This is a blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and 29% Cabernet Franc. Another project made by Thomas Rivers Brown. This is a gorgeous Bordeaux blend. I know that many critics have worried about the 2017 vintage and while the fires are a legitimate concern, I have been loving them and especially the Cab Franc and Merlot. I loved this even more than the 2015 which I scored 97 (reviews are on this site).
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis, cherries, slight chocolate, char and spice. On the palate, this is soft, accessible and easy drinking. Layers of black cherries, cassis and char. Light tannins. Medium finish. This probably should be consumed over the next five years. It will go great with burgers, ribs or pasta.
This is the best Israeli wine I have had. It is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petite Verdot. Purple in color with a thin ruby line at the rim. The nose is very nice with spice, black raspberries and tobacco. With air, some milk chocolate comes out. On the palate this has a lovely texture. Medium tannins. Black raspberry fruits, cherries with a forest floor base. Great balance. Long finish. This seems just a touch young but is drinking very well. Probably about five to seven years from peak and should be good for another ten to twenty a
Castel is probably the consistently best top winery in Israel. Although modern Israel wine is a very young industry, so this is always changing. Castel has a proven track record. The Grand Vin is the best wine that they make. This is quite young and just not giving up much right now. After a couple of hours of air, it had improved but its best days are at least five years in the future. Inky purple in color. The nose has nice baking spices along with some cherries. On the palate, firm tannins. Black cherries. Monolithic at present. It is tasty but needs time develop a complexity
This is another Cab tasted at the winery. It is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon with 12% Cabernet Franc. Inky purple in color. The nose is tight but with air shows some cassis, a bit of pencil lead and char. On the palate, this is concentrated and tannic. Quite young of course. It has a wonderful texture. With air, the cassis fruit comes out and a bit of black cherry. Very deep but monolithic right now. Give it seven to ten years to develop and unwind. In the meanwhile, it is quite delicious, but needs about eight hours of air. This should last another fifteen to twenty years or more. It
Tasted on a visit to the winery. This is 5% Cabernet Franc and the rest is Cabernet Sauvignon. It has an intense purple color, almost neon bright. The nose is primary but quite good with cassis, slight black cherry and lumber. On the palate, this has strong tannins. It also has a very lively texture which I attribute to great balance, acidity and purity of fruit. Lots of cassis with a nice underlying minerality. This winery had been highly recommended to me but this was my first time trying the wines so it is a bit hard to evaluate growth and maturity. Still, I would estimate that i
During a recent visit to the Napa Valley, I had a chance to meet with Tom Garrett. Tom is part of the Detert Family of wines who own a portion of the historic To Kalon vineyard. The Detert's and the MacDonalds are cousins whose lineage goes back to a common owner of a parcel of the vineyard from the early 1950's. The Detert's portion grows mostly Cabernet Franc although there is some Cabernet Sauvignon. This particular bottling is their top Cabernet Franc and it is as good as any made anywhere. Although still very young, this is a wine that has great concentration and will age graceful
This is from the younger wines at Chateau Pavie (under 10 years old). It is a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries with a bit of cigar box. On the palate, this is drinking well now. Nice cherry fruit with a bit of cocoa and slight tobacco. Not a lot of concentration or complexity but it is tasty. Good acidity. It seems as though this will be as good as this gets and thought it should do another five to ten years, the safer bet is to drink it now. It will go well with stews and medium weight foods.
Bordeaux wines from 1982 are often still drinking great. While one might think a wine such as this might be over the hill, that is not true. At least for this bottle. It still has some youthful freshness. It is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. No real bricking or browning. On the nose there is cassis, dust, slight cigar box and hints of cherry. On the palate, this has lively energy. Cassis and cherries with some underlying dried herbal notes. Not a big wine. Some depth and slight layering. Nice finish.
I have been lucky enough to have this on a few occasions. Never has it been open or showing anything like it's lofty status with the critics would indicate so I approached with trepidation. No need. This bottle was amazing. Everything it was supposed to be including still a bit on the young side. It is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim. Bright but mostly opaque. On the nose, lovely cassis, cigar box, ash and slight pencil lead. The lead becomes more pronounced with air and there is some chocolate and spi