One thing the pandemic has provided is the opportunity to organize the collection . I was shocked when I found this, the last bottle of 6 purchased on release. I was very happy when the well preserved cork came out with zero issues. A subdued nose of leather,plum and old furniture. Restrained fruit on the palate but some satisfying spice, and herbal notes that were swimming in a wave of acidity. No doubt the acidity was the life saving backbone for this bottle. I must be honest sentimentality added a point or two to my score.￼
A visit to Paloma and then off to Pride was one of the highlights of my early wine years. — 12 days ago
This is a very tasty Petite Sirah from California.
Big and bold with medium acidity and nice mouthfeel.
Dry and very fruity.
Showing black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, wood, Mediterranean spices and peppercorn.
Tasty and spicy.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$32. — 13 days ago
This is very “old world” in style and feel. Nose has smoke-tinged crushed rock dust, high-pitched tangy boysenberry fruit, and a mossy forest floor note. Relatively lean in style, it’s got jolting acids and good tannic scaffolding, and some dark fruit and savory notes in the close. I feel like this one could last quite a few more years. Reminds me of those VDP Syrahs that many of the best Cote Rotie growers produce. — 5 days ago
Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a nice one from Napa Valley.
Dark purple in color with a reddish rim.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.
Dry to off dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, light medicine, coffee and peppercorn
Medium length on the finish soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Merlot from a great vintage. I actually expected more from this, but I believe it is still young. Too fruity for me, and that would hopefully calm down in the future. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years.
Good right out of the bottle and better after 3 hours of airtime.
A good quality wine, but a little unbalanced.
Robert Parker 90 points.
Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and olives.
A blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 22 months in French Oak Barrels ( 60% new).
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 18 days ago
Unbelievable wine. Wow. The rest is decanting but sipping the first PNP. Gorgeous carnelian and brick. Great nose full of round and juicy black cherries, blackberries, lavender, restrained fresh uncut strawberries, hint of field herbs and dried leaves and dried mushroom. Then it’s a velvet glove in your mouth- literally a super seductive velvet mouth feel. Elegant. Balanced with layers of dark fresh uncandied cherry, rhubarb and dark skinned plums. This is followed by mild Forrest floor and a hint of fallen tree woodiness, lending its mild integrated tannin as the structure for a long finish of dark red raspberries and cherries with a hint of tartness. Burgundian to the nth degree. Hats off, knee down. Phenomenal work. — 10 days ago