Worked up a lockdown sweat wrestling with this one. Day one it was like trying to raise a teenager from bed on Sunday morning in the middle of a pandemic. Needed four hours in the decanter before finally revealing a nose and some flavour on the palate. When i left it later in the evening, some really nice complexity coming through with blackberry, cassis, green peppers and wood but not necessarily oak. Tannins are fine but a little drying in the first glass or two. This is a Bordeaux style Napa Cabernet, much more subdued and savoury than many of its neighbours. Day two this is really good, finally forgiven me for waking it up before 2030 and offering soft, dark fruit with, vanilla, chocolate and cherry flavours . Nice long finish with some sweetness creeping in.
This is a complex wine, deep colour and character and it needs time. Well worth the effort and it goes without saying this will age for many years before reaching its peak. Fine sediment, needs filtering. — 4 days ago
2015 vintage. Yellow straw color, star-bright, med acid, creamy mouthfeel. Fresh cut grapefruit, lemon, honeydew, hint of white flowers, mineral. Leans toward Old World style. — 16 days ago
Hiyu is one of the most interesting wine projects on the planet. Nate Reddy is conducting experiments with his 30 acres in Oregon that blur boundaries (like wine and cider) and genres and make you expand your concept for what is possible. The complexity of Tzum Feis is otherworldly and maybe the best winemaking I’ve seen stateside. A field blend, it has the minerality and greenness of excellent Loire Cab Franc and the graphite, cedar, and structure of Bordeaux. The aromas have candied orange peel, green bell pepper, cedar, and pencil shavings. Deep concentration and chewy well integrated tannin. Bravo. — 2 days ago
Let this blow off for an hour and it blossomed. It’s interesting that this has some Petite Verdot, but not Cab Franc. I’d have guessed the opposite. Also, not as much tertiary as I’d have expected. This is lovely and plush, hardly an edge. The nose is white pepper, new leather, earth, and cherry. On the palate is strawberry, stewed plums, cherry, and finishes with a pinch of caramel tannins. It’s a thing! — 10 days ago
Dark ruby-purple color, this shows too much oak for my taste, both aromatically and on the palate, definitely a departure from the earliest versions of this lovely mountain-grown Syrah (1995 home version was fantastic), kudos to Jim and Barbara Richards (sure miss them)! — a day ago