I’m a huge fan of this winery and am working my way through their offerings and revisiting some that I have had a chance to cellar. I keep a stash of wines in my locker at ‘work’. Those of you that know me will realize that my locker is half way around the world from home, but I have some gems in there that have been sitting patiently in near perfect conditions- 60 F, humid and dark. I met up with a mate from downunda, whom we shall call Mr. Rangley and I pulled this one out for a tasting. The last time I drank the 2011 Blue Eyed Boy it was delicious so I was really looking forward to it.
Blueberry nose with plum ganache- delicious. On the palate is a thick, long blueberry note with dark chocolate and graphite. The mid palate involves a full blown explosion of more blue fruits, vanilla bean and rolling tannins. I detect some heat which makes sense as this one packs 16% alcohol. The finish is long and full of blueberry pie, 92 points all day long. I did not notice too much evolution over the past three years which is interesting. I’m not sure where this wine is going over its life span but it is built for the long haul and may yet develop nuances of age and secondary flavors. If it doesn’t that is fine too – a unique tasting Shiraz that is well made and a treat. 5 stars at $40. Drink all by itself for the ultimate experience of this wine but if you must pair it- Filet Mignon with Bearnaise sauce and some asparagus will do the trick. Salut….
Blackish purple in the glass. Nose of cedar, black plums and tea. On the palate this wine immediately lets you know it is well built with hefty tannins. The flavors of plum, black cherry and pepper are fighting for control with the amazing tannins. I am loving this wine’s mouthfeel today in particular because it will pair beautifully with the ribeyes on the grill. If the dryness is overpowering for you I suggest a trip through a vinturi or decanting. The wine has a nice finish and the tannins go on forever. I really love this varietal and this is one excellent example. 92 points and 4 stars for this $40 offering. Salut….
Run, don’t walk to your local wine shop if you have any desire to taste a delicious Brunello. I don’t have notes on this wine as I drank it at a company hosted dinner and thought it would be rude to whip out the ole iPhone and ignore the boss for the sake of a review. I will say that I took away some main points- it is textbook Sangiovese that is drinking on pointe, the flavors are rich and balanced, the acidity and tannins are right where they need to be and the wine was a superb accompaniment to the Lamb chops with mint sauce.
Good Brunellos will evolve and in their evolution will take on Pinot Noir characteristics reminiscent of aged Burgundy. This wine is on the path and I am super excited for it- the trail is well marked and it has the backbone, stuffing and correct components to get there and provide years of pleasure. While it drinks beautifully now, it will no doubt be an amazing wine in another 10 years and more. The pro’s gave this one huge scores and I will do so as well. 96 was the highest and WS gave it 95. I concur and given its $40 price tag this wine is a steal and worthy of 5+ points. Salut….
I last tasted this wine in it’s infancy, with instructions to revisit later. Eighteen months on and it’s starting to open up, evolve and change in fruit flavors. When I initially reviewed the BriO I only gave it 88 points. This time is different.
Deep, rich purple hues with a nose of black currants, violets and cinnamon. The initial attack consists of blackberry, tar, and plum pudding. The wine is still showing some primal tannins, but they integrate well with the acidity. The mid palate and finish offer up more plums and a hint of eucalyptus. A medium length ending that leaves a certain tannic edge that begs for some red meat- good thing I’m doing kebabs tonight. I think this wine is just opening up and will drink well for another 5 years. 90 points and 3 stars for this $40 bottle. Salut….
My friend pulled this bottle out for us this past Sunday at a gathering. It was delightful. Beautiful clear, delicate red color in the glass with a nose of new world cherry, strawberry and (grass?). On the first taste, very smooth intro to kirsch, cherry torte and cola. Crispy acidity and tight tannins make for a nice mouthfeel. The acidity rolls deep and the length is long. This wine drinks beautifully right now but has the stuffing to go deep into the cellar for 10 plus years. 92 points all day long. Carneros produces some of my favorite Pinots, and this one sits high on the perch. I believe this is a $40 bottle making it a splurge but 4 stars from me. Salut….
We went over to our friends house for dinner last night. My buddy, known as Big Red, had bought this one specially for our dinner of short ribs. It never made it to the table as we opened it soon after we polished off the Carneros Pinot I brought for appetizers. None of us could wait to try it. We were not disappointed.
Reddish color that was somewhat unique in a Malbec, they usually run the gamut of dark purple to the black wines of Cahors. Red currants, strawberries and iodine were some of the hints we picked up on the nose. A super smooth entry of red fruits, some ink, black cherry and a Tempranillo-like medicinal tinge were what treated us in the first wave. Mid palate is where the tannins finally kicked in having lurked initially. Supremely balanced with acidity and a touch of oak the whole package is well rounded and polished. The length is ideal. 93 points and begging for a steak, perhaps some shaved ham. $40, 93 points. Full bodied Argentinian ready to drink till 2022. A top wine if I may say so myself. 5 stars for sure, seek this one out. Salut….
Every once in a while I like to just drink the wine, no notes, no sucking air between my teeth- just the pleasure of the grapes. This past weekend my best friend from childhood came over for dinner. In his usual style he showed up with a decent bottle of wine. He was raised well and has class. His offering was this 2010 Bordeaux from the Pauillac commune which I happen to love. He also brought some pretty hefty cheeses and salami shavings to get the evening going.
Without notes I cannot tell you the specifics, only that this wine reaffirms my statements about 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux. Run, don’t walk to the shops. The next three vintages offer wines much lower in quality without reflection in price. This wine retails at $40 or so dollars and is a notch below the Cru Classe in terms of quality. It had everything going for it with regard to flavor, structure and cellaring potential. Others have given it 90 points, I won’t argue. 3 stars and well worth looking for. Salut….
I bought this wine on spec for $40, pretty pricey I know- but one of the pro’s gave it 95 points. Upon opening the bottle I noticed the cork was nearly black with stain. Pouring the wine into the glass I could already smell it. 5 minutes of letting it just sit there and I can sense plums, lavender and blackberry jam. I have not even sniffed it yet, this is going to be a powerhouse.
I was right. This wine has a huge nose- black fruits, cinnamon, oak, fennel. The wine is very dark with dark legs sliding down the glass showing off it’s 14.5% alcohol. The first sip is pretty big. Loads of black berry, with striking tannins and a touch of heat. I am going to let this wine sit for a few minutes.
It is a brooding beast, I may run it through an aerator as the wine seems to be stuck, not showing off it’s fruit properly and displaying too much tannic bite with a slight overdose of the wood.
I was right, it needed some air. The tannins have smoothed, the balance is good and the fruit has shone through, all is right with the world. Blackberry coulis dominates with spice box and cedar. The finish is rather long, me likes. The wine is not an everyday drinker, probably better suited to a big roast leg of lamb with all the fixings. It rated 95 with one pro and 88 with another. I must say it is a baffling decision, but 90 points is where I see it and that makes it a 3 star wine in my books. It already has 6 years of bottle age but will last until 2022 in my opinion. Salut….
Out to dinner with friends last week and this little beauty showed up on the wine list. I love Petite Sirah, it is a highly flexible grape that always shows off great tannins, plums and ages well. It is tannicly well endowed and never lacks for power. This one was really tasty but my notes were rather short, we had been at it for a while. Dark fruits and plum nose with vanilla. Full on plum and vanilla creme pie with some ginger on the finish. Balance in acidity and tucked in tannins. This wine is drinking nicely now with 4 years of age but will certainly go the distance. 2014-2024 91 points and 3 stars for this $40 offering. A yummy wine that will go well with grilled meats, pasta and of course some charcuterie. Salut….