2002 Clancys

This is a Shiraz, Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc blend.

This bottle was looking at me for a long time, not sure why I kept passing it up. Lets just say blueberry, blackberry come the closest. I wouldnt at this point decant at all.

We really liked this easy to drink shiraz, maybe are expectations were low. Either way it was enjoyed. Not going to put a rating on it, probably hard to find now. But dont let bottles go to waste wating on the perfect moment to open. We got lucky on this one, so dig around and pull out that bottle you saved.  Cheers

2009 Sea Smoke Gratis Chardonnay


This has been a suprise! Came in the mail as a former club member. Why was I a member, Pinot of course. But wow is this an incredible Chard. Love the color nice medium yellow, great nose, not overly oaky at all. Just right. The acidity is low, the fruit is great. I have to say we loved drinking this wine.


OK, Sea Smoke known for Pinot. This Chard is a home run. The sad part is, its not for sale. Nope. Hence the name Gratis, so... Get a membership, go to Sea Smoke and search this one out.

On my scale of of gotta own and love to drink, a full 9 out of 10 here.

Showing category "Cabernet Blend" (Show all posts)

Bridesmaid 2005 Red Wine $39 a big Napa Cabernet

Posted by Jeff Harig on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, In : Cabernet Blend 

Here is a true California red wine. The Bridesmaid. This is a blend of wines from Pam Starr and Drew Neiman. Both these winemakers have wine selling near $100 a bottle ( Neiman Cellars, Kongsgaard, Spottswood, Crocker & Starr ) This is a Cabernet, Merlot, Cab Franc Big stuff here.

Dark Dark Dark color, juicy berry nose, bit of oak. It looks and smells wonderful. The taste is a rich deep dark juicy fruit, licorice and black cherry cola, chocolate. Oak and toast come out of the Napa monster of ...
Continue reading ...

2005 Aia $25 Blend from Miner

Posted by Jeff Harig on Sunday, May 31, 2009, In : Cabernet Blend 
Link to Video
This is a cool bottle of wine that I have often gone in search of. This is a second label from the folks at Miner.
This is a Meritage style wine. 36%Cabernet Franc, 17%Cabernet, 17%Merlot, 2%Malbec, 1%Sangiovese.

Nice dark blackberry comes at you first, nose and on the palate. Lots of good darker fruit in a bowl. Mixed berry its great. Not a heavy tannin wine, its soft on the palate. For me this wine is about the nice fruits that roll around in the mouth as you drink it. Great a...
Continue reading ...

Silver Palm ‘06 Cabernet $16

Posted by Jeff Harig on Thursday, May 7, 2009, In : Cabernet Blend 


It was claimed to be restaurant only for the 2005 vintage, but most shops seemed to have it. Some were asking almost $30 Thinking they had a real find that no one could get and it was worth the money. But then slowly it leaked out that this was a real bargain and could be bought retail under $20 and then most shops had to make the offer. Now it seems the 2006 vintage is going to stores without a hassle, I think. I walked into it at one of my shops just sitting there waiting for me to buy, I ...

Continue reading ...

Franciscan Cabernet ‘05 Napa $18

Posted by Jeff Harig on Thursday, May 7, 2009, In : Cabernet Blend 


This guy says Cabernet, but is a blend.  87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec.

While it may not make anyones top 100, its not bad.

Its a dark red wine. Black Cherry even a bit of plumb on the nose.  Look for a brighter berry taste, not quite raspberry but close. Long full tannins, it can really fill the mouth for a wine under or near $20

This is a great wine to keep around, and pop mid week or just as that bottle we drink later. It wont break the ba...

Continue reading ...

Larkmead Firebell ‘06 $50

Posted by Jeff Harig on Thursday, May 7, 2009, In : Cabernet Blend 


Big huge wine! 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet, 6% Cab franc, 4% Malbec and  100% great to drink! This is a real beauty!

Big ruby red color, Big full nose. Black Cherry, Casis flavors are bold the tannin is just right right in the mouth long, long finish. You can really enjoy each mouthful.

Drank with friends last night with appetizers, it was the star. Anyone who likes big reds will love this. We did, Of course I was buying who wouldnt love that!

Larkmead is located just north of St. Helena, Beaut...

Continue reading ...

Hedges CMS ‘07 Cab, Merlot Syrah - Blah

Posted by Jeff Harig on Thursday, May 7, 2009, In : Cabernet Blend 
07 Hedges CMS Cab, Merlot, Syrah $17 Columbia Valley Wa. Not much here.Surprised it didnt have more umph. No Fruit, no back end. Cab Merlot and Syrah. But man there was not much here. Sure easy to drink, no finish, no fruit, nothing to say wow. But I can not say it was bad it just was…

Continue reading ...

Jayson 2005

Posted by Jeff Harig on Thursday, May 7, 2009, In : Cabernet Blend 
05 Jayson from Pahlmeyer $39 everything you want good fruit strawberry almost

Continue reading ...


Posted by Jeff Harig on Thursday, May 7, 2009, In : Cabernet Blend 
Last Night:Eponymous Napa Cab/Merlot from Robert Pepi. Mt Veeder. Nose black cherry, earth. Color deep red. Flavor Smooth lingering tannins

Continue reading ...

West Coast Wino

Jeff New and improved site should be coming soon. Its been a while I know! But the real job, you know the one that pays the bills and will get our daughter through college.... OK the summer is here and I am looking at nice warm weather wines. Typically you are expecting big reds, I know. Look for some crisp white wines like Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc, and Cosenting Pinot Grigio to appear soon! Today I am heading over to Caruth Winery in Solana Beach Ca. Looking forward to some good stuff Cheers, Jeff

Carruth Cellars 

2006 Girard Atlas Peak 

 2006 DuMOL Russian River Pinot

2005 James David Cellars Syrahs

Crocker & Starr 2005 Cabernet

2005 Bridesmaid Red $39

2006 Castle Rock Cabernet $12

2006 Elizabeth Spencer Syrah

Make a Free Website with Yola.