This medium-ruby Michigan Pinot Noir has a savory nose featuring cassis and coffee, with a touch of smoke wafting up. The bold palate shows blackberry and white pepper in force. The lively mouthfeel is more tannic than a Pinot would suggest, making this a great pair with a meat dish, from pork to bolognese pasta. — 15 days ago
Yountville Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon from Grgich Hills Estate. 2014 no less!!!!! Remember the 04’s? The 2014 cabs are like the old Cali 04 cabs used to be. This one is no exception. An excellent year for CA cabernet sauvignon. Three words here: chocolate, spice, and oak! The finish is dry. The emotion is WOW! More please. — 8 days ago
This is another time-traveler wine. Its ripe, slightly pruny, spicy aromas remind me of various Novarese (now called “Alto Piemonte”) or Veronese Ripassos from the 70s and early 80s. Lots of clingy dark fruit, leather, and other savory notes. Satisfying and completely working class in the best way. — 5 days ago
Quite dark crimson in colour - dense from this warm ripe vintage. Coonawarra mint with herbs, blackberry and cassis. Medium to full bodied palate needing more cellar time to develop complexity. Finishing with medium minus Tannins. Not particularly Cabernet - more like a ripe Barossa red. This wine is obviously the product of a warm vintage but the quality of the grapes is obvious. One of the premium Cuvées in the Coonawarra. Next one in 2 years. — 20 days ago
My first Argentine Cab Franc. This is New World in every sense, but the oak is integrated beautifully and the wine is balanced and classy. Crimson color, nose of brambly, super-lifted red and blue fruit and subtle baking spices. Acid and tannin are in striking balance, and the finish is pure and long. Not overly complex, but certainly delicious. — 17 days ago
A nose of fresh strawberry.
On the tongue, this offers up more tart fruits, cranberry, raspberry, skin tannins - the inside bits that you cannot seems to chew fully - white, black peppers, wild acidity. Long, chewy, and very lime zesty. An interesting Grenache from Cali. — 2 days ago
Crisp pear, green apple, lemon verbena and honey leaping out of the glass. Very lively acidity, both round and supple in the middle. There’s a (dare I say) Chenin Blanc kind of flavor and aromatic profile to this that I love. Versatile, complex and fresh. — 18 days ago