Color of deep bloody red, with shades of purple on the rim, looks dense and thick. Nose is nice with dark fruits, spice, green pepper, crayon, vanilla, a bit dried strawberry, strength of alcohol, and the nose is plenty. Taste is also good, chewy and mouthful, good polished tannins, dark fruits, tobacco leaves, dried strawberries, oak, refined sweetness and acidity, and layers of flavors. Aftertaste is also pretty long with addition of pepper and mineral. Way better than I originally thought. — a day ago
The 2012 Ridge Vineyards ‘Geyserville’ is a silky blend of 71% Zinfandel, 19% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah, 2% Mataro and 1% Alicante Bouschet. Inky once in the glass, the wine takes on heady aromas of incense, mocha, ripe black plum and black cherry syrup that all entice. The palate is plush, showing a generous texture and mouthfeel. Black tea, blueberry pie, coffee grounds and suggestions of tar flavors all mingle nicely. Showing an edge of minerality, this exciting Zinfandel blend is drinking marvelously now but has a long life left in the cellar. Drink 2019-2030- 92 — 14 days ago
This is certainly in the window right now, and Aubert chards are one of those ‘happy place’ wines for me. PnP served chilled. Tropical fruits, lemon, orange zest, and lychee acidity very well balanced by vanilla, brioche, and light mineral notes. A perfect crisp, refreshing spring bottle that complimented the spice of several Asian fusion dishes. — 21 hours ago
My favorite from a recent trip to Oregon. A super small wine making operation. Sadly only available at the SE wine collective in Portland. Upon opening you think this stuff is flat. Give it about 3 hours. Then chalk and a hint of Kaffir lime. Very deep dark cherry notes show the warmth of the vintage. But unlike almost all the other 2016 Pinot’s I tried last week I am happy to say no plums! Touch bitter. Orange peal. Cardamom. Tea notes. Very well done! — 13 days ago
Opened a few fun bottles to celebrate my birthday this past weekend. Cheers to 31!
This is one of the better young Kistlers I’ve had. In fact, there was a lot of similarities between this and some of Aubert’s Chardonnays (which are my favorite), in that there was a distinct lemon cream note all over this wine. Soft yet powerful, there was savory sea salt and marzipan notes aromatically. On the palate, it was almost glycerin like with ripe tropical fruits (pineapple, guava) and some white peach skin. Honey roasted cashews too. I thought it may be too acidic before I opened due to age, but this was drinking really well. Long finish. — 3 days ago
The 2013 Enfield Wine Co. Coryelle Fields Syrah is superb. Heady aromas of olives, sea brine, lavender, savory spices, smoked meats, and black pepper. Black pepper jumps out in the flavors, along with cola, dark fruit confit, a touch of mint and herbs de Provence, and more of the salinity. This needed thirty minutes to open up and it shines brilliantly! — 13 days ago
Pop and pour... black fruited simplicity. Soft, supple, poundable...this is quintessential pasta/pizza table wine. Don’t think... drink, refill, drink again! Better than it needs to be... thank you Mike Officer for supplying this quality glass of juice. California Zinfandel of this quality and price makes me smile. — 6 days ago
Today was my annual hosting of the Wednesday Wine Committee. There was 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert, all provided by me. Tasted blind, as always.
I served this blind as the first red out of four in a flight of all cab francs. Every person in the room guessed Pinot based on color, and it’s hard to disagree. Certainly more translucent in color compared to most dark Cab francs. Chinon like and as far as the style of the wine itself, I think it’s also Chinon at its core with just a touch of new world flare. Not sure I’ve had such a floral cab franc. Lavender and rhubarb and the finish did a great job of requiring you to get another sip to analyze. Nice complexity. Nothing vegetal or green about this. One of the lightest cab francs I’ve had, and pairs well with lighter style meats. — a day ago
First of the 14s. This wine has a dark black and blue fruit nose, savory characteristics, mocha, roasted nuts. Entry has a hint of red fruit right at the front but turns to dark black and blue character to the mid palate. Hint of mocha. Graphite. Sweet, youthful, gritty and roasted tannin. Balanced. Powerful. Soft edges on the front and a little more jagged on the back. Beautiful....price went up a bit....to 55 bucks. A steal. — 14 days ago