Semi opaque medium tint of purple. I get a delicious whiff of black cherry, cedar, tobacco and spice box. On the palate the wine’s visual and nose bely it’s power and structure. It has a very forward stab of fruit alongside a crescendo of tannins that present cherries, lingonberry and leather on the initial palate. The tannins sear my gums and carry me to the midpalate of more stark red fruits and that earthy component. The finish- dry AF, really has some juiciness to it. The cherries are the dominant force battling the astringency. This wine is a cherub, the tannins almost too much at this stage but I feel this wine will evolve in the next 5-10 years. I’m going with 92 points but either decant the hell out of it or put it away for a long time. $30 and 4 stars for this Nebbiolo. Drink from 2024-2034. Salut….
Very dark purple in the glass with feint legs, interesting as it boasts 14.5% alcohol. The nose is rich with cassis, plum extract, oak and tea. The initial palate starts off jammy, full bodied and tannic. The dark fruit is very unctuous and the flavors just keep coating my mouth. The mid palate shows off a nice acidic bite alongside more cassis and leather. The finish turns a touch blue, berries and oak come to mind. This is a really delicious yet still young Napa Cab that shows off the Cali sun in a nice, full bodied package. 92 points and 4 stars for this $75 beauty. Drink till 2030. Salut….
It’s black in the glass and totally opaque. The nose has hints of raisin, black cherry reduction, hoisin. The palate is thick, a touch acidic and bursting with fig, plums, black cherries again as well as fruitcake. The midpalate introduces some very fine grained tannins alongside the fruit medley. There’s a nuttiness that hits towards the back end alongside blackberry jam. This wine is very appealing. Rich and balanced. The finish is long with that dark fruit core continuing for over 30 seconds. I love Ripasso’s and am excited by this one. 92 points. For $20 this is a 5 star wine folks! Salut….
Light shades of see through purple. As expected from this varietal. The nose is gorgeous- floral, cherry, garigue and mushroom. It’s kinda funky, exciting and not what I thought a young Brunello could offer at this stage.
The palate is delightful, not as mature as the nose but there’s hope. I get cherries, that funky mushroom thing, crispy acidity and very lithe tannins. This is a bombshell of a wine folks. There’s fresh fruit, trappings of tertiary flavors, well balanced structure and a delightful mouthfeel. The mid palate is a seamless transition from the initial to the medium length finish. I am so glad I got a case of this stuff, I’m going to cellar some and track the evolution. I have high hopes. Drink till 2030. 92 points and 5 stars for this $40 Sangiovese. Salut….
Medium opacity with good purple color and very fine-stranded legs. The nose is dark. Blackberry, hoisin, raisins and cinnamon. On the palate it’s slightly lighter- sweet black cherries, violets and creosote. Very lithe tannins sneak up on me and the mid palate becomes a mouth puckering event that allows waves of black cherry to mingle with rooibos tea and tar. The tannic grip is further highlighted on the finish. Evergreen, black tea and blackberries surrounded by that astringency take me to a medium length ending that has my mouth watering. Delicious, youthful and cellarworthy. This wine is versatile in its power and flavor profile. Really yummy and worthy of 92 points from me. One pro went as high as 94! Great stuff for $11, a steal really. Drink till 2026. 5 stars for sure for this 85% Grenache/15% Syrah blend. Salut….
It’s a nice shade of purple, perhaps a bit subdued. On the nose it reeks of Rioja earth, bramble, plum and tar. The palate has a definitive creosote taste that I look forward to in Spanish Tempranillos. Plum, blackcurrants and fig paste all come out on the palate. I get a nice acidity on the mid palate alongside some earthy bramble and violets. The finish is dusty, plummy and dry from the meek tannins that finally show up. They are very well integrated and barely perceptible until the end, well played. Overall this wine leaves me with a delicious aftertaste that I’m enjoying for a good 60 seconds, after having had a mouthful of delicious flavors. I like it, a lot. 92 points from me and 5 stars for this $35 effort. Ps. It got a whopping 97 Decanter points, that’s huge. Drink till 2027 with slow cooked beef ribs, stuffed mushroom caps or a grilled duck breast. Salut….
Mataro is also known as Mourvedre apparently…. Very dark and enticing purple in the glass. On the nose there is lush blackberry, currant, oak. On the palate it is straight up delicious. Loads of black fruit, entwined with cloves, bramble and very subtle tannins. The mouthfeel of this wine is phenomenal, very balanced and not overly dry nor acidic. The mid palate shows off some sage brush alongside iodine with the friendly tannins running as well. On the finish it starts to dry up a touch as the grip of the tannins kicks it up just a small notch. Blackberry, Lapsang Souchong tea and that earthy brush are the main components of the medium length finish. This is a really nice drop to drink now or cellar till 2027. 92 points and 5 stars for this $20 wine. Salut….
The second tasting of the Les Vergelesses. See-through reddish-purple with some hints of bricking. On the nose I get fresh cherries, blackberry extract and nutmeg. On the palate it is light, refreshing and young. There is a red cherry component alongside strawberry coulis and pomegranate- which is adding some zesty acidity. The mid palate is somewhat one dimensional with just strawberry and juicy acidity. The back end finds those darker fruits again with black cherry dominating. There’s a cedar note in there alongside some fruitcake. This wine is still way too young and primal. I foresee some great evolution in the next ten years, which is quite a stretch for a nine year old. If you like refreshing, young Pinot- five in. I’m holding my other bottle for a few years, looking for more secondary Burgundian flavors to emerge. 92 points and 4 stars for this $40 effort. Salut….
Nearly black and opaque in the glass. On the nose I get gorgeous blackberries and fruitcake with a touch of mint. On the palate it is fresh, young, fruity and chock full of black fruits, cedar, scrumptious tannins and a slight hint of cassis. Tobacco and leather are evident on the mid palate which totally excites me and hints at long term evolution in line with traditional Bordeaux. The tannic structure is amazing, very lithe at the beginning with a steady rise to a crescendo of black tea dryness. 92 points and 4 stars for this $50 Fifth Growth. Drink till 2030. 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….