Nice example of a Michigan red blend in the style of Bordeaux. Starts full fruit and finishes drier with some mild tannin. Worked well with venison enchiladas. — a day ago
This is the first year that Billo Naravane has made this incredible wine. The Grenache entirely aged in natural oak while the Syrah saw 20% new oak before bottling. The wine is a stunning blend of 71% Grenache with 29% Syrah which was entirely sourced from the ‘SJR Vineyard’ in the Walla Walla Rocks AVA. Pretty red rose petals, red cherry candy and orange rind combine with shades of Hoisin sauce and Umami tones on this exotic nose. The palate is silky smooth with wonderful freshness and a great sense of elegance. The seamless effect on the mid-palate is nothing short of captivating, as is the exceedingly long finish that provides the crescendo. Vibrant and youthful, this beautiful wine will cellar well for another decade — but why wait? Drink 2020-2028- 96 — 2 months ago
A quite good Petit Verdon from VA! Deep purple color, medium body. Notes of blackberry. A slight bit tart. — 7 months ago
Drank 10\25\20. Excellent with Rigatoni Bolognese.
Reidel vs Zalto tasting, round 2
Riedel Veritas Old World Syrah glass ($30\stem)
Red cherry, earth, tar scents abound. Red and black cherry accompany leather and earth on the medium palate. Finishes with black cherry, earth, and a bit of tar. A bit bigger than in the Zalto glass.
3\21\8\4\4 +50 =90 pts
Zalto Bordeaux glass ($60\stem)
Red cherry, and more pronounced earthy scents, with a touch of tar. A bit sweeter, and lighter on the palate with more red cherry, and a bit of earth. Sweeter on the finish. Strangely the finish, which is dominated by red cherry, is lighter and seems to end a bit more quickly.
3\22\8\4\3 +50=90 pts.
Again, a similar score, but my preference is for the Reidel stem this time, which is a bit unfair, as the varietal specific glass is the correct shape for the wine. Of note, my wife did prefer the zalto, but she generally prefers a lighter wine. — 6 hours ago
Everything you want in a Napa Cabernet. Dark fruit, soft tannins but plenty of structure. Winner winner chicken dinner. — 3 months ago
2018 varietal — 5 months ago
Veritas outside — a month ago
Everything a Barossa Shiraz should be. Smooth, jammy berries. Slightly tart finish. — a month ago
White fruit, fresh flowers, crisp and balanced. — 4 months ago
Very good zin but not Monty Rafanelli 😅 — 7 months ago