The first bottle that we opened was corked. A second bottle proved quite fresh indeed. This was a surprise as it showed quite well. Still, in the older style. The label was actually in very good shape as well. Purple in color with just a slight bit of bricking at the rime. Clear and bright. The nose has cherry fruit, with a slight bit of funk. With air it becomes a bit more cigar box. On the palate, this is clean and fresh. Certainly mature but nice cherry fruit, just a wisp of tannins with underlying barnyard. The finish is a bit drying. Older wines can be a gamble, mostly due
This is certainly not today's Pavie. A very different style of Bordeaux. Whether that is good or bad is subjective. Ruby/brown in color though clear if a bit muted. The nose is all about the earthy funk. There is some slight mine and slighter cherry fruit. Tart acidity. On the palate, this starts out with thin cherries. As it blows off bottle stink, it adds some weight but tastes old and past prime. Certainly no sin for a 37 year old wine. There is a lot of funk on this wine. One of the people sharing this wine called it "dirty" which might (or might not) be a bit strong. Still,
This is the home winery from longtime Beringer winemaker, Ed Sbragia. This is an accessible Merlot that is drinking well right now. Purple in color. The nose has cherries, slight tobacco and slight chocolate. On the palate, there is not a lot of depth but the cherries are strong. A bit of a char underneath. Some tobacco on the finish. It seems like it should probably be drunk in the next few years. It will work well with burgers or pasta and has enough flavor to drink on its own. It has 95% Merlot and 5% Petite Sirah.
This is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. If you are looking for a Cab that is under $40, this may be your ticket. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has cassis, tobacco, slight milk chocolate and spice. On the palate, this is full bodied. Plenty of cassis and cherries, a bit of tobacco earthiness and a good dollop of oak. Medium tannins. Medium finish. This could use another couple of years to allow the oak time to integrate. If it does, this will merit another couple of points. Drinking today is still nice if a more difficult food match.
This wine was opened and decanted for at least three hours before drinking. Not enough. This should still be held. It is a magnificent wine but very young still. It is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Merlot.
A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot. This was a new winery for me. So many choices which is great! Purple in color. The nose has cassis, some black cherries, cedar, baking spices and dust. On the palate, this seems to be drinking well. Just slight tannins. Cassis fruit. Some depth. Solid finish. This probably won't get better but should continue to drink well for another five to seven years. It will go well with grilled burgers or steaks and most medium to heavier foods.
One of the great wines of the world. This was tasted right after a huge Aussie Shiraz and it took a sip or two to re-calibrate, but once that was accomplished, this wines class shown thru. Still a young wine, this has a long future ahead. A blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, cedar, an herbal note (in a good way), spice and slight forest floor. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Full bodied but by no means brawny or a fruit bomb. Nice purity of cassis fruit over some roas
This a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petite Verdot. A Napa version of a Right Bank Bordeaux wine but this is really a pretty big wine. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, plums, slight spice and char. On the palate, the black cherries continue. There are firm tannins. Low acidity. A bit of underlying forest floor comes out with air. Medium finish. This makes a nice drink on its own. It should continue to evolve and become more food friendly with age. Another five years to peak and then another seven to ten after that. This was around $80 on releas
This is a blend of Sangiovese 60%, Merlot 30%, Sagrantino 10%. It was purchased in Italy and brought back by friends. This is one of those simple wines that probably tastes better young and certainly when consumed on vacation. That said, it was delightful in a local Italian restaurant with some simple pasta dishes. This vintage doesn't seem available in the US, but later vintages retail for around $16. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries, roasted herbs and a bit of chocolate. Just guessing, but this likely sees no oak. On the palate, this has nice acidity. The cherries come t
OK, I have a confession to make. I love Merlot. There, I said it. But, it has to be good. Sometimes, because Merlot is so accessible young or so delicious, it gets short shrift when compared to Cabernet. And don't get me started on the Sideways effect. And yes, there is a lot of crap out there from all over the globe. But, there is a lot of really great Merlot as well. And, this is one. Actually, it is 86% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. Purple in color. The nose shows black cherries, dark chocolate, cassis, leather, slight menthol and a bit of earth. On the palate, the textu