Light green/gold in color. The nose has a fair amount of oak still showing but the fruit is a bit faded. The palate is consistent with the nose. It seems like this was probably a bit better a few years ago and probably needs to be drunk sooner than later. For those who like oak drive California Chardonnay, this retails for $30.
Purple in color. The nose is nice and showing a bit of "claret" style. Black raspberries, black cherries, spice, and a bit of black pepper. On the palate, this is fresh and still youthful. A bit jammy but no real alcohol showing despite 16.5%. It does show on the texture and slight warmth on the finish, but not much at all. Drinking well now and a crowd pleaser. Worked with some spicy pizza.
Just a beautiful wine. Drinking youthfully but showing some development. Open for business. Purple in color. The nose has leather, bramble, black raspberries. Very deep. With air, some graphite. On the palate, black raspberries with an underlayer of charred earth. A lovely texture; both velvety and intense. great finish. This would pair with heartier foods and certainly spicy foods. This may not get better but has five to seven years left at peak easily and probably more as it morphs into more of a claret styled Zin. So good right now though.
2003 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir The South Slope Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
Purchased on release, this is holding up and in fact, drinking quite well at age 15. It did need about 20 minutes to shed some bottle stink though. Purple in color. The nose has nice cherries, slight sour cherries, and some barnyard funk. There is some Brett on the nose and palate showing as barnyard and slight band-aid. On the palate, drying tannins. Slightly sweet cherries. And a bit of barnyard comes through. This is not drinking old, but probably never was a top level Pinot Noir. Still, it has a nice complexity right now and seems in balance. Would work well with fowl. There
Ruby/purple in color. Cloudy. The nose is sweaty socks. Perhaps some macerated cherries. On the palate, this is very soft. Very sour cherries with some dank earthiness. It is a style of Pinot that I like but this seems either mishandled or way past prime at this young age. Not sure if this bottle was representative It reminds me of some of the unclean Burgundies that were more prevalent 25 years ago. That is not to say undrinkable or even bad, as this wine is certainly offering some nice and interesting notes, but more to say, what this might have been (or a pristine bottle is).
2008 Grey Stack Cellars The Muldoon Greywacke Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
A very nice example of a cooler climate Syrah. At age 10, this is just sort of chugging along on its way, but not yet, at maturity. Purple in color. The nose is black raspberries with some black olives and slight bacon fat. Very much a Northern Rhone profile. On the palate, there is a grilled black raspberry fruit quality to this. Slightly sour fruit. Some slight heat on the finish. Overall, very solid and enjoyable. Food friendly. Perhaps still some upside to go.
2013 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay The North Slope Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
Very classic Sonoma Chardonnay. This sees 30% new oak, but there is a fair amount of oak showing. Whether that is good or bad is a matter of personal taste. Light golden in color with slight green hue. The nose has nice lemons along with slight vanilla and nutmeg. On the palate, the nose carries thru but also a bit of fresh cut timber. Towards the mid-palate and finish, some tropical fruit notes emerge. There is a lovely creamy softness to the texture. Good depth. Very nice acidity. Still drinking youthfully, this should continue to develop and presumably for the oak to continue t
Deep ruby in color, purple at the core. The nose is nice with sour cherries, cola and spice. On the palate, this is a big wine. Very reminiscent of a Kosta Browne wine in style. Black cherries, some cola and some spice. Has a nice depth and tight complexity. Enough acidity to carry food. Lots of fruit. Good finish. Delicious wine. Doesn't seem to be at peak yet and showing little signs of age at this point.
Kosta Browne wines are some of the most sought after Pinots in California. They are also wines that people tend to love or hate because they are to the ripe and jammy side of Pinot Noir. Its always fun to drink one and listen to the comments. This is deep ruby in color. The nose has bright black cherries with some baking spice. With air, some root beer and Faygo Red Pop notes. On the palate, there is a lot of cherry, black cherry notes along with a bit of cola. It is big and fruity and also delicious. Would work with bigger foods and most traditional Pinot foods (salmon, etc.). Lon
Inky purple in color. The nose is bright black raspberry fruit with some char. Medium bodied. Good acidity. Black raspberry fruit. Works well with food. This is an outstanding wine, but at age 9, it is not showing the depth and complexity that might have been expected. The question is whether it will develop. 2009 had heavy rains at harvest and pick dates often separated the great from the almost great. It will be interesting to see where this goes over the next five to ten years. Regardless, this is at a minimum, still a great wine.