Bright purple, semi opaque in the glass. On the nose- blueberries, plum and sizzlers red licorice. On the palate it is rich and inviting with dark blue fruits, some charcoal notes and a touch of effervescence. It’s slightly off-putting but the flavors of the fruit are very vibrant. Medium tannins and a nice acidity greet me on the mid palate. The fruit turns a little darker as it moves to the back end. On the finish it shows off black licorice and that dark blue fruit melange. The tannins keep a grip for a decent amount of time and the fruit holds on alongside. It’s a decent bottle of Cab Franc/Petit Verdot, but the effervescence on the opening detracts and the score reflects. 87 points. ** UPDATE ** This bottle was flawed, the effervescence an indicator of secondary fermentation. A subsequent bottle was much better, bumping the score up to 89. Drink this $17 till 2025- 3 stars. Salut…
I’m a fan of both the varietal and the region, they are exciting and interesting. This particular one is opaque and dark purple in the glass. On the nose I get a melange of blueberry, plum and black cherry. I often think of the color Purple when I smell this particular scent. There’s also a touch of oak and lavender. On the palate it has a great depth of blue fruit and is a touch tannic right off the bat. There is a nice violet component that comes through on the mid palate, giving the wine a nice rounded flavor profile. The tannins are a bit raw though, perhaps they need a bit of time. The finish is very dry with my teeth feeling gritty. The fruit is abundant though which makes it all worthwhile. Notes of coffee linger on the long finish. This wine is a young’un. Drink after a healthy decant or wait till 2023. It will last a fair amount in the cellar, till 2029 at the least. For $18, it’s a 5 star wine that gets 90 points from me. Salut….
Semi opaque and medium intensity purple. The nose has spicy blueberry jam, candy and licorice. On the palate it is very fruity, dry and mouthwatering. Blackberry paste, cedar shake and iodine caress the tongue while really nice tannins completely coat my gums. It is a luscious mouthfeel if you’re in the mood for some tannic grip. The midpalate and finish carry on the theme and it ends on a nice dry note of black jam, cinnamon, some wood influence and that licorice note. 90 points. Well made and for $12 this is a steal worthy of 5 stars. Drink till 2027 with some sirloins, perhaps venison and definitely roasted veggies. Salut….
My friend ‘The Beave’ was hosting the Reno Air Race party this year and invited me to raid his cellar, which I took literally. Out popped this beauty that was the highlight of the evening. Beautifully aged Sierra Foothills Zinfandel that offered silky purple plums with beautiful acidity and restrained tannins. Bottle aging has smoothed this wine out like a well worn pebble. A sweet cherry finish was the capstone of this atypical Cali Zin that strayed from the high octane, jammy wines that Zin has a tendency to become. No idea on pricing but this is a 91+ point wine that I would give 4 stars to if it was sub $30. Salut….