Color of dark purple. Nose of woody barrel, dark fruits, strength of alcohol, and more oaky note. Taste is smooth and sweet, low tannins, with slightly burn maybe due to being aged in oak barrel. Some more grapefruit, acidity, cocoa, spicy alcohol and sweet ripe fruits in the 2nd sip. Aftertaste definitely shows some warmth in the throat. Quite tasty at this price range. — 3 days ago
Malvasia, Tocai Friuli, and Chardonnay blend that has become an old and trusted friend over the past few years. The 2019 is medium gold, bit higher ABV than past vintages at 14.1, and the weight on the palate is considerable though lively and not cloying. Round, sweet, juicy fruit with notes of melon, peach, and lychee dominate, but there’s a hint of funky shroomy bottom that balances things out before the creamy, lengthy finish. I’m so happy that these Cal-Ital blends are gaining a foothold in the New World. This wine rocks with Mediterranean cuisine like lamb/chicken Kabobs with dilled herby rice and creamy hummus. Solid QPR and I’m finding that as summer finally sneaks in, I’m popping more and more white table blends. — 11 days ago
My first time trying this producer’s Zin. I opened this yesterday knowing that it likely needed more time but was too impatient to wait. Decanted for 2 hours and it still gave off heat from alcohol, but started to develop with time in the glass. Day 2 and this wine has improved significantly. This wine is jammy, but not overly. I think this wine will really shine with a couple more years in the bottle. Will wait to open the next one. — 4 days ago
I’d never have guessed this was brought up in 100% new oak! If I hadn’t been in the midst of a big event swimming in wine, I’d have picked the brain of winemaker @Mike Smith more on the details and would have a longer tasting note….what I can say is that it was totally gorgeous. Makes me say yessss Napa Cab yesss I see you here. — 4 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a brick rim.
Beautiful nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, mint, espresso, earth, spices, black pepper, light vegetables, eucalyptus and pencil lead.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with blueberries, black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, green olives, peppercorn, earth, black tea, light vegetables and herbs.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This 13 year old Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking very nicely now, although still young.
Gentle, elegant and tasty. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with lots of fruits.
Tastes very much like a good quality left bank Bordeaux. Loved the nose here.
Will continue age nicely in the next 15 years. Would be nice to revisit it again in 5 years, as I see it becoming even better.
This Single Vineyard is a delicious wine that needs time to open up properly. I gave it 4 hours in the decanter.
Robert Parker 96 points.
Thank you Sonny for sharing this with me.
Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
15.5% alcohol by volume.
$600 (current vintage). — 2 days ago
Meadowcroft Wines Napa Valley Blanc de Blancs Non Vintage, California
Pale lemon in color.
On the nose grapefruits, green apples, white pepper, light limes and minerals.
Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and medium sized bubbles.
Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, herbs, spices, minerals and white pepper.
Tangy finish with limes and spices.
This is a very tasty sparkling wine from Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and tangy. Spicy and interesting.
Easy drinking and good by itself. Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime.
100% Chardonnay grapes from Napa Valley. A tiny production of only 122 cases.
12.9% alcohol by volume.
$38. — 5 days ago
My first Greer to open. I had a glass of the 2011 2-3yrs ago and loved it, which prompted me to sign up. Borders Scarecrow’s JJCohn vineyard. Very Rutherford, and very 2015 (concentration to the max; a nice marriage of 2014’s open/sexy profile and 2016’s structured/serious profile). I double decanted this back to the bottle for an hour, and then back to the decanter for the remaining four hours.
Aaron Pott made, and very much in his style. Purple in the glass, and a high toned mix of red, blue and black fruits on the nose. A definite sweetness aromatically but in no way offputting. Behind the wall of ripe fruit is bright potpourri, bitter dark cocoa shavings, espresso and a mineral-earthy note.
The palate was much more compact. The fresh squeezed fruits continued but there was a darker core. Towards the end of the four hours, the profile started showing layers of violets, red and black currant, graphite, and high percentage dark chocolate. Excellent acidity and fine grained tannins on the finish.
For me, this falls in the “elegant” category. I could have simply smelled the wine all evening as the aromatics were intoxicating. On the young side, but I imagine this improves over the next 3-5yrs and becomes an even better bottle. Decant 3-4hrs or hold. — 3 days ago