Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2019

High altitude, century-old Tempranillo produced by Mariano Garcia and his sons? Yes please. Popped and poured; enjoyed over two days. Better on Day 2. The 2019 Garmón pours a deep purplish ruby with what’s essentially an opaque core; medium+ viscosity with moderate staining of the tears. On the nose, the wine is developing with beautiful notes of dark fruit: dark cherries, Marionberry, figs, roasted red peppers, bay leaf, dry earth, cedar, and gentle baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannins and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes on the nose. The finish is long and rich and super satisfying. To be frank, this was merely a good wine on Day 1. On Day 2, this was showing some serious quality and impeccable balance. The best sip was the last sip. You can drink now with a huge decant but these will be better after 2029 and should drink very well through 2040+. — 2 months ago

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Bodegas Pedro Martínez Alesanco

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2013

Vibrant Rioja with bright flavors of pie cherry, marionberry and tart plum. Needed opening for at least 60-90 minutes to get a deeper layers of earthy, leather and oak. — 2 years ago

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Grant Burge

Filsell Old Vine Barossa Shiraz 2014

Blend of dark dry red and blue fruits of cranberry, cherry and marionberry. Distinct tannins on the finish. Limited depth. Drank more like a Syrah than a hot climate Shiraz. — 2 years ago

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A. Rafanelli

Unfiltered Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2021

Splash decanted and then poured back into the bottle about 5 hours prior to dinner. This is my first impression of the 2021 Zinfandel which is even more exciting than usual because the 2020 vintage was skipped due to the LNU Lightning Complex fires which rendered that crop a write-off. The wine pours a deep ruby color with a translucent core moving towards a magenta edge and a slightly watery rim. Medium+ viscosity and moderate staining of the tears. There seems to be some sediment already, however this is not uncommon with bottles of Rafanelli both young and old. On the nose, the wine is clean although I do detect some VA, well within the “charming” range. Very expressive fresh red and black fruits, primarily brambles: Marionberry, ripe blackberry fruit, and raspberries. These are accompanied by white pepper and soft baking spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium tannin and medium+ acid. Confirming the notes from the nose. Alcohol is medium+ but not out of balance. Finish is medium. As usual, these wines upon release tend to be super primary but I like what I’m experiencing! Personally, I would recommend some patience when drinking these young. While they are no-doubt good, they tend to fill out with some time on their side in the cellar. Best after 2024 and should drink well through 2035. Oh…and this was an awesome pairing with grilled rack of lamb. — a year ago

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El Enemigo

Mendoza Malbec 2017

We had to step it up for tonight. With a Malbec from El Enemigo. Fantastic. Dense drippings of marionberry and plum. An ‘asada’ at Matias. — 2 years ago

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Château Mille-Roses

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 2014

Easy drinking Bordeaux. Again left bank. Plenty of acidity that brought it out of balance for the first hour but mellowed and started to present vibrant blue berry, marionberry fruit with light, small grained tannins.
— 2 years ago

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Belle Glos

Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir

Absolutely delicious pinot. Black cherry, marionberry, plum, and anise. — 2 years ago


Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2011

Rose hips, red cherry and marionberry, sous bois, med body, med + acid, takes on a bit of weight and sweetness with air 🥰🍒⚡️ — 2 years ago

Ira, Lyle and 9 others liked this

Rutini Wines

Mendoza Cabernet Malbec 2019

Rutini! The go to wine you can trust when being on an asada in Argentina. Dark spiced cherry and marionberry. Earthy layers supporting the expression of the wine. — 2 years ago

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Xanadu Wines

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Fresh Cab from Margaret River in Western Australia. Vibrant notes of currant and marionberry with aging under notes of fine tobacco and cedar. Grippy, lingering tannins on the finish. — 3 years ago

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