Sunday, November 29, 2015

2012 Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy Sunday!  The Sunday after a big holiday like Thanksgiving always feels weird to me, especially since it's the start of one of the busiest times of the year.  In any case, it's time for dinner and a glass of wine.  Tonight I've opened a bottle of 2012 Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, as I'm in the mood for a steak, what could be better?  This particular wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Merlot (9%), Malbec (3%), Petit Verdot (2%) and Cabernet Franc (1%).

The color is a deep inky purple in the glass, with bright ruby near the edges.  The nose presents aromas of leather, blackberry, tar and plum, classic big Cabernet.  The taste is quite nice, with some subdued fruit up front, plum, blackberry and cassis, that transitions nicely to some earthy notes of leather, tobacco and dusty limestone midpalate.  The tannins are still quite youthful, providing a big backbone to the long, smooth and bone dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a very nice Napa Cabernet and it was a great value, as I found this one on sale at my local supermarket for just $20.  As hinted to above, tonight I am enjoying this wine with a big rare grilled Angus ribeye along with cheesy potatoes and steamed Brussels sprouts.  Cheers!

Friday, November 27, 2015

2013 Origami Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy Black Friday!  Tonight amidst all the hubbub, I've decided to open a bottle of 2013 Origami Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, as I recently bought a case from Wines Till Sold Out.  I must admit this was not at all what I was expecting from a '13 vintage Napa Cabernet, in fact at first glance it appears to be a very nice Pinot Noir, with very light body and classic Pinot aromatics.  So let's see how things develop!

As mentioned this is a very light bodied wine, with lovely ruby color in the glass.  The nose is everything a pinot should be, lovely ripe red fruit, raspberries, tart cherries, green grass and dusty limestone.  The taste is such a mind blowing reversal, as your nose has you fully prepared for a Pinot and the taste is all Cabernet, with a blast of ripe red fruit, cherry, blackberry and raspberry, that transitions to some lovely vanilla bean, cardamom and oak notes midpalate.  The finish is just lovely, with rather subdued tannins providing a nice base for the long, smooth dry finish that beckons another sip.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, it doesn't seem like it at first, but this is a wonderful Cabernet that plays mind games on the nose.  Although this would be a great wine with red meat, tonight I am enjoying this with a more Pinot inspired pairing with snow crab legs, drawn butter, cornbread and steamed asparagus.  Cheers!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

2012 Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy Sunday!  We just had our first snow of the season, not much just a few inches, but it turned remarkably cold very fast - when I woke up this morning it was only 12!  So when it gets cold, that means you need a big, bold wine to help warm things up, so tonight I've decided to open up a bottle of 2012 Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  Now this wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Merlot (17%), Cabernet Franc (2%) and Petit Verdot (2%), providing a little more complexity in the wine.

The wine is a beautiful deep ruby color in the glass, with a near inky appearance near the center.  The nose presents aromas of black raspberry, black currant, vanilla bean and a hint of leather.  The taste is really quite nice, as you experience some subdued black fruit up front, that smoothly transitions to some flavors of mocha and baking spice midpalate.  The finish is quite nice, with some smooth tannins supporting a long, voluptuous finish.

My house this morning, a winter wonderland though it's still autumn!

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's a classic Napa Valley Cabernet from a strong vintage, but it's a bit young and could use some time in the cellar.  It's also not a tremendous value, though I found some of this wine locally for a little less than $57.  Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic Cabernet pairing of rare grilled Angus New York Strip, backed potato and grilled asparagus.  A hearty meal for a cold snowy evening!