Monthly WTF group recap. Theme this month was “bring something special”. Normally we taste all of the wines blind, but we decided to do a relaxed night with amazing wines at a great restaurant. Spectacular evening!
This is my first time with this producer, so I don’t know their typical style. I found this to be very soft with a sweet baked fruit profile...hardly any acidity. Loads of blueberry fig, graham cracker, milk chocolate and candied red, blue and black fruit pie. Hedonistic in style. Thanks @Steve Bolger . — 8 days ago
I’m finding more and more appreciation for Martinelli’s Syrahs. This is obviously young, and it only spent about 30mins in the decanter before I poured my first glass. Royal purple in the glass. Wonderful aromatics of savory and herbal spices...charcoal embers with bacon fat, accompanied by currant and underripe blackberries. Lifted acidity on the palate giving the profile of this wine the ability to wear its almost 15% ABV well. Dusty dark fruits alongside bayleaf, and pepper dusted cedar. Hold. — 13 days ago
Deep inky in color with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, wildflowers, spices, licorice, cloves, black pepper, chocolates and coffee.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, light earth and peppercorn.
Spicy finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a great California Syrah. Drinking very nicely now, with lots of black fruits and spices.
Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced, bold and rich.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and bring out the complexity.
Peaking now and will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.
13.9% alcohol by volume.
$41. — 16 days ago
It was a treat to have @Bryan Kesting back in town. We both share an affinity for Lillian wines and when I told him I’d never had their Gold Series Syrah, he kindly brought an older bottle.
This is right up my alley! Cool vintage Syrah from a stellar winemaker. Everything about this is SQN like. Braised beef and bacon with mulberry and herbal sage/oregano aromatics. Nimble and savory on the palate. Peppercorn dusted rhubarb and black cherries. These wines have a way of magically being both spicy and savory while also balanced with fruit that I just am so impressed by. Thanks Bryan! — 20 days ago