This is a blend of 47% Merlot, 33% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc from Turkey. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, pine and salinity. Nice texture. Medium tannins. On the palate, this has tight layering. Notes of black cherries, milk chocolate, black pepper and slight bell pepper. Reasonably good balance although a bit more acidity would be nice. Seems to be at peak or slightly past. Drink now. This would work better with food. Eggplant such as Imam Bayildi might be a nice choice.
Lovely Rosé blend. This is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Farella and Moonracer vineyards. Due to the fires in 2020, Realm decided that they could not make all of their reds so this was harvested early and turned into a Rose which is less susceptible to smoke taint (due to less time on the skins). The results are excellent. This is the second time I have been lucky enough to taste this. Some say this is made in a Provence style, but rather, this seems to have fresh vibrant fruit albeit on the softer side (likely due to the Merlot), but certainly of Napa. Very pale pink/ora
This is a blend of 60% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc that sees 100% new oak. . Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, cherries, spice and slight cigar. Medium bodied. On the palate, cherries, some black cherries and underlying earthy tobacco notes. Moderate finish. This will work better with food than on its own. Slow cooked, braised beef or lamb would work well. Drink over the next five to seven years.
This is a rose made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot in Virginia. Light pink in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with strawberries and some watermelon. Light to medium bodied. On the palate, this is crisp and clean. It drinks quite easily and there is nice watermelon fruit. Moderate finish. This drinks well on its own but should work with all but the heaviest of meat dishes. Drink over the next year.
At a recent tasting of United Ink Wines, this was the runaway crowd favorite. It is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington state. Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, chocolate and slight black raspberry. Mice mouthfeel. Light to medium tannins. On the palate, nice black raspberry and black cherries fruit with some chocolate. Firm tannins on the finish. This is delicious. It drinks (easy). Great on its own, this would be great with a burger or other foods off the grill. Drink over the next five year
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Romania. Deep garnet in color, flat, and opaque. The nose has black cherries, cherries, and some cassis, along with some smoke. There is a slight stewed raisin quality to the fruit which is intentional. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, cherries, some char, some black pepper and some raisin especially on the finish. A resemblance to an Amarone with a bit less acidity. This seems like it should drink well for the next eight to ten years. It will work well with meats or fowl in a wine reduction sauce and would be nice at
Purple in color with some Ruby swirls. There is a ton of volatile acidity on the nose (nail polish). Some mulberries. On the palate, this is tart and tannic. More sour cherries on the palate. It is better on the palate than the nose. Past its optimal drinking window. Drink up. Probably better without food as it might over power most foods.
Lupi mean wolves. A very nice showing for this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Saperavi that was aged for a period of 10-12 months in 225l barrels and aged for at least 2 years in oak barrels from Krasnodar (Russia). Purple in color, garnet at the rim. The nose has black cherries with a hint of smoked tobacco ash. Very interesting. With air a bit of black coffee. Medium to full bodies. On the palate, black raspberries, cherries, a bit of dried currants and slight earthiness. Strong backbone of acidity. Long finish. A really interesting wine with depth and complexity. Tast
This is a Napa wine made in the style of a right bank Bordeaux blend. Mostly Merlot with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Purple/ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, black cherries, slight chocolate, cigar box and slight earthy funk. Full bodied. On the palate, this has light tannins. Flavors of black cherries, some spice with underlying earthiness. Good balance. Delicious. Nice finish. This is drinking well now but may still get better as it matures. Drink over the next ten to twelve years. This drinks well on its own and will work
2005 was an excellent vintage, but, especially the right bank Merlot based wines, is now starting to really drink well. 100% Merlot. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is lovely with black cherries, cassis, chocolate and spice. Light tannins. Medium bodied. On the palate, black cherries with underlying funk. Good finish. This seems to be about at peak but should drink well for another five to seven years. It drinks well on its own but will work better at the dinner table with perhaps roasted fowl.