Wow. Seriously brilliant wine from Manfred Krankle. I can’t say that I’ve ever had a pure graciano before - comes across to me as a hypothetical cross between a grenache and a high-end merlot (like a Petrus-level merlot). Opened up yesterday but it was very closed, so we put a cork in it and kept it in the fridge for 24 hours. WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Absolutely amazing nose of violets, crushed blackberries, candied blueberries, and hints of a chocolate ganache. Palate is pure SQN, with that elegant intensity that characterizes everything that comes out of Manfred’s winery. Lingering, perfectly balanced finish that goes on for well over a minute. Awesome. — 25 days ago
Family Estate - Las Cerezas Vineyard - Organic - Molelumne River - Lodi
Plum, black cherry, earthy with slightest raisin box in the finish, pleasant acidity, alcohol fume a lil elevated.
Very nice on its own, would like see a blend with 15% Monastrell/Mataro/Mourvèdre ...MMM! — a month ago
2005 vintage. Still fresh and vibrant. Good acidity, medium body, pencil shavings, fresh tobacco, black cherry. — 14 days ago
Superb drop great balance and glugable — 15 days ago
Perfume of black cherry, leathery, dried out plums, fig marmalade, and the deep essence of a fistful of ruby saffron. A menacingly intoxicating bouquet.
So much flavor. Smacks of chewy raspberries, and the tartness of a cherry pie. Balanced with the brightness and liveliness of fruits of the tropics. I’m thinking a tart, unripe mango, the type that grows in India, but that my grandmother planted a decade ago in our backyard in Florida, which now bares hundreds of wonderfully tart green mangoes every year.
A little sweet spice right at the end, and you get a complex dance of flavors. One that makes you think that wine is the manifestation of a miracle growing from the ground. — a month ago