So tight even after 6 hours of air. Really singular. Not much in common with its Provençal brethren (sistren?). Cranberry, rose petals, cherry heering. Massive tannins, little discernible heat. Angular. Attenuated nose. Hold for now, but if you must drink, decant the day before. Fun wine to geek out on. — 3 days ago
Bee Hunter Wines Eagle Point Ranch Grenache 2015 Mendocino, California
A very pretty color of ruby with a very wide brick rim.
Interesting nose of blackberries, cedar, cooked cherries, raisins, figs, chocolates, sweet vanilla, cola, spices, mint and black pepper.
Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with cooked cherries and strawberries, lemon peel, vanilla, light raisins, dried fruits, cedar, herbs, licorice, cola, chocolates, sweet vinaigrette, spices and black pepper.
Long finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a delicious Grenache from Mendocino County in California. Much lighter than I expected it to be, but it is so yummy.
This Single Vineyard is good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime, when it shows the complexity.
This six year old is peaking now, and drinking very nicely with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.
Alcohol is not showing at all, so watch out. Nicely balanced at this point. Easy drinking and tasty.
A great sipping wine, but good with food too. I paired it with Brie cheese and crackers.
14.8% alcohol by volume.
$42. — 6 days ago
Nice bubbly pinky color, with a slightly orange tone. Nose of nice ripe tropical fruits, pineapple, banana, and sweet vanilla. Nose is sweet and fragrant. Taste of nice acidity with sweetness, a bit mineral, zest, strawberry gummy, and apple flavors. Good flavors. Aftertaste is showing more zesty note and actually some warmth. Decent. — 19 days ago
Notre Vue Estate Winery Sparkling Rosé 2019, Chalk Hill, California
Pretty color of light orange.
Nose of earth, light strawberries, citrus, limes, grapefruits, light peaches, spices, river rocks and herbs.
Medium plus in body with medium size bubbles, and medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, spices, herbs, green apples, red grapefruits, limes and spices.
Medium plus on the finish with limes.
This is a very enjoyable Vintage Sparkling wine from Chalk Hill. A very nice GSM blend. Nicely balanced and refreshing.
Shows nice balance between the fruits and earth notes, although earthier than I expected. Showing mild complexity, tangy and refreshing.
Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.
I paired it with caviar, cheeses and crackers.
A blend of 52% Syrah, 32% Grenache and 16% Mourvedre. A very small production of only 180 cases.
13.1% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 2 days ago
Oh the jubilation of sitting outside on a beautiful day with people in addition to your immediate family and drinking the good stuff. What can be said about one of the world’s perfect rosés that hasn’t been said. Benchmark bright berries and watermelon citrus snap and mouthwatering acidity. Fresh and clean and disappears almost instantly on a warm day. Please sir, may I have some more? — 8 hours ago
I’m sure there are incredible Garnachas out there but I don’t know that I have ever had one (recommendations welcome). This was tight knit, structured, and intentionally made but the cooked fruit, high abv, and oak just didn’t work for me and rarely does. — 13 days ago
Deep purple with a nose of raspberries, sweet cherries, cedar chest, and slight notes of cinnamon. Full-bodied with higher alcohol, richness, and intensity. It’s a bit hot, but not out of balance. Medium acidity and tannins. Quite nice, but I like the Honey Bunny better. — 8 days ago