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.
This is the best Israeli wine I have had. It is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petite Verdot. Purple in color with a thin ruby line at the rim. The nose is very nice with spice, black raspberries and tobacco. With air, some milk chocolate comes out. On the palate this has a lovely texture. Medium tannins. Black raspberry fruits, cherries with a forest floor base. Great balance. Long finish. This seems just a touch young but is drinking very well. Probably about five to seven years from peak and should be good for another ten to twenty a
The Yatir Forest is on the edge of the Negev desert in southern Israel. I have had this wine before and thought it was labelled Negev but this 2012 vintage is labelled Judean Hills. I am not sure where the boundaries of the wine regions are. According to the label, this is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Petite Verdot, and 9% Tannat. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis, plums, char and baking spices. On the palate, this is more boysenberry with black cherries over a gravelly char. Slight tannins. Nice finish. This took some time to open and then kept opening all evening. It seem
Castel is probably the consistently best top winery in Israel. Although modern Israel wine is a very young industry, so this is always changing. Castel has a proven track record. The Grand Vin is the best wine that they make. This is quite young and just not giving up much right now. After a couple of hours of air, it had improved but its best days are at least five years in the future. Inky purple in color. The nose has nice baking spices along with some cherries. On the palate, firm tannins. Black cherries. Monolithic at present. It is tasty but needs time develop a complexity
2014 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, St. Helena, Wine Review
Wow. Great showing for this wine. It is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. A candidate for Wine of the Year. Inky purple in color. The nose is deep and complex with cassis, blueberries, gravel, slight cedar and spice. On the palate, this is seamless. Full bodied with supple tannins. Wonderful balance. Cassis, over a slight dry earth and charred wood. Long finish. This went great with a seared Tofu dish but would be great with steak or a roast. It is still young and will develop but won't get better - just different.
Bordeaux wines from 1982 are often still drinking great. While one might think a wine such as this might be over the hill, that is not true. At least for this bottle. It still has some youthful freshness. It is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. No real bricking or browning. On the nose there is cassis, dust, slight cigar box and hints of cherry. On the palate, this has lively energy. Cassis and cherries with some underlying dried herbal notes. Not a big wine. Some depth and slight layering. Nice finish.
I have been lucky enough to have this on a few occasions. Never has it been open or showing anything like it's lofty status with the critics would indicate so I approached with trepidation. No need. This bottle was amazing. Everything it was supposed to be including still a bit on the young side. It is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim. Bright but mostly opaque. On the nose, lovely cassis, cigar box, ash and slight pencil lead. The lead becomes more pronounced with air and there is some chocolate and spi