Tasted at a natural wine tasting. This is an interesting wine if not particularly something I wold want to drink again. Purple/garnet/dark brown in color. The nose is different. Starting out with an earthy/musty note, it cleans up with air showing some red berries which in turn are followed by a sweet tart and bubble gum note. Probably caused by carbonic maceration. On the palate, this has a tingly quality that could be some trapped CO2. It is very tannic for such a light bodied wine. Black cherries and mushroom with an underlying damp earthiness. Clipped on the finish. This was s
Looking for an outstanding Napa Cabernet for $50? This one fits just fine. This is drinking just great right now but will easily last a decade. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Malbec,1% Petit Verdot. Purple in color. The nose is great with cassis, a bit of pencil lead, coffee and a slight dusty note. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Great balance. Plenty of cassis fruit over a dry earthy note. Good finish. This will go well with a variety of heavier dishes from BBQ to roasts.
This used to be a go to wine, but its been a few years, so it was a pleasure to be able to revisit this Bordeaux Blend. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, cherries and spice. With air some plums come out. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Lots of juicy black currants, with black raspberries. Firm tannins. Nice balance. This has not yet been released and of course, will need a few years to really show what it has. I believe the release price will be around $80 which is fair for the quality from Napa. It will go we
An Argentina blend that is 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot and 10% Tannat. Purple/ruby in color. This took some time to open and though not necessarily better on Day 2, it was different. The nose is dust with cherries, plums and an herbal note (tarragon?). On day 2, it went more to black and blue fruits. The palate has black cherries and plums with underlying dry earth and baking spice. On Day 2, again it picks up more plums but also blueberries. Tannins really come out on Day 2. This win should match well with grilled and roasted meats and other hearty foods.
This is a joint venture between Rothschild and Catena to make a luxury wine. Caro means expensive. it is a blend of 50/50 Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is dusty with plums and black cherries. Also some smoke. On the palate, the black cherries predominate but also some plums over some charred wood. It is ripe and a ever so faintly sweet which is probably just ripe fruit. This will work with big meat dishes and certainly on its own. Seems to be drinking well now if a bit young. It should have the potential to mature nicely for a decade and
This is made from 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and the rest Merlot and Malbec. Insignia is one of the First Growth wines of California. Its great just about every vintage and has been for decades. This one is no exception. Inky purple. The nose has cassis, graphite, blueberries, leather and cigar box. On the palate, this is still young. Medium tannins. Great balance. Lots of cassis and some blueberries with underlying damp forest floor. Long finish. Delicious. Will work great with heartier foods and certainly with meat dishes. The price on these is up to around $250
This is a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Grenache. It is a very drinkable wine that lists 13.5% Alc. It retails for around $10 and this is a great value. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, black cherries, cocoa and plums. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Light tannins. A nice varietal complexity. Tart acidity. Long finish. This probably should be drunk in the next few years. Will work with a wide variety of foods. Easy drinking and fun.
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot, 2% Malbec. Purple in color, slight ruby at the rim. The nose is dusty and warm with cassis and spice. Soft texture. Good acidity. Nice cassis fruit with an underlying earthiness. Some plums on the finish. Nicely layered, it unwinds in the glass. It seems open but then keeps on opening more. Still some upside here.
70% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot. From the family that owns Leoville Poyferre in Bordeaux. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is warm and slightly musty (not in an off way). Also has some cassis and plums. On the palate, this drinks like a Bordeaux; fruit, tobacco and earth. Black raspberries and plums. Slight tannins. It has a nice depth and seems to be closing in on maturity. A bit soft but within reason. Would work with roasted or grilled meats quite well. No hurry, but won't get better and probably should be drunk in the next five years.
Purple/ruby in color. The nose has plums, bell pepper, celery and black raspberries. On the palate, this is very ripe. Plums and black raspberries. slightly earthy. Very delicious and easy to drink. Not a lot of acidity or depth. More of a cocktail wine although would work with hearty food especially meats.