This is a nice surprise. A great Syrah from Sonoma County. Drinks like an old world wine. More like a right bank Bordeaux.
Showing red and black fruits with earth, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices chocolates, tobacco, coke, graphite, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
Very smooth and elegant mouthfeel.
This 10 year old is drinking very nicely now. Peaking now. I have to drink my other bottle soon.
A blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. A tiny production of 55 cases.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 10 days ago
@Delectablewine Delectablewine this is Porta del Vento from Sicily, not Greece 👋 — 3 days ago
Think I like this better than the last Miraval vintage which is to say, totally solid and yum grocery store avail rosé that when the warm weather beckons you can crack alongside your springtime frolics. But like, better than a lot of rosé. Maybe not on par w my faves but damn enjoyable. Okay WSET-(ish)analysis.
Eye: almost salmon
Nose: medium intensity raspberry meringue and an invigorated river
Tongue: medium plus acid, medium alcohol (13%) and medium plus bod for a pink. Flavors of raspberry foam, vanilla cream and, like big stones tossed into a cobbler, damn that is not technically wset but I’ll save those notes for the test I have coming. Anyway yum. Maybe I am too happy to drink a happy pink lime Miraval but I’m into this one about as much as I was the year I discovered it which I believe was the 2015 vintage. Yay. Go on now. Taste n tell me your thoughts. — 3 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a short, cloudy reddish rim.
Fruity nose with blackberries, blueberries, dried figs, vanilla, oak, chocolates, mocha, tobacco, light alcohol, spices and black pepper.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, vegetables, pencil lead, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, bitter herbs and peppercorn.
Medium plus in finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Napa Valley red blend is very young, but already drinking nicely. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.
Good by itself or with food. A good sipping wine. Needs an hour to open up properly, show some tannins and remove some acidity. Will be better in 3 to 7 years.
As it opens up (3 hours) it gets very earthy, and feels like a South American Cabernet Sauvignon.
A very interesting wine. Not one to drink just yet, as it needs a few years to come to its own. Has a good potential to be a 92+ wine in 5 years time.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Petite Sirah and 30% Syrah. Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels, new and slightly used.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$60. — 3 days ago
From almost 110 year old Grenache vines this is so epic. What a nose. Raspberry coulis, huge stones, even mandarin orange, very stoney and complex. Insane spice. Flowers as well. Super aromatic. Wonderful purity and freshness with stunning balance. Juicy and crackling. Very fresh. Beautiful tannins. Big raspberry and cherry fruit. Almost cassis. For such a large wine this is quite nimble. This is so massive and pumps out the fruit and tannins and stones. Just awesome. For Grenache it’s hard to get better in Gigondas. — 11 hours ago
- Luscious and round with alluring aromas of black cherry and roasted herbs. The palette is savory and structured with flavors of robust black fruit, currant, and espresso. Ripe plum and peppery spice alongside complex tannins evolve into a delicate finish.
- The wine offers plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit as well as some licorice, truffle, and lead pencil shavings. It is full-bodied, again very opulent (a hallmark of all of the wines from The Prisoner) and finishes authoritatively. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
- Deep ruby, black color; alluring and almost outrageous aromas of black currants and raspberry jam, bold; full bodied, sassy, smooth and fine on the palate; dryish, moderate acidity, well balanced; ripe berried fruit and light savory earth in the flavors, nice dollop of sweet oak; medium to long finish, smooth and layered in the aftertaste. Drinks nicely now. — 11 hours ago
Beautiful rich Super Tuscan for $14.99 at Costco. Ripe blackberry, black plum, plum skin and black cherry dominate with well integrated new French oak, fresh and dried herbs and a bit of fresh turned soil and black pepper. The tannins were a little gritty out of the gate but were well integrated by night two and the wine was nicely balanced between fruit and acid. Good QPR. — 15 days ago