The Paso Robles Cab which is standing up to the Napa latest and greatest and a young gun at that. The nose is mossy, musty with underlying fruit and spice notes. The mouthfeel is meaty, chewy, gamy almost, with a ripe fruit coating the palate, medium minus acidity, high alcohol, dry, it’s got a short finish with notes of dark chocolate and licorice… It works! Avant-garde-ly in away: hot climate Cab done right. — a year ago
Tasted blind. From magnum. Deep dark tawny color, opaque. Notes of cherry cola, earth, black fruit, gravel/stone, red cherries. Seems old, lacking tannin or acidity. My guess was an old Graves bottle from the 30s. This was fun to follow over the evening as it really blossomed in hours 7-9. — a year ago
This 2015 Gran Reserva from La Rioja Alta is one nice surprise after another. Not too revealing, neither visually, nor bouquet-wise. Nice, but unremarkable. But what a welcoming experience at the palate!
The vanilla infused boysenberries and plums dance on your tongue. The beautiful Rioja wood tone and tannins keep the fruit crisp, and dry. Rose petal softness and finesse in the very long and gratifying aftertaste round the experience. Definitely a keeper! — a year ago
Mulberry, black rasberry, eccalyptus and black tea aromas. Hints of pine sap and cedar. Plush and soft on the palate. Essentially an equal part split of Merlot and Cabernet. Plum, blackberry and forest notes. Length and depth of flavor are there too. Merlot brings a presumable softness. Very approachable, but no rush. — a year ago