. Lots of cherries, black cherries and also some plums over char and tobacco. Nice finish. This will work well with bigger foods and certainly a burger on the grill would be great. Drin
This is a Trader Joe's wine made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is an easy drinking rose that is easy on the budget. Deep pink/orange in color. The nose has some watermelons and strawberries. Light bodied. On the palate, a bit of clean strawberries. Drank well enough on its own and worked with a variety of garden and fruit salads. Drink up this summer.