2014 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County, USA, California - Wine Review

What an outstanding value.  Under $30 for this quality of a Syrah.  It will certainly improve with some cellar time but is great right now.  Purple in color.  The nose has boysenberries, plums, black pepper, slight roasted herbs and hints of grilled meat.  On the palate, this is lush.  Ripe but not over.  Plenty of boysenberry fruit with underlying char.  Nice finish.  Easy drinking but more, this is delicious.  Great job!

2008 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc, USA, California, Napa

Drinking well right now.  Not yet at peak but I don't know how much better it will get.  Purple in color.  Wonderful nose of black cherries, green tobacco, cigar box and leather.  On the palate, this is tightly layered.  It opens in the glass.  Black cherries, leather and earth.  Good balance.  Not a huge wine, but not shy either.  Goes well with food.  Outstanding wine.  

2007 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River - Wine Review

Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has cherries, slightly sour and sandalwood.  On the palate, sour cherries with slight root beer note.  This is a big wine and ageing pretty slowly.  There is still a ton of fruit and the alcohol is in check, so I suspect this will continue to develop.  It will be interesting to see how much complexity it gains.  Like many wines that lean far to one style, if you didn't like this young, you probably won't like it old (and visa-versa).  There is some slight heat on the finish but that settled down with some air.  

2014 Walter Hansel Winery Chardonnay Cuvée Alyce, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley - Wine Review

This has really improved in the last 6 months.  This has some oak on it which may be a question for some, but if you like this style, it is impressive.  Deep golden in color.  The nose has vanilla and lemon cream.  Slight fesh lumber.  On the palate, there is a lovely oily texture.  Very lemony with a bit of sawdust as well as vanilla.  Very nice acidity.  Worked just find with some cheeses.  Still on the young side and plenty of fruit to hold up as the oak integrates.  It is delicious right now.  

2014 Carlisle Zinfandel Old Vines, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley - Wine Reivew

This is such a tremendous value.  Around $30.  Purple in color.  The nose is great with raspberries, dark cherries, spice, bramble and char.  On the palate, what a great texture.  Juicy and full.  Lots of fruit, mostly raspberries, blackberries but also some sandalwood notes.  Great balance.  DELICIOUS.   Long finish.  I think these will age for a decade if only I could keep my hands off of them.  

2011 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma Coast - Wine Review

Drinking quite well right now.  Perhaps a bit earlier than prior vintages.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose is great with sour cherries, cherries, slight black licorice and baking spice.  On the palate, this is deep and complex.  Great texture; a bit soft and a bit velvety.  Lots of sour cherry and black cherry fruit.  It unwinds in the glass showing layers of fruit and damp forest floor.  Great acidity.  Nice finish.  There is some upside potential on this as it will continue to mature for a few years.  

2012 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Impassable Mountain Reserve, USA, California, Sonoma - Wine Review

Purple in color.  Opaque and bright.  The nose is great with cassis, cedar, spice, slight fresh turne loam and bit of chocolate.  On the palate, this has ripe but not overtly ripe fruit.  Plenty of depth.  Very nice, lush texture.  Long finish.  This is still young and has a way to go before peak but it is absolutely delicious today.  

2001 Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah, USA, California, Sonoma - Wine Review

Great showing for this.  Still quite youthful.  Purple in color, to the rim.  On the nose, this has black raspberries, slight black pepper, hints of roasted meats and slight charcoal.  Grat rich texture.  Pure black raspberry fruit with great intensity.  Layers of fruit with earth.  Long finish.  Just a fantastic wine with at least a decade or two left.  

2009 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret, USA, California, Sonoma, Napa - Wine Review

Excellent wine and in a young, but good place right now.  It does have a decade or two left.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has dust, cassis, cherries, slight sandalwood and cigar box.  On the palate, this drinks like a riper Bordeaux wine.  Dark cherries, cassis, slight earthy funk.  Great texture, almost seamless.  Long finish.  This is a very pretty feminine wine but certainly hasw all the structure it needs.  Great wine.  

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