Sunday, May 20, 2018

Freemark Abbey Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon





Freemark Abbey Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, $33.99-$43.99, 88 points, poured core black with flashes of opaque purple/red, showing a thin clear rim ring and moderate sheeting on the bowl.
Profuse aromas of blackberry liqueur, black currants, cedar, and a hint of prune were okay.
Full-bodied with fair-plus acidity and a soft underlayment of tannin managed to deliver the aromas onto the palate nuanced with cola and truffle flavors.
Finished long and intense with warm pepper spices and a potent 14.5% alcohol.

2012 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines tasted
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mazzei Philip Toscana 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (IGT) Italy




Mazzei Philip Toscana 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (IGT) Italy, $31.44-$36.99, 90 points, poured an opaque sienna color with a transparent ring and glass wall raining with dense legs.
The lovely aromas were toasty, fruity, and floral nuanced with juniper.
Near full-bodied with bright acidity and fine grainy tannins presented the palate with cherry cola, earthy plum, and tarragon flavors.
Finished long on the trailing palate, pomegranate, fig, a hint of mint, and a soft 13.5% alcohol.





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Friday, May 18, 2018

Concha y Toro Don Melchor Vineyard 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto, Chile)





Concha y Toro Don Melchor Vineyard 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (Puente Alto, Chile), current prices are $79,99-$82.99, 92 points, poured core black radiating purple/red to garnet red toward the clear wine ring and stained glass legs.
Aromatic violets and a cedar potpourri with cocoa and black currant were outstanding.
Full-throttled body with good acidity was reminiscent of the Caymus Select, though the tough tannins were toned down, trending fine, still supportive, and a bit wooly.
Flavors of truffles, licorice, plum, dried cooking herbs, and boysenberry tended toward a complexity.
Finished long and spicy with mint and iron notes.
The 14.5% alcohol was well-integrated.
One of the best South American Cabernet Sauvignon wines I've tasted.
I've been saving this wine for eight years, and my sense is that this wine had several more years left in it.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bodega Catena Zapata High Mountain Vines Mendoza 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina)





Bodega Catena Zapata High Mountain Vines Mendoza 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina), $12.99-$17.99, 88 points, poured broadly black with cloudy purple/red encroaching upon the clear wine ring, and the glass bowl showed light legs.
Aromas of plums, cedar, coffee, and subtle black currant were just okay for me.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and soft residual tannins carried the aromas onto the palate and deep into the long spicy finish with a well-balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my BBQ baby-back ribs.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

ARFI "Gabriel" Judean Hills 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel)





ARFI "Gabriel" Judean Hills 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel), $12.99-$23.99, 86 points, poured an opaque ruby grading garnet red which encroached upon the clear wine ring with a moderately draped bowl.
The nose was a straight-forward toast and mulberry.
Medium-plus body with good acidity and thin sufficiently supportive tannins delivered tart flavors of mulberry, red raspberry, and a touch of cherry cola.
Finished long and spicy on whispers of pomegranate, coffee-bean, and mint.
ABV was a conservative 13.1%.
Paired well with our typically American burgers.



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Israeli Wines

 
 

Israel has been making wine for THOUSANDS of years, and I will admit that they're almost always a value, if not rather hard to find, but when I find them, I very much look forward to tasting them.


ARFI "Gabriel" Judean Hills 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel), $12.99-$23.99, 86 points

Binyamina (Israel) 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, $12.99-$14.99, 85 points

Binyamina 2014 Chardonnay (Israel), $12.99-$14.99, 91 points

Dolev Non-Vintage Moscato (Israel), $8.99-$10.99, 87 points

Recanati (Israel) 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $13.99-$16.99, 89 points

Recantai Shomron Israel 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, $13.99-$16.99, 85+ points

Segal's Fusion (Israel) 2012 Chardonnay/Colombard Dry White Wine, $13.99-$15.99, 89 points

Segal's (Israel) 2011 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, $18.99-$20.99, 89 points



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tenuta Col d'Orcia Olmaia Sant'Antimo 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon DOC (Tuscany, Italy)





Tenuta Col d'Orcia Olmaia Sant'Antimo 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon DOC (Tuscany, Italy), $48.44-$56.99, 93 points, compelled me to broadly and vaguely describe this Montalcino Cabernet as delicious, pure, clean, rarified, enduring, a tad creamy, and rather straight-forward.
The color was widely black with a penumbra of purple/red at the clear wine ring and glass bowl of fat legs.
Aromatic toasty blackberry, cedar, and roses were outstanding.
Near full-bodied with good acidity and a firm underlayment of tannin carried lovely flavors of violets, blackberries, and nuanced coffee liqueur.
Finished long on the trailing palate, white pepper, plum notes, and a potent 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my rare New Zealand rack of spiced lamb.

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