Saturday, January 19, 2019

Groth Oakville-Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve





Groth Oakville-Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, $107.09-$125.99, 97 points, poured core black grading to a dark ruby red with purple highlights, a broad clear meniscus, and dense sticky legs.
The profuse aromas wafted above the glass as an aura of perfumed fragrances with a cedar potpourri, luscious red fruits, and ripe blackberry liqueur dominating.
Velvety full-bodied red wine with good acidity and a lover's tannic embrace imparted a generous cornucopia of fruit flavors nuanced with mulling spice, red licorice, and truffles.
Finished long on the trailing palate, easy developing pepper spices, kirsch, tart with a hint of citrus, and a well balanced 14.7% alcohol.
Maybe the best Groth Reserve I've tasted.
Drink this BIG red wine by itself or something formidable; I chose a spiced-rubbed Angus Cowboy steak.



Groth Vineyards, why it's a "go to" winery.


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Friday, January 18, 2019

Santa Julia Mendoza Reserva 2017 Malbec (Argentina)





Santa Julia Mendoza Reserva 2017 Malbec (Argentina), $12.74-$14.99, 88 points, poured an impenetrable magenta with a very broad clear meniscus and a moderate sheet clinging to the bowl.
Profuse wild jammy mixed fruit, especially blueberry, wafted from the glass as I poured, but subtler aromas, like chocolate and wood notes, evolved with air-time.
Full-bodied red wine showed fair to fair-plus acidity and dense mellow tannins which enlivened robust blueberry and mulberry flavors.
Finished okay on a more noticeable and mildly drying tannic appearance, easy spiciness, and a balanced 13.5% alcohol.
Paired well with my braised beef.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Château Godeau Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine





Château Godeau Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2015 Bordeaux Red Wine, $19.54-$22.99, 92 points, poured near black to deep purple/red with a clear wine ring and dense stained glass sheeting.
Aromatic blackberry liqueur, cedar, chocolate, and an undercurrent of red fruit were remarkable.
This full-bodied red wine with bright acidity and firm, ubiquitous, and fine grainy tannins showed delicious and enduring; flavors of plums, licorice, loam, and black tea seamlessly moved into the long finish transitioning to an intense alcohol (15%) inspirited pepper spiciness with tart dry red fruits.

Bordeaux Red Wine Vintage 2015

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Masi 50th Anniverary Campofiorin 2014 Red Veronese Wine (IGT)




Masi 50th Anniverary Campofiorin 2014 Red Veronese Wine (IGT), $16.29-$19.99, 89 points, poured an opaque purple/red with a clear wine ring and sticky dense tears.
The lovely aromas of pine woods, red raspberry jam, and a hint of geraniums were excellent.
Medium-bodied red wine with bright acidity and a supportive plank of tannins delivered flavors of red raspberry, green and black olives, and an herbal twist.
Finished long on the trailing palate, moderate spiciness, and a restrained 13% alcohol.
Varietals were 70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc






Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, $15.29-$19.99, 89 points, poured a light gold color.
Aromatic dusty tangerine peel and sweet cured hay were excellent.
The light off-dry body was smoother than many 2017 Cali SB wines I've tasted, while acidity and flavors of stone fruit nuanced with citrus and grassy notes were good.
Finished with a bit of ginger, a little sour, and supported well by the 13.7% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my sautéed fish platter.

Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Cali)

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Monday, January 14, 2019

CAPANNA 2011 Brunello Di Montalcino (D.O.C.G.) Revisited


I'm having spaghetti and meatballs with warm garlic bread and chocolate truffles for dessert; what should I pair with these? Eureka!




CAPANNA 2011 Brunello Di Montalcino (D.O.C.G.) Revisited,  $50.99-$59.99, 95 points, poured dark purple/red (more red than purple) with a thin clear meniscus and a thin layer of sheeting on the glass wall.
Dreamy red fruit, black tea, and floral aromas were lovely.
Near full-bodied with bright acidity and refined grainy tannins translated the nose perfectly onto the palate.
Finished long on drying tannins, cherry cola, hot pepper, and a spot-on 14.5% alcohol.
Was this the perfect wine with lunch? Better than perfect.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Robert Mondavi 50th Year Anniversary Napa Valley Maestro 2013 Red Wine





Robert Mondavi 50th Year Anniversary Napa Valley Maestro 2013 Red Wine, $42.49-59.99 (gift), 91 points, poured a not quite sparkling clear deep dark garnet red with purple highlights, a moderately wide meniscus, and thick sticky sheeting.
During the pour smells of cocoa were lovely, and the sniff-test showed reams of plums and a floral vibe.
Full-bodied with appropriate acidity, mellow supportive tannins, a soft mouth-feel, and a good rendition of the aromas onto and throughout the palate.
Finished long on a great burst of pepper spices, chocolate truffle tart, iron, developing tannins, and a well-balanced 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals were 59% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec.

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