Pour’n Star at Dusted Valley in Woodinville, WA.
I love this wine! The sagey, almost minty notes are very food friendly and compliment spicy Mediterranean dishes well. The nose is fragrant and full of jammy strawberry, red plum, black cherry and notes of tobacco. On the palate, these flavors also stand up, followed by some white pepper and dried plum. Delish!! — 4 days ago
Some sweet prune, tobacco and baking spices on the nose. Medium bodied and a touch more tannic than the typical CA zin at this stage. On the palate this zin is broody, still jammy, with an acidic finish. I think it has years to go still (4-7) before it peaks. Notes of plum, tobacco and ripe blueberry. Yum! — 9 days ago
This isn’t a Grenache, it is a Grenache dominant blend. On the nose, faint wet stone and wild strawberry notes are the first thing I notice. After that, hints of fig, baking spices and tobacco are all pleasing nuances. On the palate, the wine is still jammy, fruit forward, succulent (2013 was a hot year). The Grenache is still the dominant flavor, with heaps of strawberry and white pepper notes. The Syrah and other varietals fill in the gaps though; this is not a one dimensional wine and hints of darker stone fruit, cured meat, and raspberry show up after the swallow. Yum! — 6 days ago
The Viognier is still quite evident on the nose and palate. This wine might be a perfect intro to the Rocks for those that aren’t familiar because it is funky, but not super funky. The tannins are smooth and reposed, the red fruit notes are subdued at this point and spicy notes, bacon fat and subtle dried fig And tobacco notes are brilliantly balanced. This is a wine you have to take time to appreciate. Yum!!! — 21 days ago
2010 wasn’t a great year but this wine is still quite good. And at 10 years I am also surprised by how much tannin it still has. Wet stone, prosciutto, ripe strawberry and hints of banana on the nose. On the palate, wonderful plum and ripe raspberry give way to touch of white pepper and hint of bacon one blueberry puree. — 8 days ago