What an amazing wine. This is one of the more "affordable" Cabernet's from Realm. It is still very expensive, but this is some of the best that Napa has to offer. It is about 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Purple in color, opaque and shining bright. The nose is great with cassis, blueberries, cedar, spice and char. Just a gorgeous texture. Lush and velvety but with enough cut to not be cumbersome. Plenty of cassis and blueberry fruit with underlying tobacco and chart. Long finish. This is still young but just delicious. With time, this will show more complexity although
On release, these were big, bold wines made, at least in part, by John Kongsgaard. Of course, its now 21 years since vintage and one wold be hard pressed to call this anything but right bank if tasting blind. Part of that is one doesn't expect a Napa Merlot to age this well. It does have 10% Syrah in the blend so that may be part of it. Deep ruby in color. The nose is dusty with cherries, black cherries, slight cedar and some earthy funk. On the palate, this has a great texture. Black cherry fruit with a touch of dark chocolate and underlying earthiness. This is complex and also vib
This was purchased by me on release back when it was merely expensive. Today, this is one of the top guns of the Kendal Jackson empire and the pricing has gotten prohibitive for the newer releases. If trying this blind, a good guess might have been a 1999 Bordeaux, maybe Graves or maybe even 1998. it was quite good and certainly just about at peak. A 60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Purple/ruby in color with just a hint of browning at the rim. The nose has some brett but plenty of cassis, cherries and an earthy funk too. On the palate, this is complex. Layers of fruit (
Of course, this bottle should have been consumed long ago, but it happens. This acquitted itself very well, all things considered. Deep ruby in color, some browning but not much at the rim. The nose is dusty, earthy with some dried and macerated cherries. On the palate, this has some layering going on, fresh cherries, dried cherries and forest floor notes. Tannins are all resolved. A bit tart. Good finish. This improved a bit with food. I worked well with a vegetarian bean cassoulet. These should be drunk up.
This is an inexpensive blend from the south of France (Languedoc) although the label just indicates France.. It comes brightly packaged and is certainly intended for their export market. Ruby/purple in color. The nose is very jammy with raspberries and cherries and also some spice with bits of fresh cut lumber. On the palate, this is slightly sweet and jammy with black raspberries and black cherries along with some toasty oak. Probably best to serve at parties on its own. It should be consumed now.
My first time trying this wine. Very nice. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petite Sirah and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, char and spice. On the palate, the black cherries dominate. There is some green bell pepper (in a good way) that is very traditional. Some underlying roasted meats. This already has a tight complexity that unwinds in the glass. Nice finish. This probably needs another five to seven to peak and should be good for ten to twelve more after that. it is food friendly and wi
This is a nice value in inexpensive Merlot. It is a blend of 88% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Medium ruby in color. The nose has plums, cherries and spice. On the palate, this is light to medium bodied. Light cherry fruit. Easy drinking. Nice finish. This is made for immediate drinking. It drinks well on its own and would be great with burgers or grilled chicken. Drink over the next couple of years.
This was the year the fires hit California. It is important to be careful due to that but there were no notes of fire tain here. It is a well priced blend that is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Sirah, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot, and 1% Syrah. The wine is ruby at the rim of the glass with core of purple. Mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, cassis, char, and slight camphor. With air, slight cedar emerges. On the palate, this is soft and accessible. A hint of sweetness. Slightly drying tannins. A moderate finish. This is a very nice wine for immediate drinking. It works w
This is a second growth under the 1855 classification system. Not a super second but often can be found for a reasonable price. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, opaque and bright. Slight funk in the glass which slightly blows off with air. Cassis, cedar and roasted herbs. On the palate, this has nice fruit plums and cass along with some underlying spice/cedar. Slightly drying tannins. Long finish. This drinks well on its own and will work well with roasted fowl or meats. It is close to peak but may still be a bit better. It sh
A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, cassis and coffee. On the palate, this has a nice depth and complexity. Cassis fruit layered with spice and slight earthiness. Soft texture. Medium tannins. Good finish. This is a very pretty wine that just now seems to be closing in on peak. There is some more upside to this wine. It will work well with roasts or grilled foods.