Cute three tree (or shrub) label. Dark color. High alcohol (14.7%). Smells rich and robust. Maybe a bit of wet leaves in the garden. Berries too. Flavors are deep and intense. Violets and black cherry syrup. Coffee and something licorice-y. Plenty of fir branch and pine cones on the fire in there too. This is a nice Syrah. Hint extra on the fruit front, but balanced and complex. Label says boysenberries a roasted beets. I’d say yeah, beets, sure. It could age a fair bit longer too. It’s just getting started 6 years on. — 10 days ago
Half price beauty on K&L.
Winery Notes: "Citrus blossom aromatics, with lemon oil, pineapple, lemongrass, minerality, and viscosity on palate. The Albariño comes from a beautiful vineyard site in Calaveras County, owned and managed by Matthew Rorick and family. The fruit was harvested pre-dawn in mid August at 22.5 deg brix., and promptly hauled "down the hill" to the winery. Whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral Hungarian oak barrels, there were no additions made to the wine aside from a moderate amount of sulfur dioxide to prevent oxidation. Aged 11 months on lees, and bottled on August 24th, 2016. The vines were planted in 2003 on a mixture of schist, quartz, and volcanic soils." — a month ago
Cherry, black cherry, dark tertiary notes, slightest hint of brett far in the background. Beautiful brickish red, decent amount of sediment on walls of bottle. Medium body, med tannin (aged, chill, activated with turbulence). Elegant.
Fantastic on its own, and with a nice steak, or turkey with cranberry.
Tasty selection — 6 days ago
Well balanced, good body, juicy, light straw color, subtle blue gatorade flavor that I like in white wines. From Kingston wine company — 8 days ago
Not a big ZN fan. This was an ok wine for the price point. — 12 days ago
Dark fruit aromas, blackberries, cherries, and hint of cigar box. Super smooth mouthfeel full of berries, tea, and cassis. Medium drying tannins and long satisfying finish. Love it. — 10 days ago
This has long been one of my favorite California wines ever made, and I think it is one of the most profound expressions of terroir in the state. I’ve been drinking it regularly for the last 10 years or so. Lately, I’m sad to say, it has begun to decline a bit. The bottles I’m opening aren’t quite at their best the way they used to be. Nonetheless while the sour cherry brightness may have been replaced with dried cherry, herbs and leather this is still a remarkably pleasurable bottle of wine with gorgeous structure and deep crushed-granite minerality. — 11 days ago
The bottle was opened about three hours prior to dinner, splash decanted and then returned to the bottle. Pours a bright ruby color. On the nose, red cherry and strawberry fruits; comes across a bit alpine? Minerals and other light herbs somewhat nod the mountains...which I guess makes some sense considering the location of Besson Vineyard (the source of the fruit, just outside of the Santa Cruz AVA). This is a Grenache endowed with undeniable structure. The acid is obvious immediately however, it takes a few hours for the tannin monster to show up. This would benefit from a handful of years on the cellar. The Besson Vineyard was planted in 1910. The folks at Birichino Winery were willing to share 1.5 tons of their fruit. 3.5 barrels produced. — 22 days ago
A grower from Amador County send out post cards looking to sell his fruit. One of those went to Heidi Barrett. She actually called him. He was more than a little surprised that Heidi Barrett was calling and had to do a double take. Shortly thereafter, she flew herself up to Amador in her helicopter and the rest is history.
The Rosato is made from Primitivo. It’s delicious! Not too sweet. Blood orange, rhubarb, poached strawberries, great white spice, excellent volcanic with just right intensity & perfect, fine chalkiness. Nice round acidity & smartly polished. Just the right level of sweet, not overdone.
I took two on my way out. — 23 days ago