Torrin makes some of the best Rhone styled wines anywhere. This is 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Tannat, so not completely a Rhone styled wine. Close enough. There wines are big and generally need at least five years to start to be approachable for my tastes. This one is just getting there. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, plums, slight black cherries, blueberries, slight dust and spice. It's great. On the palate, this is big and wide. Great texture. Loads of black raspberry fruit with some blueberries and a bit of black cherries. It's d
This is a classic example of how well these high octane Syrah's from Paso Robles can age and mature given the chance. The bottle lists this at 16.5% ABV. On release, many naysayers said it would fall apart after five years. They complained about the heat and taste, many without even tasting it first. Now, I will admit that I liked this wine young. And, at age 17, I liked it even better. Of course, if you didn't like it young, you probably won't like it now I suppose. But, it clearly has not fallen apart. It is delicious, complex and has years left. This wine was made by Justin Smit
This is really in a great spot right now. Drinking superbly. Will it get better? Perhaps, but absolutely worth opening a bottle right now. A blend of 52% Grenache, 26% Mourvèdre and 22% Syrah. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is great with black raspberries, white pepper, black cherries, and slight roasted coffee beans. On the palate, this is soft, gulpable but also deep and complex. Black raspberries and plums intertwined with char, slight earth and roasted meats. A long finish. It is delicious and a show stopper. No rush, this should easily do another ten to fifteen
This is drinking quite well and at peak right now. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, roasted meats, slight white pepper and slight bacon fat. On the palate, this is light on its feet, not ponderous yet there is alcohol in the plush texture. Juicy black raspberry fruit. Layers of fruit and pepper and slight earth. Long finish. Easily will go another decade and closer to two. A nice match with roasted foods.
In the running for wine of the year. Consumed from Magnum while tailgating at the Browns vs.
This is a blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre. Consumed in the NY Jets stadium parking lot prior to the Monday night game between the Browns and the Jets. A lot of fun. While still very young, this was a perfect wine for the occasion. Big, bold and delicious. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, roasted herbs, plums and slight violets. On the palate, this has a wonderfully rich texture. The wine goes down easily. It is also delicious. Lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying char and a bit of pepper. Great energy and balance. Long finish. Goes great with
Torrin is a winery that despite critical acclaim, never seems to get the buzz of others from Paso Robles. I guess that good as the prices remain reasonable and the wines obtainable. Not that they are inexpensive. But they are great! Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, slight smoke, and some roasted herbs and meat. Wonderful texture. This, juicy yet lively. On the palate, this is still young. Firm tannins. It is drinking very well yet, it seems like there is a lot of development still to come. It has at least another five years until peak. It shoul
Mostly Syrah with a bit of Rousanne. The 2011's from Saxum are in a great place right now. They drink a bit younger than most of Justin Smith's wines. Pop and pour, this one was great. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, roasted meats, white pepper and "purple" floral notes. On the palate, this has a great texture. Big but not blowsy. Lots of energy. Good acidity. Notes of black raspberries over char and spice. Long finish. This was great on its own (with a cigar) by the fire but will work well with heavier stews and roasted meats, or even cheeses. No hurry, t
A blend of 43% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 10% Counoise. This wine is still on the young side but is open and with a bit of air, was drinking great. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, slight charred wood, black pepper, roasted herbs and roasted meats. On the palate, what a wonderful texture. Almost seamless. Juicy black raspberry fruit. Underlying char and roasted meats. Great energy and balance. This will continue to mature for the next five to ten years and be good for ten to fifteen after that. The alcohol is high, but there is hint of it although
This is a blend of 58% Mourvedre and 42% Grenache. Purple in color. Opaque. The nose has black cherries, plums, cedar, and roasted meats. On the palate, the Grenache seems to dominate at this point, but with age that should change. Black cherry fruit intertwined with smoke and slight earthiness. Good acidity. Nice finish. This seems young but not a ton of tannins. It will be interesting to watch this age. It should go well with spicy Asian cuisine of stews and chili. Drinking well now, I don't think it gets better but should morph over the next decade or more.