Very bright purple in the glass. The nose is very lively, with blackberry and plum notes alongside vanilla. On the palate it is delicious- rich, with caramel, oak and black fruits galore. Very lithe tannins and a touch of acidity make for a very easy drinking red with nice mouthfeel. The mid palate turns a touch astringent, with lapsang souchong tea, blackberry and oak. The finish is mid length with more dark fruit and black tea. A nice drop that will do well with many dishes but is delicious all by itself. 90 Points and 5 starts for this $13 effort. Drink till 2021. Salut….
From Paso Robles comes this dark, extracted purple Petite Sirah. I am always on the hunt for decent wine from this varietal and this one happened to be on special at the BevMo. Normally priced at $25, it was basically BOGO- $12.5 making it a steal.
Purple fruits and bramble on the nose woke me right up to the fact that this was a rich and powerful wine, just how I like them. On the palate a thick pasting of Asian plum, ginger and rawhide with mild tannins and a background of acidity. Nice mid palate of jam and rhubarb that gave way to a nice mid length finish. I’m going with 89 points and 3 stars. It’s well worth a visit if you can get it on sale. Salut….
If you read much of my blogging you will know that I love this varietal. It exudes a softer sexier side to the Cabernet grape while showing off floral notes. This winery is where my son and I took a tour when we were in the Valley this past Spring. The wine is a crimson purple and has a stunning nose of blackberry and chocolate with some violet hints. Super smooth introduction of black and blue berries with a smidgen of oak and a tasty coating of lithe tannins. The mid palate is dark and brooding whilst the finish is decently long and caressing with tannic dryness and a touch of acidity. This is a super delicious wine which technically gets 91 points from me, bravo. 2015-2022. $28 make it a 4 star effort in my books. Salut….
I forgot to not the vintage and the picture does not show it so I am going with NV. I bought it at Costco for $17, but the winery advertises it at $70. Wow.
Anyway, I have tried the Jettlynn Cabernet Sauvignon before and was happy with it. I was looking forward to this bottle as it blends together many of my favorites, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah amongst the staples of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Purple hued with a nose of violets, blackberry jam and eucalyptus. A fresh and tannic intro of black berries, cinnamon, plum and orange peel. Young tannins are still integrating but it won’t stop you from popping it with some grilled lamb. Not much acidity, which makes me curious about its cellaring potential. 5 years?? 89 points and very tasty. For the $17 its a no-brainer 3 star wine. Get some if you see it for that price. Salut….
I figured I should try this $8 offering, I was not disappointed. Black/purple in glass it exhibited chocolate, blackberry and oak on the nose. Dark cherries and blackberry with crisp acidity and lengthy tannins followed through. Slightly over-oaked with Maraschino cherry on the mid palate. I can’t see myself buying it again, but it is a serviceable sub-$10 wine that one could quaff with ease. 85 points and technically it deserves 3 stars. Salut….
The pretty obscure label and name made me look this one up. 55% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc- what a concoction. Anyway, it can be had for $40 and was brought over by some friends. Blackish purple shades in the glass promised structure and weight. Plums, iodine and blackberry on the nose did not disappoint. Fresh and slightly tannic entry of plums, blackberries, a touch of mint and eucalyptus made for a very interesting combo. Well balanced with a decent finish had me grabbing for the bottle. We drank it over cheese, olives and salami before going out to dinner. It was perfect for the occasion but it would pair really well with Beef Stroganoff, Lamb shanks or even Osso Bucco. 91 points from me make this a 4 star wine and really well worth cellaring for a while. 2014-2020. Salut….
I arrived early at the airport to catch my flight out west. With time to kill I went to the wine tasting bar Vino Volo where I got to try this stunner. A huge nose of Blackcurrants and oak greeted me and prepared me for what was about to happen. A layered attack of black cherry, currant, plums and pencil hit the palate with a gratifying rush. Melded tannins give structure and there is a finish of mint and herbs with tailings of wood. Delicious and balanced, this wine was absolutely gorgeous. Retailing at about $33 it is a 91 point wine worthy of 4 stars in my books. I’m a huge fan of this winery and for good reason, the Santa Cruz mountains are definitely a go-to region for my tastes. Perfect by itself, it would also pair nicely with braised beef, coq-au-vin and a host of other Autumn dishes. Salut….
Moxie and I went to a friend’s home for appetizers and wine before venturing out for dinner. They had just moved house and it was my luck that he offered my choice of wines. This one was not to be missed from his selection. Not often do you get to try a 13 year old Cali Cab on the fly. The only downside of this wine was a crumbled cork.
Plums with a nice oak nose welcomed us to imbibe in this smooth wine. Cassis, plum torte and a hint of eucalyptus were the opening act with some leather and earth coming into mid-palate play. Fully integrated tannins and great acidity made for a great mouthfeel that you get from aged wine. I made note ‘Mature in a Bordeaux way’, but believe this was once full on fruit- tempered by time. Slight bricking in the glass tells me this wine is absolutely at peak, start drinking if you have any more. I have no idea what this bottle retailed for, but if it was in the $35 range back in the day it would not surprise me. I give it a solid 91 points and potentially 4 stars if I knew the price. Delicious wine that has rewarded extended cellaring. Salut….
Not being a huge fan of Zinfandel, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Normally, Zins come in at a whoppingly high alcohol content and can be quite jammy. Registering at 13.5%, this “Old-Vines” Zin was very smooth and delectable. Caressing tannins and a good mouthfeel from such a young wine show promise. The nose was elegant, the alcohol was not noticeable and the balance was just right. I have tasted this wine twice in the last week and consider it a great effort, whether you like Zins or are impartial like me. I would easily drink it alone, or with any type of meat dish. Dark fruit and a touch of oak make it enticing and different. Seriously, a 5 star effort and possibly 89 points. An easy choice when you need a flexible wine, and probably very easy to find. Did I mention the price? A terrific QPR (Quality Price Ratio) at under $15 per bottle….