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….
Dark and dense, totally opaque. The nose gives me blackberry jam, florals, cinnamon, but just a touch. On the palate it’s as rich as it smells. Full throttle with the black fruits, a touch of sour black cherry and a definitive tea component. There is an upfront astringency that goes head to head with a brisk acidity. Somewhat overpowering but balanced. The midpalate is all about the to-and-fro with these two components. The finish is really juicy, black fruited and tannic. Petite Sirah is typical of these notes. 90 points and 4 stars for this $40 wine. Pair with Moussaka or Bangers and Mash and drink till 2025. Salut….
Very dark purple and opaque AF. The nose is vibrant with black currant, berries and coconut. The palate is rich and fruit-forward with gobs of black fruit, lapsang souchong tea, a touch of licorice and some juicy acidity. Tannins start to appear on the mid palate and they caress the mouth to a nice full finish of more black fruits, spice box and a touch of leather. It’s a really nice mouthfeel, lasting a good 30-40 seconds. I’m digging this wine and have some lamb tenderloins I will grill up to pair. Drink till 2028. 91 points and 4 stars for this $58 offering. Salut….
Semi opaque in the glass. The nose is straight up Napa sunshine. Black currants galore, like Ribena. Licorice and cola are present to a degree. On the palate it’s as expected- rich, warm blackcurrants, lithe tannins, juicy acidity and some star anise. The iodine comes back alongside Maduro with blackberry jam on the midpalate. The structure of this wine is decent, the tannins are of medium intensity and the acidity is in check. The finish ends on a dry note of black tea, blackberry and more iodine. Quite tasty and worthy of 90 points. Drink till 2027 with charcuterie or a marbled steak. $14 and 5 stars. Salut….
I did not make notes on the first night, palate fatigue…On night two- it’s a rich purple and opaque. On the nose it’s very earthy with notes of tobacco, iodine and blackberry. On the palate it is very interesting- the uniqueness of the secondary flavors piques my interest. Black cherries come out along with very concise tannins. There’s a touch of astringency on the midpalate that I’m willing to overlook- the wine is multilayered enough for me to concentrate on the other facets. It’s interesting, of decent quality and intriguing. The finish leaves me with a desire for another mouthful. 89 points 5 stars for this $14 Merlot/Cab/Franc blend. Drink till 2026. Salut….