Deep inky in color with a short reddish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, wildflowers, spices, licorice, cloves, black pepper, chocolates and coffee.
Full bodied and bold with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, black cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, light earth and peppercorn.
Spicy finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a great California Syrah. Drinking very nicely now, with lots of black fruits and spices.
Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Well balanced, bold and rich.
Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and bring out the complexity.
Peaking now and will continue to drink nicely in the next few years.
13.9% alcohol by volume.
$41. — 14 days ago
Not sure why this vintage has received only fair reviews on CellarTracker, but this is a solid bottle of Zinfandel showing rich purple and black fruits, some mild spice and pepper notes, and enough complexity to hold interest. Air seems to help it unfurl a bit. There’s a little alcoholic warmth in the finish, but this is not a jammy zin by any means. The ‘12 was better, but this is quite enjoyable and I’m happy to have another in the cellar. — 4 days ago
Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic vineyards and cellars in 1965. Today, their son Hugh, continues their mission. Coming off their highly successful 12’ & ‘13 vintages, the 2014 is also 100% Chardonnay straw with aromas of floral stone fruits and citrus notes. A terrific crisp sparkler with crisp apple, peach and lemon flavors, fine mousse with tiny bubbles. Tangy acidity on a lingering finish ending with a yeasty creamy character. Nice! — 12 days ago
I have no idea why Benovia is not more widely recognized for their superb selection of wines. Regardless. This Zinfandel is beautiful- drinkable now with promise to gain with deep cellar time. Luxardo cherry, blackberries, chocolate and fine herb aromas lead to a precise and refreshing impression in the mouth. — 10 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, chocolates, spices, peppercorn, light vegetables and pencil lead.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, peppercorn and pencil lead.
Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy pomegranates.
This is a great, Petit Verdot based, red blend from Sonoma County. Nicely balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up, with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.
Drinking nicely now, and will age nicely in the next 5 years. I had it a year ago and it is drinking better now.
A blend of 60% Petit Verdot, 30% Malbec and 10% Syrah. Kosher. Not Mevushal.
14.4% alcohol by volume.
$72. — 17 days ago
Another @David L suggestion, which has become our mainstay at home - thanks again. Unbeatable in terms of quality, and expression of the Sauvignon Blanc. Lifted and lively, but in a controlled way.
White flowers such as lilac present on the nose. Pristine, focused palate displays passion fruit, tinned peaches, and pineapple. Finishes with calcium, perfect balance and acidity. A domestic SB that is untouchable in the $35 price range.
Keto pizza in the foreground. Joint effort by wifey and I. — 13 days ago
Still young but coming together. Decant for a couple hours and you get a great rustic style cab that’s just starting to show its stuff. Red fruited with great acidity and finishes with notes of cedar and drying tannins. Great value here and will really be something in 5 more years. — 11 days ago
With our cheese course.
The shows, Meyer lemon, green apple, golden apple, overripe pineapple juice, kiwi, very ripe stone fruits-apricot dominate, powdery chalkiness, limestone, beeswax, some honey notes, creamy butter, vanilla, shades of caramel, herbal notes, some white spice, yellow flowers, jasmine and lilies with mixed greens.
The body is full, round, waxy and lush. Meyer lemon, green apple, golden apple, overripe pineapple juice, kiwi, very ripe stone fruits-apricot dominate, powdery chalkiness, limestone, volcanic minerals, beeswax, some honey notes, creamy butter, vanilla, mote caramel on the palate, herbal notes, some white spice with just a touch of heat, yellow flowers, jasmine and lilies with mixed green. The acidity is round and beautiful. The finish is rich, lush, elegant, well balanced and persists minutes.
Photos of, the Estate vineyards of their tasting patio, serving 17 futures a few weeks back, nice food spread for the party and the main hall after you past check in. — 11 days ago