A great red Bandol.
Showing black fruits with earth, cedar, leather, chocolates, tobacco, licorice peppercorn, spices and green vegetables.
Full bodied and bold with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Great finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
Reminds me of a spicy Napa Cabernet.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
92 points. — 6 days ago
My second rodeo with Mr. St John, glad I am here: a deeper dive into black fruits than his Cote Du Rhône homage, & a more generous palate. Still all in balance, a restrained hand, but the terroir speaks through his hand, amen. Grenache, some Tempranillo, some Mourvedre, and some Graciano. Decanted about 1/2 hr. Delectable allows me to name only my local tag sale but not my town? Whaadup @Delectable Wine ? — 13 days ago
Classic CDP. Short decant due to some sediment. Medium reddish, brown color. Massive olive on the nose. Wine has more olives on the palate along with cough medicine and cherry candy. Sweeter than expected. Medium plus finish. I’m not much of a CDP fan but this was a solid recommendation and I enjoyed it.! — 6 days ago
2005 Saxum "James Berry Vineyard - 44" Paso Robles Rhône Blend, WOW @punchpeddler, this is simply stunning! Doesn’t get much better! #saxum #saxumvineyards #justinsmith #rhonewine #rhoneblend #wine #winetasting #winelover #winery #winenight #wines #winestagram #winelovers #wineblogger #wineaddict #winetime #zalto #zaltoglass @zaltify #saxumvineyards — 14 days ago
Last bottle, aged it an additional year - how does it taste? Ruby red with a tinge of purple, very good clarity, highly extracted pigment. Funky, blackberry, mint and graphite notes in nose. Needs time to open; lots of fine grained tannins that need to aerate. Strawberry and blackberry flavors emerge. Citric finish with barrel smoke, phenol and blackberry flavor with length. — 4 days ago
Deep ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Fruity nose with blueberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, earth, vanilla, wood, licorice, vegetables, pencil lead, wet leaves, black tea, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, spices and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, black plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, herbs, vegetables, spices, peppercorn, tobacco, dark chocolates, beef jerky, earth and cola.
Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a very enjoyable Rhone blend from Russian River Valley in California. Spicy and fruity with lots of earth notes that makes it interesting.
Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Feels like a blend of Old and New World wine, which is always engaging and pleasant to drink.
Drinking very nicely now, as a five-year-old, and will age nicely in the next 5 years. I really enjoyed the tangy ending.
Good by itself or with food, and needs an hour to open up properly.
After 2 hours of airtime, the nose really opened up and it was so nice to smell on it for a while.
A blend of 58% Grenache 22% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 2% Petite Sirah. A small production of only 315 cases produced.
I paired it with Brie cheese and roasted almonds.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
$46. — 2 days ago
2016 Sine Qua Non "Dirt Vernacular" California Grenache. The blend is 78% Grenache, 11.5% Mourvedre, 7% Touriga Nacional and 3.5% Petite Sirah, dominated by estate fruit, but some 9% came from the Krankl's blocks at Bien Nacido Vineyard that are farmed to their specifications. 16% alcohol. So for me, it all started with “Incognito.” Greatest Grenache I’d ever tasted. Simply stunning and still one of my favorites. How do you top that one? Well then “The Inaugural” showed up. Phenomenal!Then it’s “Ode To E.” Y’all know I absolutely LOVE that wine! Oh but wait, here comes “Trouver L'Arène.” Exquisite! And just in case you missed them all, now there’s tonight’s selection. And I’m pleased to report that the streak continues. As I’ve mentioned previously several times, Grenache is quite possibly the most difficult and finicky grape. But what really sets SQN apart is the final blend. Simply stated, Manfred is a genius when it comes to blending. If you have one, feel free to pull the cork as this wine is absolutely open for business. About a 3 hour decant at cellar temperature, the nose is, as usual with SQN, mind blowing. Cherries, plums, pepper, teriyaki, kirsch and a bouquet of roses. Full-bodied, ultra-rich, multi-layered palate-staining ripe black fruit smorgasbord. Tremendous depth and purity. What a finish! The parade of excellence marches on! — 13 days ago