Beautiful traditional method sparkling wine. Very reminiscent of French champagne. — 24 days ago
Light ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick/ orange rim.
On the nose cherries, blueberries, barnyard, earth, wood, light vanilla, licorice, spices, vegetables, leather and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with cherries, strawberries, red currants, oak, smoke, tobacco leaf, spices, graphites, herbs, bell pepper, dark coffee and peppercorn.
Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.
This Old Vine Zinfandel from over 100 year old vines is nicely balanced with nice complexity and a very elegant mouthfeel.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and remove some of the acidity.
This 6 year old, is a gentle wine to drink by itself with good friends, or with food.
Not a typical California Zinfandel.
I paired it with light appetizers.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 10 days ago
I remember thinking there was something off about this one, but I really couldn't put my finger on it. Poured a dusty rose into the glass and sort of had a similar type of floral raspberry nose as well. The entry of this one was a little subdued. Tart cherry cola and a little bit of fig and some sort of roasted nut character in the middle. Finish was a little flabby. Not much experience with this producer. I would say one could hold half of these bottles in the hopes it might improve over the next year or two, but I fear it is probably on the way out therefore probably best to drink now. — 12 days ago
Last bottle of vintage. 48/29/23 blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane. Inky dense purple, highly extracted. Whiff of rotten egg initially, dark cherry notes emerges later. Cola flavor with mint with length, chewy tannins in finish, light skin astringency. Needs time to open. Later black plum flavor emerges. Overall, soft, good old style Italo-California red. — 8 days ago
A very nice Chardonnay from Napa. Showing oak, vanilla, limes, spices, red apples and lemon peel.
Medium plus in body and creamy with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a cheese plate and crackers.
Very enjoyable. Reminds me of the Rombauer Chardonnay.
14.2% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 11 days ago
Family-owned and operated since 1985. Grapes sourced from several Napa Valley Carneros vineyards, aromas of ripe fruits & sweet spice with smoke notes. On the palate complex fruit, apple, pear & peach with cinnamon and vanilla spices giving way to toasty oak. Lots of French oak aging, perhaps too much. Big buttery oak finish ending a bit bold, about on par with the 2014 vintage (last reserve I tried). For $10+ less, their Alexander Valley Chard from a cooler climate showed more finesse, one of my Fav’s. — 2 days ago
This is a very nice Napa Chardonnay.
Showing oak, vanilla, spices, red apples, light grapefruits, lemons, and citrus.
Full-bodied, bold and creamy with a nice long finish.
Showing really nice complexity. This 6 years old is still drinking nicely, and will probably be still good for the next couple of years.
14.1% alcohol by volume.
$25. — 6 days ago
Weekly Wednesday Wine Committee. Incredible hosting by Joe. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds, 1 dessert wine, all tasted blind.
Bonus wines. My first time having this from Shafer, and it’s very down the middle. Epitomizes Cali chard. It’s not overly oaked, but certainly kissed by some. A crowd pleaser. Little bit of marzipan, lemon bar pastries and honey butter. — 8 days ago