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! — 4 days ago
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. — 9 days ago
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. — 2 days ago
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. Great summer Red as it can handle a bit of a chill! — 10 days ago
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.
$50. — 5 days ago