I was not that familiar with this varietal and so thought I would wiki for all interested: “Trousseau or Trousseau Noir, also known as Bastardo and Merenzao, is an old variety of red wine grape originating in eastern France. It is grown in small amounts in many parts of Western Europe; the largest plantations are today found in Portugal, where most famously it is used in port wine. It makes deep cherry red wines with high alcohol and high, sour candy acidity, and flavours of red berry fruits, often complemented - depending on production - by a jerky nose and an organic, mossy minerality.” — 2 days ago
Color burgundy, quite clear. Nose of tobacco leaves, mint, strength of alcohol, ripe grapes, and nice refreshing grassy fragrance. Taste of good subtle sweetness, lots of tobacco leaves flavors, pine wood, sage, cocoa, cherry jam, ripe grapes almost grape juice, spice, almost no tannins, and medicinal syrup. Aftertaste is also quite sweet with more medicinal note. Not bad a a blend. Just too sweet for me. — 10 days ago
Color of burgundy with hue of bloody grapefruit, quite clear and lighter compared to traditional Shiraz. Nose of coffee, aldehyde, cherry, a bit raspberry, cigar box, and ripe grapes. Taste of ample acidity plus sweetness form strawberry, a bit zesty, a bit salty indeed, medicinal syrup, and some more grapes. Aftertaste shows more zest, oak, and peppery note. Light, sweet, yet with good flavors. Interesting different kinds of Shiraz. — 4 days ago
Bubbly light gold. Nose of roasted nuts, ripe pineapple, bits of salty mineral, and more ripe fruits with spicy bite in the nose. Nose has good content. Taste basically follows the nose with unmistakable pineapple, a bit salty mineral, some more roasted nuts, and oaky more like wood chip note. Aftertaste of some more sweetness, some cantaloupe and spicy note. Quite nice. — 8 days ago
Purple hue, ruby rim variation. Strong tearing and extraction.
Ripe black and red fruits on the nose such as plum sauce, candied blackberry, cassis, and black cherry, also sweet baking spices, vanilla, dark chocolate, tobacco, violets, and wet earth.
Balanced, albeit warm, on the palate. Full bodied, intense, heavy mouthfeel, silky tannins, and a long finish.
Orin Swift. Machete. Vintage: 2017. ABV 15.2%. New world blend of Petite Sirah (aka Durif), Syrah, and Grenache.
— 13 days ago
Very intense nose, explosive even but beautiful too of red fruits, spices and clearly some stems, but not too much and some new oak, which is very prominent on the palate though, the wine is delicious, very open but that oak is not quite digested yet. Good and different, needs time in the bottle.
Un nez explosif de fruits rouges, d’épices, très Pinot mais aussi in peu de vendanges entières et surtout du bois neuf, qui est très présent en bouche, c’est bon, ouvert et bien fait mais ce bois n’est pas digéré encore. A besoin de temps en bouteilles. 89-90 — 11 days ago
Got a chance to taste this new offering from Decoy, made with 49% Pinot Noir, 47% Chardonnay & 4% Pinot Meunière, made in traditional method. Pale lemon, fine bubbles with a light creamy mousse and aromas of fresh stone fruit with biscuit scents. On the palate ripe apple, citrus zest and peachy flavors with nice mineral tones, dry with vivid acidity. Long finish with good balance ending with fruit, slight mineral and yeast tang. Excellent value as a CA sparkler. — 9 days ago
Toasty plum and rye with cedar hinting at mascarpone-mint, boasting bright blueberry, dry blackberry and raisin-currant melange; withered hibiscus. Decidedly grape-y on the nose and into a mouthful of red currant, dried cranberries, green tea, pencil, cinnamon bark, savory, plus a salted black plum, and baked cranberry. This one has had oxygen exposure for 7 days, but is still wound up. Hold this one for a ten year minimum in my opinion. It was good yesterday, but better today. It shall not live to see tomorrow. Honestly built and spectacular in the making. #keenan #robertkeenanwinery #keenancab #napacabs #napacab #cab #cabernetsauvignon #cabsauv #sainthelena #springmountaincabernet #springmountaindistrict #springmountain #mountainfruit #mountainwine #sustainablyfarmed #sustainable #solarpoweredwine — 6 hours ago