Last stop on day one in Sonoma was at Patz & Hall Winery. Second wine was their Chardonnay from the Ritchie Vineyard.
Light lemon yellow in appearance. Can smell the new oak on the nose with some layers of wax, peaches and a bit rich. Needs some time to balance out. Medium acidity (6.5/10) and medium plus body. Rich on palate too with oak, butter, candied peaches and lemon rind. Medium plus to long finish. Drink till 2024. $$ — 2 months ago
It's Thursday and it is time for #MerlotThursday! This time, a wonderful one from Napa Valley.
Dark purple in color with a short purplish rim.
Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, smoke, peppermint, light coffee, mocha, tobacco and black pepper.
Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with cherries, strawberry pie, licorice, cloves, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Long finish with round tannins, tangy raspberries and light medicine.
This is another wonderful wine from the Prisoner wine Company. This Napa Valley Merlot is well-balanced with nice complexity and mouthfeel. Bold, rich and juicy, with mellow tannins and a tangy long finish.
This 5-year old is peaking now and will drink nicely in the next 5 years.
Needs an hour to open up properly. I used the Vspin for 5 minutes.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
91 points Wine Spectator.
A blend of 77% Merlot and the rest is Syrah and Malbec. Great vintage and a delicious wine.
15.2% alcohol by volume.
$40. — 7 days ago
A warm Bastille Day, and I don’t own any French Rosé. An homage is the next best thing, and this was good one. Yes, 2011. Don’t ask me why I didn’t open this five years ago, but there it was. Still a little CO2 on opening and more salmon colored than pink. Reticent on the nose, but nice watermelon, orange zest and acidity on the palate. Wonderful with twice fried chicken wings. Still have a couple of the ‘12s and hope they show as well. — 5 days ago
Nose gives off sultry and low-toned scents of cracked dark stones, a note of iodine, and smoky crushed dark blackberry. Mouthfilling, soft, and with broad swaths of dark minerality. Very savory, with a clingy tactile quality. I swear, the basaltic rocks and silt in Walla Walla really do unique things to grapes grown there. So good. — 6 days ago
Color of dark purple, almost inky. Nose of plum and cherry, herb, a bit minty, a bit crayon, and strength of alcohol. Taste is sweet, almost too sweet, like jammy raisin and vanilla ice cream. Some oaky bourbon note is indeed in the background. Some more warmth from the strength of the strength of alcohol. She is binary with bourbon note plus red wine with sweet notes. I feel you can judge her with either old or new world standard. It is more like an experiment. Fun, straightforward, yet not deep and complicated. — 6 days ago
Deep garnet, with a slightly shy nose of spice box. Ripe red cherries, tart raspberries, and cranberry sauce are prominent on the palate, followed by warm spice notes of anise and cinnamon, bark, and dried herb. A burst of acidity shows up on the back end and the finish is long, clean, and mildly drying. The is truer to the Italian original than the sweeter ‘13, and is a really nice effort. — 3 days ago