Wow, this is a tannic beast. At age 19/20 this is young and difficult if excellent. Deep garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, cigar box, and slight spice. Full bodied. Very firm tannins. On the palate it is complex and layered. Layers of cherries, dill and vanilla. Long black cherry finish. Great balance. It seems like it could easily go another twenty years. Will the fruit outlast the tannins though? In any event, very enjoyable on its own and will work better with food. A Mushroom Risotto would be great.
This is one of the best values in Syrah. It is also one of the best Syrahs. it ages so beautifully, it is a pleasure to drink one at age 18. Perfectly mature but not showing any age. Purple in color, shimmering bright. Opaque. The nose is great with black raspberries, a hint of barnyard, black pepper and char. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, this is complex and layered. Lovely texture. Flavors of black raspberries with some black pepper and char. Long finish. great on its own but perfect with dinner. It will work with most fowl, meats or pork. It raised a veggies
2018 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Empyrean Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review
Myriad's wines are starting to really get noticed which is great for them, but less so for people trying to afford them. That said, there is no question they are on a par with the best wines in Napa, which is to day the world. This one is inky purple, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is powerful but classic with cassis, graphite, leather and spice. Full bodied. Firm tannins. Wonderful texture. On the palate, this is deep with a tight complexity. If opening soon, give it a long decant. Flavors of cassis with cedar and spice and char. Long finish. This drinks well not w
This is a blend of 51% Syrah, 31% Grenache, and 18% Mourvedre from Paso Robles. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is lovely with black raspberries, black pepper, roasted meats and herbs. Full bodied. Plush but silky texture. Medium tannins. On the palate, this is delicious. Some complexity but perhaps not as much as other bottlings from this vintage. More powerful though. Black raspberries, jammy with some blueberries. Long finish. This is drinking well and should continue to for another decade. Better on its own than with food, but maybe some big roasted meat di
One of the very best of the relatively unknown wines of Italy. This is from the northeast corner and made from the Teroldego grape. Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is fantastic with black cherries, some cranberries, loads of minerality and wild thyme. Full bodied. Medium tannins. Great lively acidity. On the palate, this is young but delicious. Black cherry fruit with minerality and a bit of "wild herbs". Long finish. Nice on its own, but really better with food. It worked great with a nice plate of buttered pasta. Drink over the next ten to twenty years
2019 Halcon Vineyards Petite Sirah Tierra Theopolis Vineyard, USA, California, Yorkville Highlands, Wine Review
What a great wine. Now that this winery is no longer in business, I wonder who gets these grapes? This was Halcon's last year I believe. Inky purple in color, opaque and shimmering bright. The nose has boysenberries, gravel, and spice.
2017 Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon HãLo Hillspring Vineyard, USA, California, napa, Oak Knoll, Wine Review
This is the top wine from the historic Trefethen winery in Napa. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, cedar, slight leather and spice. Full bodied. Medium tannins. Good balance. On the palate, cassis with a touch of leather and smoke. Long finish. This is a pretty classic cab from good not great vintage. It is drinking well now and should continue for another ten to twelve years. Nice on its own, this would work well with Lamb chops.
This is a blend of 41% Syrah, 13% Mourvèdre, 19% Grenache, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Tempranillo and 3% Roussanne. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is big with black raspberries, black cherries, char, white pepper, floral notes and roasted meats. Full bodied. Medium tannins. Great energy. On the palate, this has shed it baby fat but is still youthful. it took a couple of hours to really open up. Loads of black raspberry fruit with black pepper, black cherries, some blueberries and a bit of char. Long finish. This is delicious on its own but may overpower most foods. I
This is a blend of Mourvedre, Carignan, Grenache and Syrah. This is a quite good expression of Rhone varietals from California. Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, plums, black pepper and slight nutmeg. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, this is tasty with bright acidity. Black raspberries and black cherries with some underlying char. Black pepper note on the finish. Drinking well now, this should go another seven to ten years. Nice on its own, this will work nicely with a good (veggie) Burger. Nice value.
This was purchased at the winery. Screw capped. Light golden in color. The nose is interesting with red apples, some hazelnuts and slight floral tones. Medium bodied. Light tannins. Slightly oily texture. On the palate, apples with light minerality. A bit of almond on the finish. This is drinking well now and should continue for another five to eight years. Nice on its own, this will work with sea food or even fried chicken.