50/50 Grenache and Syrah from Scorched Earth vineyard. A site planted by Lonnie Wright on the Washington side of The Gorge outside of Goldendale, which Nate took control of in 2016. There is more of this same wine still in barrel that is being bottled this summer that I tasted a few weeks ago. This wine kicks ass and the late bottling is ridiculously good and a bit more Syrah focused. This wine is incredibly food friendly, fresh, shows the Grenache, pure strawberry and cherry. We put a cork in it and came back 12 hours later and the beautiful peppery notes and olivey brineyness showed itself. Killer wine, really good stuff. Doesn’t look like the scores here get it... — 3 days ago
Having with a Pappardelle short rib dish at Civico 1845 with Mom. The wine is very light, smooth and flavorful. Not too fruity, not too dry. It’s afternoon, a little rainy in San Diego, and Mom and I just went to the farmers market in Little Italy, Nolita Hall for a drink, and now an early dinner. The calamari is incredible, and our mains, even better. — 4 days ago
Upon open aromas of smoke and blackberry. After about 3 hours in the decanter, The wine had morphed into bright cherry and a bit of leather. 24 hours later, still a bit of smoke, but has calmed into cherry and spice. Super smooth and lush. Really nice — 3 days ago
We had two Cristom wines last night, this 2012 and a 2015. It was an interesting comparison and I was surprised by which one I liked more. Based on the vintage, I expected to prefer the 2012, but the 2015 was my favorite. That's not to say that the 2012 was bad. Far from it. The 2012 was deep and rich for an Oregon Pinot. Instead of tart cherry, it had ripe, rich cherry notes plus a touch of pepper and spice. The finish was enjoyable, but not as long or complex as the finish on the 2015. — 3 days ago
A very extracted/dense style of PN with notes of licorice and red/black fruits with balance still kept in place and delicious tannins.
I personally wouldn’t opt for long term cellaring on this one but rather enjoy it for its young qualities. — 4 days ago