The Five of the title refers to the five Bordeaux varietals which form the blend of Constantia Glen's flagship wine. 36% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petti Verdot, 14% Malbec and 13% Merlot aged in 100% new French oak barriques for 16.5 months. The important month of February was rather cool, giving rise to some concern, but fortunately March proved hot and dry, imbuing the grapes with wonderful concentration as well as ripeness without over-maturity. …
…terraced and planted, almost entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small block of Petite Verdot. The winery was bonded in 1987.
I recall first encountering Fellom Ranch Vineyards at a Santa Cruz Mountains vintners festival in the mid 1990s. At the time they had a barrel sample of their Saratoga Zinfandel which so impressed me that I ordered a case. I was invited to the release party at the winery - up near Ridge, a half mile from Monte Bello Road down a winding single-track …
This wine is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. The grapes were grown on gravelly clay loams. The age of the vines were from 11 to 28 years old. The grapes were harvested from September 20th to October 10th 2010. Fermentation was in stainless steel tanks with twice daily pumpovers. The wine spent 18 months in French oak barrels of which 25% were new. The pH is 3.64 and acid is 6.1 grammes per litre. The wine was bottled in July 2012 and 44,000 cases were produced.
This wine is a blend of 66% Petit Verdot and 34% Tannat. All of the grapes were hand harvested. This wine was macerated in open tanks for 15 days and aged for 14 months in new French oak barrels.
The winemaker was Fransisco Carrau.
This wine was imported by Janake Wine Group AB.
Colour : Dark blackberry
Aroma : Blackberry, plums, herbs, coffee
Taste : Blackberry, blackcurrant, herbs, coffee
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : 87 SEK
Systembolaget Number : 6394
…Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot as well, all saignée style and given lees stirring for six months. The result is floral, earthy and reserved, even at tad young and tight, and a rosé aimed squarely at the steakhouse (think a thick chunk of salmon).
The reds are an interesting lineup, and all share some mineral and structural characteristics. As Lou explained to me, in his view, "they're all dressed up in a nightgown, the only difference is …
92 Homenagem a ( 2011 ) - Hans Christian Andersen lived in for a short time and this is a homage from the Danish owner of de . It's a powerful wine with a dark side that's very suitable for those fairy stories. Big tannins, black fruits and a dense structure all promise aging.
90 Cortes de Cima 2010 Petit Verdot - Petit Verdot seems right at home in the southern . This wine is fully …
…and an excellent 100 percent Petit Verdot, but it was here at Marufuji that I tasted my first ever A, a red wine with something of the in its make up. Being a hybrid grape, a certain amount of foxiness was to be expected, and it was just detectable but by no means disagreeable. Definitely interesting!
Our third and final stop was at Katsunuma Jyozo , where we were met by owner Yuji Aruga and his son. The idiosyncrasy …
$ 55, 14.2% abv.
The wine has a rich nose with deep cassis and chocolate, touches of cedar and pyrazine (tomato leaf, tobacco). On the palate it is full of dark fruit flavors, medium tannins and a long, lingering finish. I would recommend decanting at this stage in its development, though in the coming years it will most likely soften and be ready to serve right away.
Memphis is in …
As usual, this is benchmark Claret. There is a nice volume of blackcurrant fruit from the nose through to the palate, supported by good tannins and a lovely acidity. There is a purity here that is lacking in some 2013s, and low extraction has helped to create a rich freshness that doesn't feel forced in anyway. Cabernet Sauvignon 94%, Merlot 4%, Petit Verdot 2%.
$ 23, 12.8% abv.
Light plum aromas with a touch of spice, followed by firm dark fruit flavors from the tiny grapes. The tannins are fairly mild and there's a long dark fruit finish. Cab Franc and Petit Verdot are two of my favorites, and while this doesn't taste Bordelais, it doesn't taste Californian either. Excellent example if you want to explore the influence of Virginia terroir on French grapes. …