Big rich wine. A bit bigger than I usually drink. Nicely softened by some age. Seems to be a good age; 7-8 years seems about right for most of these Sonoma Zin blends. One hour decant and cellar temp did this wonders. Edit: I liked this much better the next day. Still plenty of dark fruited power but much more integrated. — 8 days ago
Although this is 50/50, the Carignane force is strong in this one. That classic, earthy sour plummy fruit takes the lead, with a noticeable note of American oak. In the mouth, it’s got the buoyancy of the Carignane and terrific fruit density. Dry, nice acid balance, little tannin. I like this a lot. — 2 days ago
Just the right wine for osso buco. Aged to perfection. Too bad it’s the last one, and Peter’s not making any more. — 3 days ago
This Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir shows the influences of a Cab master. Juicy raspberry and cherry aromas with strong notes of orange peel and cedar. Inky and dense for a Pinot, but not necessarily a bad thing. Just different. Very easy drinking and sure to please a variety of wine lovers. Good intro to Pinot for the Cab-only crowd. — 17 days ago
Nose has ripe blueberry, over-ripe blackberry, ripe plum, blackberry jam, faint anise, dry cigar, faint wood smoke and a bag of green & red peppers.
Palate has ripe plum, blackberries, black cherry, prune, old chocolate, faint moist earth and light artificial sugar.
Incredibly smooth, light tannins, but what an amazing red blend! Such an easy drinker, but coupled with a great CA vintage, a total win.
Cleaned the grill today, never ever done this in March in the Berkshires! Clean grill and warm weather equals an early start to the grilling season; beef flap steak from Kinderhook Farm (Valatie, NY) tonight, 135°F with 15m rest, beautiful pair to this wine.
41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 21% Malbec, 8% Merlot & 4% Petit Verdot — 21 days ago
Deep purple color. On the nose it’s big on oak, vanilla as well, and some dark and red fruits, slight hints of cocoa and coffee also. The mouthfeel is complex with plum, raspberry, more vanilla, and slightly herbaceous. Silky start, medium acidity, medium plus body, medium plus alcohol, well integrated tannings and a satisfying finish. A great everyday wine, or great wine for that matter. — 22 days ago
Non-Vintage, but somewhere around 2011, based on the shipment date. Far exceeded expectations, even for a Wellington. — 19 hours ago