Bordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa

This tasting took place in Napa in February 2020 just before the global pandemic took hold. This post though is not about Napa wine but the annual Institute of Masters of Wine tasting of the 2015 Bordeaux vintage in bottle, a tasting which travels to London, Napa and Sydney. The setting was the centrally locatedContinue reading “Bordeaux 2015 tasting in Napa”

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”

Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2010

Napa cabernets are not that common in Australia, but they are a benchmark not to be overlooked.  This wine, from Clos du Val, makes its first impression through bottle weight.  Is there a bottle heavier than this for sale in the Australian market?  Liberated from all that glass, the wine inside is really quite delicious.Continue reading “Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2010”

Caymus Vineyards Zinfandel 2012

This is the second vintage I have tasted of this producer’s zinfandel.  The 2011 is reviewed here.  As is zinfandel’s inclination, the alcohol has drifted up another 0.4% this year to a hefty 15.6%abv, but remarkably does so without incident.  The 2012 vintage has aromatics of fresh and ripe boysenberry and blackberry, and is quiteContinue reading “Caymus Vineyards Zinfandel 2012”

Clos du Val Merlot 2010

Clos du Val is a well known estate in the Napa Valley.  Their 2010 merlot reminded me of a lighter style of Pomerol, with aromatics of plums, spice and red currants.  The palate is quite elegant with  medium length, fine grained tannins and flavours of spicy red currants and plum skins.  This is a veryContinue reading “Clos du Val Merlot 2010”

Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Sterling Vineyards’ 2011 cabernet sauvignon from the Napa Valley has aromatics that remind of plum and dark cherries, and is opulent in impression.  The palate is balanced with flavours of plum, cloves and sweet black cherry.  An easy to recommend wine. Rating: Good, Abv: 13.9%, Price: C$30, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.sterlingvineyards.com/, Tasted: 2014