This is an accessible Pinot Noir that has some seriousness to it as well. More "old world" than a ripe fruit bomb. Garnet in color with some purple swirls. On the nose, it has a classic rhubarb, cranberries and cherries. Medium bodied. On the palate, rhubarb with some cherries. Good acidity. Long finish. This drinks well now on its own but is even better with food. Lighter foods such as chicken salad are a nice match but this will work well with ribs r a burger off the grill. Drink over the next five to seven years.
This sees 20% new oak. Light green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has limes, lemons, and intriguing bit of wintergreen. Clean. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is slightly chalky with lemon cream. Light tannins. The wintergreen returns on the finish along with a very slight bitter (lemon peel) note. Tried again on day 2, it held up great. This should drink well for five to seven years. A nice match with seafood or salads but drinks well on its own, too.
This is 100% Syrah with a 15.3% ABV. That said, the alcohol isn't noticeable. Purple in color with ruby swirls. Mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries with some spice and black pepper. Full bodied. On the palate, black raspberry fruit with underlying char and ash. Light tannins. Good finish. At age 7 this may yet improve a bit but it just about at its prime drinking window. It should drink well for another ten to twelve years. This will go well with roasted meats, fowl or veggies.
Although young, this wine is a beauty. Kistler used to have a lot of oak on its Chardonnays. Some loved it, some didn't, but this wine seems to have backed off a bit on the oak and upped the acidity. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has some pineapple, and lemons. With air, a lemon candy note comes thru. There is a fair amount of oak showing too coming thru as caramel and vanilla but it is already integrating. Full bodied with a lovely viscous, oily texture. On the palate, this is crisp with nice minerality. The lemon/lemon candy comes thru. Long finish. This drinks ni
I had high hopes for this wine, but it really didn't come together well. Consumed over three nights, the first night was the best showing. given the showing, it is possible this bottle had seen heat damage at some point although there were no obvious signs. Garnet/purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has candied cherries (think cough drops) with some plums. Medium bodied. On the palate, the candied cherries carry thru along with a slight port-like note of alcohol. Prune with heat on the finish. I like these wine as a general rule and perhaps with some cellaring, this
This is my favorite Carlisle Syrah. At age 8, it really was a bit young to be opened, but it was delicious after a couple of hours of air. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, bacon fat, black olives and white pepper. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, black raspberry fruit over a charred earthiness. Great balance. Lively. Deep. Long finish. This probably will continue to mature for another five to seven years, and be good for another ten after that. It drinks great on its own and will work well with fatty meat dishes but also Indian or hea
A nice showing for this Cab which is drinking well but may yet improve. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is dusty with nice cassis fruit and some baking spice. On the palate, it presents as black cherry candy. Delicious. Medium tannins. Nice finish. This should drink well for the next ten to twelve years. A nice wine with chili.
2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
Great showing for this wine that has taken quite some time to finally open and come around. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis with slight baking spice. Full bodied. On the palate, this is initially tight, but unwinds in the glass. Juicy cassis fruit. It seems still youthful although approaching maturity. There is depth and intensity and energy to this wine. Nice finish. Drinking great now but a little air helps. It should drink well for ten to twelve more years. Nice on its own, it would work well with a steak.
2015 Matthiasson Zinfandel Limerick Lane, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
This is another take on fruit from this vineyard by a quality producer. It is a bit lower in ripeness and alcohol than the other producers I have tried but just as good. Deep ruby in color with some purple swirls. On the nose there is cherries, slight sour cherries, still a bit of bramble and a hint of gravel. Full bodied. On the palate, this is concentrated with nice energy. Cherry and black cherry fruit over minerality. Some depth and complexity. Delicious. Juicy acidity. Nice finish. This is drinking quite well and is at the point of turning more claret in style. Whether you
This is this excellent Zinfandel producer's basic wine. It is a very nice value. In terms of style, it is middle of the road between a fruit bomb and a claret styled Zin. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose is nice with cherries, black cherries, slight char and bramble. On the palate, the cherries come thru. This drinks easy with a slight complexity. Some cough syrupy notes on the finish. This probably should be consumed over the next three to five years. Nice on its own, this will work well with burgers or ribs off the grill.