This is a big and full yet soft and nuanced Okanagan Cab Franc. It reminds me of a rough around the edges Merlot. The nose is full on green pepper, dark fruit and leather and the palate is medium acidity with flavours of cherry, blackberry and chocolate. — 18 days ago
This is too good. Earthy, mushrooms on the nose. Crisp mineral flavors on the palate — a month ago
Big storm and power just went out at 3 in the afternoon. Breaks my heart to put work aside and open this!
Almost have it 93. The nose is great. Violets, strawberry, and burnt orange peel. Palate is fun too. Slightly reductive, cherry, strawberry, salinity, and minerality.
I purchased this at North Loop Wine / Spirits in Minneapolis. Check out this shop if you haven’t/can. Great selection! Very helpful staff as well. I asked for the best Pinot under $60 and he passed quite a few easy names to give me this. So glad he did! They have a great selection of high end stuff, maybe best in MN? Thoughts Vikings fans? — 21 days ago
2016 was so yummy — 6 days ago
Hard to get your hands on a bottle of this wine, but if you’re a fan of orange wines it might be worth a search for its yellow plum, rainier cherry, citrus peel, tangy yogurt, and sarsaparilla brightness. A blend of 72% Riesling, 10% Gewürztraminer, 10% Pinot Gris, and 8% Muscat fermented on the skins for 14 days aged for 7 months in neutral barrels and bottled with no added sulphur. — 6 days ago
I love the bright cherry here throughout. On the nose, that cherry announces itself well, but the nose doesn't reveal everything because the nose is I think very Bordeaux. Black-red fruit at equal measure. On the palate, a lot more interest kicks off... Cherry both candied and fresh off the tree... Really the tannin here is a funny star of the show. It's very present though subdued. I like it! — 6 days ago
I believe this is the oldest QC I’ve ever had. While I don’t drink them extremely often, I normally really enjoy the profile, albeit knowing they need quite a bit of time to come around. All that to say, I was really excited to see how this would show.
Cork looked almost brand new! Hardly any seepage. Amazingly dark in the glass with some fading around the rim. Aromatics of chocolate bitters dusted blackberries, espresso, baking spices and some savory graphite. Wonderfully balanced and integrated on the palate with a profile that could resemble a warm vintage early ‘00s left bank Bordeaux. Just a small amount of leather to accompany the muddled black and dark red fruits with nice acidity, and the finish is clean and pretty sporting soft tannins. This held up easily over a few hours open in the bottle. Not getting any better, but this is in a nice window where I suspect it will live for a few years. — 5 days ago
Happy National Red Wine Day!! 🙌🙌
We’re excited to celebrate with this Columbia Valley Syrah blend from the family-owned L’Ecole No. 41 winery in Washington State. 🇺🇸 @lecole41
Washington State is an important region for Syrah within the United States; however, this grape variety finds its true home in northern Rhône Valley, France. 🇫🇷
Syrah can fare well in warmer (e.g., Hunter Valley or Barossa Valley, Australia) and/or cooler (e.g., northern Rhône) climates. The climate has a pretty big impact on the style and expression of the resulting wine. Try tasting a Barossa Valley Shiraz next to a Syrah from Cornas, Rhône Valley and you may see (and taste) what I mean. 🤔 🧐 😆
The Columbia Valley region benefits from what’s called a “rain shadow” effect thanks to its location to the east of the Cascade mountains. 🏔 🏔The Cascades shield the region from the wet, intense weather coming in from the coast. As a result, the climate is warmer, drier, and sunnier, which supports the ripening process and stresses the vines, enhancing concentration of the fruit. 👍👍
This wine is a blend of 77% Syrah, 21% Grenache, and 2% Mourvedre varieties hailing from the vineyards of Candy Mountain, Stone Tree, Estate Seven Hills, Bacchus, and Summitville. It was fermented in stainless steel and was then racked in small, mostly neutral oak barrels over the course of 18 months.🍷🍷🍷
This wine is medium purple with heavy tearing; it’s full-bodied and jam-packed with ripe blueberry, black cherry, blackberry, and black currant notes, also black pepper, licorice, and leather. 💕💕We’re pairing it, initially, with a bite of Gruyère, Manchego, and fig, followed by grilled brats, portabellas, and zucchinis. It stands up well to the intensity of flavors. — 20 days ago