Nice shades of purple with medium opacity. Zins tend to have higher alcohol and this one shows off its 15.5% very nicely on the legs. The nose is interesting- honey, blackberry preserves, cinnamon stick and black oak. On the palate it is very approachable right off the bat with blackberries, tea leaf and an intro to the very fine grained tannins. On the midpalate there is a stringy astringency that is putting me out of whack. The fruit subsided very quickly to make way for some bitter tannins unfortunately. Greeness prevails from that point to the finish. I’m trying to coax more of that delightful, jammy goodness but I’m being overpowered. This wine might need some cellaring but the green tannins will always be green unfortunately. 86 points from me and 3 stars for this $13 wine. Drink now. Salut….
Dark purple and opaque in the glass. Iodine, plums and blackcurrants on the nose give way to a refreshingly tannic initial taste of more black fruits alongside a charcoal note. This wine rides tough on the gums with delightful, young tannins that beg for steak. I’m happy to oblige tonight. The mid palate is all about the balance of fruit versus tannins. The finish is short to medium in length and gives off note of that iodine meets Ribena. Very tasty wine that has some nice structure and good cellaring potential. 90 points and drink till 2030. 5 stars for this $18 effort. Salut….
Bright yellow/gold in the glass, a stunning color. On the nose- creme brûlée, yellow apple, almond shavings… super complex. The palate brings me back to reality. Apple, pineapple and a nice acidic bite transition me to a midpalate of waxy apple, nutmeg and pineapple. The finish has me wondering what is making my gums feel dry. Acidity is on pointe and the creme brûlée reappears. Fantastic wine. 93 points and for $55 I have to go with 5 stars. It’s not for everyday, cellar a bottle or two and open on a special occasion- mine was Thanksgiving. Salut….
A darker shade of purple for Pinot, but see through as expected. The nose screams New World with strawberry, cherry pie, pecans. I know- strange descriptor. On the palate it is silky with bright red fruits galore, cherry cola, sasparilla and juicy acidity. The mid palate shows off the strawberries and tart cherry. The acid starts to peak. There’s a trace of tannic grip as we enter the finish. Overall it has quite an acidic overtone, leaving my mouth a bit puckered. It’s tasty mind you…. I like it but the $77 price is a little off-putting. 90 points from me and 3 stars. Drink till 2027. 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….
Dark purple, opaque. On the nose I get red fruits, mainly raspberries and dark cherry. On the palate I sense a definitive Cali sunshine component that differentiates this blend from a more traditional Medoc. It’s more fruit forward and fresher. There’s more concentration and the wine is rich. I start to get plums, black currants and quinine on the mid palate. This is multidimensional and very tasty with a nice tannic structure and good acidic balance. I would suggest a few years in cellar and then let ‘er rip till 2028. Steaks, rich stew in the fall or osso bucco beg for this 91 point blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 22% Petite Sirah, 9% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec. $35 and 4 stars. 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, semi opaque in the glass. On the nose there’s a very concentrated plum core with a touch of oak and espresso. On the palate it introduces blackberries and tannin right off the bat. There is a black fruit component that carries through the slightly hollow midpalate into the finish of violet, black olive and plum. It lasts a while. I would cellar this baby till 2021 and then drink till 2026 with venison, roast squab or a hearty pasta dish…. steaks are an obvious pairing btw. 90 points and 3 stars for this $46 bottle. 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….