Tastes like a $30 Pinot, full plummy fruit, earthy muddy flavors but good, surprising concentration of fruit, packs a punch upon opening and mellows with air. — 6 days ago
Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.
Fruity nose with cooked plums, cherries, wood, light vanilla, light vegetables, earth, tobacco, dark chocolates, spices and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black plums, blackcurrants, oak, spices, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a juicy Syrah from Mendocino County in California. Drinking very nicely now with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with a nice, soft mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle, but better after a couple of hours of airtime, when the complexity comes in.
This Single Vineyard is spicy and interesting. Rich and powerful. A good quality California Syrah.
Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, although very approachable now.
A nice collaboration between an American wine maker and a Northern Rhone wine maker . A small production of only 300 cases.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
14% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 5 days ago
Bright salmon rose. Abundant (even when cold) earthy nose of musty cherry and the dreaded forest floor. Medium palate echoes the nose with a bit more red cherry and raspberry. More earthy than the typical California rosé. Add in the medium plus acidity and you have a rosé that’s made for food as well as summertime sipping. Drink now, of course. Or wait for next summer’s release. — 10 days ago
Deep purple in color with a short purplish/ reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, licorice, cedar, spices, tobacco leaf, vanilla, light mint, chocolates, coffee, mocha, light alcohol and peppercorn.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, vanilla, tobacco, oak, licorice, spices, light earth, chocolates, peppercorn and dark coffee.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a very tasty Petite Sirah from California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.
Drinks well right out of the bottle, and gets better as he opens up, and shows structure and complexity.
Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly and soften up, although I really enjoyed it as it is now.
Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Has a good potential to get to 94+ points.
Tangy and interesting, rich and Jammy.
Aged in French oak barrels (30% new). Organic.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$22. — 6 days ago
Sour cherries and red licorice. Finished is quite savory. Fruit is balanced out by nice acidity. I see some notes saying this wine is heading past peak but I see this evolving and developing more with time. There is plenty of freshness for its long term development. Littorai wines generally age quite well and longer than most CA pinots. — 8 days ago
Light yellow in color with a golden tint.
Strong nose of citrus, vanilla, oak, yellow apples, spices, toast and white pepper.
Medium to full-bodied with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, light grapefruits, earth, oak, vanilla, smoke, spices, light earth and black pepper.
Nice finish with spices and limes.
This is a very enjoyable Oaky Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Showing a nice smooth and buttery mouthfeel.
Although an oaky Chardonnay is not my style, I really enjoyed it, especially with food.
I paired it with a very fatty Brie cheese and caviar.
A good quality wine. Neither sweet nor bitter, just very enjoyable.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$22. — 7 days ago
This is a very nice Pinot Blanc from Mendocino County in California. Showing citrus, lemons, green and yellow apples, light grapefruits, spices and light earth.
Dry on the palate with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.
Nicely balanced with a long, tangy finish.
Very easy to drink and good by itself or with food. I had it with Brie cheese by the lake.
Organic and vegan.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$14. — 9 days ago