This kosher Cabernet Sauvignon hails from Paso Robles. It is made from organically grown grapes which were late-harvested and no sulfites were added. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry lead the way, with a light touch of oak and a dollop of that Paso earthiness. The palate is chalky and fruity, the tannins are toothy and the acidity is racy. Allow plenty of time for this wine to open up before pouring it - you’ll be glad you did. — 2 days ago
The 2017 Amber Knolls Cabernet is a youthful wine. A baby that is already quite complex and mysterious. This wine had a very captivating and unique nose. Plum cola, smoked dates, with a very volcanic "tufa" limestone kind of thing going on here probably noted moreso than with any other wine in the lineup. This wine seems to be weighted a little more to the back with red and "purple" fruit character, very Malbec-esque! Medicinal kind of quality with some herbs and spice. Seemed to also be showing the "warm red fruit" character vs. the Crimson Ridge Red Hills Cab. I believe the tannin here seems to be even softer than the 2016 Amber Knolls Cab at this point, but a lot of grit and powerful punchy fruit will continue to intensify in the years to come. 92+, Optimal drinking 2022-2040. — 13 days ago
The Carneros wines from Aubert are usually not my favorites - they have tended to be a bit over extracted for my tastes - but I may have to reconsider that if I let them age for a bit: this 2013 is excellent. Still doesn’t touch the Lauren vineyard wines - far and away my favorite - but this one has settled down considerably since we last tried it a few years back. Well integrated, and beautifully balanced provide you keep it below cellar temp (gets too flabby if it’s too close to room temp). Of course, this is splitting hairs: the starting point for Mark’s wines start is awesome and we just go from there! — a month ago
Comparing 2 cool climate syrahs. Firstly the Salo from Hawkes Bay New Zealand made by Steve Flamsteed of Giant Steps fame. Peppercorns and spices on the nose with a ferrous note. On the medium weight palate it’s all about the pepper and spice. Love the style. We visited Hawkes Bay a few years ago and loved the Syrahs particularly the Trinity Homage. The Salo to be critical of what is a pretty good wine could do with a little more fruit. — a day ago
Love it! Had with Tom and Debbi at their house. Had potatoes and leek soup, beets/leek/mandarins salad, wild mushrooms potatoes and wild rice from Millennium and vegan ice cream. Has bright popping aromatics of juicy raspberries, cranberries and pluots. The wine is big and massive yet incredibly smooth with a hint of sweet cream. With a luscious and velvety mouthfeel, the wine finishes with lingering ripe black plum and fades softly and slowly. Blend of Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah from California — 6 days ago
Orange zest, Tropicana from childhood, strong scent of sage.
Oo Oo Oo, can I has more? This a feisty little orange ting.
Love the hazy citrus punch of orange and grapefruit. Great zip and unctuous herbal notes. Perfect natural bubbles.
Really love this as a post midnight spontaneity move. — 2 days ago