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This pops with vibrant strawberry and kirsch, but continues reverberating with incense, citrus peel, damp chalk, and licorice. I would happily spend $15 again, but this gives me the confidence to trade up to Halos Gigondas or Chateauneuf du Pape the next time around.
Finally trying this label... Considering the esteem to which I hold Philippe Cambie and my love for Grenache, it's been a long time coming. Cambie, along with a Michel Gassier, produce Grenache-focused bottlings from nearly all the Southern Rhone AOCs under the Halos de Jupiter label. To Cambie, Grenache is the king of all grapes, thus the comparison to Jupiter (Zeus in Greek), forming the basis of the label. The halo symbolizes the appellations that best express the personality of Grenache. http://www.philippecambie.com/en/les-halos-de-jupiter/ — 8 hours ago
From the young vines of Kent Ritchie's eponymous vineyard. The Ritchie Vineyard produces some of California's best chardonnay, from the likes of Aubert, Ramey, Bevan, and Paul Hobbs. This needed 45 minutes to really get going, but once it did it was stunning. Lemon custard, white peach, and wet stone, with some secondary orange marmalade. The oak is present, but well concealed. Absolutely beautiful chardonnay. — 10 days ago
From Andrew Latta, the guy behind the guy at K Vintners for the last decade. 60% Cab/40% Malbec. Blows the doors off of the Charles & Charles Post 35. This is fresh and vivid, with flowers, tobacco and dark fruit, but light on it's feet. Very easy drinker. — 11 days ago
Staining red ink. Doesn't leap out of the glass, but what is apparent on the nose gives confidence for what's to come. Explosive on the palate, with blackberry, blackberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, licorice, cedar, pencil shavings, and mocha. Silky and polished, this glides on and on. This would easily be $100+ in Napa... Thank God for Sonoma. — 12 days ago
Tremendous and hugely classy!
My first red wine from Virginia, so I have no frame of reference. Despite the meritage makeup (40% Merlot, 35% Cab Franc, 20% Cab Sauv, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot) I was still surprised by how much this resembled Bordeaux. Modern and polished, but still primary and in an old world style. Ironically, it's much in the mold of a young Cru Bourgeois. Medium bodied and backward, with plenty of acid, but tannin that stays with you past its usefulness. Offers plum, leather, coffee, wet earth, tobacco, and dried herbs, but only with glancing blows. That said, I'm guessing this is still somewhat of an achievement for Virginia. — 6 days ago
Ehren Jordan's new Zin label. Not surprisingly, this is noticeably similar to Turley's Juvenile. Glows red. Cherry, raspberry, and cranberry, with floral accents and fresh cracked pepper. Not as flamboyant as the Juvenile, but possibly more refined. — 11 days ago