This is a Rhone blend wine with 50% coming from California and 50% coming from France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Maury. The grapes were from the 2013 vintage though that is not on the label. This wine is only available to members of Orin Swift’s Equinox Wine Club. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with black cherries, black raspberries, char, spice and black pepper. 15.4% ABV. This is not a shy wine. Great lush texture. On the palate, juicy black cherries and black raspberries with underlying charred dry earth. No noticeable alcohol on the nose or palate. Thi
Another nice value play from Kermit Lynch. A blend of 60% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, and 10% Syrah. Purple in color with ruby swirls. Mostly clear and bright. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, slight earthy note and black pepper. Medium bodied. Nice acidity. On the palate, the black cherries come thru. Some depth. Light tannins. Good finish. This is a tasty wine that drinks fine on its own but works better with hearty food. It went great with a vegetarian chili. Drink this over the next five to seven years.
This is a Rose from Bandol. Orange/ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has cherries and orange citrus. On the palate, the cherries come out stronger. Slightly viscous. Hints of sweetness. Very smooth and delicious. Nice finish. This is fresh and vibrant. it will work with almost any food. Great on its own. Drink over the next couple of years.
This is a blend of 48% Carignan, 46% Grenache and 6% Syrah. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is warm with nice cherry fruit. On the palate, this is medium bodied. slightly silky texture. The palate has cherry fruit with a bit or herbal notes underneath. There is warmth on the finish. This drink ok on its own and would work with burgers or stews.
A very pretty Rosé from the heart of Provence. 52% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cinsault, and 3% Rolle. Salmon pink in color. The nose is nice with cherries, slight floral and strawberries. On the palate, this is dry. Slightly viscous. Nice strawberry fruit. Good acidity. Nice finish. This won't drink better than this but should be good for another year. It goes well with lighter food and salads. Great value.
This is a nice, easy drinking rose from the south of France, made from Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache. Light salmon/burnt orange in color. The nose has watermelons and orange citrus. On the palate, more viscous than expected. It is dry. 13% ABV on the label. Strawberries with a bit of bitterness on the finish. Some warmth as well. Priced at $14, this is a fine wine on its own on the back deck on a summer night and will work with some lighter foods too. Drink this year.
This one comes in a unique shaped bottle. It is drinking quite well today and should easily last for five more years. Ruby/purple, clear and bright. The nose is tight at first. With air, some black raspberries and raspberries come out. Also some floral qualities and some spice. On the palate, this has nice black raspberry fruit. Slight leather. Medium tannins. A bit dusty underneath. Good finish. Very food friendly. At around $15, this is a very nice value.
2016 Ermitage du Pic St. Loup Coteaux du Languedoc Pic St. Loup Tour de Pierres, France, Languedoc, Wine Review
A disappointing showing for this wine. Ruby in color, flat. The nose has some cedar and a bit of red currants. On the palate, there is some fruit but it is disjointed and seems cloying. At the same time the acidity is out of balance and harsh. Very tart on the finish. The flat appearance for such a young wine makes me wonder if this was indeed a proper bottle or it was mishandled somewhere along the distribution chain. It retails for around $20 and should be better.
Consistently one of the great wine values, year in and year out. This retails for $10. Light golden in color with some green swirls. The nose has nice minerality, slight melon and citrus. On the palate, this drinks easy. A slightly bitter citrus pith note which is nice, but also some melon and underlying minerality. Easy. Not complex but not nothing either. Good balance. Works with lighter and medium weight foods and on its own. Drink them young as while the wine is still good after a few years, the freshness fades.
A collaboration between Gérard Bertrand, and Jon and Jesse Bon Jovi. HW Wine Company is essentially a company that commissioned this wine to be made in France to celebrate the good life. Light salmon pink in color. The nose is all about watermelon and strawberries. It has a nice texture. Nice acidity. This wine is really all about summer fruit. Not a lot of depth or complexity but tasty and easy drinking. While it is probably made as a summer sipper it went well with a summery watermelon salad. Fun wine.