This is K&L Wine Merchants private label wine. Named after family, Kay & Linda.
It is always a mystery who’s juice they bottled or who they bought fruit to and made the wine. Regardless, it always over delivers at $21.99.
Might have waited a couple years too long to get its best. Need to let it settle on palate before sharing more thoughts. Starting a little lean on the palate but, what a floral nose. We’ll see what a longer decant and palate coating brings.
As I mentioned, the nose is singing with ruby, candied florals that are; dark, red, purple & blue. The fruits are a little stewed; blackberries, black raspberries, plum, dark cherries, poached strawberries and blueberries that hover. Mid, soft, dark spice, light baking spices of; clove, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanillin, mid berry cola, black & red licorice, caramel, dark chocolate, mocha, steeped fruit tea, dark, rich, moist soil with dry leaves, older tobacco, soft leather, saddle-wood, dry crushed rocks, limestone minerals, dry, river stones, shades of dry herbs, ambers, touch of savory meats & black pepper, & tomatoes with leaf.
The nose is more captivating than the body. It’s complex but at the same time flatter. The palate shows; ripe, stewed & candied fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, plum, dark cherries, poached strawberries, pomegranate and blueberries on the backend. Mid, soft, dark spice with just the right amount of heat, cherry kirsch, light baking spices of; clove, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanillin, mid berry cola, black & red licorice, caramel, dark chocolate, mocha, steeped fruit tea, dark, rich, moist soil with dry leaves, older tobacco, soft leather, saddle-wood, dry crushed rocks, limestone minerals, dry, river stones, moist to dry clay, shades of dry herbs, ambers, touch of savory meats & black pepper, & tomatoes with leaf. The acidity is a cool Colorado stream. The finish is; well knitted, balanced fruit & earth elegant, lush, despite its complexity, a little hallow yet persisting minutes, falling onto dry soils & spice.
As I stated, still enjoyable but, at its peak two years ago from my secondary storage. However, the longer I sip it, it pushes 9.0 on the long set. Time to start drinking a number of wines I’ve stepped over for bigger experiences & more notable producers.
Photos of, the K&L store in SF, tasting bar & two different photos of K&L Bordeaux Dinners we’ve attended with Owner Clyde Beffa Jr. — 2 days ago
Calculated Risk Winery Barrel Selection Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California
It’s time for a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon for my #FridayCabernetfix.
Dark ruby in color with a nice reddish rim.
Fruity on the nose with blackberries, blackcurrants, black cherries, raisins, figs, coffee, cedar, chocolates, vanilla, licorice, black pepper and spices.
Full-bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and nice looking legs.
Dry on the palate and fruit forward with black currants, blackberries, cola, sweet cherries, cedar, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, light vegetables, pencil lead, vanilla and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.
Very tasty, rich and opulent, with a smooth mouthfeel. This is what you expect from a Napa Valley Cabernet, definitely delivers.
Very nicely balanced, good right out of the bottle, and better is it opens up, and shows more complexity. After 2 hours of airtime, tannins show up and bring in nice structure, so be patient.
Still young and needs a few more years to mature properly. Would be nice to try this in 8 years. Has great potential.
Spicy and entertaining. A great sipping wine.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, but would be terrific with a nice piece of steak.
This is just delicious.
14.3% alcohol by volume.
$80. — 11 days ago
A massive, hedonistic monster of a wine, the 2016 ‘Patrimony’ Cabernet Sauvignon performs beautifully at the four year mark with a dense core of dark fruits with chocolate and black tea undertones. This spent a significant time in new French wood (30 months) which has created a very plush mouthfeel and err of decadence. Not for the weary, enjoy now with a very long decant, as this will go for another fifteen plus years. — 3 days ago
Covenant Israel Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Israel
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is tasty one from Israel.
A very pretty color of ruby with a very wide reddish/ brick rim.
Fruity nose with blueberries, blackcurrants, black plums, oak, licorice, earth, cloves, spices, light alcohol, light vanilla, coffee, light vegetables, pencil lead, tobacco and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cherries, tobacco leaf, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth and light vegetables.
Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice, soft mouthfeel.
Still very young and would benefit from a few years in the bottle, although it doesn't drink like a young wine at all. Very interesting and very well put together. Feels like a Bordeaux with a new world twist.
