Part of a 40th Birthday party celebration. I am not sure if this was a great example of this wine, but the wine was sound if old and still with plenty of life left. Pop and decant for sediment, it took about 30 minutes to blow off the bottle stink. Purple in color, ruby/brown at the rim. The nose has leather, some funk, cherries and dried cherries and dust. On the palate, there is still some cherry fruit left. Also some underlying earthiness. A nice bit of acidity is keeping it lively without being over the top. Fades at the finish. It's always fun to drink older wines and this one
From Magnum. Wonderful aged Syrah but it is starting to show it's age. Purple in color. The nose has black olives, boysenberries, slight black pepper and a hint of bacon fat. On the palate, this has a nice backbone of acidity. Layers of black raspberry fruit with some earthiness, some black olives and a bit of pepper. Long finish. Worked well with a wide variety of foods. This probably should be drunk up in the next five years or so.
This is an inexpensive easy white from Sardinia. Light gold/green in color. The nose is more about minerals and smoke but there is some lime. On the palate, this has a nice, slightly oily texture. Nice mineral drive lime with good acidity. Nice finish. This makes easy drinking on its own but also works well with light foods. A nice party wine.
A very nice Rose Champagne. Pale pink/blue in color. A nice mousse with small bubbles. The nose is very nice with strawberries, and hay. On the palate, this has good cut. It's not the biggest wine in the world but drinks quite well. Works nicely with a wide variety of foods. Long finish.
I first tried this wine a few years ago and was impressed by how well it had help. It has aged a bit since then but still is remarkably fresh. This was bolder in style than the Fiddletown. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries and bramble. Juicy acidity on the palate. More plum fruit as well. Overall a very nice and delicious Zin Food friendly and seemingly with another decade left.
Part of a tasting of Zinfandel wines. I believe this was a late release from the winery. For a 17 year old Zinfandel, this was drinking quite well. Purple in color, ruby swirls. The nose has black cherries and spice. On the palate, it is more about plums. Not a big or fruity wine at this stage, but plenty of energy and drinking well. More of a claret styled Zin with a nice complexity. Very food friendly.
Light golden in color. The nose is nice with hay, seltzer and slight ginger. Excellent acidity. On the palate, slight cider/oxidized notes. Also a bit of fresh red apples. Very nice balance. Long finish. This is very food friendly and will go with just about any food. It seems like this should last for at least a decade and develop a bit more.
My friend Robert was having a birthday. I brought a Magnum of this as it is always a crowd pleaser. And, it did not disappoint. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, white pepper, roasted meats, and slight floral note. With air some coffee grounds come out. On the palate, this was pop and pout and took only about twenty minutes to open though it continued to improve all night. Lots of black raspberry fruit intertwined with smoke and roasted meats. Medium tannins. Great precision and balance. Long finish. This needs big or spicy foods but will work with those and o
2009 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul, France, Rhone, Wine Review
One of the great Chateauneufs Du Pape and from a great vintage. This is 100 percent Grenache. Ruby/purple in color, clear and bright. The nose is very nice with cherries, spices and "garrique". On the palate, black cherries. The depth seems a bit lacking for the pedigree but perhaps is is a bit shut down at this point. It is a delicious wine and enjoyable. It's more of under-performing high expectations. Tasted twice over the last six months with consistent notes. It is food friendly but will take heartier stews and meat dishes.
Nice to revisit this wine. It had been about 4 years since it was last tried and it hasn't really changed. It is open and drinking quite well. This is a big wine that one might peg for California if drinking blind. Of course, 2005 was an excellent and ripe vintage. Vibrant garnet in color. The nose is dusty, slightly earthy with nice cherries and a bit of plums. What a lovely texture. Soft yet structured at the same time. On the palate, layers of cherries, slight smoke and earthiness. Nice acidity. Long finish. This would pair with everything from hearty seafood to a steak. No