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Wine To Go Buy This Week – New Year’s Edition -Domaine Carneros 2008 Le Reve Blanc de Blancs – 90 Points
From Magnum. This is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petite Verdot and 5% Malbec. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is dominated by Brettanomyces which comes across as a "ripe" barnyard. Some people love this while others are averse. This is a spoilage yeast that will only bloom when the bottle sees warmer temperatures. In addition, there are plums and cassis with some green bell pepper and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, this drinks a bit cleaner. Very earthy with cassis, bell pepper and black cherries. Medium tannins. Long fin
This is very nice but curiously seemed a bit behind the two prior vintages of this wine. Perhaps a bit shutdown. Still, it was very good. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has cherries, slight smoke and an herbal streak (rosemary/tarragon?). Medium bodied. On the palate, there is nice cherry fruit, a bit stemmy with an underlying damp earthiness. Moderate finish. This will work better with food. Pasta with mushrooms would be a nice choice. It will be interesting to watch it develop Drink over the next five to seven years.
This is a blend of 60% Syrah, 22% Mourvedre, and 18% Grenache from Torrin Vineyard. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, some black olives and smoke. Full bodied. Great, rich texture. Nice balance. On the palate, this is still youthful but starting to open a bit. Black raspberries, plums, black cherries with underlying scorched earth. Long finish. Delicious. This may still improve but it will make great drinking for another ten to twelve years. Great on its own, this will work well with braised meats or roasted vegetables.
This is 70% from the Napa side of Pride Mountain and 30% from the Sonoma side. Very young but an excellent wine. Long gone are the days of Bob Foley's full throttle wines from Pride. Different, but just as good. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose shows cassis, spice, fresh tobacco and slight char. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, cassis and black cherry fruit with some tobacco and underlying earthiness. Deep and complex if tight. This will need about seven to ten years to develop to get near peak and then should drink for ten to fifteen
This is a classic California Chard in style and pedigree. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has butter, spice, lemons and slight white flowers. Full bodied. Rich, full bodied texture. On the palate, this is round and full of fruit and structure. Lemons, slight smoke and spice. A nice backbone of acidity counters the oak nicely. Long finish. This should continue to integrate over the next ten years with the oak taking a step back. Whether to wait or not really depends on how you like your Chardonnay. This drinks well on its own and will work well with sea food but also p
2017 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard Alexander Valley, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review
This is a nice Zin that takes its foot off the gas just a bit in this vintage. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has raspberries, slight bramble and spice. Medium bodied. 14.8% ABV. On the palate, raspberries with some underlying char and a bit of black pepper. Nice finish. This is the type of Zin that should age pretty well. Drink over the next ten to twelve years. This is probably better with food; pizza or a burger are nice choices.
Very impressive Syrah with about 5% Viognier added. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, blueberries, white pepper, black olive and roasted meat. Full bodied. On the palate, the black raspberries and blueberries are intense but concentrated. A bit of pepper and some underlying char and meatiness. Good acidity. Long finish. This will still get a bit better but is drinking well now. Maybe another five years of cellaring and drink for fifteen to twenty after that. This drinks well on its own and will work well with fattier meat dishes and stews.