Somewhat of a disappointing showing for this. It drank fine, but a lot more was expected based on a bottle consumed just a few weeks ago. Hopefully, the wine is just shut down at the moment. A second bottle was opened and most of it is left, so it can be watched over the next couple of days. Ruby/purple in color. The nose is nice with black raspberries and some char. On the palate, this is tight with black raspberry fruit. No obvious faults but just lacking anything interesting or complex. The texture is good but not what has become a staple of this wine. Given its history, hopeful
My favorite vineyard from my favorite Zinfandel producer! Purple in color. The nose is black raspberries, slight cedar, slight bramble, spice and pepper. With air, some dark cherries emerge. My favorite part of this wine is the texture which seems consistent over vintages. It is rich and lush yet the wine glides down the palate. Flavors of black raspberry and minerals and slight char and pepper. Complex and deep. Each sip leaves one wanting another sip. Then the bottle is drained. Works with a wider variety of food than imagined. Long finish. A spectacular wine.
This is one of my staples in not too expensive wines. $30. This is outstanding from year to year. Purple in color. Great nose of black cherries, black raspberries and spice. Nice texture. Delicious. Concentration. Expands on the palate. Black and red fruits. Works well with food too.
This is 75% Zinfandel and 25% Mixed Blacks (a vineyard blend of dark red grapes). This is a different take on Zinfandel from a cooler climate vineyard. The wine was still able to get to 14.9% Alc due to a long growing season. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has sour cherries. There is also a black olive note which is very nice and likely from Rhone varietals as part of the mixed black make up. In addition, there is a classic bramble and black pepper note. Slight tannins on the wine. This is a more elegant side of Zinfandel. Black cherry fruit. Some depth but a lot of intensity that
I love Carlisle Zinfandels. Mike Officer makes a bunch of them, but this is my favorite one. Purple in color. The nose has some bramble, dark cherries and a bit of pepper. What i find I like consistently from vintage to vintage, however, is the texture. It is round, lush, and delicious without being over the top. Black cherries, raspberries, and black licorice. No heat. Each sip makes we want to take another. It is food friendly, but these seem to go down too quickly. Its hard to not gulp. This should age easily for another five years and probably ten or more.
2005 Kosta Browne Syrah Amber Ridge Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
This was fun as it is by far the oldest KB wine I have had. It is still quite a big wine especially for a Sonoma Syrah. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black olives, slight roasted herbs and black pepper. very nice. On the palate, black raspberries, black pepper, some char, some earth. Good acidity. Light tannins. Slight heat. It is drinking just fine at this point and probably at peak. Some depth, but a lot but plenty of delicious fruit left. Worked fine with food. Seems to easily have five to ten more years.
Beautiful Pinot Noir. Ruby with some purple swirls. The nose is great with bright cherries contrasted by an earthy, damp forest floor note. Also some spice. On the palate, this is tight but quite good. It needs at least five years or a long decant. Cherries, macerated cherries, layered tightly with damp earth and spice. Complex. Good balance. Long finish. Went quite well with food.
2008 Scherrer Winery Syrah Calypso Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper and slight bacon fat. On the palate, this is mature. Some amount of depth with layers of earth, black raspberries and bacon fat. Nice acidity. Very food friendly. Good finish. Very good wine. Drink in the next five to seven years.
"Florida" Jim Cowan is doing some really interesting things with Italian (and other) varietals and at fair prices. This is one of his more straightforward white wines. Made from the Fiano grape more typically found in Campagna, Italy. Light green gold in color. The nose is nice with almonds and a nice salinity to it. On the palate, this is medium bodied but a rounder fuller texture. Not quite the acidity of the Italian versions, but still enough to work with food. It has a quality that is almost like a non-oxidized sherry in a good way. Easy drinking but still with some depth. Nice
2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Wine Review
This is still young but drinking quite well now. Purple in color. The nose has dark cherries, black raspberries, leather, bramble and spice. On the palate, this is juicy with lots of fruit. Black cherries mostly. Some leathery tannins. Depth. Delicious. Drank over a couple days, it was better on day 2. Nice finish. Food friendly or on its own.