Hello spring 👋🌷 Loving the beautiful sunshine 🌞 and mild temps here in the Twin Cities today.
Just wrapped up a tasting with friends that included a study of Orin Swift wines, including this heavyweight Pinot Noir from California.
👁 It is solidly medium ruby with “demonic” tearing. @win_drinks_wine
👃 On the nose this wine has medium(+) intensity in youthful aromas. Aromas include notes of candied cherry, kirsch, raspberry preserves, cranberry, strawberry rhubarb, also violet, licorice, mushroom, forest floor, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, cedar, and dark chocolate.
👄 On the palate this wine is dry, it has medium(+) acidity, a medium(+) body, HIGH alcohol, medium tannins, and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. The finish lingers.
Woah, this is unexpectedly heavy and intense for a Pinot Noir, but I have to say it’s pretty darn delicious.
@orinswift , Slander, Pinot Noir, California, Vintage 2018, ABV 15.2%! — 8 days ago
Color of different shades of purple. Nose of ripe cherry. menthol, oak, strength of alcohol, warm and vanilla. Taste of sweet dark fruits, mellow tannins, a bit chocolate and vanilla, quite chewy, some ripe grapes, a bit tobacco leaves, and a bit zesty. Aftertaste is clean, shows some more tannins, oak, and vanilla. Reminds me of Bogles Phantom. Not bad. — 10 days ago
13’ Herman Story Nuts & Bolts Syrah. Pull the cork & let open up in your glass.
💯 Syrah. Popping purple color. Nose is not as appealing as the palate. Very approachable immediately & ￼lighter in body than I expected. Don’t let that fool you though.
Boysenberry, raspberry, dark fruit liqueur, roasted coffee. Seamless cherry cola spice on the finish. What’s not to like. — 3 days ago
This California red blend from Dave Phinney is always tasty especially when you pair it with rib eye.
Big bold and very fruity. Full bodied with medium minus acidity.
Showing black fruits with lots of chocolate notes.
Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.
Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. Might be too sweet for some.
I cellard this Non Vintage for a couple of years, and it is drinking nicer now than before.
15.5% alcohol by volume.
$20. — 11 days ago
Here’s a California take on a blend of French varieties — Trousseau Noir, Poulsard, Gamay, and Valdiguié — offering an elegant and ethereal wine with a good measure of brightness, lightness, and complexity. 👏👏👏
👁 This wine is medium ruby with a little haze.
👃 On the nose, this wine has a medium intensity of youthful aromas including primary notes of strawberry, cherry, and kirsch preserves, also bubblegum, earl grey tea, cherry blossom and violet, and secondary notes of cinnamon and sweet spices. Also delicate tertiary notes (not due to age) of leather and Brett/ farmyard.
👄 On the palate this wine is dry, it has medium acidity, a light body, medium alcohol and tannins, and medium(+) intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. The finish is medium.
🍷 The winemaker notes this wine was fermented partially through carbonic maceration and entirely with whole bunches, which really enhances the purity and vibrancy of the fruit characteristics. 🍇 🍒 🍓 ABV 12.3%. Vintage 2019.
This wine is light and bright and versatile. I also happen to adore this producer — @jolielaidewines — and its always-amazing label art. This label features the beautiful work of Kate Scott (www.katescottstudio.com).
Cheers and happy spring ☀️ 💐 — 17 days ago
Wow, a Fav! Had about a year ago, tried again, aged well. Blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah & Grenache, aged for 10 months on French oak (40% new). Deep Ruby with aromas of black fruits & sweet spice. On the palate, ripe blueberries, plum & sweet cherry with oak & vanilla spice, Lingering finish, good length, tannins are soft, softer than year ago. Good structure, ending with fruit character & mineral tones, drinks well, better to decant. Produced with 12 different labels. Nice! — 8 days ago
Nose has ripe blackberry, medium roast coffee grounds, tannic black cherry, crushed milk chocolate, sliced red pepper, tanned black leather and ripe plum skin.
Palate has ripe blackberry, plum, milk chocolate chips, mild new oak, black currant and red clay pottery. Mild tannins are becoming integrated. Decanted 6H.
We enjoyed this bottle with mesquite smoked chuck steaks from a local farmer (Kinderhook Farm; Valatie, NY), cooked slow and low. Manage your temperature and you'll never be disappointed, on the grill for almost 25+minutes, but beautifully medium-rare.
FAW is a staple producer in our cellar, but generally I do not touch anything until at least a 10-12Y birthday. A one off bottle purchase from Costco ($40) so that I can check in on bottles we're waiting on.
75.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16.2% Merlot, 4.0% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc.
Sourced from Bosché Vineyard, Keyes Vineyard, Oakville Vineyard, Stagecoach Vineyard & Sycamore Vineyard.
FYI, new-ish trending algorithm on Delectable only pushes wines to the feed which can be purchased through Delectable/Banquet. Kind of a fake feed of the actual popularity on wines in the platform, but what do I know?! I figured since this bottle 'trended' with no likes as of this commentary, I'd let everyone know. I generally don't drink wines that are available via Banquet registered purveyors, since most of our wines are unique or older. Same with 'Tasting Notes: Weeky Roundup' so be aware. Enjoy this tidbit of knowledge, community. 🤗 My soapbox. — 18 hours ago