Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This is a delicious wine from Robert Mondavi in the Napa Valley. ¬†There are a few versions of this label available, but 2013 “Robert Mondavi Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon” has a very attractive fleshy texture, is ably supplemented by ripe (and not overripe) blackcurrant fruit and is a wine very much worth tracking down.Continue reading “Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013”

Au Bon Climat La Bauge Au-dessus Pinot Noir 2009

You don’t see too much Californian pinot noir in Australia. ¬†Here’s an excuse to have a closer look. ¬†This wine is from the Santa Maria Valley north of Los Angeles, a region that is open to the prevailing sea fogs. ¬†In the glass, it is Burgundian in style overlayed with good fruit. ¬†On the nose,Continue reading “Au Bon Climat La Bauge Au-dessus Pinot Noir 2009”

A right bank Bordeaux (Cloitre des Capucins Saint-√Čmilion Grand Cru 2011) and Californian cabernet (Drawbridge Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2014)

I tasted these two wines in sequence, the former Bordeaux slightly lacking in charm, and the latter Cali cab being a little cooked in expression. ¬†Do I confess that I wondered whether they might, blended together, be capable of presenting more than the sum of their parts? ¬†The full body of the Cali cab, addingContinue reading “A right bank Bordeaux (Cloitre des Capucins Saint-√Čmilion Grand Cru 2011) and Californian cabernet (Drawbridge Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2014)”

Conundrum California Red 2011

Conundrum is a “proprietary” red blend, meaning that the grape varieties apparently do not appear on the label or even its website, and a region (other than California) is not claimed either. ¬†Not declaring a blend seems a fairly odd thing to be doing, but I suppose if it gets people talking… ¬†It turns outContinue reading “Conundrum California Red 2011”

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2011

From California, this is a fairly even handed style of zinfandel. ¬†It has aromatics of pepper, spice and anise. The palate reminds of ripe and unripe blackberries and has short to medium length. ¬†The wine is in balance and the extremes of this grape variety remain unexplored. ¬†This wine will suit every day drinking andContinue reading “Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2011”