Dark purple with a thin rim and very pretty cherry red flecks. The nose on this beauty is just insanity. A core of black fruit punctuated by beautiful, beautiful dirt. A good bit of menthol smoke and unsmoked cigars. The fruit can be a bit shy at first but a blast of cherry and raspberry wakes you up. And there’s some funk here too. Beautiful, sexy, funky funk. Not too much, just enough to titillate.
Peloursin is a rare rare varietal to find out here in the wild. Think grapes like Petite Sirah or maybe Bonarda. Medium bodied and slightly intense but not too sharp. Always wonderful Howell Mountain fruit in the masterful hands of Mike Dunn and it shows. Low, low alcohol at 13.0 and that is so very nice. Needs plenty of time in the decanter. Wonderful acid and terrific balance and weight here. The notes in the mouth are reminiscent of the notes in the nose with some glorious cherry essence and forest floor. A most peculiar wine but a great one. I struggle to really think of a good comparison for it. It’s just really so damn good and that’s all that matters. — 3 days ago
The winery offers tasting notes that give wild cherry as one of the flavors. That assessment is right on the money. The red fruit - cherry, red currant - is bright and complex, with a dark, earthy edge pushing in from the side. It’s a darkly tinted wine, with a smooth mouthfeel. I paired it with a beef tenderloin for our New Year’s feast, and It was great. I also used it in a wine sauce for the meat, and it was superb. — 21 days ago
Palate is still vibrant with dark red fruit and herbal, rustic tannins. Made in a very elegant, clean style. Very enjoyable, though I’m not sure it’s improved a whole lot with time; the nose showing some bramble fruit, herbs, tamari, game and a hint of flowers emerging only after four days. — 7 days ago
It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
On the nose black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, light alcohol and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, cloves, light vanilla, tobacco, coffee and peppercorn.
Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and spices.
This is a very enjoyable Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice smooth mouthfeel.
This 5 year old is peaking now, and needs 90 minutes to open up properly, so be patient.
Fruit forward with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Good by itself or with food.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
A blend of 45% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot. Kosher and Mevushal.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$40. — 2 days ago
Delicious! Bdx blend w/Chambourcin really adds some personality, very dark opaque ruby w/wild savage nose, forest, herbaceous, medicinal juxtaposed w/dank ripe black/red berry fruit, accented w/vanilla & spice. So Virginia - (could mistake this for Norton) very generous and right in yo face! Smooth rich viscous supple, gobs of fruit w/beautiful harmony & balance on palate. Not for everyone, very extroverted, but for $14 this is insane QPR. — 5 days ago
Really nice Grenache-heavy Rhône blend. Nose has very pure, rich dark cherry fruit, a deep floral note, some baking spice, and nice crushed rock minerality. In the mouth, it’s fairly intense and focused, with dark fruit up front that fades to savory notes and stone in the finish. A tad of pepperiness from the alcohol (14.7). There’s decent acidity and some soft tannin that will subside over the next year or two, I think. Very nice wine, and different stylistically than other WA regions like Walla Walla or Yakima. From granitic soils, not basaltic, in WA State, which is unusual there. — 10 days ago
Dark ruby in color, almost Inky, with a short purple rim. Not showing age at all.
Light nose of blueberries, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, herbs and black pepper.
Full bodied and big, with medium acidity and fat legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, cola, vanilla, spices, espresso, chocolates, peppercorn, bitter herbs and earth.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a delicious red blend from Sierra Foothills in California. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.
Easy drinking right out of the bottle, and better after 30 minutes of airtime, when the tannins show up, and bring nice structure to the wine.
Rich and opulent. Fruit forward and tasty. Spicy and interesting.
Good by itself or with a big piece of steak.
A blend of 37% Syrah, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. Aged for 19 months in American oak barrels (30% new). A small production of only 7 barrels.
15% alcohol by volume.
$27. — 10 days ago
Been awhile since I had one of these; the label looks promising: 38/28/21/7/6 blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, aged in used oak, 325 cases made. Dark garnet red, very good clarity, moderate to high pigment extraction. Blackberry, raspberry and butter aromas, red fruit flavors, followed later by a note of tobacco and cooked vegetable, quite rounded mouthfeel, soft, not much tannin expression initially. Mint, wintergreen and white pepper aftertaste. A light skin astringency emerges after 30 minutes. A decent flavor-dense, almost syrupy red table wine, balanced perfectly for whatever hearty winter dishes you are consuming. Roasted root veggies and cheese or red meat entrees seem the best match to me at the moment. — 10 days ago