Louisiana, Usa

Bellingar Estates

South Pass Oregon Syrah 2018

Bellingar Estates South Pass Syrah 2018, Oregon


Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, wild flowers, cooked blueberries, light wood, earth, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, violets and herbs.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, light oak, licorice, spices, coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This Syrah from Oregon is drinking very nicely now. rich and fruit forward.

Nicely balanced and elegant. Showing nice complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up. I gave it two hours in a decanter.

This Single Vineyard is interesting and easy drinking. Fragrant and aromatic with a teeth staining color. Feels very much like a good quality California Syrah.

Aged in French oak barrels (10% new) for 24 months. A very small production of only 100 cases.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$50.
— 3 days ago

ESF, Ted and 12 others liked this

Vermillion Wine (Helen Keplinger)

Vermillion California Grenache Blend 2017

Red blend that is primarily Grenache along with some Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah and Counoise. Dark fruit, baking spice and herbal aromas and flavors. Acidity is quite bright. Savory and earthy. Another excellent Helen Kepplinger effort. — 8 days ago

Bob, Raul and 5 others liked this

Theopolis Vineyards

Theo-Patra's Cuvée Cerise Mourvèdre Blend 2019

This is a nice and easy drinking red blend from California.

Showing black and red fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, spices, leather, tobacco, vegetables, bitter herbs, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle and good by itself.

Tastes fresh and easy drinking.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$36.
— 13 days ago

Alex, J and 12 others liked this

Arietta

On the White Keys Artists' Reserve California Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Shay A
9.3

Made in a bordeaux Blanc style with the use of oak. Very creamy and soft with a rich kiwi, grapefruit and powdered lemon bar aromatics. Soft at first but a surprising amount of acidity at the finish. Lingering notes of stone and tropical fruits. This 2016 has a bit more limestone and savory sea salt notes than I found the 2017 did, though I still agree with my assessment that it has a profile of a combo of Spottswoode’s SB and Aesthete’s SB. No rush here. — 5 hours ago

Deborah, David and 17 others liked this

Ridge Vineyards

Monte Bello Ridge California Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

From a mini vertical of Monte Bello at a friend’s house. This 08 is easily the most concentrated of the 06, 07, 08. A bit of lemony oak is still yet to integrate on the nose, but all the components are there. Best concentration of the bunch. The fruit is rich and pure and the tannins and acids are really in nice balance. Give this 5 more years. — 7 days ago

Ira, Severn and 11 others liked this

Chester Gap Cellars

Virginia Cabernet Franc 2012

Chester Gap Cellars Cabernet Franc 2012. If you don’t know Virginia wine, this is a great one to start with! It’s medium-bodied, has a great nose & fruit profile and a beautiful spice finish thanks to the 8 year wait. Cheers🍷 — 6 days ago

Severn, Mike and 2 others liked this

WeldWerks Brewing Company

Juicy Bits India Pale Ale

Ron R
9.3

I consider these guys to be the best domestic IPA producers in the US. Their portfolio is drum-tight. Get some! — 17 days ago

Peter, Kevin and 32 others liked this

Iapetus

Subduction McCabe’s Brook Marquette 2015

A night if firsts for me: first Marquette and first Vermont wine!
Love the vibrant acidity. Nose leads me down the lovechild path of Beaujolais romancing Bonarda. Heavily cranberried sauciness with herbal influences. I would like to chill this few degrees and revisit with a thanksgiving menu in the fall. Likey!
— 3 days ago

Jason, Mike and 3 others liked this

Penfolds

Bin 600 California Cabernet Shiraz 2018

A pleasant somewhat underwhelming nose. Vanilla and charred cedar on the palate, greenery, and spices. An inkling of residual sugar on the palate, but syncs nicely with the medium acid and medium tannins. Quite solid.

92+ points
— 7 days ago

Eric, "Odedi" and 9 others liked this

Victory Brewing Company

Brotherly Love Hazy IPA

ESF
9.2

Have always loved this brewery - real solid lineup and in a sea of IPA this is very well executed: brmming with flavors without hitting you over the head w/citrus & bitter hops. — 7 days ago

Ira, Severn and 5 others liked this