Nearly black in complexion showed me that this is a very extracted wine. The nose is somewhat muted but a few swirls in the glass begin to reveal some black cherries and the telltale tar/creosote that makes Pinotage so unique. It is a cross breed of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut only found in South Africa.
The first taste is all I expected. Smoke, bramble and cherry hints are all present. Licorice presents itself halfway through. The wine offers a short burst of tannin followed by that tarry mid palate taste that I really enjoy from this varietal. It has a nice mouthfeel, crossing from the tannic thrust over to a slightly tart acidic finish that carries some earthy components. I like this wine a lot. The 14.5% alcohol is well masked, making this a great pairing with some grilled beef. I would drink this over the next 5 years at the least. 91 points and 4 stars for this $38 offering. Salut….
Pale gold color with long legs in the glass and a nose of apples, pears and honey. The first impression is of a somewhat flabby wine, mouth filling and full of charm. The mid palate comes alive with quince, gooseberries and a touch of vanilla. The acidity is restrained and the wine has a decent finish. Very Cali-styled wine that got 91 points from the pros. I’m just not that into the level of Malolactic fermentation and the weight of the oak used. Some might love this style. I am going with 90 points and for $38 retail it gets 3 stars. I think it needs some fresh fish, perhaps oysters Rockefeller. Salut…..
From the northern part of Sonoma comes this gem. My buddy brought it to the tasting and paid $38 for it. I was excited to try it as you know how I love the Franc.
We were outside by the fire pit so I could not really make out the color or clarity. The nose was gorgeous though. Violets and plum notes with a touch of oak on the first whiff. Fresh and bracing initial attack with flowers, cinnamon, plum torte and vanilla creme. Rich acidity and smooth tannins make for a long cellaring potential. This is a well made and deelish wine that gets 92 points from me. Well hidden 14.4% alcohol and a long finish make this a 5 star wine. Salut….