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On Saturday night I was about to order a Vermentino but our server convinced me to try the Soave Classico, I was skeptical. He brought over a taste of both and didn't tell me which was which. Ugh. An impromptu blind tasting in front of my dinner companions.
Of course, I was set up and walked right into it. I ID'd the Soave as the Vermentino. That was the whole point. This Soave is not a thin, generic one trick fruit bomb. It's surpassingly complex with medium high acid, lemon, peach, apricot, and wet stones with a bit of salinity. Paired perfectly with white pizza and arugula salad. — 9 months ago
Over the past week, I opened the Terry Hoage 2009 and 2011 Syrah, both were woefully out of balance. The fruit was certainly concentrated and all there, but very one dimensional. The tannins were still present but not doing much to prop up the wine. I was a member of the Terry Hoage wine club for a few years. These Syrahs aren't holding up and I don't think it's just a closed phase. Bummer. — 10 months ago
Stunning. So fresh and bright and concentrated without being overripe. Surprisingly deep color for a Grenache. Red flowers and cherry on the nose Same on the palate with baking spices and toffee on the long finish. Complex and special. Russell is rightfully known for his Syrahs but the Grenaches are in the same league. — 10 months ago
Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XXIII" Old Vine Red Blend. Sonoma County. Sebastopol, California.
A truly mysterious wine. That's not a tasting note. I mean it's a truly mysterious wine because nobody knows what's in it. It's purple with medium intensity. Both tart and sweet cherries on the nose. On the palate, more of the same with medium acidity and low tannin. Some smooth baking spices and and a big cherry cola, earthy Pinot Noir finish. So there's definitely Pnot Noir in there. Aside from that I dunno, Zinfandel? Sangiovese? Barbera? Tempranillo. Petite Sirah? These are semi-educated guesses. Anyway, paired with the pastrami cured beets(!!!!) and legendary meatloaf @blueplatesf and it worked great. Want to try a true weirdo California cult wine for a reasonable price? Go for this one. I think it retails for under $25/bottle. Balanced and fun to drink. Would absolutely do this again If I can find it. — 9 months ago
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2004 Château Tirecul la Gravière "Cuvée Chateau" Monbazillac.
Why do Sauternes when you can get your noble rot on for a fraction of the price? — 10 months ago
Syrah blend from South Africa's Swartland.
A wine for the Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Syrah fan who has everying. Go on. Give 'em this Syrah, Cinsault, and Tinta Barocca blend South Africa's Swartland region.
Sequillo is a Latin word meaning "an arid dry place of great purity." That pretty much sums up what's going on here. Syrah, Cinsault and Tinta Barocca grown in granite, gravel, slate and clay. Winemaker Eben Sadie makes sure you get all of it. The pulvarized minerals, smashed blue and purple flowers, forgotten spices burned deep in your memory. All with a streak of acidity cutting through a clear South African night sky like a rogue satelite. The wine is all muscle but doesent collapse under its own weight. Not top heavy. Perfectly balanced. It's the best wine from South Africa I've ever stuck my nose into.
I found it for $20/bottle. Could easily sell for $50. You can drink it now, you can lay it down, do whatever. Just cook up a big protein and do not miss this. — 10 months ago
Perfect El Niño wine! I just found a bunch of this here in LA for $11/bottle in LA. I bought a bunch. My rating is definitely influenced by the price.
Back east everyone has a supply of "blizzard wine", this is as close as we get in Los Angeles.
A giant inexpensive California Syrah that's full-bodied, balanced, and loaded with smokey peppered black fruit and violets. If you can't find this one, there's plenty more California Syrahs like this. Just get a big one and don't pay more than $15. Let it rain!
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Mouvèdre. Tough to ripen. Tough to make into a single varietal wine that won't confuse most casual wine drinkers. Here in America, It's the domain of wine nerds.
This effort is no exception. Very light pale purple in the glass. Dried blue flowers and blueberry on the nose. On the palate an odd mix of dry brambly earth and powdery bubble gum from a baseball card pack. Did surprisingly well with the rib roast. Super interesting, but be sure you have the crowd.
— 10 months ago