Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2014

We pulled out one of our favorite wines over the weekend, Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations 2014.  This is a flagship wine for Charles Krug. We had the pleasure of visiting Charles Krug back in June and enjoyed this wonderful wine as we walked around the beautiful property. This is definitely a winery you need to visit when you go to Napa!

We opened this up in the afternoon as the heat of the day disappeared and the nice coastal breeze started to flow.  After decanting for a couple hours, we were greeted with flavors of black berries, cherries and plums with hints of chocolate and vanilla. You talk about a balanced wine, the tannins and acidity balanced perfectly with the fruity flavors. Made with 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petite Verdot, 4% Merlot and 3% Malbec aged 20 months in new French oak. This mouth-watering red blend rolled like velvet across the palate with a very nice long finish! It was perfect to enjoy with our wonderful sunsets!

I easily give this wine 4 glasses! 

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Merryvale Petite Sirah 2016

We recently opened up a bottle of 2016 Merryvale Petite Sirah from Juliana Vineyard of Pope Valley. Did you know that Pope Valley is the largest producer of grapes for Napa Valley wines? It is not a separate AVA, it is considered Napa Valley. So wine growers can source their grapes from Pope Valley vineyards and call it Napa Valley. The grapes coming from Pope Valley make some great wines!

After decanting for a couple of hours, we were treated to a wonderful wine with aromas of blackberries, blueberries and cherries and very jammy! The Petite Sirah was just getting started, the jammy aromas turned into jammy fruit forward but not overwhelming but the velvety softness of the wine as it rolled across the palate was just awesome! It had a really nice finish! Thank goodness we only had one bottle of this wine or the second one would have been gone too!  I give this 4 glasses!

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Alpha Omega Proprietary Red 2013

What’s better than a nice 2013 Proprietary Red Blend from Alpha Omega, prosciutto, Manchego cheese, and Spanish Marcona almonds! We also had some Sicily’s Castelvetrano olives but Jim ate all of them so we had none for the picture – Thanks Jim!

We decanted the AO blend for about one and half hours and the results were amazing! The aromas were intense with dark cherries, black currants with a hint of chocolate. The best was the mouthfeel that this wine gives you when you let the wine sit for a few seconds, then slowly let it flow over your palate. The dark berries explode and the finish — the best I’ve had since I last tasted a Caymus, that good!

This wine is 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, aged for 22 months in 70% new French oak and 30% 1 year old French oak. It comes from Beckstoffer To Kalon, Beckstoffer, Missouri Hopper, Beckstoffer Las Piedras, Sacrashe, Sunshine Valley, Stagecoach, Newton and Lyons vineyards. We are talking about some of the blue chip vineyards in Napa Valley! WOW!

I give this wine 4 glasses!

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Brunello di Montalcino

We went for a wine tasting at our local wine shop, Bird Rock Fine Wines, and enjoyed an absolutely wonderful Brunello di Montalcino. This 2013 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino wine had an elegant ruby color that did not disappoint us. It has wonderful aromas of cherries, blackberries, and strawberries with a wonderful hint of vanilla that teases you! The bold tannins and acidity aftertaste really enhance the fruit forward as it rolls ever so gently over the palate with a VERY long finish. The wine will pair well with Italian beef and chicken dishes.  How about that elegant label?

We give this wine 4 glasses. 

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Miner Family  2016 Emily Cabernet Sauvignon

My wife surprised me with a Miner Family  2016 Emily Cabernet Sauvignon. I let this wine sit in the wine cooler for a few weeks. Don’t know if other people have had issues with opening wine after shipping, but I’ve found the Cabs need a few weeks to recover from shipping. Maybe it’s me, but I’ve noticed it really helps the wine to settle down. .

Anyhow, Emily’s wine is from four vineyards, Stagecoach, Buselli, Schein and Miner vineyards. It’s 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot that has aromas of black fruits (blackberries, blueberries with a hint of chocolate/vanilla in the background. A nice balance of tannins and acidity that helps the fruity forward as it rolls across the palate with hints of coffee coming to a nice finish, not long but not short either. This needs a few more years in the cellar to reach it’s potential. I’m not saying it’s not good now, but I get this feeling that it needs more time.

