This is a blend of grapes from Napa (Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Malbec and Petite Sirah) combined with Syrah from Sonoma. It is a pretty big and jammy style of red wine. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, graphite, baking spices and a bit of chocolate. Rich texture. A nice varietal complexity. Light tannins. This is ready to drink now. Lots of purple and dark red fruits. Tasty. Probably better served as a glass on the deck but it will work with bolder foods. Probably best if drunk in the next year or two as the exuberance and energy are what this wine is all about
This is a higher end Rose that is a blend of Grenache and Tibouren grapes. It is a very bright but light salmon pink color. Quite an expressive nose of watermelon, strawberries along with slight grapefruit and just a touch of wintergreen. On the palate, this is clean and steely. Strawberries and peaches with slight tannins (unusual for a Rose). Long finish. This drinks well on its own but to really show its class, it needed some food. It went amazingly well with a Watermelon, Feta and Mint salad. While this probably will last a few years, the sooner you get to it, the more freshnes
Another wine from Food and Gift purveyors Harry & David. These are available from their web site and stores and sold as packages and gift sets along with their other products. The label touts that the grapes were picked early in the season which seemed a bit counter intuitive although they likely are trying to achieve a crispness. Given Oregon's climate, that was a bit puzzling. In any event, not the first wine label I didn't understand. The wine itself is very nice. Very pale pink in color with some light lavender and silver hues. The nose is very nice with peaches, strawberries
This is from Food and Gift purveyor Harry & David and made in Southern Oregon. This is a very interesting and different take on Riesling. Light yellow/white/gold in color with a bit of a green tinge to it. The nose has a fresh cantaloupe quality to it which is very interesting. On the palate, this has a bit of a tingling acidity. The cantaloupe /melon quality comes thru.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is pretty with cherries, black cherries, slight dust, and spice. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Flavors of black cherries with some dill. Light tannins. Medium finish. Very food friendly, this should go with a wide variety but stews and casseroles should do very well. It is probably close to peak but should be at this level for a decade. Available for around $15, this is a great value in traditional Rioja.
Brought back from Spain by a neighbor after meeting with the owners. This is drinking well now and traditional. Ruby in color. The nose is dusty with cherries and slight dried dill. On the palate, this seems to be just slightly past prime but still drinking well. Dried and fresh cherries with no tannins. Easy drinking. Food friendly. A very good value although drinking in the first couple of years from vintage is a good idea.
Saxum is one of my favorite wineries so no surprise, but this is outstanding. It has really opened up since last tried reinforcing my belief that despite what some say, these big reds are best after ten years in a good cellar. This is made from 79% Syrah, 7% Petite Sirah and the rest Grenache, Mourvedre and Roussanne grapes. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, white pepper, roasted meats and slight violets. On the palate, the texture is wonderful. Velvety with excellent acidity. Complex and layered, this unwinds in the glass. And, it is delicious with black raspber
Donnhoff makes some of the best Rieslings in the world. This wine is fantastic if still a bit young. Even those who said they didn't appreciate sweet wine thought it was great. Light golden in color. The nose has just the slightest bit of petrol. Also some lemon candy with powdered sugar. On the palate, there is some acid but not a ton. Minerals and lemon candy. Nice depth. Long finish. This goes great with most foods especially those with some kick. This should last for another decade probably two.
From a winery in northwest Ohio along the Lake Erie shore. Vidal Blanc, is a hybrid grape that does very well in this area and makes wonderful dessert wines. This is a true Ice Wine and not artificially produced. Deep golden in color. The nose is pretty with a canned peaches in heavy syrup quality to it. On the palate, there are more peaches along with a bit of orange peel and slight bitter honey. Good acidity. Nice finish. This would go with anything that a Sauternes would go with. It should last another five years for sure and maybe ten. It is one of the styles of wine that is m
2015 Ravines Wine Cellars Riesling Dry Argetsinger Vineyard, USA, New York, Finger Lakes, Wine Review
Apparently, this is one of the highest rated wines from the Finger Lakes region. it is quite good and fairly priced at $30.Light yellow in color. The nose has a slight petrol note and nice minerality. A bit of lemon oil as well. On the palate, this has nice acidity. Fresh lemon fruit. Some depth with underlying minerality. Good finish. It would work with a wide variety of foods including Thai and spicy foods. It seems like it is starting to just show some age but should easily last a decade or more.