This is a delicious Tempranillo from Sonoma Valley. Big and bold. Rich and very fruity.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Showing blackberries, black currants, coffee, cedar, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolate, mocha, peppercorn, leather and sweet tobacco.
Showing nice complexity with some RS.
Still young and very fruity, so a few more years in the bottle would be a good idea.
Better after 3 hours of airtime, so be patient.
I had it all by itself by the lake.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 3 days ago
Time to add some Merlot to our life, on this #MerlotThursday. This Meritage blend will have to do.
This is a very tasty red blend from Sonoma County. Nicely balanced, spicy and tangy with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.
Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, peppercorn, graphite and dark coffee.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
Good by itself or with food. I let it open up in a decanter for 3 hours.
Should age nicely in the next 5 years.
Paired very nicely with the Camembert cheese.
A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 6% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot.
14.2% alcohol by volume.
$38. — 4 days ago
For my palate this is a big QPR overachiever. Sleek and juicy, but poised to display richness with a wash of cinnamon over crystalline maraschino and a tangy pomegranate-laced bead of acid. I probably could have found a better pairing for boneless ribeye with shiitake and shallot pan sauce, though. 🤷🏻♂️ — 7 days ago
My last of the 2014 Ultramarine’s. Sad day. Thankfully 2015s are up next, and I was able to secure extra 2016s during the release a few months back.
This was one of three bubblies (2010 Larmandier-Bernier VV du Levant, Egly Ouriet Rosé) opened alongside a lineup of some fun wines when a buddy, @Shawn R , was in town. As always, my experience with these wines is so unique. You can always tell this is like grower champagne from first smell and sip. Gorgeous golden color in the glass. I normally pick up aromas of cream soda with Ultramarine (aside from their rosé), but didn’t get that here. Caramel dipped golden delicious apples, spiced cider, brioche, a little shaved almond, sporting a gentle “oxidative” flair. On the palate it’s zippy and racy with a distinct herb crusted yellow fruit profile (which I get on some Heintz Chardonnays), alongside more apple, poached pear, and kiss of ripe red Berry fruits. There is also a backbone of limestone/mineral here. When compared to the Larmandier-Bernier, this drank more new world, though if I had tried this blind and not next to a true champagne, I may have been able to get there.
As an aside, we drank half of this bottle (and of the other two bubblies as well) and then put a champagne stopper on it to revisit the next day. Upon opening, the bubbles seemed to have diminish quite a bit and it drank closer to a still wine...and then 30mins later, it was like this roared back to life for one last hurrah, full of bubbles and totally vibrant. Not sure I’ve seen a bubbly do that before. The last glass on the second day was just as good as the first glass on the first day. — 8 days ago
Chilling (literally) in Houston tonight by the fire bowl and pool enjoying some great music and wine. Beautiful ruby color in my glass. A great nose of baking spices, pomegranate and red plums. Elegant flavors of plums, pomegranate, orange peel, earthiness, and smoke. Beautiful acidity and silky soft tannins. A fantastic wine. I’ll sit on my other bottles for a while because I think this wine has great aging potential. Cheers everyone. — 9 days ago
This has to be one of the earlier vintages of this one (can’t recall when Hobbs started making syrah, but it was definitely around this time). Really terrific wine. Has lost a bit of its tannic bite but still has plenty of fruit and great balance. Was still drinking exceptionally well after putting a cork in it and in the fridge for a few days, so there’s definitely some additional staying power with this one. Great wine from a fantastic producer. — 3 days ago
The 2016 Lauren has really evolved since I had it last a couple of years ago. A lot of the bright lemon peel and white flower aromatics have given way to more complex, more subtle earthy components, highlighted by aromas of what I can only describe as a subtle yeast-like aroma - toasted bread. Expansive on the palate, full bodied, with a 45-second finish. Tastes more like a Batard-Montrachet than a Sonoma chard. Should be cool to see where this goes as it contiues to evolve in the glass. Awesome. — 8 days ago
Finally! Get to taste what all the hype is about, and found out it is no hype but pure bliss. Pale straw to the eye; very aromatic with pear, apple and citrus on the nose. The pallet is clean, smooth and buttery with fresh peach and lemon-lime flavors. Vibrant finish. This producer has earned a cult status following but completely worth the waiting and the money for that matter. — 3 days ago
RD Winery Hundred Knot Grenache 2019 Sonoma Valley, California
Purple in color with a wide reddish rim.
Sweet nose of cherries, blueberries, sweet strawberries, licorice, oak, tobacco, vanilla, chocolates, spices and black pepper.
Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with cherries, red currants, oak, tobacco, earth, spices, licorice, peppercorn, chocolates and coffee.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Grenache from Sonoma Valley. Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food.
Showing mild complexity with a nice, soft mouthfeel. Light and engaging and a good summer wine. A nice light chill would be a good idea.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up and brings in more structure.
Alcohol is nicely integrated already, so watch out.
Would be nice to see how this evolves in the next 3 years.
I had it by the pool with some dried meats, fresh berries and cheeses.
A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 18 months (20% new).
15% alcohol by Volume.
$53. — 16 days ago