This is a great take on Gruner. Very different from the Austrian versions but every bit as good. Pale silvery green/gold in color. The nose has apples, slight lemon peel and slight white pepper. On the palate, this has just a hint of sweetness to it. Nicely balanced with acidity but there is still some green apple fruit. Nice finish. This drinks well on its own especially outside on a hot day. It works nicely with lighter foods. It probably should be consumed in the next three to five years.
This is really drinking in a great place right now. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has sour cherries, slight spice, slight cherries and just a bit of earthiness. On the palate, this is juicy with a smooth texture. Layers of sour cherries and cherries with a bit of earthiness. Long finish. This is probably at peak but should easily be at this level for another five to seven years before slowly going downhill. A great match with roasted fowl but drinks well on its own too.
Always one of my favorite Zin's, in part for its uniqueness, it was wonderful concentration. Made from vines that getting close to 100 years old. This vineyard had been abandoned and then resurrected in the 1980's. Style wise it is middle of the road for Zin. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries, black cherries, baking spices and just a bit of char. On the palate, this is full bodied. At 14.8% Alc, this is not super high for a Zin. Lots of cherry and some charred cherry fruit. Very concentrated. Lighter tannins. Nice finish. This drinks well young but does age nice with goo
One of my favorite Washington Syrahs, the 2016 is right up there. These are big Syrahs, especially for Washington, but they will come down with age. inky purple in color, ruby at the rim. Opaque and bright. The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper and a slight floral (violets?) note. Full bodied. Wonderful, juicy texture. Tons of black raspberry fruit on the palate with an underlying roasted herb note.
This is a late harvest syled dessert wine from Arizona. Light golden in color. There is a lot of volatile acidity on the nose, but with air, some/most of it blows off. There is some honey and white raisins on the nose. On the palate this is viscous. Slightly sweet though not cloying. It lacks some much needed acidity. The honey comes thru to the palate, along with slight peach. Shorter finish. It worked with a not too sweet carrot cake. It should last for five to ten more years although the VA is a bit worrying.
This is the inaugural vintage for this wine. A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The dosage (added sugar) was 4g/l which is very low. Light silvery golden in color with a fine line of tiny bubbles. The nose is expressive. Very clean with pears, slight lanolin, lemon curd and yeast with underlying slight nuttiness and a hint of smoke. On the palate, this has a nice crispness. Light strawberries with more profound lemon cream along with a slight nuttiness. There is some orange rind on the finish. Clean and deep, it is tight in the glass. No guess as to how it ages balancin
This is an excellent value in red wine. It is a blend of 80% Merlot with the remainder Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Deep ruby in color. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, dark chocolate and a hint of spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has nice black cherry fruit with some depth. Light tannins. Underlying earthiness. Good acidity. Nice finish. This drinks well on its own and should be great with poultry dishes or even a burger. It should be consumed over the next five to seven years. While wine prices vary at the time of this writing, this wi
This might be the best one of these yet. The TFL is a blend of Sineann's best barrels of Pinot Noir. It comes in 375ml bottles only. This is a bit bigger but they age well, so if that is an issue, just let them mellow out in the cellar. Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose has black cherries, cherries and baking spices. Full bodied. On the palate, the blak cherries dominate yet there is a lovely softness to the wine that makes it accessible now. Good balance. Light tannins. Even in a 375ml size, this should easily last another ten years. It drinks well on its own and will w
This is the "leftovers" from Sineann. Every vintage is slightly different but it usually has Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet and Zinfandel. It is a great value. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries, black raspberries, spice and a woody note. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Light tannins. Lots of lively cherry and black cherry fruit. Good finish. This is easy drinking and works well on its own. It also works well with burgers or pizza. Made for immediate drinking, it will drink well for the next five years.
This is a Finger Lakes red. It is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 17% Merlot. The label lists 13% abv.