Red Wine

Feb 102015
Phifer Pavitt Winery Date Night Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley, CA, $80 (S) – Rating 91

Phifer Pavitt Winery Date Night Cabernet Sauvignon 2011A big rich Napa Cabernet with a bouquet of dark fruit, black cherry and plums with plenty of dark spice. Balanced on the palate offering notes of black cherry, plum, blackberry, blueberry and vanilla. Structured yet integrated tannins with balanced acidity. Notes of creamy dark chocolate in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 102015
Clark-Claudon Eternity 2011, Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, $130 (S) – Rating 93

product-large-2011_EternityA blend of 97% Estate Cabernet and 3% Estate Petit Verdot creating a luscious wine. Rustic notes on the nose of dark cherry. blackberry, briar and spice. Structured tannins with balanced acidity. Deep flavors of black fruit, blackberry, black cherry and blueberry combine with notes of briar and dark spice for added complexity. Hints of espresso on the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 092015
Lone Madrone Old Hat 2010, Paso Robles, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 91

Lone Madrone Old Hat 2010Blended from 71% Zinfandel and 29% Petite Sirah, this is a big wine with soft tannins and just the right amount of acidity. Blueberry, blackberry, plum and dark spice on the nose. The palate is treated to deep flavors of blackberry, black cherry, plum and brown spice. Cacao with just a hint of spicy cayenne on the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 092015
Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir 2012, Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, CA, $37 (S) – Rating 89

Gundlach Bundschu Pinot Noir 2012A blend from eight Pinot Noir blocks consisting primarily of Dijon clones 667 and 777. Aromas of blueberry, dark cherry raspberry and spice treat the nose. A soft mouth-feel with supple tannins and balanced acidity. Flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, espresso with hints of oaky vanilla. Notes of smoke and leather in the finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 032015
Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA, $48 (S) – Rating 93

Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2011With nearly every vintage I review, I state that Smith-Madrone Cabernet is one of the best Napa Cabs under $50. This wine is no exception. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, blueberry,raspberry and brown spice. Dry farmed estate fruit, high on Spring Mountain gives this wine a lush mouth-feel with present acidity and supple tannins. Well integrated flavors of  black cherry, plum, blackberry and tobacco box with a little blueberry with pepper spice. Intriguing espresso and dark chocolate on long finish. Buy This Wine