I was looking for a spicy wine for tonights dinner- Chicken and Rice, Middle Eastern style. This Zin was up next on the tasting rack. In the glass it is a semi opaque purple with globby legs. The nose presents rich purple fruit. Plums, licorice, black cherry and a noticeable dose of sassafras. The palate is what I had hoped for. Luscious ripe fruit- blackberries, plums, that sassafras note and some nice, charred oak. The wine has a nice acidity, not piercing but just enough to liven things up. Tannins become evident on the back end and the wine finishes with a nice dry note, akin to leather. Blackcurrant jam and spice box round out the finish that lasts a good 30 seconds. Tasty wine with some cellaring potential. Drink till 2027. 90 points and 5 stars for this $17 effort. Salut….
Very pale yellow in the glass. The nose is very citrusy- lemon peel, tangerine and …green almond?. The palate is somewhat sweeter than expected, with that citrus component meeting up with green apples and melon. The mid palate is really interesting to me, tamarind comes to mind as I taste sweet and sour at the same time. There is a juicy acidity that keeps this wine from becoming cloying. The green apple takes over on the finish and it is a tart affair. Refreshing to say the least. This wine has played tricks on me, starting out as an overly sweet, flabby beast to this razor sharp finish that leaves me wanting more. I couldn’t have picked a better pairing to the Pork belly burnt ends that I have been cooking all day. 90 points and 5 stars for this amazing deal- $13. Drink now. Salut….
This wine is 13 years old and I just found it in my cellar. The cork did not look good and I feared for the worst. In the glass it’s very dark, almost fully opaque but it shows nice legs. The nose is mature- earthy, with mushrooms, forest floor, game and a hint of black cherry reduction. On the palate this is stunning- fully developed with a boatload of tertiary flavors. Umami, dried shiitake, garigue and stewed cherry. This wine is at peak. The midpalate is super smooth- rich fruitcake, secondary flavors and a lithe dose of acidity. The tannins are fully melded and give me a great mouthfeel. The finish is lovely if somewhat curt. Rich fruit reduction, trace tannins and those delicious secondary players we hope for after extended cellaring. 20 plus seconds. I love this wine and am stoked it turned out so nicely. Drink till 2022. 93 points. I paid under $20 back into the day, I doubt you can find any of this 5 star wine these days. Salut….
Very pale shade of red and completely see through- expected for Pinot. The nose is really bright with strawberry, rhubarb and red currants. The palate is full of red fruits- currants, strawberry, watermelon. There’s a lovely mouthfeel that envelops the gums with rich red berry compote, not much tannins and a hint of acidity. There are times for finesse and this winery is hitting all cylinders. The midpalate shows off more red, think cherry cola and currants. The finish is a short lived affair of much the same. A nice closing in my opinion. Drink till 2026 with lighter fare, I’m doing sous vide chicken with wild rice and broccoli. 90 points and 4 stars for this $18 bottle. Salut….
In the glass this wine is textbook Pinot Noir- bright red, see-through with lithe legs. On the nose I get cherry cola, strawberry and faint wood. On the palate it screams New World Pinot with strawberry coulis, bing cherry and delightful tannins that ease into a full blown black tea extravaganza that leave my gums puckered and my teeth thoroughly dry. The mid palate turns a little blue on me with berries and tar. The finish is back to the original strawberry/cherry combo that I love. The finish is long with nice balanced acidity offsetting the tannins. 91 points for this $20 wine makes it a 5 star effort IMHO. Drink now till 2027. I am pairing it with roasted Cornish Hens, baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta and sautéed Zucchini. Salut….
The second bottle at the wine shop tasting…. unfortunately not a good sample.
A dark red in the glass, more serious for a Pinot Noir. The nose is off as the wine has been open too long- however…. the palate offers a much richer expression of dark red fruits and cinnamon. No rating as it would not reflect well. However, a search on the web shows it available for $60 and gets decent 90+ scores. Salut….
A darker purple then expected from Pinot Noir. Nose gives off gobs of strawberry, cherry pie and cedar plank. The palate gives me some spicy notes of red fruits, violets and fig paste. The finish is lengthy with very caressing, smooth tannins that are in perfect balance with the acidity.
This is a delicious wine that will reward instant gratification yet will cellar well for another 10 years. I paired it with some of the best Lamb Chops I have had in a long time. 91 points and 5 stars for this $40 effort. I’m buying some for the cellar. 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….
Pale gold color with long legs in the glass and a nose of apples, pears and honey. The first impression is of a somewhat flabby wine, mouth filling and full of charm. The mid palate comes alive with quince, gooseberries and a touch of vanilla. The acidity is restrained and the wine has a decent finish. Very Cali-styled wine that got 91 points from the pros. I’m just not that into the level of Malolactic fermentation and the weight of the oak used. Some might love this style. I am going with 90 points and for $38 retail it gets 3 stars. I think it needs some fresh fish, perhaps oysters Rockefeller. Salut…..
If you recall reading about my trip to California with my son, this is the winery that we took a tour of. I was so impressed with the warmth the staff showed and the casual way in which they took great care of us on our tour. The winery is located off the beaten path and has cellars cut into the hillside. The Pinot was an interesting balance of styles. Quite a bit heavier than most Pinots, it also had a delicacy about it. Nose of new world Pinot with strawberries and bing cherries. Initial hints of white cherry and strawberry with some nutmeg and spice on the palate. Very smooth mouth feel which includes very slight tannins and a touch of acidity. Nice and rounded for a balanced profile that drinks well by itself but begs for some smoked salmon and capers. Roasted chicken and a risotto would take a close second. 2015/2020 91 points. 4 stars for this $28 effort. Thanks for the tour and the memories! Salut….