The bottle was opened about three hours prior to dinner, splash decanted and then returned to the bottle. Pours a bright ruby color. On the nose, red cherry and strawberry fruits; comes across a bit alpine? Minerals and other light herbs somewhat nod the mountains...which I guess makes some sense considering the location of Besson Vineyard (the source of the fruit, just outside of the Santa Cruz AVA). This is a Grenache endowed with undeniable structure. The acid is obvious immediately however, it takes a few hours for the tannin monster to show up. This would benefit from a handful of years on the cellar. The Besson Vineyard was planted in 1910. The folks at Birichino Winery were willing to share 1.5 tons of their fruit. 3.5 barrels produced. — 22 days ago
Deep, layered well balanced wine with a delightful scent of blackberry. I absolutely love this wine! I’m a fan of Reverie II! — 6 days ago
Half price beauty on K&L.
Winery Notes: "Citrus blossom aromatics, with lemon oil, pineapple, lemongrass, minerality, and viscosity on palate. The Albariño comes from a beautiful vineyard site in Calaveras County, owned and managed by Matthew Rorick and family. The fruit was harvested pre-dawn in mid August at 22.5 deg brix., and promptly hauled "down the hill" to the winery. Whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral Hungarian oak barrels, there were no additions made to the wine aside from a moderate amount of sulfur dioxide to prevent oxidation. Aged 11 months on lees, and bottled on August 24th, 2016. The vines were planted in 2003 on a mixture of schist, quartz, and volcanic soils." — a month ago
Refreshing, crisp, citrusy, slightly effervescent. So so tasty. — 7 days ago
A grower from Amador County send out post cards looking to sell his fruit. One of those went to Heidi Barrett. She actually called him. He was more than a little surprised that Heidi Barrett was calling and had to do a double take. Shortly thereafter, she flew herself up to Amador in her helicopter and the rest is history.
The Rosato is made from Primitivo. It’s delicious! Not too sweet. Blood orange, rhubarb, poached strawberries, great white spice, excellent volcanic with just right intensity & perfect, fine chalkiness. Nice round acidity & smartly polished. Just the right level of sweet, not overdone.
I took two on my way out. — 23 days ago
Just right for National Zinfandel Day. Plenty of fresh fruit, drank like a much younger wine. Beautiful. — 2 days ago
This wine is in a beautiful place right now. Wish we had more. — 5 days ago