2020 opened November 2023. This redeems their uninspired 2016 vintage￼—which was too sweet for my tastes—although the 2020 may turn into a Manischewitz-style wine in five or six years as the tannins fade.
Black raspberries on the nose with balsamic notes. ￼ bright red fruit on the front of the pallet. It has a thick, almost syrupy t￼annic structure, but the syrup is offset by the high notes of calcaire from the Adelaida District’s limestone plateau. It has a long mineral finish with a slightly bitter ending at the back of the throat. This pleasantly offsets its syrupy tannins, and it makes the wine much more interesting.
Another commentator described this wine as being warm. Yes! This is a warm, fuzzy, comforting wine that one should sip before a winter fire. What concerns me is that ￼once those intense high notes evaporate (and they’re always the first go!) you will be left with cough syrup. ￼ I don’t think this wine has￼ a long shelf life. ￼ Because of that, I’m going to drink up these bottles of Aspire within the next year or two. — 23 days ago
this wine is lovely. regretting my decision to only buy 2 bottles on release. — 2 years ago
don’t know why it says syrah blend in the title, it is tempranillo, grenache, graciano and. carignan. anyway, it is delicious. watch out for sediment. — 2 months ago
Law firm gift — 2 years ago
Sparkling Riesling from 40+ years old vines from the Zabala vineyard in Arroyo Seco, Monterey County. Fermented and aged in neutral oak, following the solera system (The Solera V2 includes wine from the 2018, 2019, and 2020 vintages). Fresh, citrus, minerals — a year ago
Opened another recently, legendary wine, said that in the 18th century was introduced to Sultan of Constantinople's palace b/c of its clarity and called "mineral water from Carbonnieux", defying Islamic law. Pale lemon with pronounce aromas of tropical and stone fruits with herb notes. On the palate flavors of melon, mango, apple, green herbs and a crisp mineral edge. Medium+ length, balanced acidity, ending with a fruit, citrus mineral character. Nice, aging well. — 2 years ago