Nice label. Kinda a passport vibe. Dark and ruby colored. Smells intoxicating. Apple pulp, fresh cut pine, cut black walnut leaves, nutmeg, black fruits. Flavors are more complexity. Black pepper, roasted red peppers, chocolate, coffee, and dried black cherry. Also hint of mint, basil, oregano. Herb basket. This is a great example of young drinkable Nebbiolo. Complex, balanced, forceful, and a joy to drink. After a bit of air it’s got lots of cigar, pot smoke and cedar shakes. Funk is in town as well. It’s gonna evolve as it ages. Nice now though. — 14 days ago
WNH Morgado Virtual Wine Tasting with winemaker Kimberley Hatcher and mentor Russell Bevan.
Coming from Steiner Vineyard in Bennett Valley (not familiar with the vineyard at all), this 2016 is, for me, in the same vein as a Kongsgaard or Hudson Chardonnay. When poured in the glass, it was golden and appeared oxidized. I anticipated it to be heavy and overly rich, but it wasn’t. Aromatically it showed honey roasted nuts, touch of orange marmalade, and herb crusted yellow fruits. On the palate, there is really nice acidity followed by more herbal yellow fruits, lemon cream pie crust and a finish showing a mix of cotton candy and lanolin. This goes through a similar “death and resurrection” type winemaking process (if I’m not mistaken), a process that John Kongsgaard made famous. It has a very Hudson/Carneros feel to it. Very enjoyable now. — 10 days ago
Desperately wish I could find this incredible Mexican wine in Los Angeles. Tried at a tasting in Baja and have thought of it ever since! — a month ago
Everyone loves Martha Stoumen. Everyone loves Post Flirtation - state of bliss and curiosity. A petite blend of Colombard, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Muscat Blanc.
Light and bright, it’s Cali’s answer to Spanish Txacoli (see Rezabal Rose’) - lemon chamomile honey and grapefruit pith. — 8 days ago
11’ Clendenen Bricco Buon Natale Nebbiolo. 5 years in 500L Hungarian oak.
Pulled the cork 2 hour ahead of me decanting it at the restaurant. Garnet in color.
Popping cherry/cedar on the nose. Red cherry, red roses, cranberries… Flashy.
Bright acidity. Medium tannins. Never would’ve guessed the wine to be 9 years old. Love Jim’s wines. 7/10 years in the bottle. — 14 days ago
Medium cherry red color with violet accents. Fruit absolutely bursting on the nose with strawberry candy, lemon tarts, and the ripest blackberry I can remember from a wine. And the funk, oh the funk. It’s not nearly as pronounced or dominant like say on a good Burgundy, but rather it’s lurking in the background the entire time. Waiting to pounce.
There’s a huge difference between a simple, thoughtless wine and a deliberately uncomplicated one. This is obviously crafted with care and a total understanding for what the end product should be. Half Zinfandel, half Carignan this is probably the lightest Zin I’ve ever tasted. It’s so buoyant and fun. All the zestiness that you’ve come to expect from a natural wine.
On the palate, there’s more candied red fruit, hints of rosemary, rhubarb, and dried herbs. Cinnamon and rhubarb join the party too. I hate to be one of those people but this is the perfect wine for summer. Chill it, pop it, drink it. That’s all. Just let yourself fall into this and enjoy it. You’ll be glad you did. — 4 days ago
Nice little boutique wine store find despite their inventory being decimated by shelter at homers getting their drank on. 2015 vintage has notes of pomegranate, black plum, vanilla and spice. Not jammy, but the fruit is starting to transition to secondary. Long, plush finish. Cheers to the freakin’ weekend! — 6 days ago