Surprise find! Could easily be a weeknight go to. Light body and light price. — 20 days ago
My first experience with Ferren, and wanted to check in ahead of the release next month. Knowing the vineyard source and the winemaker’s background, I had very high hopes.
When I first opened it, I was taken aback at how acidic it was. Spritz-like for the first 30mins, but the back of the palate had a good bit of richness, so I figured this just needed time to open. Bingo. At two hours in, this hit stride. It started off similar to Aubert’s Larry Hyde & Sons chard due to its acidic nature, but as it shed that, it became more reminiscent of Aubert’s Powder House and Kistler’s McCrea. It doesn’t have the same texture that Aubert does, but it has more richness and complexity than what I’ve found Kistler to have (consistently). Very Sonoma Coast. Lemon cream, tart citrus, dash of sea salt and lemon rind on the nose. Not quite waxy on the palate, but it gained heft and showed amazing weight when compared to its acidic lift/structure. Ripe Asian pear, powdered lemon bar, honeysuckle, and a vein of “minerality” down the mid palate. Only getting better! — 3 months ago
Deep, murky tawny color and opaque. Big perfumed nose. Notes of sweet plums, dried herbs, hot cherry kirsch and black earth. Big and rich in the mouth. Hot. Hard to drink without something to eat beside it. Has a silkyness but still has some structure to resolve. Would be nice if it could shed some of the heat (alcohol) too. — 3 months ago
Very good but not the best single vineyard from duck horn — 3 months ago
Okay, so I had the 2019 of this a little while back, and I was slightly underwhelmed with the performance. This 2014? Different story. First off, for those who live in the south, the perfect accoutrement to this wine is a Whataburger mushroom and Swiss burger. This wine started to show an aged elegance. Mushroom, a little bit of tart. If I closed my eyes and thought a little bit, I maybe even could have imagined a little bit of pineapple salsa. The 2019 was a little bit flabby by comparison. This wine had shed the fat and was a leaner, yet significantly meaner wine that had great acidity and aged yellow fruit character. Limestone chalky minerality from front to back. Really neat wine. Wish I had a case of this!! Very tempting to rate this 94. — 3 months ago
How bout this mischievous lil guy?! Sure he seems like he's on the sweet and mild side at first, but I'll be damned if the little scamp isn't packing a switchblade of bite and depth of flavor!! He's stealing the pie from my windowsill and I can't help but love him for it!!! He's lighting my shed on fire and I'm inviting him in for ma's roast!!! — 3 months ago