From a different time, back when Pax Mahle was making really big wines in really big bottles. The label lists 15.5% ABV. For those who questioned how well a wine like this could age, at 17, this is doing just fine with years left. Purple in color with ruby around the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, slight black raspberries, spice, slight root beer note and a wisp of smoke. Full bodied. On the palate, black cherries, blueberries, spice and slight earthiness. Long finish. No sign of alcohol in the wine. This is fresh and vibrant. It seems like it could
This is a really pleasant Cab for a pretty good price considering its from Chalk Hill. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cassis, dark chocolate, leather and spice. Full bodied. On the palate, this is straightforward with nice cassis fruit, some black cherries with some underlying spice. Medium tannins. Nice finish. This will improve with a couple more years in the cellar. It should drink well for seven to ten more after that. It drinks great on its own but would certainly work well with a nice steak or even Mac and Cheese.
Light golden in color, clear and bright. Expecting huge oak on this (a trademark of sorts for Ed Sbragia) and it wasn't over the top. Still some oak, but not crazy. The nose has some lemons, toast, and a bit of spice. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, slight lemon with a hint of vanilla and baking spices. Medium finish. There is certainly oak on this but it drinks easy and not too overblown. It is nice on its own and would work with soft cheeses. Drink over the next three to five years.
One of the top producers of Sonoma Chardonnays. At age 7, this is in a nice sweet spot between youth and maturity. Light gold in color with some green hues. Clear and bright. The nose has grapefruits, vanilla, and spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has a great texture. Vibrant. Notes of grapefruit, lemons, pears, vanilla with underlying char. Great acidity. Long finish. This is drinking well now and should continue for another ten to fifteen years. Great on its own, this would work well with scallops or other shellfish.
Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has fresh cut lumber, toast, butterscotch and a slight lemon note. Medium bodied. Medium tannins (most likely oak driven). On the palate, the toast and butterscotch come thru with a bit more lemon. Lower acidity. The finish is medium with a bit of vanilla. This has a lot of oak on it, so factor that into your buying preferences. It drinks better on its own than with food for that reason. Drink over the next few years.
This remains my favorite Carlisle Zinfandel year in and year out. There are lots of reasons, but chief among them is the texture. So rich and lush yet the wine has so much balance and energy. A blend of 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with raspberries, black raspberries, slight blueberries, smoke and slight bramble. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, black raspberries, raspberries and slight black cherries with smoke and some dry earthiness. Great acidity. Long finish. Delicious. This should drink well over the next ten to
Consistently one of the great values in California Syrah. Deep purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, slight char, black pepper and roasted herbs. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this has a great texture. Black raspberry fruit with underlying meatiness and char. Delicious. Nice finish. This will drink well over the next ten to twelve years. A nice match with a burger or ribs off the grill.
2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Riesling Wirz Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Cienega Vineyard, Wine Review
There is not a lot of great Riesling bottles from California, but this one is consistently pretty good and perhaps a bit better in this vintage. Light gold/green in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with apples and some minerality. Light to medium bodied. On the palate, this is dry with moderately crisp acidity. Green apple notes carry thru to the palate. Nice finish. This should drink well over the next seven to ten years. This can be consumed with or without food. Shellfish would be a nice choice.
Not the best vintage for this wine but it still showed nicely. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cherries and spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, there is some complexity. This seems to be at or maybe just past peak. Sour cherries with an underlying spice. Moderate finish. Drink over the next five years. For those who like sweetbreads, this would be a nice match.
Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has some funk with black cherry fruit. On the palate, there is plenty of depth. It is very tight and needs more time. Some black cherry and sour cherry fruit with underlying earthiness. Nice finish. Probably best to hold another five to seven years and then drink for twenty after that. This would work well with Grilled Salmon. Lots of upside for those who are patient.