This is a rose made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot in Virginia. Light pink in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with strawberries and some watermelon. Light to medium bodied. On the palate, this is crisp and clean. It drinks quite easily and there is nice watermelon fruit. Moderate finish. This drinks well on its own but should work with all but the heaviest of meat dishes. Drink over the next year.
This is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from Washington state. It is a nice value in Cabernet. Deep garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose has cassis and an ash quality that is interesting. Medium bodied. On the palate, nice cassis fruit. Medium tannins. Nice finish. This is a solid, easy drinking wine that will work well with steaks, roasted chicken or all but the lightest foods. Drink over the next three to five years.
At a recent tasting of United Ink Wines, this was the runaway crowd favorite. It is a blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Syrah, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington state. Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, chocolate and slight black raspberry. Mice mouthfeel. Light to medium tannins. On the palate, nice black raspberry and black cherries fruit with some chocolate. Firm tannins on the finish. This is delicious. It drinks (easy). Great on its own, this would be great with a burger or other foods off the grill. Drink over the next five year
This is a 100% Pinot Noir from Oregon. Lightly colored ruby, clear and bright. The nose has a friendly cherry candy quality. Light to medium bodied. On the palate, cherries, and tart red berries with a slightly bitter note on the finish. Light tannins. This is an easy drinking Pinot Noir that would be a nice choice for parties. Drink on its own or with lighter foods over the next few years.
This was a very enjoyable Riesling from Washington state. The back label talked about dry wine, but this is semi-dry. Screw capped. Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is more about minerality than fruit. Tight but opens with some air to show some tropical fruits. On the palate, there is a nice pineapple streak with minerality and yes a bit of sweetness. Enough acidity to balance this nicely.
My second time trying this wine. Same overall impressions. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo. Almost black in color, more ruby towards the rim. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries and the burnt rubber smell. Medium bodied if not a bit thinner. On the palate, this is a nice quaff. Nice black cherry fruit. Easy drinking. No idea on what the pricing will be.
A fantastic Washington state Syrah. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black pepper, black raspberries with some roasted meats. Full bodied. Wonderful almost seamless texture. On the palate, lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying char. Long finish. Delicious. This will continue to mature for another seven to ten years and drink well for twelve to fifteen after that. It drinks well on its own and will require bigger flavors (less as it matures). Spicy foods are a nice match.
This is 100% Syrah from Washington state. Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is boysenberry, black pepper, slight roasted meats and a hint of burnt rubber. Medium to full bodied. Delicious. On the palate, lush black raspberry fruit with underlying char. Also some black pepper. Very smooth. Long finish. This is still young and will no doubt continue to improve for another five to seven years. It should drink well for ten to fifteen more after that. Drinks well on its own and will work with bigger foods especially roasts or off the grill.
At age 10, this is drinking great. Deep ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, slight sour cherries, and spice. Medium bodied. This seems to be closing in on maturity. Nice cherry fruit with a bit of underlying earth and slight char. Nice acidity. Long finish. There is a nice complexity to this wine but it is also delicious. It is nice on its own but even better with food. Salmon would be a nice choice.
From the idiosyncratic wine maker John Thomas. While 2008 is considered a great vintage in the Willamette Valley, it was ripe and not really up John's wheelhouse, yet, he adapted and made a wine consistent with his style and taking what the vintage offered. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, slight Kirsch and just a hint of spice. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, big cherry fruit with underlying spice. 13.5% abv. There are also firm tannins, not something you get much with Pinot Noir. It was be interesting to let the tannins resolve and there is pl