This is a Bordeaux blend with 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc. It is a bit more understated than the Cabernet from the True Vineyard. Drinking well now, this improved with a bit of air and really needs a few more years in the cellar. But it is fantastic right now. People who prefer Bordeaux will probably prefer this to the Cab and visa-versa. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, black cherries, slight blueberries, milk chocolate, cigar box, vanilla and spice. Yes, there is a lot going on. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Compl
This is interesting. I normally prefer a Rose to be young (with a couple of important exceptions) but this still tasted youthful at 5 years from vintage. It is made from Merlot and a bit of Cabernet Franc. Orange/salmon pink in color, clear and bright. The nose has watermelons, strawberries and slight hay. On the palate, this is clean with just a touch of acidity. Cherries and strawberries. Nice finish. This will go with anything from a light salad to a burger or fowl.
This is coming along quite nicely. It's not yet at peak and still drinks big and young. Purple in color. The nose is big with black cherries, some black raspberry, spice, some chocolate and a bit of coffee. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Lots of black cherry and black raspberry fruit over a bit of char/dark chocolate. Slight black licorice on the finish. This is delicious and great on its own or with bolder roasted meat (or vegetable) dishes. It will continue to improve for another five to ten years, and be good for another ten to fifteen after that if well stored. This bo
This is from a region typically more known for their whites. The owner of this winery is the son and nephew of the owners of Clos Rougeard, a "cult" wine in the Loire Valley. This is Cabernet Franc from old vines. It is a very nice wine. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has a slight barnyard with cherries, black licorice and slight hay quality. On the palate, concentrated cherries. Nice layering as this unwinds in the glass. It has a soft texture but at the some time intense. Long finish. Certainly not over ripe, this wine will work better with food. It would be interesting to try
This is a Bordeaux blend Super Tuscan wine from one of the top producers in Tuscany. It is one of their less expensive offerings and is always an outstanding wine. This wine is surprisingly open and drinking well already considering that 2015 is an outstanding vintage in Tuscany. Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose has cassis, black cherries, slight tobacco and spice. On the palate, this has a nice juiciness to it. Black cherry fruit dominates at this point with some underlying tobacco/earth. Light tannins. Nice finish. This might still improve but either way should be good
This winery has recently been sold to new owners. They are one of the largest producers in South Africa having opened in 1989. Mostly known for their Chenin Blanc, this red is affordable and a great value too. It is a blend of 32% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, and 7% Malbec. The new label is plain and classy, but I always liked the old one with a picture of a dog. A note for the 2013 is on this site and features that label. The wine itself is drinking very well. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cassis, plums, baking spice and slight tobacco not
Scott Palazzo makes some mighty fine wines out in Napa. This one is no exception. This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon hence the "Right Bank" name. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is very nice with black cherries, cherries, a bit of dark chocolate, slight cigar box and spice. On the palate, this has a lush texture but is by no means a fruit bomb. Good acidity. This will work well with a wide variety of foods especially roasts. There are still tannins present and this did improve a bit with air. It should continue to improve for the next few ye
This is the second wine of Gracia and is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This sample was drinking very well right now. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, dark chocolate dust and slight coffee. Certainly no issues with getting ripe. The palate has light tannins. Some depth. Black cherry fruit over a dry earthiness. Good finish. This was not cheap; retailing at $85 compared to the First wines at around $135. But it is a very good wine. Should drink well for a decade as it matures. Probably won't get better.
Probably, this may be the best wine from Bordeaux in this vintage, but it is going to take a long, long time. In any event, this is a wine that needs a week to decant now or just wait. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Purple in color to the rim. The nose has cassis, licorice, tobacco and heavy roast coffee. On the palate, this is very concentrated and takes some time to open in the glass. Firm tannins. Lots of cassis fruit but packed densely, it is hard to get more than that, but at the same time, the fruit goes on forever. There is some obvious oak at this p
In a tasting of the top 2008's from Bordeaux, this was the WOTN (and mine) for drinking right now. Of course, none of them are fully mature and need at least a decade. This is a very special wine. 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is classic with cassis, graphite, cedar, and cigar box. On the palate, this is intense. Lots of great cassis fruit intertwined with earthiness and cedar, it unwinds in layers in the glass. The finish is very persistent and even seems to grow on the palate. Great balance. This is a w