2015 Maybach Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Amoenus, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$175.00USD

Maybach makes great wines.  It is one of my favorite wineries.  Though the wines are expensive, given the quality, they could be even more so.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, blueberries, cedar and spice.  On the palate, this is full bodied with medium to firm tannins.  Loads of cassis with blueberries along with some oak, spice and char.  Delicious.  Deep.  This is young and will continue to mature for the next five to seven years and should be good for ten to twelve more after that.  Delicious on its own, this will need big food such as a steak or roasted veggie

2017 Argiano Non Confunditur Toscana IGT, Italy, Tuscany, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese which makes it a "Super Tuscan".  It is, however, not expensive and truly a great value.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is nice with black cherries, cherries, baking spices and slight woodiness.  On the palate, this is medium bodied.  A nice backbone of acidity.  It has a soft but inviting texture.  Delicious red berry fruit with underlying dry earthiness.  Medium finish.  This drinks great on its own but is better with food.  A great "pizza wine".  It should be good for another five to seven years.  

2008 Pott Wine Cabernet Sauvignon Neruda Brix Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Oakville, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$120.00USD

This is in a great drinking right now.  From Aaron Pott's eponymous winery, it is always fun to say you are having some Pot(t) tonight.  Inky purple in color.  The nose has cassis, minerals/rocks, slight floral notes, and a bit of mint.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is opulent yet not over blown.  Concentrated cassis flavors with underlying gravel and slight herbal notes.  Nice finish.  Tannins are almost all resolved.  This seems to be closed to peak but certainly has five to maybe ten more years left.  Drinks well on its own and maybe a bit better with food.  Rosted meats, fowl or ve

2017 Justin Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, USA, California, Paso Robles, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$58.00USD

This is a winery club only wine.  Containing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon it, comes in at 16.1% abv.  The wine spends 17 months in two-thirds new oak.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has sweet cassis, black cherries, cigar box and baking spice.  With air some dark chocolate emerges.  This s full bodied with ripe fruit.  Silky tannins.  Lots of energy.  Flavors of cassis and black cherry of a slight char and tobacco.  Good finish.  This is delicious right now but should calm down a bit with cellaring.  It depends on how you like your Cabs.  Right now this drinks great on its own. 

2016 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles, USA, California, Paso Robles, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

This is the flagship wine from Justin.  It is a Bordeaux styled blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot.  it sees 100% new French oak.  This is a very nice wine that is pretty unique given the number of similarly proportioned wines in France, Napa and the rest of the world.  It has a deeper ruby color with some purple swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black currants, some black cherries with a bit of baking spice and slight dark chocolate notes.  On the palate, this has a nice juicy, chewy texture.  Lots of black cherry fruit and spice.  Though plenty

2013 Adir Ben Zimra Plot Ninety Eight, Israel, Galilee, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$53.00USD

This is a "Port" styled wine made in Israel from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Shiraz.  Made more in a tawny style but not quite.  It is very interesting an certainly good.  Deep brick red in color, clear and bright.  The nose has toffee, slight cassis and a bit nutty.  Full bodied and viscous.  On the palate, this is sweet but not overt.  Toffee, chocolate and raspberries.  Slight warmth on the finish.  This is Kosher.  It is hard to say how long this will last.  My guess is that it should be consumed over the next five years, but it might last much longer.  It went very well with pecan r

2010 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$120.00USD

This could still use a bit more time in the cellar.  Corison makes some classic Napa Cabs but they need some bottle age to reach peak.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has black currants, slight smoke, minerals and just a hint of tarragon.  On the palate, this is lean but strong.  With air it puts on weight.  The black currants come thru with an underlying minerality.  Nice acidity.  Good finish.  This is deep with a tight complexity.  If opening soon, give it some air.  A nice match for a roast.  Definitely some upside on the score as this matures more.  Another three to five

2017 Psagot Edom, Israel, Judean Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$33.00USD

This a red blend of 45% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Petit Verdot grown at high elevation in the Edom Mountains.  It is Kosher.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  A very nice Bordeaux-like nose.  Cassis, black cherries, cherries, slight cigar box, gravel and slighter bell pepper.  On the palate, this is medium bodied with lighter but present tannins.  Moderate acidity.  A nice depth and complexity.  Notes of cassis and cherry fruit over gravel.  Ripe but not overtly.  Drinks easily right now.  I don't think this will get better but should drink well for five to seven more years.

2016 La Dame de Montrose, France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$42.00USD

This is a second wine of Chateau Montrose.  Tasted blind, with a tasting group, this was disappointing.  It finished in last place for me and close to that for the group.  It is a fine wine, but more was expected once the label was revealed.  Purple in color, shimmering bright and opaque.  The nose has cherries, black cherries and spice.  On the palate, light tannins and sour cherries.  Easy drinking.  It is a blend of 52% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 13% Cabernet Franc.  Right now, the Merlot dominates.  Of course, with some, the Cabs could wake up and get the party started.  Based

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