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
Another great showing for this Chardonnay. There is a deft use of oak that is noticeable here, but well done and well within reason. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with lemon curd, vanilla and hint of grapefruit. With air a nice minerality emerges. Full bodied. On the palate, this is still young but drinking well. It improves in the glass showing lemon curd with slight vanilla and spice. Nice balance and structure. Long finish. This seems like it should easily do another decade or more. Great on its own, this will work well with duck, salmon or just a s
Opened by a friend after a Lodi Zin tasting as an example that Zins last. We all wondered if it were alive and, it was. Purple in color, a bit flat but not really looking like it was 27 years old. The nose is dusty with a bit of bramble and woodiness left but also some cherry fruit. On the palate, there is still cherry fruit and some dried fruits. Good balance. Now, this was probably better twenty years ago, and I doubt ageing improved it much, but it clearly has lasted (stored in a wine fridge). A real treat to try now.
This is a big-ish Zin in style especially for Sonoma. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with black raspberries, black cherries and slight bramble. A bit of pepper, too. Full bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, there is nice black raspberry fruit with some cherries. Underlying spices. Pepper on the finish. It worked well with Thai food but will drink well on its own too. Drink over the next seven to ten years.
This is from grapes that are grown 63% IN Napa and 37% in Sonoma. It also contains 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a difficult vintage, yet this is a nice wine. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries and coffee. Also a hint of clove. Medium bodied. On the palate, black cherries and cherries with some underlying spice. A slight green note on the finish. Nice acidity. The fruit is not under ripe but just barely. This drinks well but will work better with food. Fried chicken might be nice. Drink over the next few years.
Always a consistently top Zinfandel. Purple in color with a thin ruby rim. The nose is nice with black cherries, raspberries, slight bramble, and char. Full bodied. The fruit seems a bit darker on the palate. Black raspberries with some plums. Delicious. Tight but unwinds in the glass. Long finish. This seems like it still needs a bit more time, even for those who like their Zins big and fruit forward. Maybe another three to five years and it should drink well for seven to ten after that. This drinks great on its own and will work great with bigger foods and also comfort foods li
Another top notch Syrah from Bedrock. Consumed over two days, it was better on day 2. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, black pepper and char. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this has slightly restrained, black raspberry fruit over char and slight earth. Deep but tight. Good balance. If drinking soon, give this some air. It should continue to improve for another five to eight years and be good for ten more after that. It drinks well on its own but would work better with some fatty/fried foods.
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
This was a wine that came highly recommended. It was great to be able to try a new wine that live up to the hype. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is big but nice with lemons, buttered popcorn, slight pineapple and white flowers. Full bodied. On the palate, this was tight and needed some air to open. Lemon, lemon peel, crushed rocks with light tannins. Moderate acidity. The finish turns slightly bitter/lemon pith. This is young and seems like it will develop for another seven to ten years. After that, it should drink well for another ten to twelve. If drinking n