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Happy New Year! Usually after the Holidays I try and focus on finding great value wines that don't break the bank, but this week I came across an amazing value that could not be passed up!
I am sure some of you have will power and are attempting to do "dry January", but I know there is no way I could manage to go that long without wine. I don't think I have a problem; I just enjoy finding new wines so much that I do not want to miss amazing wines like this one! Either way, if you are drinking or not, this is a must buy and save until you do start to drink again.
The Bernardus Marinus Estate Red 2014. I opened this wine last night and fell in love with it! I think the winery just released the 2015, but basically this is the current vintage for this California winery. It is not very often that you get a wine with this much age from California. Most wineries are in the process of releasing their 2021 vintage! It had beautiful aromas of dark cherry and plum and the palate was full of bright cherry fruits along with rich chocolate and mocha characteristics. The tannins were soft and elegant leading to a very smooth lengthy finish.
This is a true Bordeaux style blend, also known as a "Meritage" (rhymes with heritage). It is 52% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec. Even with the nearly 10 years of age, this wine still seemed so young, and I feel like it could age another 5-10 years. It is so nice to find California wines that have this aging potential since so many don't seem to have that ability anymore.
Now this wine does not come from the flashy region of Napa Valley. It actually comes from Carmel Valley inside the larger region of Monterey County. This is much further south than Napa Valley, but it is at a high elevation which helps with the warmer temperatures. If it was from Napa, it would probably retail for well over $100.
This wine was given 93-points from Vinous and 92-points from Wine Enthusiast. It normally sells for $75 at the winery and we have it at $49.99! A California red with nearly 10 years of age for under $50, this is a no brainer!
So, whether you are drinking or not, this is a wine that you will definitely want to pick up a few bottles and enjoy and even hold on to for a few more years!