I believe this was a one off production for Booker. Jada Vineyard is located near Denner.
I followed this over two days and if I would have guessed blind, there is no way I would have guessed 60% Grenache on either day (although day 2 showed more finesse and lift) as it seems more dominant Syrah. This is high-toned and juicy. Great nose to it. Aromatically, there is licorice, melted dark chocolate, ripe and baked dark fruits, herbs de Provence, and charcoal. It’s already fairly soft and plush on the palate. Bite of tannin and heat toward the mid palate and finish, but it’s certainly not as heavy or dense as you’d expect. Grenache shows up briefly with some pepper and a small reveal of dried red fruits at the core. I think this is in a good drinking window. I believe @Paul T- Huntington Beach helped me get my hands on one of these a while back... — 5 days ago
Oxidative, which can happen quickly with Grenache Blanc whether or not it’s the intended style, but full of character and texture after three years in the bottle. Nose is rich with marzipan and cantaloupe and the palate is weighty (14.5% alc.) but nicely balanced with enough acid to freshen it up and keep me reaching for another glass. I would love to have tasted this wine when young for comparison - GB is such a fickle little grape. — 3 days ago
A well-crafted white Rhône blend - the high percentage of Picpoul (40%) works really nicely with the Grenache Blanc, keeping it taut and fresh while enhancing the melon-y flavors. The 2% of Viognier, while not announcing itself in any obvious way, certainly serves its purpose in brightening up the nose. There’s a hint of funk - which I like - mixed with mineral vibrancy to keep you on your toes. An awesome partner with my fish tacos and mango-cilantro slaw. — 9 days ago
Last three years this had been my fav domestic rose. Light salmon pink... but nice Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre blend. Nice weight on the palate... strawberry, rhubarb, cranberry, watermelon bites... juicy, dry, balanced. I have been pretty well over rose the past couple years... but I really find this one head and shoulders above most. Bravo Stephen Assao...I value your wines, your vision, your passion. — 5 days ago
A blend of 78% Cab Sauv, 12% Petit Verdot & 10% Merlot. Deep Ruby with complex dark berry nose, aged for 20 months on French oak (50% new). On the palate blackberry and cherry with notes of licorice and cedar spice. Vivid acidity, fine tannins, well balanced, long finish ending with mineral and smoky cedar character. Very nice! — 2 days ago
One of the great offerings from Top and @Stanley Barrios the Wine Nerd Herd had the opportunity to taste from a shiner bottle and was impressed then. Now in “bottle” mineral accented by wild strawberry and wet stone. Dried flowers and layers of ripe cherries create a great offering.
EDIT-I’m upping my score, as this warms up in the glass I get a viscous mouthfeel that draws me back for more. — 8 days ago
This pours a deep rust red. The flavors of raspberries and cherries kind of evolve as the wine moves over your tongue to a spicier flavor. This is one of the best wines I have had in years. Thanks to my brother Mike who had the foresight to buy this years ago. The wine was a perfect complement to the rib eye steaks on our Memorial Day barbecue. — 10 days ago
Fruit bomb - baskets of ripe and jammy blackberry, raspberry, black currant- also oak, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla bean, dried coconut, cola, with delicate sage and mint notes. All of that, coupled with soft tannins on the palate, make this a pop-and-pour kind of Cab from Paso Robles. Vintage 2018. ABV 15%.
#austinhopewines #austinhopewinery #pasorobles #pasorobleswinecountry #newworldcabernet #cabernetsauvignon #hope — 6 days ago
Okay, some explanation is in order. First of all, the wine is off-scale awesome. Absolutely beautiful fruit on the nose, balance throughout a lingering, elegant finish. Fantastic. The cork, on the other hand, was a disaster. This wine was stored on its side at 55 F upon receipt from the winery. I am absolutely certain that Justin does his due diligence in selecting corks, but something clearly was amiss with at least this cork from the 2007 Heartstone. This is just a word of caution: if you have this in your cellar, the wine is awesome. Just be careful with the cork! — 10 days ago