Very dark purple in the glass with medium opacity. On the nose I get a definitive old oak meets rustic plums and evergreen. On the palate there is not much fruit, but lots of tertiary flavors including mushrooms, leather, cedar and black olive. Tannins are plentiful right off the bat and there’s a hint of acidity. The mid palate and finish continue with the earthy, dry profile and add a touch of blue fruit. The tannic finish runs for a while. This wine has matured very quickly, losing fruit yet the tannins are still fresh and young. 87 points and 2 stars for this $15 Cru Bourgeois. Drink till 2022. Salut….
Very thick purple color. On the nose it’s all blackberries with a hint of nutmeg. A strange one for sure but I like it. On the palate it is a touch thin but tasty. Blackberries and black currant make me think this wine will develop into a cassis laden beaut if cellared for a few years. There is a delightful tannic grip that builds as I transition to the mid palate. An oak component that hits me on the mid to back end, adding depth to the black fruits that are still prominent. However, a touch of black tea alongside some astringency on the finish that makes me wonder. Overall this is a nice wine with potential. It’s drinking young right now unless you fancy a pretty dry drop. Cellar till 2022 then drink for seven more years with steaks, pot roast or even moussakka. 88 points and 3 stars for this $15 wine. Salut….
Pretty dark red and semi opaque with big legs showing in the glass. On the nose it’s an intriguing blend of strawberry syrup, rooibos tea and raspberry. On the palate it gives me red fruits including cherry, strawberry and rhubarb alongside some pretty fresh tannins. The grip of which starts at the onset and builds into a mighty teeth- coating crescendo at the finish. Wow…. this is a wine packed with flavor, structure and is balanced to boot. Very young, it needs cellaring or a run through the Venturi. I’m gonna cellar the three other bottles I have, thinking there will be some nice evolution in addition to a softening of the tannins. For now, 92 points and 5 stars for the $30 price point. Pair this Sangiovese up with some rich stews, hearty pasta or a thick Ribeye. Drink from 2022-2032. Salut….
Very dark purple, nearly black in the glass. On the nose I get fresh blackberries, cedar, vanilla and coffee bean. On the palate this wine is delicious- chock full of black fruits, a beautiful oak integration, medium grained tannins that caress at the right time and some very gentle acidity. Aussie wines can sometimes get too jammy, especially with Shiraz- but this Cab Sav has ripeness and body without going over the edge. The mid palate just continues the black fruit theme and the finish is long, dry and adds cinnamon and licorice to the back end. Delightful. 91 points and 5 stars for this $20 bottle. Drink till 2028 with steaks. Salut….
Semi opaque yet intriguingly purple in the glass. On the nose I’m getting sour cherry kirsch, strawberries and rooibos tea. On the palate it is light, tart and tasty- just what I was expecting. The opening notes are much the same…. cherry juice, strawberry coulis and rhubarb. There are some gripping tannins that hit the mid palate and that sour cherry must be the source of the bracing acidity. These factors, combined with the young fruit are going to bode well for a patient lover of Sangiovese. It will evolve nicely I think. 91 points and 5 stars for this $12 wine. Drink till 2028. Salut….
Very pale yellow in the glass, I was expecting a more honeyed glint. On the nose it’s very refreshing with a peach hint, some beeswax and papaya. I’m excited! On the palate it is super delicious- crisp, clean with just a hint of acidity let the flavors of peach stone, nectarine and pink grapefruit really shine. The mid palate allows the gentle acidity some room to refresh the palate. The finish is medium in length with a great mouthfeel that balances freshness with a touch of flab that just tastes and feels right. This is a rather nice bottle- Virginia really does great Viognier and Barboursville perfects it. 91 points and 5 stars for this $22 charmer. Drink till 2027 with grilled fish, chicken kebabs or raw clams. Salut….
Opaque, deep purple in the glass with fast disappearing legs. On the nose I get bramble, iodine and blackberry. On the palate it is very appealing with a gorgeous mouthfeel of lush black fruits, lithe, yet integrated tannins and a nice acidity. The iodine note reappears on the midpalate alongside that telltale creosote that I love in Tempranillo. On the back end it is more subdued with black cherry jam and those delightful tannins finishing me off with a nice dry tinge on my gums. Well made but not long in the cellar. Drink now till 2024 with charcuterie. 90 points and 3 stars for this $30 Tempranillo. Salut….
The stickers read- Decanter 93, RP 90. I’m intrigued. On the nose I get a nice blackberry, cassis and iodine note. On the palate it is very lush with mouth coating blackberry jam, delicious yet lithe tannins and a minerality that I was not expecting. The mid palate is full blown black fruit but it’s the finish that has me lusting for another mouthful. There’s so much body and ripe fruit that it is almost overflowing. The black berry compote is dark, sweet and ripe. The tannins are just right, not over done yet they give a nice mouthfeel for a long finish. This is a drink now till 2027 wine that will reward some patience yet give pleasure right away with everything from Bangers and Mash to hearty roasts, steak and pasta. I think Decanter went the right direction with this one- 92 points from me and it’s a steal for $10, worthy of 5 stars. Glad I found it. Salut….
Pale purple and seethrough in the glass. The nose is black kirsch and charcoal. On the palate it has a definitive woodsy note that opens up the initial palate. Black berries appear alongside rooibos tea, but it’s a little thin. On the midpalate I get some juicy acidity alongside some dark fruits. The finish has some tannic bite, albeit slightly green. Overall I’m quite disappointed in this vintage. 84 points and 1 star for this $15 wine, a major pass I’m afraid. Salut….
Opaque and very dark in the glass. Super concentrated nose of plum, almond and strangely enough- lemon peel (only a touch). Currants and raisins pop in as well but in a supporting role. On the palate this is a refreshing style of Port that gives me blackcurrants, espresso and mocha dust. It’s delicious and fruity with a nice yet lithe set of tannins that very gently apply a dryness right on the finish. This is a nice treat. Absolutely pair this with soft, ripe cheese or perhaps a chocolate ganache. 91 points. $40 and 3 stars. Salut….