The Modern Syrah 2017

A Santa Barbara County Proprietary Red Wine. Unfiltered and unfined. Entirely constructed of Estrella-clone Syrah from two ends of the Santa Rita Hills and a sprinkling of Viognier. Native-yeast fermented with 40% whole cluster inclusion and raised in large neutral barrels for 26-months. Matthias’ expression of great Syrah from a great Syrah growing region, cool coastal vineyards north of Santa Barbara. Recommended to a little above cellar temperature.

Young boysenberries. Steeping Darjeeling tea. A hint of barbecue smoke drifts by.

The color of a deep burgundy Chrysler Cordoba. Big, velvety mouthfeel, but not Corinthian leather.

Taste: Black cherries, just before 100% ripe. A touch of blueberry pie, but savory, not sweet. Finish: A finish of black pepper with a touch of cocoa nib at the last few touches of finish. Juicy, bustling tannins right to the point where you think they’re a touch too bold, but then the finish reaches over and says “I believe you were mistaken”.

Jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt with the track “I’ve Just Seen Her” on his album “The Art of Intimacy”. The Jazz Crusaders with the track “Young Rabbits” from their “Festival Album”, 1966, recorded live at the Newport and Pacific Jazz Festivals.
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Williams Selyem

Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Williams Selyem, 2017 Pinot, Color: deep purple and cherry red hues throughout. Nose: red cherry fruit and florals burst and subtle wet leave scent lingers. A restrained dark cherry tart taste sits nicely on the pallet; minerals and dry herbs lingering with orange peel; finishes with a nice med-long flavor of plumb vanilla giving it a creamy feel. Could definitely age more years so the tannins can integrate fully, the fruits sweeten more and the dry flavors soften. — 6 days ago

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Dominio de Pingus

Flor de Pingus Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2017

Produced by Peter Sisseck, of Denmark, arrived in Spain in 1993 to manage a new project and thought about the old vines around the Ribera del Duero. By the 1995 vintage, Peter had found ancient vineyards that inspired him to make "Pingus," after childhood nickname. Deep Ruby, concentrated dark fruit aromas with gently smoky notes. On the palate cherry and plum flavors, sweet vanilla spice, well balanced, soft warming tannins, long ending with slight oaky tones. Very Nice! — 6 days ago

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Clos Erasmus

Laurel Priorat Garnacha Blend 2017

... and then there were the reds @win_tries_wine @deked1 !! Red wine of the night was the Clos Erasmus Laurel, Grenache blend from Prioriat, Spain 🇪🇸
👁 This wine has a medium purple hue.
👃 This wine has a pronounced intensity of developing aromas. Aromas include primary notes of black fruit (black plum, prune, blackberry, black cherry), some florals such as violet and potpourri, also secondary notes of vanilla, cedar, and nutmeg, and tertiary notes of earth, leather, tobacco, espresso, and game.
👄 This wine is dry. It has high acidity, a full body, high alcohol, high tannins, and a pronounced intensity of flavors consistent with the nose, including, stewed and baked black cherry, blackberry, black plum, violets, vanilla, cedar, nutmeg, earth, leather, tobacco, espresso, dill, mint, wet leaves, and game. This wine has a long finish.
This is an outstanding wine. It may be consumed now, but will benefit from further aging.
Vintage 2017. ABV 15%.
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L'Ecole No. 41

Columbia Valley Merlot 2017

Plums, blackberries, raspberries accented with clove, and hints of sweet tobacco greeted me on the nose. There is a mixture of riper and more tart fruits on the palate, which are joined by hints of black tea, pepper, tobacco, light dried herbs, followed by earthiness and pencil lead. The wine’s structure was well balanced so that eventhough the body of the wine was medium+ to full, with fine tannins that gripped a little on the finish, it also had enough acidity so that it didn’t feel overly weighty.


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Caduceus Cellars

The Diddler Merkin Vineyards White Blend 2017

70/30 blend of Malavasia Bianca and Albariño from my home state of Arizona. Grapes from Willcox, vinted in Jerome, bottled in Camp Verde. That’s a lot of trucking, folks. Yellow-green, excellent clarity, clean nose. Floral, honeycomb and citrus flavor, almost tart, almost dry, apricot-citrus finish with some skin astringency. 13.2% alc/vol suggests early harvesting. Exceeded my expectations. Present from my brother who had similar feelings about the wine, saying “You’ve got to try this”. Not great, but much better than you’d think — 7 days ago

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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Much better than my last go at the wine (was good last time as well) and the past couple of months have really done it some good as it feels much more balanced and the red and blue fruit showing very well with a bit more mocha showing itself this time I feel. Glad I have one more bottle - but will try and give that a few more years. — 10 hours ago

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Domaine Bruno Clair

Les Véroilles Chambolle-Musigny Pinot Noir 2017

Les dégustations me manquent…. Alors seul à la maison avec Laurence on se fait une petite dégustation à l’aveugle de 4 bourgognes village

Couleur translucide ici aussi. Au nez ressemble assez au Roumier mais avec plus de fraicheur avec des notes de cerises et fraises, me faisant penser à une sorte de bonbon et aussi de la rose. L’acidité
est bien dosée et le vin a une bonne longueur.

Mon ordre de préférence

Perrot Minot La Justice des Seuvrées
Bruno Clair Chambolle Musigny Les Veroilles
Roumier Chambolle Musigny
Ponsot Morey St-Denis Cuvée des Grives
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Belle idée, surpris de voir Roumier en 3e mais à l’aveugle ça ne ment pas.

Podere Della Civettaja

Pinot Nero 2017

Yet another winner from Ciro at Le Volpe e l’uva, this is a pinot nero from Tuscany (as opposed to Sudtriol, which is where I usually expect to find these). Just a terrific wine with a nose reminiscent of sour cherry with hints of leather, tobacco, and spice (nutmeg?). Beautifully balanced on the palate, with enough acidity for it to keep up with dinner (lemon and ricotta ravioli with a tomato-based pumpkin-chipotle sauce) but not so much that you can’t thoroughly enjoy it on its own. Really terrific. — 12 hours ago

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Benjamin Leroux

La Piece Sous le Bois Blagny 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2017

Wow! J'ai recherché la cuvée après avoir entendu Benjamin Leroux en parler dans le podcast de Levi Dalton (I'll drink to that). Il était particulièrement enthousiaste pour ce climat en altitude (pour la Bourgogne, on s'entend), lequel est très majoritairement occupé par des vignes de Chardonnay (Meursault). Selon lui, le réchauffement climatique en fait un terroir idéal pour le pinot. Je dois lui donner raison avec ce 2017. Quel beau vin! Robe translucide et pâle, arômes dégourdis, de fruit, mais aussi de fleurs et de fines épices. En bouche, l'attaque est riche et de bonne concentration. La transition en milieu de bouche amène la fraîcheur et un côté minéral. Cette acidité porte le vin dans une longue finale. Les tanins sont nombreux et fins. Le vin est accessible, mais je crois qu'il a ce qu'il faut pour évoluer harmonieusement. J'ai beaucoup aimé et je le recommande vivement. — 11 days ago

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