The Crater Rim

Pacific Rim Winemakers

The Great Pacific Northwest Columbia Valley Sweet Riesling

If you are looking for a sweet treat this is it. It taste like apple cider with a crisp kick this is it. I am not a pro just telling you what I think. I am enjoying this after finishing a bottle and a half of other wines. Yes my rating is higherbthen then pros, but this is how I feel. Ask a Pro if you want to know about acidity and tanin. This is a wonderful sweet treat. — a month ago

Finca Sandoval

Manchuela Syrah Blend 2009

Really cool stuff...nose of maturing Syrah, currant jam, cedar. Inky with minimal rim gradation. Palate is fruit/tannin up front with northern Rhone gentility on the end. Soy sauce, roasted meat, iron, leather. We last had this four years ago and it’s still going strong. Worth tracking down. — 11 days ago

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Château Avernus

Tautavel Red Blend 2012

Vintage 2012 | a wine that plays hard to get. Brown rim, still cardinal red. Some stable smell, some old wood (6 months barrel ripening), plums, morello cherries. Tough taste, it needed hours in the decanter to gain some easy charm, to get a velvety impression. Four years ago it was more stubborn than now, but unmistakably it is still a bit difficult. Lots of character. Paired with venison stew. — 16 days ago

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Ken Brown

Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2015

pale garnet, tawny rim; black cherry, plum, leather, tea, composting leaves; tart cherry and pomegranate; medium body, light tannins, medium+ acidity, 14.2% ABV; despite Santa Barbara County appellation fruit is all from Santa Rita Hills vineyards including 44% Ranco La Viña, 30% Rio Vista, 13% Zotovich, 7% Radian, and 6% Buona Terra, aged 10 months in 30% new French oak; very nice entry level California Pinot at $35 from the OG of Central Coast Pinot — 3 days ago

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We are identifying this wine.

18.5 label lost. But cork confirmed vintage. From the deep ruby robe with only slight garnet at rim, to the pepper and all things good on the nose, to a never-ending finish, this is a wine to remember. — 6 days ago

Fratelli Monchiero

Barolo Nebbiolo 1985

This bottle was the third part of a really fun ensemble of Barolos, generously shared and curated by our friend Tim.

Once again, served blind after a lengthy slow-ox; all the while knowing we were drinking Barolo but that’s it. This bottle had rather obvious signs of age with loads of sediment (though most was decanted off) and a rather pronounced orange rim. On the nose, there was tar for dayzzzz! Secondary characteristics were dominant with dried cherries, balsamico, earth, and truffles. The finish was savory and delicious.

I was sure this was old but I wasn’t sure how old. Revealed as a 1985 Fratelli Monchiero, a producer I was unfamiliar with. Our host mentioned that it came across DOA when the cork was pulled but his experience with old Barolo proved this had a chance to come around; I’m so grateful he showed the patience necessary. A lovely experience.
— 3 days ago

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Seghesio Family Vineyards

Cortina Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2009

2009. Found a shelf of ~10 year old Zinfandel in the cellar and this Cortina is really good. Shows a little light reddish brown on the rim and the body is lighter than expected. Red fruits, spicy herbs, and mild vanilla flavors. — 6 days ago

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S.A.T. Camaretas

Frontón de Oro Tradicional Tinto Gran Canaria Red Blend 2018

Very cool surprise. 1st time tasting a Gran Canaria wine and ditto Listan Negro. Translucent bright ruby that fades into a burnt orange rim. Sexy spiced red cherry and plum and breathy, dank cigar smoke on the nose. Transitions smoothly into dashes of ground pepper, worn leather, and brandy-braised orange and red fruit on the palate. High acid. Tannins are hard to describe, coming in late and light, but toothsome. Lots to think about here and huge QPR value. — 9 days ago

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Rim Rock Syrah

Great bold flavor on the 2017. A solid full-bodied lip smacker. Pairs well with the old dutch-oven-chicken-and-veg. — a month ago


Global Fusion Red Blend 2014

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a tasty one from California.

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim. A very pretty color.

Fruity nose with blueberries, plums, currants, light cedar, vanilla, light earth, licorice, black pepper, spices and chocolates.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, coffee, dark chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend. Drinking very nicely now, and will continue in the next 5 years.

This 6 year old is showing nice complexity and balance, with a very enjoyable mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but gets more complex as it opens up. I let it decant for 2 hours.

A good quality wine. Delicious, interesting and engaging.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with meats, cheeses and light appetizers. Was really nice with the Italian salami.

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Grapes are grown in Napa County and Sonoma County.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 3 days ago

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