I have become more and more enamored with Brunellos and more importantly the Sangiovese grape of late. I find it a very close parallel to Pinot Noir, which has also risen in my interest. This particular wine is see-through and a light shade of purple. The nose is somewhat muted but I do get some stewed cherry and not much else.The palate is quite lithe with some delicate cherry notes, a touch of cinnamon and some fruit cake. It is very shallow on the flavor depth which makes me wonder if I have an off bottle. The acidity is of medium strength and there are some very light tannins that appear on the mid palate. The finish is mainly Kirsch and some mushroom, bacon and forest floor. It gets better but I am a little surprised at the high scores from some pros versus the lower scores of others. I am going with 88 for this particular bottle but will try another one soon to check on provenance. Drink till 2028. For $60 it’s a 2 star effort. Salut….
Semi opaque medium tint of purple. I get a delicious whiff of black cherry, cedar, tobacco and spice box. On the palate the wine’s visual and nose bely it’s power and structure. It has a very forward stab of fruit alongside a crescendo of tannins that present cherries, lingonberry and leather on the initial palate. The tannins sear my gums and carry me to the midpalate of more stark red fruits and that earthy component. The finish- dry AF, really has some juiciness to it. The cherries are the dominant force battling the astringency. This wine is a cherub, the tannins almost too much at this stage but I feel this wine will evolve in the next 5-10 years. I’m going with 92 points but either decant the hell out of it or put it away for a long time. $30 and 4 stars for this Nebbiolo. Drink from 2024-2034. Salut….
Very light shade of yellow/orange in the glass. The nose offers spiced lemon zest, some green apples and honeysuckle. The palate is crisp, with gobs of the green apple, some citrus and a modicum of acidity. The mid palate softens and has a glycerin-like mouthfeel. The green fruits are alive and well. The tail end gives me a note of hazelnut- intriguing. It’s rather a short finish but it is well balanced. This wine will drink nicely till 2023 and I would pair it with salad Niçoise, herbed chicken breast or even a stir fry. 89 points and 4 stars for this $14 quaffer. Salut….
Nice shade of dark red, see-through. The 14.1% alcohol evident by some nice looking legs. On the nose it is somewhat atypical. Violet, strawberry compote and cherry cola. The palate is a touch sweet with some nice stewed rhubarb notes. Cherry comes along eventually as do some nice fine grained tannins. There’s a nice acidic bite on the finish that balances it out without making me wince. It’s a very interesting wine that has a warm mouthfeel, that nice touch of sweetness countered by the acid on the back end. This wine will appeal to the novice and also provide tasting groups with an interesting mix of flavors. I’m baking up some Brisket that will pair nicely. 91 points and 5 stars for this $15 bottle to drink till 2028. Salut….
Absolutely see-through and a very pale shade of red. The nose gives me bing cherry, wild strawberry and clove. The palate is quite intriguing. A muted red fruit presence with a touch of cinnamon and mushroom. Raspberries represent on the mid palate alongside rooibos tea and sour cherry. The acidity slides in nicely, not overdone nor abrupt. It’s a nice mouthfeel with a touch of heat on the finish. There is a cedar component as well that I’m enjoying. Overall it’s a decent Pinot that I’m giving 89 points. 4 stars for this $16 effort. Salut….
Bright purple and see through, typical for the Gamay grape. On the nose it shows blueberry, spice box, violets and bramble. The palate is very fresh and echoes the blue theme. Nice, rounded acidity braces the mouth and the fruit transitions nicely to the mid palate. There’s a definitive spice i’m getting- perhaps cloves? It’s very interesting. The wine feels like it may have a touch of tannic grip, which is good for this style- it allows brief to mid term cellaring. The finish is decent in length with more blueberries and a dusty component. It reminds me a little of Rioja on the back end. Quite unique. For $19 and 90 points, this Beaujolais Cru gets 4 stars. A nice gift from my cousins. Drink till 2024. Salut….
Moderate shade of purple and nearly opaque. I leaves long, thin legs on the glass. The nose is raspberries, cherry and iodine. On the palate is grips right away with acidity, masking the red fruit salad that I finally get. There’s also a rooibos tea component, calming amongst the flurry of tartness. The mid palate is cutting, this acidity is actually bothering me. It’s too much, without fruit to offset it or much tannic bite to balance it. The finish is more of the same. 86 points. A shame really as it got good reviews . Bottle #2 is much better- less cut, more fruit. Still very tart but I will go with 88 points. For the advertised price of $40, this is a 2 star Tempranillo. Sorry folks, nothing to see here. Salut….
Medium shade of purple and semi-opaque in the glass. The nose offers up strawberry and raspberry notes alongside sweet bramble, perhaps even honeysuckle. It’s a pleasing nose for sure. The palate is very sprite, unlike some Napa Cabs that are full throttle- this one is more seductive in its approach. Sweet blackberry versus the red notes I got on the nose are intriguing. There is a violet and damson streak as well. The tannins creep in on the midpalate and I taste some charcoal as well. More plums and a touch of acidity round it out. The finish is quite dry but not cloying. I am enjoying the mouthfeel and look forward to pairing it with peach baked Beef Brisket. The acidity is going to be a good cut for the sweetness of the dish. I am enjoying this wine and think it will cellar nicely till 2025. 90 point and 4 stars for this $24 Cab. Salut….
Typical for Pinot- this wine is reddish in color and see through. On the nose it’s very fruity, strawberry and cherry. On the palate is has a sour cherry note as well as cola. The sourness is refreshing and accentuates the cherry theme. The mid palate is much the same and the finish gets a crescendo of the sour cherry component. It’s a bit gritty though, and my teeth are a little tinged. It’s a nice length that tapers off. I’m enjoying this wine and would pair it with roast Duck, perhaps a pasta casserole. I’m going 89 points on this $20 Pinot. 3 stars- drink till 2027. Salut….
Semi opaque, medium purple in the glass. On the nose I get dark plum jam, espresso bean and blackberries. On the palate it is vibrant with blackberries and orange peel. The mid palate is juicy, with more black fruits and licorice. There is just a smidge of tannins which is fine with me, I’m happy to enjoy primal fruits without a cloying astringency. This fact does however shorten the cellaring capacity to just 5 years in my opinion. 88 points and 3 stars for this $10 quaffer that you can drink til 2025. Salut….