Deep ruby colored with pronounced aromas of black plum, coconut, blackberry, sassafras, loam, cedar and baking spices. The palate is dry with well integrated, powerful tannins. Medium to full bodied I get rich fruit cake flavors, black cherry, black plum, vanilla and spice. The acidity is medium and very balanced with the tannic structure. The finish falls off rather rapidly but it’s okay- the fruit intensity up till then was really great. It finishes with a touch of charcoal, some tannic grip and black fruit. Very little tertiary notes at this time even though the wine is 11 years old. It should last another five or six years and drink really well with some grilled meats. 93 points, possibly higher if the finish were a little bit longer. For $50 it is a 5 star wine. Salut….
Medium/deep ruby to garnet colored, this 11 year old Grenache is playing tricks on my old eyes. The nose has generous aromas of rich red raspberry, red licorice, coconut, rooibos tea, dried herbs, menthol and black cherry. The palate is dry with crispy tannins that coat my upper gums. Low acidity and medium to full bodied, this delicious wine has ripe flavors of red and black fruit with red licorice, cocoa powder, menthol, rooibos tea, dusty bramble, leather and that garrigue I got on the nose. I’m generally impervious to the alcohol level as I find it difficult to ascertain but this one does have a bit of heat on the back end (14.5% ABV). The finish is medium plus in length with the tannins fading faster than the fruit. I pretty much love everything that comes out of this winery- this bottle is no exception. The alcohol detracts a bit but I think it is well made and delicious, worthy of 93 points from me. It runs upwards of $70 per bottle making it a 5 star treat wine to drink till 2027. I think it will develop more tertiary notes by then and be even better. Roast game, grilled lamb leg or even Moroccan tagine. Much better than the previous tasting of this wine. Salut….
Deep hues of ruby along with a hint of age- a garnet edge. The nose has lovely, pronounced aromas of black plum, blackcurrant, licorice, vanilla, blackberry jam, cedar and spice box. The palate is dry with medium acidity and well-melded tannins that are grippy yet unobtrusive. The rich, ripe black fruit flavors dominate but I get some charred oak, black tea, licorice and spices in this full bodied beaut. It flows seamlessly to a somewhat tart and slightly tannic finish that lasts a good 20 seconds. I really like this winery, they produce enjoyable wines that age well. This one will keep going until 2030 at the earliest and pair well with grilled meats, rich stews and wild game. 93 points from me for this $40 wine makes it a 5 star effort. Salut….
This Grenache is rather light, I would say pale ruby in the glass. The nose has medium intensity aromas of raspberry, red cherry, violets, pomegranate and dried spices. The palate is dry and lively with ripe red fruit, medium acidity, lithe tannins and a medium body. The floral and spice components are not as pronounced on the palate but I now get some charred wood and rooibos tea instead. The finish is medium in length and a touch tart, refreshing. I like this $35 effort and give it 93 points and 5 stars. It will drink well now and age gracefully till 2030. Pair with lighter meat dishes or even poultry. Salut….
Deep garnet in color, this 11 year old Cabernet Sauvignon is getting paired with Wagyu Ribeye steaks for my son’s 25th birthday. The nose is gorgeous- a mix of primary, secondary and tertiary notes that are quite pronounced. Cassis, steeped black plum, mint, cedar, leather, tobacco, bramble, bilberry, vanilla and tar. Wowza. The palate is dry with firm tannins that grip, medium acidity, full body and a generous helping of the aforementioned aromas that caress my tongue. The finish is the only letdown here, it is quite short, albeit still bone dry from the tannins that are searing. This wine has structure to cellar for another decade at least and will pair beautifully with our well marbled beef. 93 points for this $45 jewel makes it a 5 star wine to buy and hold/drink! Salut….
I recently tasted the 2009 Clarendon Grenache and loved it. I hope this newer bottling is as good! Deep garnet in the glass with medium intensity aromas of raspberry, dried sage, black cherry, dust, charred wood, coffee, blueberry jam and vanilla. The palate is dry with medium (+) acidity and bracing tannins. A full body with medium (+) intensity flavors of red fruit, oaky coffee, vanilla and charred wood along with some steeped blue fruit and rustic dust. The finish is a dry, short to medium length affair that hones in on the charcoal and black cherry notes. Overall, not as good as the ’09- it gets 91 points from me with a drinking window till 2028. I give this $45 wine 4 stars. Salut….
The more Grenache I drink, the more I like it. This older bottle from near Adelaide has turned the color corner- medium garnet in the glass. The nose has vivid aromas of ripe raspberry, black cherry, sarsaparilla, cedar, charcoal, red plum, a hint of vanilla and some coffee. The palate is… wowsa. Dry yet sweet from ripe fruit. Rich raspberry, dark cherry, oak nuance, coffee, black cherry, red plum and sweet vanilla. Medium acidity and very integrated tannins make for a lovely mouthfeel. The body is quite full and the finish is nearing 30 seconds. I like this wine, a lot. It is very easy to drink but makes me give pause to consider what else I am experiencing in its complexity and depth. It gets 93 points from me and for $45 it’s a 5 star wine. I love this winery BTW. Drink till 2027. Salut….
Our second wine of the 27th VWTC event was this dry Riesling that was served at room temperature first and then chilled. The group thought this pale straw wine had aromas and flavors of citrus, white geranium florals, caramel, honeysuckle, tangerine, pear skin and almonds. The tangerine was very prominent on the dry palate which had medium (+) acidity, a medium body and a slightly mineral edge to it. The finish was medium length and this wine was enjoyed by most.
Served chilled it was far more focused with greater citrus thrust, higher perceived acidity, some white peach in there as well as some unique additions of cotton candy and bananas in addition to the citrus (tangerine) and floral components. I was hoping for a crisp wine- this 89 pointer delivered. (One pro went as high as 96 points!). For $16- it’s a great value that gets 5 stars from me. Drink till 2026 with fresh seafood or baked chicken with green beans Almandine. Salut….
It’s nearly opaque- probably medium to deep ruby in color. It’s age is not showing at all but the alcohol (14.5% ABV) presents some lively legs in the glass. The nose is a beaut. Rich blackberry, black plum compote, purple licorice, mint, coconut, vanilla, baking spices and a blueberry jam note on the tail end. Quite complex and certainly chock full. The palate is dry with juicy acidity and melded tannins. The flavors are not as pronounced but they balance beautifully with the structural components to give me a full bodied mouthfeel that leaves me with a medium finish that is jaw watering. I like this wine, it has layers of fruit and nice secondary notes. It drinks relatively easily but is full of flavor and is still fresh. 91 points, as I think it is peaking now. For $30 it gets 5 stars from me. Drill till 2026 with some hearty meat dishes or Moussaka. Salut….
At my weekly WSET class we were tasked with the notes on this Semillon. It was medium lemon colored although there may have been a tendency toward gold IMO. The nose was of medium (+) intensity but fell off quickly. We got aromas of beeswax, toast, flint, tangerine, grapefruit, white blossom and ripe pear. I thought this developing wine was quite complex albeit not yet showing the big tertiary notes associated with the Hunter Valley. The palate was dry with medium (+) acidity- a good thing for helping age these graceful wines. Medium (+) body coupled with medium alcohol and medium (+) intensity flavors of the above. The citrus stood out on the mid palate and long finish. We though this wine was of Very Good Quality and could do with further aging. Overall I feel this is potentially a 91 point wine and for $30 it gets 4 stars. The pros went as high as 94 but I don’t see it. Salut….