Quivira is one of those under the radar producers that consistently makes compelling, authentic wines. Their commitment to biodynamics is obvious the moment you walk the property. Popped and poured; consumed over two days. In the glass, the wine is a bright ruby color that stains the glass. No signs of sediment at this young stage. On Day 1, the wine was a darned good quaffer but nothing particularly striking and, in fact, seemed almost indistinguishable from any run of the mill, Dry Creek Zinfandel. By Day 2 however, things became much more interesting and the structure really started to show more which balanced out the fruit. The nose remains quite reticent with delicate red fruit, lavender, underbrush and pastilles. On the palate, tart red cherry fruit, blackberries, plums and some green banana emerging on the finish. Medium tannin; medium+ acid which lingers providing a long, satisfying finish. Ultimately, this is a really enjoyable Primitivo that needs a lot of air to really appreciate. — 23 days ago
2018 vintage tasted June 2021. If I were to blind-taste this wine, I would have never guessed it’s a Cab! I think I’d say it was some sort of weird blend of Pinotage and Merlot. But if the tasting judge pulled off the wrapper, I would smack my forehead in embarrassment and exclaim, “of course it’s a Cab, but it’s soooo unique!” The tannic structure is not what you get from a Cab from its optimal growing regions (Napa, Sonoma, Coonawarra). The body is lighter, and its medium tannic structure lets a lot of spice through. I don’t think it’s quite as good as the 2016 vintage, but I have to give it same 9.8 rating which I gave the 2016. Maybe I should edit my 2016 rating and push it up to 9.9? (I’ve never given a wine a 10 or even a 9.9, but maybe I’m being too much of a wine snob?) Anyway, I taste so few wines at this level of sophistication that I worry I am underrating it and that I’m not damning it with faint 9.8 praise.
This wine is young, but I’m sure it will be fully drinkable in 20 years (long after I’m gone!). But I’m not sure it will get any better with age—rather it will only change from great to a different great.
Tasting notes: cinnamon and blackberries on the nose. Dry red fruit on the front. Medium tannic structure—not silky, but not puckery. It has a long finish with all sorts of spicy post-orgasmic pleasures.￼
All I can say is, if it you can get yourself on the Quilceda Creek mailing list, you will be blessed, and you will be one of the coolest wine drinkers around.￼ — 9 days ago
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Here is THE FEDERALIST, zinfandel from dry creek valley. 2018. The boquet is raspberry and rubarb pie. The beginning starts with buttery smooth tart berry jam on toast and develops a ￼ Black licorice beginning. The mid palate delivers a punch of spice and pepper and that wonderful cedar impression. The finish is very smooth and again buttery and semidry. ￼ I will purchase this again at a low price of 20 bucks a bottle.￼ — 15 days ago
Showing a bit of age with brick brown around the edge, a bit dusty but still has a core of dark fruit, lovely with our Tuscan grilled ribs. — 2 days ago
So fresh and so clean! Bright, spicy red fruit, malabar pepper and florals. Licorice root. Fine tannins. Just delicious, integrated and wonderfully balanced. — 20 hours ago
Fall Creek Vineyards Grenache Rosé 2020, Texas
Happy National Rosé day!
Very light salmon in color, almost see-through.
Pretty strong fruity nose with yellow apples, peaches, citrus and spices.
Medium plus in body, buttery and smooth, with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, green apples, grapefruits, spices and white pepper.
Tangy finish with limes.
This is a really nice Rosé from Texas. Easy drinking and nicely balanced, with a nice mouthfeel.
A great wine to have all by itself or by the pool. Not bitter, which I really liked.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
100% Grenache grapes are grown on clay and limestone soils.
13% alcohol by volume.
$30. — 2 days ago