Once Upon A Vine

Bedrock Wine Co.

Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

Initially, upon opening, I thought this was too extracted and scorchy, but after just a bit of air that sensation receded and the wine softened and developed. Nose is classic Zin black raspberry fruit, and nice briary, soft herbal note, and some moist gravel, river stones notes in the background. Ripe, but not too ripe, and extracted, but not too extracted, in the mouth. Has a dry, full-bodied feel, with a bit a peppery heat and some scratchy tannin in the finish. Seems like fewer and fewer Zin producers are interested in anything other than a loud wine, but at least this isn’t too loud. — a month ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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Good review. Tnx hugh
Alex Lallos

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Pretty young version. I like to catch these on release of wait 5 years
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Excellent review


Colline Pescaresi Pecorino 2018

Here it is another weekend. We have made it to another Friday and the weekend is upon us. I have opened the 2018 Colline Pescaresi Tiberio Pecorino from Abruzzo, Italy.

On the nose was very difficult to get the first readings until it came to room temperature. Once at room temperature I was able to get aromas of lime, yellow melon, almond butter, jasmine, sage and minerals.

On the palate the wine felt fresh with notes of lime, lemon, green apple, spice, floral notes, herbs, saline and a good minerality.

This wine is medium bodied with medium + to high acidity that leads to a long crisp, fresh, mineral, saline finish. The weekend looks to be a wonderful one that brings in a great fall season. Please stay healthy and safe and have a great fall weekend. Nostrovia! 🥂🥂🥂🥂
— 8 months ago

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Marqués de la Concordia

Gran Reserva Lagunilla Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2011

Fun to say about a nine year old wine, but this Rioja needs to be decanted. It was thin fruit juice with little bite in the finish upon first sip. Once it aired out, though, the wine came alive. Dark cherry, stewed strawberry, cranberry, pomegranate, raspberry jam, black tea, American oak, cinnamon, clove, and a hint of black and white pepper on the palate. Medium plus tannins, medium alcohol, and high acid. Smooth and powerful from start to finish. An example of how masculine a Rioja can present without the need to amp it up with alcohol. — 9 months ago

Susan Cahoon
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Azienda Agricola Ajola di Jacopo

once upon a time vino bianco 2016

While watching ‘Once Upon A Time In America’ — a month ago

The Ojai Vineyard

John Sebastiano Vineyard Grenache 2013

This was absolutely fantastic. Every once in a while, Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel cull away a few barrels of something for these Special Bottlings. Bought this at the winery a number of years ago, and it is awesome. A totally underrated winery in my opinion, I’d put this version of grenache up against pretty much anything coming out of CA (or southern Rhone, for that matter). Adam used to get criticized years ago because he left his grapes on the vine “too long”, and now he gets grief for picking too early. I think he does it just right. His wines have terrific fruit and great acidity that are perfectly in balance yet provide for fantastic aging potential. Great stuff, with an even better QPR. If you can get your hands on this specific wine, though, do yourself a favor and snag it! — 3 months ago

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New to me. What does it usually run a bottle?
Jim McCusker

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I think it was ~$100.

Viña Caballero

Curicó Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Well deserved rating! This wine has a peppery aroma upon opening, but once it airs, pure chocolate in both aroma and taste. Smooth tannins with a lovely body to it! — 9 months ago

Medlock Ames

Secret Ingredient Alexander Valley Malbec 2018

Very dark. Purple urple. Smell is funky, and streaked with a jam of the vine. Flavors are full and tasty. Ripe, and bright. Reminds me of the great WA Malbec I had once. Past that grape Koolaide of Malbec you get sometimes. — 11 days ago

Sleight Of Hand Cellars

The Funkadelic Syrah 2018

The thrilling 2018 ‘The Psychedelic’ Syrah is another impressive wine made by the superstar winemaking team of Trey Busch, Keith Johnson and Jerry Solomon. Sourced from the ‘Stoney Vine Vineyard’ in the Walla Walla Rocks AVA, the stem included wine spent 16 months in 23% new French oak prior to bottling. Once on the nose this takes on layers of green olive tapenade and bacon fat that combine with iron, bulls blood and high-toned red fruits, providing a wonderful range of complexity. The soft and silky mouthfeel offers an err of elegance here as the wine effortlessly glides across the mid-palate. Charcuterie and green olives are woven together with wild blackberry, Umami and satsuma orange on the palate. Fresh and vibrant, yet beautifully textured, with great length, this is one of the great bottling of ‘The Psychedelic’ that has been made. While glorious in its youth, this has another decade of life ahead of it. Drink 2020-2028- 95 — 8 months ago

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Good review

Redwood Retreat

Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

I think once upon a time someone really cared about making this wine, though I have no idea who they were. Velvety milk chocolate covered blackberry. Tannins gone but fruit still hangin fresh. Some nice oak used at some point. — 9 months ago

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Pax Nor

Walker Vine Hill Syrah 2007

As a long time lover of Pax Wines. These have changed with age. Once a powerhouse, it’s become more sublime. Aged Syrah is awesome, just different. Dry and elegant, with a dark fruit on the nose, the palate reveals blackberry and spicy and lots of black pepper. Rich mouthfeel and medium acidity. It’s all still there, but on it’s last leg. Still so good @Pax Mahle — 10 months ago

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