2014 Philippe-Lorraine Cabernet Sauvignon. Pretty meh. Roller coaster of tastes during the first three hours. Started off heavy, then got really oaky, then broke apart. Might be coming together with more time? Dunno.
Sorry for the delayed response…I was out of town and had to give this question some thought.
As you can probably guess, I’m more of a wine drinker than a liquor drinker, but I do enjoy some good whisk(e)y on occasion. I enjoyed the Casg Annamh. I’m going to say it’s probably similar to the A’bunadh, though I’ve not had the A’bunadh for quite a while (but enjoyed it enough in the past to consider it one of my few “go-to” single malts if I land at the local whisky bar). I’d be interested to taste them side by side (and may arrange that some day). They are both sherry finished and both cask strength. They are both pretty affordable at around $65/90-ish.
@chipgreen I picked up 6, so this is number 1 of the group (winespies, $30/). Soft tannins, cassis and menthol. Went well with a grilled NY strip. Plenty of life left in this one. Winemaker: Phillipe Melka.
Didn’t like it much when it was first released. Been sitting in the cellar ever since. Evolved very nicely into a well knit blend that I really enjoyed. Boss Monster had the same profile - not so good on release - but evolved nicely over the years.
BTW: They use about twice the glass as an average wine bottle - not sure why. AND … their lack of capsule wins a lot of points for me.
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Long Point Cabernet, 2012, and that’s their current vintage.
The ONLY great Finger Lakes Reds. (They get their grapes from CA and make their wine on Cayuga Lake.)
On Pop and Pour, it’s a kick you in the face kinda cab that would be perfect for gnawing on a big chunk of grilled meat.
It was good! I don’t drink much merlot so I can’t come up with a comparison. I got mostly dark red fruit, some warm spice, medium tannin. It has a nice plush mouth feel and a nice medium finish. Makes me wonder why I don’t drink more merlot.
2013 Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve Magnum with Flannerys “younger crowd” NY steaks from BD special.
Interesting taste comparison on the steaks with dry aging from 21-28-35-42-49 days. And the wine was outstanding with a 90 minute decant.
@klezman Had four friends over and kept track of the steaks on the grill and then sliced each one up so we all got to try each age, but only ate a total of 1 steak each. It was interesting as each had their own preference. I was 42 35 49 28 21
@jmdavidson1 Poured into a decanter but had a glass 5 minutes later and is was great, everything is nicely integrated not sure decant is doing much as my friend and I had the bottle finished in 45 minutes or so - hence the Laura Michael bottle.
No rush to drink up plenty of life left but if you’re looking for a very well made cab some evening I wouldn’t hesitate to open.
I took 2 things that I don’t like and mixed them together to make something that I (surprisingly) do like.
Tentaka Organaka Sake… I have only had Sake a few times and have just not developed an appreciation for it, at least not yet. I was debating dumping my glass for something else but thought of the key lime flavored sparkling water I had in the fridge. It is sappy sweet with aspartame - do not like. But a splash of that into the Sake and I am good to go!
@chipgreen So true. I, however just ordered another case from CH, and relied on the reviews of fellow wine drinkers when making my choices. I started with a few bottles of Merlot that people raved about, and added some PS and some Lodi Cab that my daughter loves.