I wrote about this wine back in 2012 (Cosentino Reserve Sonoma), with a note to re-taste in 5 years. The wine is transparent, light purple, seductive. The nose is fresh, with strawberry, barnyard and raspberry. On the palate it is super smooth. The strawberry coulis is forefront with red berry extract and a caressing tannic structure. Acidity is perfect and the wine balances itself all the way to the rather long finish. I would imagine this wine is approaching peak. It has hints of tertiary flavors while maintaining the freshness of the red fruits. It has a good backbone and the structure is there to allow for further development. I would drink till 2026 and pair it with game, poultry and perhaps Filet Mignon. It is a rather delicate profile, sexy and lithe- not a brooding, big and bold wine. I am sticking with 92 points and 5 stars. Salut….
It was a birthday celebration at Texas De Brazil that put this wine on the table, it was the special offer. They were ‘giving’ it away for $56, regularly $70. It retails for $20.
Plums, cinnamon stick and blackberry on the nose. The palate is juicy with plum torte, cedar plank, rich tannins, juicy acidity. The finish is dry where the tannins are in full force but not obtrusive. Black cherry notes round it all out. 89 points and 3 stars from me. It did well with the abundance of meat served in various styles and cuts from a classic (expensive) Churascarria. Serve all day long with grilled meats. Salut…..
I’ve tasted the 2010 Spellbound and liked it. For dinner tonight I ordered it as I wasn’t in the mood for a big pricy bottle. It was $33 on the menu, the cheapest offering at this Bay Area steak house. Dark, inky purple in the glass as is to be expected for the varietal. The nose offers black fruits, bramble and dusty tannins. The palate gives me a nice, easy drinking black fruited wine with easy going acidity, smooth, lithe tannins and a nice dose of sunshine. This basic wine offers much gratification, lots of primal flavor and a great mouthfeel. 88 points and 5 stars for this $12 effort that I enjoyed quite a bit. Salut….
Very rich purple in the glass. The nose has a candy note to it along with a strong smell of grape juice. The palate is welcoming and round, with very soft tannins, hints of cola, nutmeg and black berry. It’s a very drinkable wine, without adding complexity or depth. It has a rather short finish and I feel it was made for the short term, easily served at a barbecue or large party. It gets 86 points from me, and for $12- 3 stars. Salut….
My dad opened this one up for Christmas dinner. What a stunner! Bright yellow in the glass with a touch of gold. On the nose it is amazing. Pineapple, citrus, nutmeg, lemon curd. On the palate it exhibits a very smooth intro to lemon meringue, green apple, lanolin, butterscotch and touch of brioche. It has a very balanced level of acidity that gives it great structure and finesse. This wine is really good, pricey at $95 it’s worthy of 4 stars because it gets 93 points from me. I can’t even imagine pairings with this wine, it’s so good all by itself. Drink now till 2020. Salut….
A really dark purple in the glass which is getting me excited. The nose is pure pleasure. Sweet plums, a hint of oak and a creaminess I can’t even describe. This wine is going to be the business- I just know it.
On the palate it is super duper smooth. Blackberry, cocoa and pomegranate come to mind. The tannins pop on the mid palate and dominate the dry finish. I also get some red currants right at the end. This wine is multi layered and I expect it to cellar well into 2022. I’m really enjoying it all by its lonesome but envision roasted duck with root veg and an elderberry gravy might hit the spot. 92 points for this $35 effort and 5 stars. Salut….
Bright purple presentation. The nose is blackberry, sage, eucalyptus and pine needle. The initial palate is vibrant, full of black fruit, bright acidity and Ribena. The mid palate takes a turn. The fruit is dark and brooding, giving way to the clash between the acidity and the tannins. They are balanced mind you, just in the forefront. They taper off on the finish and allow notes of blackberry pie, vanilla bean and blueberries to close it out. This is a bold wine, full of fruit, structure and a solid mouthfeel. It really could use some grilled meats, au gratin and a big salad to tone it down a touch. Impressive if you ask me. 91 points. $25 and 4 stars. Salut….
I remember the first time drinking this wine. It was at a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in New Jersey, overlooking Manhattan with Moxie. We were there attending a Gift Show, buying product for her first retail gig. It was an exciting time for us, we learned a lot and succeeded in keeping the business running through the dark days of 2008-2011. We were the last retail Gift shop standing in our area after the dust settled. I remember the wine, the meal and the atmosphere of the night vividly as it would signal the beginning of our newly charted course.
The 2014 Monterey Pinot is very light in the glass, see through and pale red. On the nose it’s all New World. Strawberry, Framboise, a touch of oak. On the palate, it is silky smooth. More strawberry, earthy mushrooms, a nice dose of acidity and some Rooibos tea. The mid palate caresses with some ever so slight tannins and a reminder of the acidity. The red fruit theme is in force and the wine carries swiftly to the medium length finish. It all ends with some cherry notes and a touch of vanilla bean. A very nice wine that can be yours for $15 and gets 89 points from me and 4 stars. I’m splapping together some creamy dill Chicken to go with it. Drink now till 2020. Salut....
I would describe the color as ‘peachy’. The nose does in fact offer up some peach stone, banana and pineapple. Intriguing. On the palate I get more stone fruits, some pear and a citrusy hint. The acidity is very subdued here, which is a welcome change. The mouthfeel, especially on the midpalate is very nice, gentle and somewhat unctuous on the tail end. The finish is very refreshing with green pear and a lemon component. This wine certainly has a lot going on with a very easy going structure. I’m really enjoying it while cooking up some pasta that will be finished with lobster and fresh veggies. 89 points and for $14 this will be a repeat 4 star wine. Salut….
Very dark purple for a Pinot? On the nose- it screams heavy duty new world Pinot Noir- Except it isn’t. I was misled by the bartender who stated it was PN, not a blend of Zin, Syrah and Pinot Noir. No wonder I was confused!
Strawberry, raspberry, a touch of wood, and some espresso bean comes across on the nose. On the palate it’s a whole lotta strawberry meets cherry jam and reb currant coulis. Very rich and flavorful. This is not a subtle wine, more like ‘HELLO, IT’S ME!’
I like this wine, a lot- albeit it’s not my preferred style. It offers depth, muscle, extraction and is not afraid to show it. The mid palate continues the same theme as does the long finish. Some would say this is one -dimensional, I like it every so often. It is focused on its core elements and sticks with it. The tannins are barely perceptible as is the acidity. Drinking beautifully now, I would pair it with Filet Mignon and creamed Swiss Chard, perhaps a roasted duck with earthy veggies. Deelish and worthy of 92 points from me. I think it can be found for around $20, which makes it a steal. (My rating was way higher than others, I guess I must see something in this wine.) 5 stars. Salut….