Ol Tuscan Aristocratic: gorgeous dark ruby w/noticeable bricking at edges: dusty country cherries & currants mingle with soil, worn leather & subtle spice. Something special about it - med bodied, well framed w/just enough acidity to spar w/surprisingly rugged tannins. Secondary elements really shine on mid palate. Graceful finish & cherry tinged follow through. Only thing holding this back is the marginal acidity. Drink up! — a month ago
Shazam. A big in your face blend that is fun to drink alone or with a big ol burger! — 5 months ago
Is Merlot Monday a thing? Okay so this is only 80% Merlot (20% Cab Franc) but it is working for me. Smells like purple plums got inspired to write poetry about the cedar trees and violets blooming in their backyard (plums DO have backyards) so they naturally whipped out number two pencils, lit a pipe, and chilled out to write in situ. The plums, the pencils, the trees and flora, the birds and bees, you get all this in here. And soy sauce. I can’t explain it. Mayhaps I’ll go old-school and give it the ol’ WSET analysis:
Eye: medium ruby teasing at the beginnings of garnet at the rim. Thick slow tears.
Nose: medium plus intensity of plums, cassis, cedar, violet, tobacco and dare I say...garrigue‽ in Merlot? Who knew.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium plus alcohol (albeit nowadays we would have to call it high as it is 14.1 so just barely high), medium body medium plus flavors echoing the nose with the added savory soy note that is quite compelling. Finish is medium plus.
It may be too late for new year resolutions but mine is now to not neglect Merlot. Merlot Monday’s it is! — 7 months ago
A good ol standby. Value for your dollar.
N:Very grassy w lime peel, green apple and salt
P: Just a hint of frizzante, green apple, rounder than the nose might lead one to think, but the acids cut it off and refresh the palate. Some honeydew and lots of minerality. — a month ago
A big ol’ jug of birthday pizza wine, for the 2nd annual Pizza Sit — 4 months ago
What a deal/qpr -& released with some age. Persistent cherry life savers, some gamey notes. I used a big ol Pinot Noir glass for first time, kinda fun. Day 2 notes: so much deeper & nuanced, with the cherry life savers giving way to a meatier, meaner body. The QPR is now glowing. — 7 months ago
Among many perfect wines expertly crafted by El Jefe, this was perfect with barbecued ribs. — 2 months ago
Not remembering where I got this or what I paid. Pleasant wine, interesting blend. — 3 months ago
Another excellent OL, a little more mineral and acid than the Aux-D, less crisp and clean but also more buttery than the Mersault / Monthelie — 7 months ago