This is a proprietary blend made from Chardonnay, Roussanne, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, and Vermentino from California. Light golden in color, sparkling bright. The nose has lychees, marzipan, apples and honey. It is medium to full bodied with a heavy quality to it. Like other Prisoner wines, there is nothing light about this wine. The palate has apples, orange peel and slight noticeable alcohol. It adds some caramel and butter scotch on the long finish. This is a very interesting wine that is also quite tasty. It drinks very well sipping on its own and will work well with roas
Sineann is more well known for the Oregon and Washington wines, but they also make this gem in New Zealand. Owner-winemaker Peter Rosback just can't sit still. Screw capped. Silvery/gold in color with a slight copper hue. The nose is tight upon opening but with a bit of air open to show a nice minerality followed by gooseberries. With more air a yellow lemonade note become prominent. This has a lovely oily texture. On the palate, the lemonade note is there right away followed by gooseberries and an interesting menthol tobacco note. This has nice acidity. A long finish that does sho
This may be the most iconic Rosé made. It is arguably the best as well. While the price has risen over the last decade or so, there is no question that it delivers on quality. Pale salmon/copper in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with strawberries, minerals and a slight salinity. Very nice texture. Medium bodied. On the palate, strawberries with a mineral base. This is not a big wine, but its not delicate either. The finish goes on for a long time. Some people advocate letting these age and while this will no doubt last for another five to seven years, the freshness in
This is an outstanding white from South Africa. It is a blend of 80% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette and 7% Viognier. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is enticing with orange peel, lemon, wax, honey and minerals. Medium bodied. On the palate, it feels like it will be sweet but is not. Dry. Lots of layers with lemon and orange over minerals. Complex. It is one of those wines that forces on to pay attention. Long finish. At age seven, this is young, vibrant with plenty of energy. There is some development but more is coming. There is some mint on the long finish. This sho
Great showing for this wine. A solid vintage and a very good producer really combined for a success. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, slight black cherries, anise, and slight tea leaves. Full bodied. Ripe cherries on the palate with underlying forest floor. Light tannins. Lots of depth and complexity. Also, delicious. Great acidity. Long finish. Great value for a wine of this quality. This is not yet at peak, maybe another 3 to 5 years, and then should dirnk well for ten to fifteen after that. A great match for pasta bolognaise.
Much better and cleaner than another bottle tried a couple years ago. Both were bought on release at the same time. A right bank wine from the great 2005 vintage. The vineyard is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc (unsure about the specific vintage in bottle). Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cherries, black cherries, cedar, chocolate, slight tobacco and just a bit of smoke. Consumed over two days, this was better/more open on day 2. Full bodied. Lush texture but with good acidity. Lots of black cherry fruit over smoke with some chocolate. Nice finish. This s
Peter Rosback releases his wines early, so it is nice to get a taste. These are from a vineyard that is about one hundred years old and was reclaimed around 20 years ago. It is an interesting take on a grape not often found in those parts. This years version seems a bit lighter on the fruit with a nice spicy quality to it. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cherries, cinnamon, baking spices and slight sour cherry note. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this is a bit softer in texture. Light tannins. Cherry fruit with underlying spice. This is bottled under screwcap. Of course
This was a new Gigondas for me to taste and it showed quite well. Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose is clean with black cherries and spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, the black cherries come thru along with a bit of anise. This isn't the deepest or most complex wine, but it is drinking well right now. It probably should be consumed over the next seven to ten years. This will work well with a nice bean/meat cassoulet.
From the Perrin family that is one of the top producers of wine in the Southern Rhone valley. Purple in color, with ruby swirls. Mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice and accessible. It has sweet black raspberries, slight char, slight floral note (lavender?), with spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, flavors of cherries and black cherries with an interesting black licorice note. Good finish. This may still improve over the next few years and should drink well for ten. This drinks well on its own and should work well with chili, stews and bean soups.
This is the basic Gigondas from the top producer of Gigondas. They also make a variety of single vineyard wines. The price on these has gone up over the years with the success of the winery and so, they now sell for as much or more than many Chateauneufs. This is a blend of , 70% Grenache with the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre. Purple in color, ruby at the rim and shimmering bright. The nose has black cherries, black pepper, slight black olive and spice. On the palate, this has a juicy texture. Black cherry fruit. Clean. It will undoubtedly improve and open over the next three to five y