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
This is a red blend that is 48% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the rest Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. It is a delicious wine that is drinking well but will likely improve with some cellar time. Deep ruby in color with some purple at the core. The nose shows black raspberries, cherries, dark chocolate, spice and cigar box. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied. Moderate tannins. Lots of cherries, black cherries and also some plums over char and tobacco. Nice finish. This will work well with bigger foods and certainly a burger on the grill would be great. Drin
This is a Trader Joe's wine made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is an easy drinking rose that is easy on the budget. Deep pink/orange in color. The nose has some watermelons and strawberries. Light bodied. On the palate, a bit of clean strawberries. Drank well enough on its own and worked with a variety of garden and fruit salads. Drink up this summer.
This is a Bordeaux blend with 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc. It is a bit more understated than the Cabernet from the True Vineyard. Drinking well now, this improved with a bit of air and really needs a few more years in the cellar. But it is fantastic right now. People who prefer Bordeaux will probably prefer this to the Cab and visa-versa. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, black cherries, slight blueberries, milk chocolate, cigar box, vanilla and spice. Yes, there is a lot going on. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Compl