Enjoyed right after the Broken Stones from the same year, this was substantially better (and that’s coming from someone whose favorite varietal is grenache!). Wonderfully balanced with a lot of fruit but still sporting a backbone, this is far and away the best wine I’ve had over the past year from the 2008 vintage in Paso. Still has a few years of development ahead of it, but my advice is to enjoy this one now. — 9 days ago
It’s good to follow Winemakers. I follow Charles Hendricks. However, Charles last James Cole vintage was 2013.
100% Petit Verdot in anyone’s hands is tricky. This 09 made by Charles is elegant young...just as it is now. It’s just rounder & softer after 9 1/2 years in bottle. It still has teeth but, complex & floral with dark, grippy tarry, round tannins. The darkest of roasted & used expresso grounds, dry earth with dark & brilliant florals. Beautiful acidity and elegant persistent finish.
This offering has another 10-15 of good drinking ahead. Properly stored of course.
Photos of; James Cole Winery, outside tasting lounge, signature bronze logo statute and James’ classic car in their fermentation cellar. — a month ago
More from this past weekend...if it’s good enough for Bond, it’s good enough for me. Fun light and easy to drink — an hour ago
Sweet, dark, and rich. Blackberry, vanilla, cherry. My wife said it was sweet goodness and it got her tipsy. — 9 days ago
Nice, minerality, jammy wine with an oak finish — 11 days ago
Fruit aroma. Inky opaque purple color. Jammy with very low tannins. Wonderful — 6 days ago
One word....outstanding. — 6 days ago