Monday, July 4, 2022

Sequoia Grove Napa Valley 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

 




Sequoia Grove Napa Valley 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, $33.14-$43.99, 92 points, poured an opaque ruby red with dense, fat, and stained legs, and a broad clear meniscus.
Excellent aromas were earthy, showed an abundance of current fruit, accented with sweet spices, and a hint of mint.
A full-bodied, silky, opulent, dry red wine with fair acidity, lush thick tannins, and rich flavors of currant fruit, a hint of citrus and Costa Rican java.
Finished long on the trailing palate, plums, anise, warm pepper spice, and a well-balanced 14.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my prosaic hamburgers on English muffins.
This is my seventh vintage of Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and to my mind it is always a steal.

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Keenan Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, 2019 Chardonnay

 


Keenan Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, 2019 Chardonnay, $31.44-$38.99, 91 points, was a light brass color with yellow/gold highlights and graying towards the rim.
Aromas of flint, sour apples, Chardonnay specific white grape, and citrus notes were good.
A medium-bodied dry white wine with fair to good acidity and a tasty mirror image of the aromas with late plate hints of mint and ginger were quite good as well.
Finished long on the fading palate, a touch of lemon zest, a whisper of oak, good minerality, and a spot-on 13.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly (surprisingly) with my Yellowfin tuna salad.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Ken Wright Cellars Willamette Valley 2019 Pinot Noir

 


Ken Wright Cellars Willamette Valley 2019 Pinot Noir, $22.09-$29.99, 90 points, poured a deep ruby red with violet highlights, a broad clear wine ring, and medium fat legs.
Aromas were an interesting bouquet of subtle notes of chocolate, cloves, cherry pie, and a rocky stream of minerality.
A soft-textured (up front) medium-bodied dry red wine with supportive tannins, fair acidity, and tasty flavors of plums, red raspberry, red cherries, a hint of white pepper, and dried cardamom.
Finished long on the fading palate, an increased sense of tannin and spice, and a well-balanced 12.8% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my BLT.

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Matua 2018 Pinot Noir NZ

 


Matua 2018 Pinot Noir NZ, $14.39-$16.99, 86 points, poured a medium to light cranberry color with a broad clear wine ring and light thin legs.
Aromas of Pinot Noir specific grape, hints of citrus, mint, and orange blossoms were very nice.
Not quite a medium-bodied red wine with good acidity, laid-back tannin, and a rather thin but tasty flavor profile showing good spiciness on weak red fruit.
Finished fair on the fading palate, citrus, melon rind, and a soft 12% alcohol.
Paired okay with my fish and chips. 

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Antico Colle 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

 


Antico Colle 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, $22.94-$28.99, 91 points, poured an opaque cranberry red with an orange/red penumbra, a clear meniscus, and copious stained legs.
Aromas of cloves, black tea, a soft Asclepias perfume, and a hint of tar and citrus were quite good.
Nearly a full-bodied Sangiovese with good acidity, a sound and supportive layer of grainy tannins, and rich flavors reflective of the aromas with a hint of java was quite good also.
Finished long, a bit astringent (not a soft Merlot-lovers red wine), showing red fruit and warm spice, and a big 14.5% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my flat-bread pepperoni pizza.
I consider this a high QPR red wine.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Hall Napa Valley 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon




Hall Napa Valley 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, $50.99-$64.99, 93 points, poured an opaque ruby red with a blood red penumbra, a bright clear meniscus, and a deluge of stained legs.
Aromas of ripe black fruit, summer lake and stream, hint of juniper berry, and a floral vibe were good.
A full-bodied bone-dry red wine with firm tannic support, fair to good acidity, and opulent herbal flavors wrapped in dense layers of black fruit with plum and red currants was delicious.
Finished long, juicy, spicy, showing a bit of iron, and on a reigning 15% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my roast beef.
It's been about five years since I've had a Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, but this vintage seemed to me better than the last (2013).

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Le Merle De Peby Faugeres Saint-Emilon Grand Cru 2019 Bordeaux

 





Le Merle De Peby Faugeres Saint-Emilon Grand Cru 2019 Bordeaux, $48.44-$56.99, 93 points, poured an opaque rosewood red with a broad clear wine ring and copious stained-legs.
A lovely bouquet of flowers, cedar, cloves, cinnamon-infused red cherry, a bit earthy, and ripe blackberries was near perfection.
A full-bodied descendant red wine with good acidity, firm grainy tannins, and rich flavors reflective of the bouquet was delicious.
Finished long on the trailing palate, black plums, cayenne pepper, and a big but balanced 15% alcohol.
Paired perfectly with my Nadeau's steak-tip sub.


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