My friend Charlie came by. Now Charlie likes his wines big and young and we both love Saxum. That sure seemed like a great opportunity to pull and young'un from the cellar and see what it was showing. The surprising thing was how good and accessible this was already. It's not at peak and will improve with cellaring, but if you have more than one, it's not a tragedy to open one now. 33% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah and 11% Counoise. Purple in color, slight ruby line at the rim. The nose is great with black raspberries, roasted meats, white pepper and slight floral notes. This
Deep ruby in color. The nose has nice cherries, black cherries and black raspberries with baking spice and a bit of pepper. Full bodied with a great texture. Nice backbone of acidity. On the palate, black raspberries with some black cherries. This is young and needs a few years to develop but quite tasty right now. Not a monster wine by any means. Will work with medium and big foods.
This continues to improve. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, white pepper and grilled meats. On the palate, this has a nice juicy acidity. Medium tannins. Black raspberries layered with char and earth. Good finish. No hint of alcohol or heat. Needs bigger and/or spicy foods. This wine still needs about five years to peak. Then should be good for another 15 after that. Very concentrated.
81% Syrah, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 4% Touriga Nacional and 1% Graciano. Inky purple in color. This is very different for an SQN wine. It does have 15.8% Alc but there is no sign of that. The nose has black raspberries, blueberries, some roasted meats and herbs and black pepper. On the palate, this is almost elegant. It has a refined quality but also the intensity and concentration one expects. Black raspberry and blueberry fruit on the palate with underlying coffee grounds and char. Great texture. Long finish. This is still quite young and has some upside even as good as it
Light ruby in color. The nose is sweaty with cherries and slight earth. On the palate, this has macerated cherries. A bit harsh but ok. A mild bit of depth. THis is a fine wine to serve for large parties. It retails for $15 and is varietally correct. Not a big wine, but not delicate either.
This is an under $20 bottle of California Cab. Well worth the price in the grand scheme of things. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has some cassis, dust and cedar. On the palate, this is easy drinking. Not complex but tasty and works with food. Probably needs to be drunk in the next few years.
This is excellent. From a winery who will undoubtedly raise their prices once the critics start scoring their wines. This is a GSM blend. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cherries, black raspberries, char, leather and spice. On the palate, this has a great texture. Firm yet sinewy. Great black raspberry and cherry fruit with some spice. Deep and will undoubtedly age well. Good finish. Works great on its own or with food. A winery to follow.
Purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper, and some roasted meats. Very deep. On the palate, this is still young but drinking great. Black raspberry fruit with some roasted herbs and some spice. Great texture. Deep and tightly layered. Long finish. This will develop more complexity but if you like lush, delicious warm climate Syrah, this one is fine now.
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Riesling Wirz Vineyard, USA, California, Cienega Valley, Central Coast, Wine Review
Light golden in color. The nose is nice with some peach notes. Slight minerality. Clean. Nice texture. A perception of sweetness perhaps, but this drinks dry. Some red apple, some dry peach on the palate. Refreshing. Not very deep. Easy drinking. Worked fine on its own or with food.
40% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah, 21% Grenache and 9% Counoise. Tablas Creek is making some of the best Rhone varietal wines anywhere and they have been for 20 years. Purple in color. The nose is nice, deep and has a nice complexity. Plums, dark cherries, slight char, black pepper and spice. With air, purple fruits come to the forefront. On the palate, this is young and still not yet at peak IMO. Plums, black raspberries layered with char and spice. A hint of muskiness as well. Lovely mouthfeel. Great texture. Nice finish. These wines are built to age and while the 2012 is more open tha