Black fruit and vanilla come through on the nose. The palate offers up black currant, vanilla, and hints of brown sugar. Tannins are fine and dusty. This is a pleasant quaff that would pair beautifully with a blue cheese burger. Recommended. 87 points. DBH WHO: Rodney Strong WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon WHEN: 2013
Blackberries, brambles, herbs, and hints of tarragon flow up on the nose. The palate also leads with blackberries, backed by coffee, unsweetened chocolate, and herbs. Tannins are rigid. This is a dark, chunky, slightly disjointed wine. Drink with lamb. Recommended. 86 points. DBH WHO: Bravdo WHAT: Merlot WHEN: 2013 DESIGNATION:
Dark and rich in color, utterly opaque in the center and only hinting at purple and garnet around the edges. On the nose, nutmeg, pencil lead, black currant, and unsweetened chocolate merge. Loads of black fruit shine through on the palate, with blackberry on top and sweet blueberry and mulberry
Rocca's Grigsby Cabernet is big, beautiful, and delightfully complex. The color is very dark, opaque but for the very edges. Huge aromas roil up in waves - blackberries, black currant, and eucalyptus. The palate opens in layers, starting with black cherry, then shifting to black fruit on the mid-palate, adding eucalyptus
As soon as it’s poured into a glass, warm red fruits and a hint of chocolate greet the nose. With a hefty mouthfeel, some of the fruit and cocoa continue on the palate along with coffee and cedar. Big fine tannins appear in the finish, with bit of the fruit peeking through. A good
Interesting aromas of herbs and grasses – a Mediterranean-style garrigue introduction to this Californian wine that continues on the palate where fruit takes second place to herbs and tannins. A hot, longish finish showing a little undeveloped tannin as expected. Because, though you can drink this now, it would be better to wait 1-5 years. RECOMMENDED (with age).
When first poured, the familiar Bordeaux-like aroma envelopes your senses. And sure enough, this wine is a blend of four of the main Bordeaux grapes – dominated, in this case, by cabernet sauvignon (77%). Both aroma and flavor exhibit refined red fruit against a backdrop of fine tannin. Well-balanced tannin, fruit and
The color is a lovely pale gold. The nose offers up a fruit tart, a pastry crust filled with baked pears and hints of citrus. Mouth feel is full and round. Flavors on the palate are more floral than on the nose, with honeysuckle joining sweet and tart apples, lemon,