Austin Hope Paso Robles , 2021. Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of black fruits, pepper, spice. Rating: 9 Paired with a charcuterie board. — 15 hours ago
Very satisfying, would buy again. — 2 months ago
This is a non vintage blend and where the Hendricks fruit goes when Charles doesn’t deem it perfect for his private label Hendricks. This is what I miss from the new winemaker at James Cole, it is very elegant.
The palate is round, lush, ruby, creamy fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, dark cherries, blue fruit hues. Dark and milk chocolate-more dark, caramel, black and some red licorice/cola, herbaceous notes, soft, fresh tobacco, used leather, sandalwood, barrel powder, soft Indian spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanillin, dark, rich soil, a fresh dark and mid red floral bouquet, excellent round acidity with a well structured, knitted, very well balanced and polish for days. Lasts two minutes plus. — 5 months ago
Very nice dryer red wine — 6 days ago
The 2017 Russian River is drinking better at this stage than the Doctors Vineyard. Round, better integration, smoother. Perfect ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries, some pomegranate, both licorices-more black, mid berry cola, steeped fruit tea, feels like their might have been some stem inclusion, caramel & vanilla notes, light tarriness, limestone minerals, volcanics, beautiful dark, red florals. Excellent acidy. Nicely balanced and polished finish that lasts nearly two minutes. — 5 months ago
Magenta rim, opaque indigo color.
On the nose there's cranberries and an inkling of tannins.
Rich flavors of cocoa and velvety oak blend with dark chocolate and raspberry. — a month ago
Corey’s birthday dinner at American Elm. We both loved this wine. — 4 months ago
Love Charles Pinots. I do like the Doctors Vineyard from Santa Lucia slightly over the Russian River.
I hold these 5-6 years from bottling, not vintage before I start drinking his Pinots. Excellent Floral fruits, strawberries, pomegranate, dry cranberries, some blackberries, haunting raspberries, cherries, red cola/licorice, dry crushed rocks, fresh to dryish herbs, mid dark spice, vanillin, nutmeg, soft cinnamon, limestone marl, hints of fresh tobacco, wood shavings, red, dark, blue flowers framed in violets. Rainfall acidity with excellent tension, well balanced, nicely structured, floral and polished finish. — 5 months ago
Charles still makes my favorite new world Malbec. Ten years old the better. But, the drink nicely young. Just lush, ruby, rich and elegant on the palate. Blackberries, black raspberries, glorious raspberries, dark cherries, some strawberries. Both light and dark colas/licorice. Dry brush, dark chocolate, rich dark soil, medium baking spices, caramel, some pepper, violets for days, great acidity and a very well balanced, polished finish that lasts minutes. — 5 months ago