This is a Riserva (the 2013 regular version is reviewed separately). Frankly, this was not as good as the regular and cost $10 more. Now, that may be a vintage thing and I don't have a lot of experience with this grape (Tintilia) or region (Molise). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has boysenberries and smoke. On the palate, this has some boysenberries but not a lot. A slight bitter note on the finish. Some acidity. Its a fine wine that is drinking well right now but not the value the regular bottling is. Perhaps it is just in an awkward phase and needs time.
This is a relatively inexpensive Chenin Blanc that makes for fine sipping. Light golden in color. The nose has pear and lemons and a slight minerality. On the palate, this is clean and easy to drink. Pears with slight waxy finish. Light bodied. It works with lighter foods or on its own. Drink these sooner than later though Chenin does have the ability to age.
Every year I get invited to a St. Joseph's day celebration by a friend who is originally from Molise. It's a BYO event at a local hall with hundreds of people, tons of homemade food and a lot of fun. I try to bring appropriate wines. There are not a lot of wines made in Molisse and available here in the US. This one retails for about $20 and is really good and a bit different. Tintilia is the name of the grape. I liked this vintage slightly more than a 2011 I had a couple of years ago. Purple in color.
This is an Italian white from Kevin Harvey. If that name sounds familiar, he is the owner of Rhys in Santa Cruz, California and a maker of wonderful Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. This is his first vintage and is made from the Carricante grape, a white grape indigenous to Sicily. The wine itself is delicious. Light golden in color. The nose is reminiscent of a Hermitage Blanc. It is very waxy with lemon curd. There is also a slightly smokiness to it. On the palate, this has great acidity. The wine is fresh with lots of energy. The lemon curd carries thru but there is also a nice und
Deep ruby in color. The nose is slightly dusty with black cherries. On the palate, this has ripe black cherries. This seemed different than earlier vintages. LVMH bought this winery in 2008 so perhaps a bit different in philosophy. Not as concentrated and wild. It is a very good wine that will work with a wide variety of foods.
An excellent bottle but not one of the better vintages of Numanthia. Deep ruby in color. The nose has clay, dust and plenty of black cherries. A bit thinner in body than other vintages. Nice black cherry fruit on the palate. Drinking fine right now. Very food friendly for a wide range of foods.
Of course, 2003 was an extremely hot vintage all across Spain. Some wines were over ripe while in other cases, the vines simply shut down causing under ripe wines. No worries here. This wine was excellent. Deep ruby in color if a bit flat. The nose is interesting. Dusty with cherries and black cherries and a hint of mint. On the palate, this has lush black cherries. Some initial heat but it smoothed out with a bit of air. It is a bit riper than most vintages but not too much. Drinking well now and for the next five to ten years.
I seem to have had a lot of bottle variation with this one. Or, given that this is usually the last bottle of the night, maybe it is palate variation. In any event, this wine is always good to great and this bottle was in the middle. Deep golden/orange in color. The nose has honey and apricots. On the palate, this is sweet but nowhere near cloying. Enough acidity. The honey notes come thru and pick up peaches. Nice finish to the wine and to the evening!
Another Washington wine that was nice to try. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petite Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cassis, some chocolate, a bit of blueberries and spice. On the palate, this has a lush texture. It is tight but with air opens in the glass. Cassis and blueberry fruit with spice and oak. It needs a few years and will probably improve by a point or two. Nice finish. It is concentrated but a big wine and will need bigger foods or great on its own.
Always a pleasure to try on of the older stalwarts of Napa Valley. While this might not have the cache it had 30 years ago, it still is one of the best wineries in Napa. And this is one of the better values for Napa Cabernet. Purple in color. The nose is lovely with cassis, dust, slight tobacco and spice. On the palate, this is full bodied with nice lush fruit. Firm tannins still, this probably could have used a decant. Nice cassis fruit over spice and slight charred earth on the palate. Good balance. Nice finish. Will work with bigger or bolder foods. Perhaps some upside to cell