This California red blend is always enjoyable. Big, bold, fruit forward and somewhat sweet.
Showing black fruits with chocolates, mocha, caramel and coffee notes.
Dry to off dry on the palate and good right out of the bottle.
Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
Good for parties and good by itself as a sipping wine.
A couple of years ago I really liked it, now it seems a little too sweet for me.
Aged in Bourbon barrels.
17% alcohol by volume.
$25. — 2 days ago
One of my top wines. A smooth, dark, balanced cab sav. — 13 days ago
Wow, has this wine evolved brilliantly since we had it in their Walla Walla Tasting Room.
The name Sixto, if I remember correctly, is a guitarist that Charles has great fondness.
The nose is ripe & vibrant. Loads of green & golden apple, Meyer lemon, overripe pineapple, lime candy, mixture of lighter tropical fruits, salted caramel, butterscotch, graham cracker, crème, light butter notes, vanillin, honeysuckle, white spice, herbal quality, beautiful volcanic minerals, spring flowers, yellow lilies and fruit blossoms.
The body is rich, round & thick. It sings on the palate. Loads of green & golden apple, Meyer lemon, overripe pineapple, lime candy, caramelized pear, mixture of lighter tropical fruits, stone fruits, salted caramel, crème, light butter notes, vanillin, honeysuckle, beeswax, honeycomb, marmalade, butterscotch as it warms & opens, some brown sugar/molasses, white spice with some palate heat, herbal quality, limestone/sandstone, soft but, a good presence of woodiness, beautiful volcanic minerals, spring flowers, yellow lilies, mixed greens and fruit blossoms. The acidity is round and near perfect. The long finish is; rich, ripe, lush, well balanced fruit & earth with layered textures and persists endlessly. Beautifully, complex Chardonnay that is drinking at its peak with some good years ahead @ under $30 when I purchased it.
Vineyard notes...Frenchman Hills was planted in 1998 and is about a 30-minute drive north of the Wahluke Slope, which is one of the warmest areas in the Columbia Valley. However, the Frenchman Hills Vineyard is a cooler site, partly because of its higher elevation at 1650 feet. It also does not easily frost. The limestone and broken basalt soils at the top of the vineyard were not affected by the Missoula Flood that ravaged much of Eastern Washington some 12,000 years ago. Because of the slightly cooler aspect, grapes hang longer without accumulating excessive sugar and still managing to retain beautiful acidity.
Photos of our visit to their downtown Walla Walla Tasting Room.
— 13 hours ago
A smoother cab sav. Love it — 7 days ago
I’m embarrassed by how much I like this. — a month ago
So far, I've enjoyed everything I've tasted from this brewery - the nameworthy Chocolate Stout, the super smooth and nutty Hazelnut Brown Nectar, and perhaps my favourite so far, the orange wine-tasting Combat Wombat. The verdict is the same here. The Mocha Porter's a good beer.
Had a similar dark beer a couple of weeks ago with chocolate and coffee notes all over, but this felt much more nuanced in hindsight. The Kasteel was full on with the chocolate, but the Mocha Porter let's it play second fiddle, allowing the chocolate to play a supporting role to the more "beer-y" malty hoppy elements. Same can be said of the coffee notes. They basically highlight all that bitter sweet toasty elements. Finishes fresh and creamy. Would definitely drink this again! — 5 days ago