Good blackish color. The nose is smoky, meaty and has hints of fig and charcoal. This 50% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo and 20% Carignan blend is right up my alley. The nose leads me to a delightful palate of blackberry, more charcoal, some tar and really tight tannins. The mid palate concentrates on the fruit with tasty blackberries and some currant. The tannins are ever-present but not overpowering, they caress instead of attack. There is a juicy acidity towards the finish that reveals a touch of wood. The oak is nicely integrated and gives a touch of vanilla. The finish is medium length and really tasty. I’m digging this wine- 91 points and 5 stars for this $15 effort. I’m pairing it with Bacon Alfredo and it’s on pointe. Salut….
This winery is one of the most consistent mass producers out there. I have never had a bad bottle and the QPR (Quality Price Ratio) is always tops. So, when I saw this at my local Costco- no brainer.
We start off with a slightly cloudy medium hued purple. It’s opaque AF though. The nose is lovely- leather, plums, cassis…. I am excited. The palate lives up to my expectations, lovely pure fruit flavors of plums, black currants and very well integrated oak. The mid palate is scrumptious. More dark fruits, some leather and a touch of wood. I will say: There is a very fine grained tannic component that is barely perceptible making this wine delicious and easy to drink now but does not bode well for extended cellaring. The acidity is feint and nicely balanced. The finish is relatively short but tasty, black fruits galore and that touch of dryness. This is a real treat to pop and pour if you can find it (just go to Costco!). It will pair well with many a mid-week meal yet hold it’s own against a leg of lamb on a Sunday roast. I’m really thinking Lasagna is the perfect match. Either way, enjoy this 91 point gem and drink till 2023. 5 stars for sure as you can pick it up all day long for under $15. Salut….
Quite see-through with a darker purple hue in the glass. The nose has violets, cherry essence, bramble and leather. On the palate it is fruity, lighter than expected and a touch dry. Blueberry is the primary flavor alongside some cedar plank and those violets. The tannins start to really grip on the mid palate to go along with the blue fruit compote and wood. The wine finishes strong, with the tannins really getting stuck in and the gums really getting pounded. The fruit remains for a while but is eclipsed by the 60 second plus grip of the astringency. Very young wine, but thoroughly enjoyable if you like ‘em dry. I would personally drink this wine now with veal chops on the grill, a heavy duty pasta dish or perhaps Moroccon lamb in the tagine. If you have patience, this one will mellow nicely for a few years and be presentable from 2024- 2030. 91 points, $35 and 4 stars for this Nebbiolo. Salut….
We just had a delightful dinner at our favorite restaurant, L’Auberge Chez Francois located in the D.C suburbs. They have a great wine list but this evening was a very special occasion so I took a bottle of the amazing 2000 Lynch Bages to start off with. It was spectacular and did not last long. We needed more vino and my friend wanted a Pinot. I figured we should order something a little more stout, Gevrey being the obvious choice in a French restaurant.
See-through medium intensity purple. On the nose sage brush, cherry, oregano. On the palate it’s very smooth with cherries, cedar, asparagus and lithe tannins. Medium intensity acidity gives the wine a cutting edge without sourness. The mid palate shows raspberries alongside the cherry- very tasty and full bodied. The finish is all sour cherry with acidity, medium tannins and a touch of wood. 91 points and 4 stars for this $50 Burgundy. Drink till 2035. Salut….
It’s a medium gold in the glass with a nose of pear, apricot and banana. The palate is tasty, with nice flavors of that pear, some citrus by way of grapefruit and some lanolin. The mid palate has some weight, with silky smooth popcorn notes along with the fruit. Acidity is lithe and balanced. It makes the wine refreshing without too much cut. The finale’ has more of that pear fruit meets lemon with a decent length finish that has me wondering how good this is going to be with the roasted Cornish Hens I am grilling. 91 points. I paid $20, but it lists for up to $50, this is a 4 star effort at the first price. Drink till 2027. 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 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….
Nearly black and definitely opaque in the glass, this wine promises to be a brooding monster. On the nose I get charcoal, iodine, black cherry, olive and bacon fat. On the palate this is such an atypical wine- intriguing. Twizzler meets black currants and Rooibos tea. Delightful tannins and great mouthfeel. It’s got a long finish that keeps on giving. I’m actually at a loss for descriptors on this unique blend. It’s not everyone’s cup of vino but it is well made, tasty and worthy of a try. 91 points for this blend of 45% Touriga, 35% Tempranillo, 20% Souzao make it a 3 star effort at $64. Drink with charcuterie, steak and wild boar until 2028. Salut….