Palo Alto, CA. Amari has a warm place in my heart. And chest.
I love I hope I pray to try 20 more of these in my life. Textbook amazing. Fresh peaches, mango, passion fruit, beautiful cantaloupe... the minerality is like a truck. Slow and steady on the palate. There is subtle neutral oak and this thin layer of malo on it. Poached honied pears and white flowers that feel like it's someone's wedding day on the nose. Youthful and amazing vintage in all rhone/burgundy. I opened this way too early but it feels like childhood in a bottle. Sold. — 4 months ago
Legend has it... Mr alban came into the biz after he clarified to another winemaker at said winery in a crowd that he wasn't making Roussanne (I believe the story goes) but viognier... to which im too drunk to remember the rest. But the point being that briefcase cuttings did come over. Alban did start a Viognier generation on the central coast.. and while I look for more promising examples, I say yes to this. Age definitely would help. Character of vanilla, honey, honeysuckle nose, pear, and a nice mineral and acid tension in youth. — 2 months ago
I've been blinded a few times on zin lately and they've thrown me off because I'm expecting high alcohol zin versus all this sub 13.5 zin. This is old school, juicy light peppery a lot of red cherried fruit and red florals. 12.9%. It's hard for me to say whether I like the big fat zin or the primitivo-esque style more. Believe these are from his own clones as well. — 3 months ago
From one of our newest california AVA's, Gap's Crown. This wine's a flirt: slab of malo, cantaloupe/papaya/pumpkin, and browning apple. Bottle says it's grown on clay soils and it's pretty upfront with that. Some rubber or glue here too on the nose and texture. Like zero citrus notes.. veeeeery smooth and subtle acid I'd give it a 5/10 it's like a slow wave. A little extra floral for Chardonnay and I think the nose exceeds the palette. Honestly let this open up because 30 minutes later I'm enjoying it levels more. Finally this wine was picked because I was looking through my stash for a wine that pairs with lord of the rings lol. Good wine for sure. 14.4% — 3 months ago