Beautiful blend. At Family Winemakers of California Tasting in Del Mar. — 4 years ago
On the nose; dark currants, light tarry notes, blackberry, black raspberries, black plum, plum, black cherries, black licorice, stones, dry loamy soil, dark rich earth, cinnamon, vanilla, dark fresh flowers and fields of violets.
The body is full. The palate; rich, ripe & fresh. Tannins are round, velvety, soften some but still very big & pronounced. The structure & tension are very solid, the length fantastic &well balance. Fruits are; blackberry, black raspberries, black plum, plum, black cherries, creamy raspberries, black licorice, sweet tarry character, soft leather, fresh tobacco leaf, graphite, stones, dry loamy soil, bramble, dark rich earth, cinnamon, vanilla, dark fresh flowers and fields of violets. The acidity round and well executed. The long finish is ruby fruit balanced earth, sticky tannins and beautiful polished finish. Still fresh and wonderful now but much better in 15+ years.
2015 was a very good year Puente Alto. This could very likely see a higher score after 8-10 years more of bottle ago.
Photos of; the old residence, another stone art piece in one of their main tasting areas, Cabernet vines meant for visitor tasting this time of year and the Diablo barrel room where the Don Melchor Cabernet is stored. The barrel room was once robbed long ago. Since the Urban Legend story it was haunted was floated out to the public, it has remained safe and sound. — 5 years ago
My first Teroldego, an Italian grape from the north that apparently is genetically related to Syrah! 🍷 — 2 years ago
Interesting Tempranillo, and nice to discover this winery. At Family Winemakers of California Tasting in Del Mar. — 4 years ago
On the nose; macerated lemon & golden apple, just a whiff of apple cider, overripe pineapple, lemon custard, the citrus flesh in marmalade, lime pith with some flesh, sea spray, chalkiness, yeast, yellow lilies, citrus blooms and white spring flowers.
The body is full & rich. Acidity is sharpe & crisp. Macerated lemon & golden apple, just a whiff of apple cider, a little bit of sour green apple, overripe pineapple, lemon custard, the citrus flesh in marmalade, lime pith with some flesh, sea shells, chalkiness, round grey volcanic minerals, yeasty, doughy, bread, yellow lilies, citrus blooms and white spring flowers. The long finish is rich and is excellently executed.
Photos of; Dom Perignon-Moët & Chandon, the statue of the lengendary Dom Perignon who was given credit for inventing Champagne, but that’s just an Urban Legend, cellar shot of a large cask and aging Champagne bottles and one of their beautiful vineyards. @Delta Sky Lounge ATL — 5 years ago
Ok so I’m rating my own dog food...
Deep preserved Strawberry( Think NOMA), intense licorice whip, acid balance is good bit of white pepper on the finish — 3 years ago
Dark Cherry on the front end- mild spice throughout. Mild tannins Elegant finish 2015 in February 2019 — 4 years ago
Great blend from a winery in Oakland, comes in growlers. Very drinkable with notes of cherry and cinnamon. Enjoyed the use of Grenache in the blend. — 6 years ago
In honor of San Diego legend Tony Gwynn. We have not been blessed with many winning teams in this town and absolutely zero championships (I don't count the '63 AFL title) but #19 was truly something special. I'm not sure how he was/is viewed in other parts of the nation but to me he was the greatest pure hitter of his era. George Brett, Boggs, Mattingly, Puckett and Molitor all come to mind as non power guys that got way more pub than him but absolutely nobody was more reliably consistent from the mid 80's to mid 90's than T. Cheers 🍻 to him up in that big 5.5 hole in the sky. — 6 years ago
Vermentino - Clements Hills, Lodi — 2 years ago