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….
The stickers read- Decanter 93, RP 90. I’m intrigued. On the nose I get a nice blackberry, cassis and iodine note. On the palate it is very lush with mouth coating blackberry jam, delicious yet lithe tannins and a minerality that I was not expecting. The mid palate is full blown black fruit but it’s the finish that has me lusting for another mouthful. There’s so much body and ripe fruit that it is almost overflowing. The black berry compote is dark, sweet and ripe. The tannins are just right, not over done yet they give a nice mouthfeel for a long finish. This is a drink now till 2027 wine that will reward some patience yet give pleasure right away with everything from Bangers and Mash to hearty roasts, steak and pasta. I think Decanter went the right direction with this one- 92 points from me and it’s a steal for $10, worthy of 5 stars. Glad I found it. 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….
Dark purple in the glass with long legs. 93% cab, 5% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. On the nose I get rich plum, blackberry, cocoa and cedar. On the palate I am surprised yet delighted by the rich cherry flavor that hits initially. The wine offers up the more traditional plums and black fruit later, alongside very lithe tannins that sneak up. Balance is great in this wine, just a touch of acidity to keep the dryness in check and allow the fruit to shine. There’s a certain warmth that closes out the midlength finish that I’m enjoying. This wine is drinking nicely now and will improve with age. Drink till 2026 with steaks! 92 points and 4 stars for this $62 wine. Salut….
Bright purple with nice legs in the glass. Sweet blackberries on the nose with a vanilla bean twist. On the palate it is crisp, dry and delicious. Black cherry jam with blackberries topped with some espresso beans. The mid is more blueberries and plum, the tannins smoothing out. The finish has black fruits, tea, olive and a good whack of tannic grip. There’s a lot going on here folks, very intricate. 92 points and 4 stars for this $48 Napa beauty. Drink till 2030. Salut….