Deep ruby colored with a touch of staining on the walls and slow moving legs (14.5% ABV). The nose has pronounced aromas of cassis, menthol, blackberry, blueberry coulis, chocolate dust, açaí berry and some baking spice- very complex but primal in nature. The palate is dry with medium (-) acidity and really grippy medium (+) tannins that are very fine-grained. Full bodied, this wine coats my mouth with cassis, blackberry, açaí, blueberry jam and some hints of oak. The finish is long with a slightly bitter vein. I like this wine- it screams Cali sunshine in it’s ripeness and fullness. 91 points for this $56 effort makes it a 4 star wine. I’m pairing it with roasted Sirloin Cap and a mushroom gravy. Drink this relatively cellar-worthy wine till 2028. Salut….
My buddy Keef and I sat out on the patio last night and enjoyed this Cali Pinot. It was medium ruby in the glass with a medium intensity nose of funk, steeped cherry, lavender and blueberry. Definitely not your typical Pinot nose, Old or New world. The palate is more raspberry and cherry. The funk does persist on the mid palate though. The acidity is medium (-), and there are very fine grained tannins lurking. The lack of primal fruit and the overwhelming funk is a bit strange to me. It’s a very young wine to have started it’s transition by shedding primary fruit. 87 points from me and 2 stars for this $56 bottling. Salut….
Dark purple in the glass. On the nose there’s sweet lingonberry, French oak notes and charcoal. On the palate this wine is delicious- black fruits galore. Lilac, delicious oak without the flab and gorgeous tannins all caress my palate. The finish is super duper….long, a touch dry with that dark fruit jam that is delicious. 92 points $56 makes this a 4 star effort that was the wine of the day for me. Drink till 2028 with all sorts of meats and stews. Salut….
Reddish purple but nearly see through in the glass. The nose is of strawberry and rhubarb. On the palate it is strawberry pie meets cherry with a noticeable up front acidity. The mid palate is where it’s at with this wine- much rounder mouthfeel with flavors of red berries, more rhubarb and some tannins that are ever so gently caressing my gums. The finish is really smooth, long and reminiscent of more strawberry notes. Roasted chicken with garlic comes to mind. 89 points and 3 stars for this $56 effort. Salut….