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. — 6 months 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. — 6 months 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! — 7 months 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. — 8 months ago