Monthly wine group met up and had an Italian wine night at one of the local Italian BYOB spots. Really fantastic Italian wines were brought, as well as some random bottles that were outside the theme (but worthy of opening regardless of theme).
Finishing off dinner with a couple dessert wines. It’s no secret that I love Jessup...their zin is delicious (one of my favorite wines from them) and for them to do a zin-port is just right up my alley. So jammy (blueberries, blackberry pie) and unabashed (vanilla, creme brûlée). — 12 days ago
They were out of Seghesio zin at central market, and the wine guy recommended this instead. It was good, but not quite as good as the wine I was looking for. Jammy, vanilla-laced fruit with lively acidity. — 2 days ago
Began as a dream of 2 friends, Ed Selyem & Burt Williams, who pursued weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville, CA, and made their first commercial vintage in 1981. A great Zin. Ripe sweet berry fruits with sweet spice. Flavors of sweet blackberry & raspberry, some cacao, with a jolt of black pepper. Tannins a bit rustic that soften quickly. Lingering ending with sweet crisp notes. Pricey but will not disappoint. — 14 days ago
Not a bad little zinfandel. Tasted pretty muted on day 1. Day 2 this one came alive. I think that this one is just so young that it needs a day of slow ox. On the nose is pepper and plum. Entry is more of a roasted fig, black fruit, sweeter youthful side. Not too jammy at all. Definitely dark, acidic entry. Finished dark, peppery. This one is good for the next several years, and who knows maybe even longer. The structure of this wine appears to be pretty solid. — 22 days ago
This is my last bottle of this. Judging by this wine, 2011 was a great, not problematic, vintage. (Of course it wasn’t, but I’m making another point here.) So beautiful. Smoky balsa wood, wet humus, dark sweet blackberry. Balanced, mouthfilling, no jamminess or heat. Elyse deserves to be held in the same esteem as Storybook and Ridge when it comes to consistently making elegant, ageworthy Zins. — 12 days ago