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.
2014. My first reaction is to kick myself for not buying more. Young, nervy, and still a bit compact. But all the tools are in the box and ready to work. Still needs some time. As for now, damn delicious. Should play in the Magnums Only league. Disappeared a tad quickly tonight with some pan-seared halibut and roasted spicy green beans. Balanced, structured, and long. Not sure how, but I’m getting more of this. — 10 hours ago
2015. Just the perfect thing on a Tuesday night with burgers. Balance with delicious fruit and steady acid, and just enough body weight to match up with the fatty, shallot-speckled Wagyu chuck burgers that are about to come off the grill. Delicious. Restraint will be difficult. 14% abv. $18. — 2 months ago
2016. If, for some reason, God forbid, you forget why you should drink zinfandel, find one this one, or another of Morgan Twain-Peterson’s varietal offerings. Not only will it jog you memory but it will a smile on your face and in your mouth. Aromas of black fruit, earth, and spice. Bright, elegant, concentrated fruit. And for a 14.4% abv drinks waaaaaay too easily. I have enjoyed a lot of Bedrock in recent years. Some bottles better than others. Haven’t had a bad sip yet. Cheers! — 10 days ago
2015. This is a wine for the geek and non-geek alike. A blend of brancellao, caiño, and ferrol (go ahead, look them up. I’ll wait) it offers sour cherry flavors and a hint of fresh herbs wrapped up in a blanket of minerality and crisp acids that are just irresistible. Juicy with light yet puckering tannins. A fun treat to be sure. Great tonight with grilled tri tip. Only 12% abv. $19. (The number score is an error in that I rarely give them. I fat fingered something and now I have to leave a score.) — a month ago
2014. Grenache just might be my favorite grape. Pinot noir gives it a run, but not sure it carries the day. This wine is gonna make friends in a few minutes with some Wagyu burgers. Squeaky clean, fruity and lean, it’s a relatively simple wine for a simple meal. Perfect way to start the week. 13.5% abv. $19. — a month ago