Deep purple in color with a short purplish/ reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, licorice, cedar, spices, tobacco leaf, vanilla, light mint, chocolates, coffee, mocha, light alcohol and peppercorn.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, tobacco, oak, licorice, spices, light earth, chocolates, peppercorn and dark coffee.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a very tasty Petite Sirah from California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.
Drinks well right out of the bottle, and gets better as he opens up, and shows structure and complexity.
Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly and soften up, although I really enjoyed it as it is now.
Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Has a good potential to get to 94+ points.
Tangy and interesting, rich and Jammy.
Aged in French oak barrels (30% new). Organic.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$22. — 5 days ago
Dry, light, classy — 6 days ago
Deep purple in color with a nose of blackberries and earth. Very well balanced wine. I was waiting for one aspect to take over, but it stayed true throughout the finish. Full-bodied with nice fruit, acidity, and tannin. I tasted off the Coravin right out of the bottle, but this one would probably open up a good bit more with a decant. Very nice wine! — 12 days ago
100% Petite Arvine. Star bright deep-ish gold. Abundant, wildly aromatic nose of orange pulp and peel and white and yellow flowers. Medium full palate yields similar flavors adding a hint of white pepper and anise on the finish. Medium “just enough” acidity makes for a sturdy winter white (of course) that makes a perfect alternative to “yet another Chardonnay.” Enjoy with pot pies, casseroles, or roasted fowl or pork. Drink now though 2025. — 12 days ago
2020 is a strange year and my experience with this still young Petite Syrah fit that trend. Normally, I’d expect a big wine with decades of cellar potential like this one to be reserved at first and then open with air, especially when opened this early in its lifecycle. This one came out on the first sip like gangbusters — perfumed, tons of dark berries and currants, lavender and minerality with surprisingly soft tannins. Wow! But instead of opening up even more, it gradually disappeared and lost much of it character — from outstanding to good in the course of a dinner. Still looking forward to checking in on it — or having my kids do so — 10, 20 and even 40 years from now — 3 days ago
Inky deep purple with a very fragrant nose of black cherry and dark chocolate with a hint of dried herbs and black tea. Nice, full bodied wine with good fruit, but also nice secondary flavors. Nice long finish as well with graphite note. — 12 days ago
For National Zinfandel Day, here is a nice one from California.
This is a nice and spicy Zinfandel based blend from Lake County, California. Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel.
Showing red and black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, light oak, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate and easy drinking.
Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Better once it opens up (30 minutes).
I had this vintage before, over a year ago, and it is drinking better now. A little high on alcohol so watch yourself 😉
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
A blend of 83% Zinfandel, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petite Sirah.
14.7% alcohol by volume.
$30. — 11 days ago
Deep ruby color; average viscosity. Wild blueberries/plum and dried currant, vanilla and sweet wood, a bit of black pepper and a touch of clove(?) Dry, prominent tannin, medium acidity. Quite nice for the price if you ask me. — 6 days ago