I’m not a fan of sweet berry wines, and I tried this one with a friend who is..... this is my third bottle and I love it! — 2 months ago
Red blend that is primarily Grenache along with some Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah and Counoise. Dark fruit, baking spice and herbal aromas and flavors. Acidity is quite bright. Savory and earthy. Another excellent Helen Kepplinger effort. — 5 days ago
Bellingar Estates South Pass Syrah 2018, Oregon
Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.
Fruity nose of black plums, wild flowers, cooked blueberries, light wood, earth, tobacco, chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, violets and herbs.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, light oak, licorice, spices, coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.
Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.
This Syrah from Oregon is drinking very nicely now. rich and fruit forward.
Nicely balanced and elegant. Showing nice complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up. I gave it two hours in a decanter.
This Single Vineyard is interesting and easy drinking. Fragrant and aromatic with a teeth staining color. Feels very much like a good quality California Syrah.
Aged in French oak barrels (10% new) for 24 months. A very small production of only 100 cases.
13.9% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 6 hours ago
This is a nice and easy drinking red blend from California.
Showing black and red fruits with wood, vanilla, earth, spices, leather, tobacco, vegetables, bitter herbs, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Spicy and interesting.
Good right out of the bottle and good by itself.
Tastes fresh and easy drinking.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$36. — 10 days ago
From a mini vertical of Monte Bello at a friend’s house. This 08 is easily the most concentrated of the 06, 07, 08. A bit of lemony oak is still yet to integrate on the nose, but all the components are there. Best concentration of the bunch. The fruit is rich and pure and the tannins and acids are really in nice balance. Give this 5 more years. — 4 days ago
My last of these. I experienced a bit of bottle variation with mine, some showing extremely fresh and others not so much. I’m a fan of Michael Cruse and enjoy his Ultramarine sparklers, and while it’s hard to compare UM to this, there are similarities and these are really delicious, especially for the money. This has a grower champagne like profile to it.
2017 base (released spring 2020), zero dosage. My first experience with this was during the dosage trial last year. Lots of fun to taste this wine at different levels. On previous bottles, it never came across as zero dosage, yet this final bottle had a pronounced carmex-like aromatic I get with many zero dosage sparklers. Oxidized aromatics and notes on the palate. This is apple everything...browned golden delicious apple, Apple strudel, apple spice. Mid palate is fairly rich with limestone, floral nuances, and a tart finish. Mousse here has died down some and the profile has become more vinous. I’d enjoy these sooner rather than later to capture the freshness. — 14 days ago