This is a blend of 87.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec and 1.5% Petit Verdot. It is a big wine that seems like it will still get better with cellaring. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis, dust, and an interesting citrus quality. On the palate, this is very concentrated. Notes of cassis, some dark chocolate and orange peel (?) come thru. It is deep with firm tannins that will need time to open. Long finish. This needs another five to ten years of cellaring and should be good for ten to twelve after that. Right now, it should be given an eight h
This is a Finger Lakes red. It is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 17% Merlot. The label lists 13% abv.
This is a blend of 75% Merlots and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby in color. The nose is very tight but shows some black cherry. Much more open on the palate. Black cherry fruit with slight black raspberries. Medium to light tannins. Reasonably balanced. A bit bitter on the finish. This drinks quite easily on its own but would be better with a burger or other grilled food.
This is made by an Oregon producer using Washington fruit. Screw capped. Champoux Vineyard is one of Washington's finest. This Merlot is quite good and certainly better than many California Merlots at similar pricing. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, chocolate, and spice. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Some depth. Light tannins. This is still youthful and may improve a bit over the next three to five years. It should be good for another five to seven after that. It will work well with roasts and casseroles.
This took about an hour to open and then was drinking great. It is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4.5% Petit Verdot and 3.5% Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, cigar box and cherries. On the palate, this is full bodied. Ripe fruit. Lighter tannins. Flavors of Cherries with some cassis, chocolate and clean(er) barnyard. Good finish. This is about at peak now but should be here for at least another five to seven years. It will go well with roasted meats or fowl.
This is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet France, 9% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. This is a gorgeous wine but it will need some time to reach maturity. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. Cassis, black cherries, dark chocolate, char and baking spice on the nose. Full bodied. On the palate, the cassis and black cherries carry thru though concentrated. Firm tannins. An underlying char. Long finish. This needs about five to ten years until peak and will be good for ten to twenty years after that. It drinks well on its own and will work with bigger foods especially roasts
This is the top wine that Duckhorn makes. It is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Deep ruby in color. The nose has black cherries, cassis, spice and slight chocolate. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. It is not a monster wine, but has a nice elegance to it. It is younger-ish with firm tannins. Lots of black cherry fruit with some underlying sandalwood and slight forest floor. Good finish. This will work well on its own but also with a wide variety of meats and fowl. It should be close to peak but should be here for at least another
This is a blend of 62% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. It is a delicious wine that while still young is drinking well. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, cassis, cigar box, plums and baking spice. On the palate, this is full bodied. Lots of black cherry and cassis with forest floor. Thick tannins. Long finish. Obviously young, this will continue to improve for another seven to ten years and then be good for at least ten to fifteen after that. It drinks well on its own and will work with roasts or casseroles.
Time has been quite kind to this wine. On release, this was a bit disappointing after the stellar 2001 and 2002's. At age 16, however, it has put on weight, aged slowly and is a terrific Merlot. Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose has milk chocolate, cherries and just a bit of raspberry. On the palate, this has nice layering of fruit and earth. Tannins are all resolved. Easy drinking. Good finish. This won't get better and should be drunk in the next few years. It will go well with roasts and casseroles of all types.
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).