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Intrinsic Red Blend 2017

It’s the weekend and you know what that means … it’s time to treat yourself to a good wine! We have it right here with a red blend from Columbia Valley! This Intrinsic 2017 blend of 51% Malbec and 49% Cabernet Franc aged for 9 months in an unique way, Cabernet Franc on Malbec skins and Malbec on Cabernet Franc skins! Winemaker Juan Munoz-Ocabhas hit the bullseye with this blend with dark purple in color, aromas of blueberries and blackberries with a hint of vanilla! We recommend that you decant for 2 hours to really enjoy the fruit forward that rolls across the tongue with a long finish! This wine just got better with each sip! We paired this with Carne Asada and it was perfect! I give this wine 3 glasses. 

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Koi Zen Cellars Baby B2 2017

We had the pleasure of tasting a local San Diego winery, Koi Zen Cellars in Carmel Mountain. The 2017 Baby B2 is a Bordeaux style blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Malbec and 26% Cabernet Franc. Cabernet rules!

We popped the cork and let the wine decant for two hours, tasting it at 30 min intervals just in case it was ready to drink early, you never know. With each half hour sample the wine started to open up with the fruity aromas of black fruit, blueberries, blackberries and black currant.

Now we get a chance to let the taste buds take over! Fruit forward, juicy fruit that lingers the whole time as the wine rolls over your palate. The finish is long with just a hint of vanilla. This wine has the characteristic of Paso Robles wines that make them just enjoyable to drink with no restrictions. I feel that this wine will be even better in 2-3 years when the tannins relax and juicy fruit mellows, then boy oh boy, you have a killer Bordeaux blend!

We suggest that you make time on your busy weekend to relax for a couple of hours and enjoy some of the amazing wines being produced in San Diego by Koi Zen Cellars.

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Orin Swift Red Blend

This Orin Swift wine is called 75,864 Miles Red.  Now you’re wondering why 75,864 miles, it’s the culmination of miles travel.  From vineyards to vineyards, to different regions of California to pick the grapes and make the wines!  Orin Swift Red is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Zinfandel grapes from the California.  The wine is dark purple in color with aromas of big black fruits with juicy forward that rolls nicely over the palate with a very nice finish.  This is a very nice drinking Napa Valley $40 dollar wine! You can pick this up in Costco. I give this 3 glasses.  


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Italics Winegrowers in Coombsville


Italics Winegrowers is located off the beaten path but not unknown! We enjoyed a tour of the estate and their 16,000 square feet wine cave built into the hillside. The ambience of the tasting room with neon lights is like WOW! What a very nice touch! What’s so unique about this property is it’s weather. The winds blow off San Pablo Bay bringing morning fog to keep it cool during the day and cool air at night.

The winery has 70+ acres with nearly 40 acres planted that has a longer growing season than that of Calistoga starting weeks before and lasting weeks past into November. The wines they produce are exceptional: the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Proprietary Red, Atlas Peak Chardonnay, Estate Petit Verdot, Oak Knoll Voignier and 16 Appellations. 16 Appellations wine is a marriage of all 16 appellations that are aged separately and then blended. Sooo good we had to take a bottle of this home.

Italics is a must visit winery (appointments only). You will be amazed by the property and enjoy some awesome wines from this Coombsville winery! Special Thanks to Italics Winegrowers for hosting MyRedWineGuys!

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Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

From Saint Michelle Wine Estates and Columbia Crest comes a new brand, Intrinsic and new experiment to making red wine. Juan Muñoz Oca, head wine maker at Columbia Crest and the wine making team decided instead of removing the skins after 7 to 10 days, how would the wine taste if we left the skin together with the juice for 9 months? This gives birth to a new way of making wine! The 2017 Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon was sent as a #sample for us to try. We love trying new wines out of Washington State and this is definitely a new wine. First produced in 2014 and it really seems like they have perfected the process.

At first it really didn’t open up after 2 hours, but at 3 hours, it was ready. The wine has an inky black color with aromas of dark cherries, fruity but not too fruity. The taste was of soft raspberries with a hint of caramel and the tannins were soft for such a young wine. The finish reminded me of a Zinfandel with hints of spice. This is a wine that won’t break the bank, runs about $22 a bottle.

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