A question that comes up on occasion is whether a $125 bottle can be considered a value. In this case, I say yes. A Napa Cab of this quality often costs 4 times the price and rarely less. The Bard is consistent from vintage to vintage and a truly great wine. This is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and the remaining grapes are Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Inky purple in color.
Nice to get a chance to revisit this. It has come together nicely and improved a bit since release. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Franc. This is made from those barrels which did not qualify for the top wines. Purple in color with some ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cherries, tobacco, sour cherries, sandalwood and anise. On the palate, this is drinking great. I doubt it gets any better but certainly has another five years. Lots of red fruits and a bit darker with some earthiness. Light tannins. Nice finish. This will go with a wide variety of foods
This was generously brought to our Seder by a friend. It was stood upright for a couple of weeks and decanted for sediment right before serving. It is a 60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A really great showing at age 19. Probably a bit past its prime but still thriving with plenty to offer those who would listen to an older wine. Deep ruby in color, a bit of bricking at the rim. The nose is great with cigar box, dried cherries, fresh cherries, dust and slight pine. On the palate, this has layers of fruit;dried and fresh over a forest floor. Good acidity helps it go well
Purple in color. The nose has nice cassis, dust, cherries and slight green bell pepper. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Good cassis fruit over a dry earthiness. Light tannins. The bell pepper is only on the nose. This has some complexity at this point. Good finish. Not uber ripe but certainly not under ripe either. Drinking well, it may possibly still improve with further cellaring. Will work better with bigger or spicy foods but is ok on its own. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
OK, this was served to me at a wine store, so what the heck. It is a sparkling rosé wine & cider blend that is 30% Merlot, 30% Chambourcin, and 40% Stayman Winesap apples. I can't imagine it costs much. It was fun to try a can (yes, a can). Other's seemed to find it fun. For this grizzled old wine geek, it was more a curiosity. But, that's ok too.
This is a Bordeaux blend from Western Sicily. It a nice affordable wine that is enjoyable and will hold and improve a bit for a few years in a good cellar. It is a modern, internationally styled wine, but still has a certain continental quality to it. Purple in color. The nose has nice cherry fruit with a bit of spice and slight cedar. On the palate, there are some tannins. Nice cherry fruit. Good acidity. Nice finish. Easy drinking and will work with a wide variety of foods. It won't get much better, but perhaps a bit. It should be drunk by 2025.
Kapcsandy makes some of the best wines in Napa (and the world). This one is a bit less well known. It is a blend of 62% Cabernet Franc and 38% Merlot (so think the Cheval Blanc of Napa). 2011 was a difficult vintage but this wine is outstanding if perhaps not as good as the following vintages. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, cigar tobacco and just a hint of bell pepper. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. It is a bit more demur than typical Kapcsandy bottles, but it is drinking quite well. Black cherry fruit with an underlying earthy/tobacco quality. Light ta
A gorgeous California Cab as good as just about anything grown in the northern part of the state. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot. This vintage has much less Cabernet Sauvignon than typical. It is in a great spot right now. Young but it has shed its baby fat and is drinking quite well. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, pencil lead, slight tobacco, a bit of chocolate and some cherry notes. On the palate, this has light tannins. Plenty of cassis and cherry fruit with some earthy tobacco notes underneath. Complex. Good balance. Lon
Despite what you may think, Sideways didn't kill the California Merlot market as much as it made Pinot Noir stylish. There are still some fine Merlots being made. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has a nice chocolate covered cherry quality to it. Some spice as well. On the palate, this takes about thirty minutes of air to open and then drinks very well. It is more expressive (right now) on the palate with milk chocolate covered cherries and a nice vanilla streak. Not candied as much as liqueur notes. Good balance. Nice finish. This drinks very well on its own and would b
Looking for an outstanding Napa Cabernet for $50? This one fits just fine. This is drinking just great right now but will easily last a decade. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Malbec,1% Petit Verdot. Purple in color. The nose is great with cassis, a bit of pencil lead, coffee and a slight dusty note. On the palate, this has medium tannins. Great balance. Plenty of cassis fruit over a dry earthy note. Good finish. This will go well with a variety of heavier dishes from BBQ to roasts.