Has good potential to become a great wine in 5 to 7 years. Would be interesting to check it out again then.
Showing nice complexity after 90 minutes of airtime, and good right out of the bottle, as well.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
Fermented with indigenous yeast, and aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Kosher. Not Mevushal.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$90. — 4 days ago
This is my first go with the 2014 Montecillo. Based off my experience with the 2013 vintage, I opened this bottle seven hours ahead of time, well in advance of our dinner. I poured a small taste and the wine seemed to have quite a bit of vigor with noticeable, but not obnoxious, volatile acidity so I poured the rest through a Soirée and into a ship’s decanter to breath. Eight hours later, the VA was still present but integrated. One thing is for sure, this wine is unique. Unusual notes of Middle Eastern spiced meat, herbs de Provence, orange zest, and eucalyptus. Not exactly what I would normally expect from Cabernet Sauvignon and yet, this is utterly satisfying. This is a high acid wine and the tannins are mostly imperceptible which makes this bottle quite a bit different from the 2013 version which is a bit of a beast. The 2014 Montecillo is about as fresh as they come out of California these days and the finish is long. The acid leads me to believe it will cellar a long time but it’s hard to say how beneficial that would be. One thing is for certain, these wines from Ketan Mody are wholly unique and probably won’t be for everyone…but I love them. I’m hoping the Jasud Estate can bounce back from the fires of 2020. — 9 days ago
This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from California. Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, peppercorn, tobacco, coke, black olives and earth.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Long finish with fine grained tannins.
Dry on the palate with nice complexity and a warm mouthfeel.
A great wine to have all by itself.
Feels like a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Very tasty. Rich yet elegant. Tangy, smoky and delicious.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 2 days ago
Nik Pegasus Winery Mystic Pearl Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Central Coast, California
Ruby in color with a wide cloudy, reddish rim.
Sweet nose of sweet cherries, blueberries, plums, light oak, licorice, vanilla, tobacco, chocolates, coffee and black pepper.
Full bodied and soft, with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, tobacco, espresso and peppercorn.
Tangy finish with fine grained tannins.
This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast in California. Showing mild complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and fruit forward.
Good right out of the bottle and better with some time. Tannins show up after 90 minutes, and even nicer after 3 hours of airtime.
Still young and would be better in a few years. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 to 5 years.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired very nicely with the Prosciutto.
Aged for 19 months in French and American oak barrels.
13.8% alcohol by volume.
$43. — 6 days ago
Colloca Estate Winery Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Australia
Dark ruby, almost inky in color, with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, black currants, licorice, sweet vanilla, oak, light earth, chocolates, coffee and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn and light earth.
Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a very tasty Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.
A good wine to drink all by itself, but good with food too. Fruit forward, tangy and very tasty.
This Australian Cabernet Sauvignon from Barossa Valley drinks like a California Cabernet.
A very nice Porch Wine and good right out of the bottle. As it opens up, soft tannins come in (60 minutes). Would be interesting to see how this evolves in the next 3 to 5 years.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in American Oak barrels for 18 months. A small production of only 455 cases.
14% alcohol by volume.
$28. — 9 days ago
I’m so glad the 2013’s are a year older!😉 Have been focusing on this vintage since the new year and seen some significant changes in ones we’ve waited a year or two since having. This one is no exception.
We’ve loved this cab since first bottle 6 years ago. Remember rounder blue fruit, but fell in love with it then. Now, it’s different, but just as good or better.
Palate cherry, raspberry, blue fruit, tobacco, anise, something herbal, and a touch of pepper. Chewy tannins and goes a long time in the mouth.
Can’t wait until next year! — 3 days ago
Foot of the Andes on banks of Maipo River, 650 meters above sea level, vineyard dates back to mid-19th century, when first pre-phylloxera French varieties were brought to Chile, deep Ruby with aromas of dark fruits & mineral notes, a blend of 92% Cab Sauv & 8% Cab Franc, aged for 15 month in French oak (65% new). On the palate flavors cherry & blackberry with powerful tannins, long finish, very tight, ending with mineral and tobacco notes. Also tried a year ago, still needs time. Tasting Sample! — 8 days ago