Tom is a freelance writer and blogs at The Grape Belt. (www.thegrapebelt.com) He passed 5.5 of the 6 WSET Diploma exams. He’s leaving Unit 3 Theory for others t...
2016. Youthful, but in a mostly closed, cold shoulder sort of way. The hard guy who hangs around playing hard to get. Might take a few years before this comes around. The stuffing is there but time is required. Aromatic, concentrated, but you know there’s a soft side just waiting to show itself. Gift. Small production. 13.8% abv. — 2 years ago
2013. A surprising delight. Cool fruit, a comfy weight on the palate, complex aromas and flavors. Great concentration leading to a long, somewhat earthy finish. This was tonight’s aperitif but it would sing with a variety of grilled white meats - chicken, pork — but delights as a stand-alone. $28. 14.3% abv. — 2 years ago
2016. Courtesy of Cole Sisson at Doe Bay Wine Co on Orcas Island, WA. As if lagrein and schiava got together and their very happy baby had a yen for spices. For $20 this is a super steal. Sleek, fruity, spicy, with a minerally finish. A damn tasty quaffer. — 2 years ago
2016. A delicious treat. Balanced and concentrated, with bright, insistent acid and juicy, complex, mid-palate flavor. Wish I had more. Still so youthful. Was a good friend tonight to grilled loin lamb chops. So good. So, so good. $28. 12.9% abv. — 2 years ago
2017. Even before I opened this tonight, but after I bought the lamb for dinner, I had reminded myself that I’m in love with grenache. Is the southern Rhône my top region? I don’t know. But it’s up there. Really, really up there. This juicy, concentrated, delicious bottle is just one example of why. $25 is a big spend for many wine drinkers, but with wines like this I think your money is well spent. 14.5% abv. And that alcohol is beautifully and sneakily integrated. Enjoy! — 2 years ago
I opened a bottle of this upon release, and was disappointed. How could Ehrenberg Jordan make a wine like this? Clumsy, hot, disjointed… I was not optimistic about the remaining three bottles in my cellar. Fast forward a couple of years and all of a sudden this wine is a true delight. This zinfandel is still evolving, the alcohol is still integrating, but the fruit is bright and the spice is a delight. All of a sudden I’m glad to have a few of these left. Hey, Day, see you in a couple of years. Don’t go anywhere. — 2 years ago