Tom is a freelance writer and blogs at The Grape Belt. (www.thegrapebelt.com) He is studying for the WSET Diploma. Just not that often.
2011. Starting to show its age but still plenty of tasty wine here. Missing some of the zip it shows when younger, but that’s made up for by the subtle notes of honey and ripe pineapple. Acid still refreshing. Five years ago it was $17.99. 13.5% abv — a month ago
2014. We had burgers tonight, so a simple wine for simple food was an apt choice. Not real complex but well built and likable. Good fruit and enough acid to give it just enough structure. A friendly accompaniment to the evening. A wine for drinking, not for thinking. $17. 14% abv. — 21 days ago
A delightful change of pace from all the good California pinot we’ve had lately. Damp and earthy and youthful. Red fruit, and tannins that are a bit clumsy at this early point. Firm acids lead into a slightly smokey and savory finish. Can’t wait to see it again in a few years. — a month ago
2010. Don’t know the last time I had a wine that pinched so far above its price point. Complex, balanced, and damn delicious. Eight years in and just hitting its stride. 73% grenache, 14% mourvedre, 13% syrah. The 14.9% abv is shy, mostly, but shows up before the party is over in a welcome and pleasing way. — 2 months ago