Nice, a bit tannic, juicy — 23 days ago
dark violet, prominent glass staining tears; blackberry, plum, black pepper, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, spice; full bodied, medium+ acidity, nice tannic grip, 15% ABV; blend of 43% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 22% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from top sites on the Westside of Paso Robles aged 16 months in 40% new French oak; $70 — 18 days ago
This wine is medium lemon. It has nice clarity and slow-moving tears.
On the nose, this wine has a pronounced intensity of youthful aromas, including, primary notes of ripe peach, papaya, also rose, chamomile, and honeysuckle, with secondary notes of vanilla and buttercream.
On the palate, this is a dry wine. It has medium(-) acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol, and medium(+) intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. The finish is medium(+).
This is a Viognier wine from Northern Rhône, France. It offers beautiful floral and fruit aromas. It is aromatic. It has a waxy / oily mouthfeel.
E. Guigal, Condrieu. Vintage 2017. ABV 14.5%. — a month ago
Is Merlot Monday a thing? Okay so this is only 80% Merlot (20% Cab Franc) but it is working for me. Smells like purple plums got inspired to write poetry about the cedar trees and violets blooming in their backyard (plums DO have backyards) so they naturally whipped out number two pencils, lit a pipe, and chilled out to write in situ. The plums, the pencils, the trees and flora, the birds and bees, you get all this in here. And soy sauce. I can’t explain it. Mayhaps I’ll go old-school and give it the ol’ WSET analysis:
Eye: medium ruby teasing at the beginnings of garnet at the rim. Thick slow tears.
Nose: medium plus intensity of Ted plums, cassis, cedar, violet, tobacco and dare I say...garrigue‽ in Merlot? Who knew.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium plus alcohol (albeit nowadays we would have to call it high as it is 14.1 so just barely high), medium body medium plus flavors echoing the nose with the added savory soy note that is quite compelling. Finish is medium plus.
It may be too late for new year resolutions but mine is now to not neglect Merlot. Merlot Monday’s it is! — 13 days ago
Tears, chalk, orange rind almond paste and light honeyed notes with delicate green apple and citrus notes. Not my favorite vintage, but a star wine from my favorite producer. 2018 — 3 months ago
This is the Tibaani bottling.
On the nose there’s a wonderfully complex mix of treacle tart, apricot pastry, sticky toffee pudding, Manuka honey, warm terracotta pot, flapjack, gingerbread, yellow raisins and toasted almonds.
The palate shows spicy apricot, turmeric and gingerbread character, the tannins are sapid, firm but chalky and quite fine, certainly a wine that works best with food.
(Worked all with a chicken curry). — 2 months ago
dark violet, prominent glass staining tears; plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, crushed violets, hint of smoke; very ripe, opulent dark fruit, long spicy finish; full bodied, 15.5% ABV, surprising freshness and acidity, firm nicely textured tannin; according to producer notes made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot sourced from Tench Vineyard — a month ago
fully opaque violet, magenta rim, prominent tears; plum, black cherry, dark chocolate, coffee, leather, and cedar; dense, concentrated, juicy dark fruit, good length; full bodied, medium acidity, gritty tannins, no heat despite 15.3% ABV; made from blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot sourced from two estate vineyards with 59% of fruit from Les Pavots vineyard in Knights Valley in Sonoma County and 41% of fruit from Au Paradis vineyard in Oakville, aged 18% in French oak; a very nice fruit forward, early drinking second wine; $110 — 3 months ago