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...
2012. I’ve not had a ton of tannat, but, of the ones that I have had, this is the most elegant, energetic, complex, and delicious of them all. Its 14.8% abv. is sneaky and needs to be watched. Nimble, juicy, and well made. Excellent value. SRP $28. Gift from a friend. PS - start paying attention to wine from Arizona. It is happening. It is definitely happening. — 12 days ago
Another winner from Bill Easton that refuses to show its age. Various components still jostling to find just the right place to sit down. Whiffs of freshly cut oak hover above concentrated red and black fruit aromas and flavors. Beautiful, refreshing mouthfeel with impressive texture and mouthwatering acid. The 14.5% abv is nearly undetectable. This wine, at 11 years, gives the impression of just getting started. Elegant, balanced, concentrated. I have to think that there are a lot of zin producers out there who would love to make wines like this. — 4 months ago
2016. Not too often you run into a pinot noir under $20 of this quality. Solid from start to finish. Complex aromas, intriguing flavors that run the gamut fr herbal and tart to spicy and sweet. Wonderful mouthfeel. Long, lingering finish. Very good value. 13.2% abv. SRP $19.99 — 12 days ago
Perfect tonight with grilled tritip and spicy green beans. The wine is moving from primary to secondary aromas and flavors, and shows bright acid, complex flavors, and a pleasing and interesting bit of spice on the finish. A real treat. Glad I have a few more. — 3 months ago
2007. This wine refuses to let go of its youth. Deep, dark, rich fruit, beautiful texture, and refreshing acid leading to a long and savory finish. Tannins supple and young. And you’d never spot it at the 14.5% abv on the label. Impossible to guess this is 11 years old. Another top offering from Bill Easton. (Delectable made me put a number in this. Not cool.) — 4 months ago
Sleek, complex, and elegant. Fresh as a spring day but also has the substance to sit for several years. Balanced with delightful concentration. Should be sold only in magnums. Or foudres. Delicious. Love this wine. $59. Winery. 14.5% abv. — a month ago