The blend of Malbec & Cab Franc is outstanding. A wonderful formula for wine lovers. In dogs’ lingo it would be “sometime muts are better than pure breeds.” — 15 days ago
Color of bubbly vibrant shades of purple. Nose of blackberry, cherry jam, leather, oaky vanilla, strawberry ice cream, and a bit crayon. Taste of good acidity, ripe grapes, bittersweet zest, soft tannins. Aftertaste of some more pepper, but a bit off balance with too much bitter taste. — a month ago
Secret Santa... very nice but bot quite Don David — 16 days ago
Re-committing to my long review backlog. This one is a perennial favorite for me, and Wayne does a great job from year to year with this central coast chard. More on the honey/peach side of the spectrum, with a light amount of oak and butter. Definitely one (like Aubert) that benefits from a bit of time in the glass and approaching room temp. — 6 months ago
Winemaker's Notes: "Our debut vintage of Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay truly embodies the cool coastal climate of the Santa Maria Valley. The nose offers enticing aromas of Meyer lemon, citrus zest, and subtle brioche notes. On the palate, vibrant citrus, layers of lemon and pear are rounded out by hazelnut. This delightfully poised Chardonnay has a lush viscous mouthfeel leading to a beautiful finish."
Right up my alley for $20.00.
— 8 days ago
Bolt to Wines Ballard Canyon Syrah 2017, California
Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.
On the nose, blackberry jam, sweet cherries, raisins, wood, spices, chocolates, tobacco, graphite, dark coffee, light earth and peppercorn.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, spices, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, herbs, tar, vegetables and peppercorn.
Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a very nice Syrah from California. Bold and extracted, yet soft on the finish. Spicy and tangy.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle too.
Might be a good idea to wait a few more years with this one.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
15% alcohol by volume.
$40. — 17 days ago
Pale purple and ruby hues with a delicate haze. Black cherry crisp, raspberry jam, plum sauce, almond paste, vanilla bean, spearmint, sage, sweet basil, molasses, cardamom, lemongrass, and dried lavender notes on the nose. Tart cherries and herbal influences on the palate. Medium- body and medium acidity. Nicely balanced with a semblance of reserve softening into a juicy ripeness with each encounter. Pairs nicely with herbed pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto, roasted butternut squash, and steamed haricots verts.
Vintage 2013. ABV 14.2%.
#testarossa #doctorsvineyard #santaluciahighlands #pinotnoir #newworldpinot — 12 days ago