This is an impressive wine. It is not inexpensive but not crazy either especially for the quality. Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, tobacco, slight fig notes and black pepper. Full bodied. Medium tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, this is delicious. It has depth and complexity if still tight (and young). Flavors of black cherries with some char and a bit of leather. Long finish. This is drinking well now but will improve with a bit of cellaring. Old for a couple years and drink for ten to fifteen after that. Great on its own, but t
Another very nice Carménère from Chile and a great value. Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with black cherries, cherries, slight green pepper, some black pepper and char. Medium to full bodied. Medium tannins. Good balance with nice acidity. On the palate, there is some depth here. Cherries and black cherries with underlying spice and slight smoke. Good finish. This is drinking well now and should continue for another five to ten years. This would be a nice match with meatloaf or burgers.
This is a wonderful value in red wine. It has 5% Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to the Carmenere. Garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is peppery with black cherries and slight char. Medium to full bodied. Good balance. Nice acidity. On the palate, this is very tasty. Some depth. Cherries, black pepper and some baking spices. Nice finish. Drinking well now and should for the next five to eight years. Nice on its own, this is a great wine for Pizza or burger night.
Clearly made as nothing but an enjoyable glass of wine, which wine always should be, The Mill Keeper offers an incredibly viscous, smooth and velvety texture, leading to soft notes of blueberry, blackberry, and light mocha notes. In the background, vanilla, red raspberry, and Rainier cherries fill out the profile. What’s unusual about this wine is that it is pulled from multiple vintages and vineyard sites. The fruit is sourced mainly from vineyards in Napa and Sonoma that utilize sustainable management programs.
While common in Italy, and a grape native to the island of Sicily, you don’t find much Grillo is other parts of the world. And that’s okay as Italy does an admirable job with the grape. It offers good minerality, nice acidity and flavors of subtle lemon-lime, white peach, kumquat, apricot, resin and honeysuckle, light mango and other tropical fruit notes. In terms of food pairing, this is the kind of wine that is ultimately versatile, and Stemmari offers a terrific value. ORIGIN: Sicily, Italy. ALCOHOL: 13%
Another great value coming out of Chile. This is 100% Carmenere grape which is fast becoming one of the stars of Chilean wines. Purple in color with ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, black pepper, sorrel and spice. Full bodied. Very nice almost lush texture. Good balance. Medium tannins. On the palate, this is delicious. Black currants, slight coffee and a hint of chocolate. A slight bitter cherry nod on the finish. Obviously young, this is drinking well now, but would be better with another few years in a good cellar. Drink ove
Sonoma County is often overlooked in favor of Napa, but Alma de Cattleya wines, all from within Sonoma’s borders, is something of a love letter to what Sonoma can produce. Winemaker Bibiana Gonzales Rave has created wines that support and showcase Sonoma using various vineyard sites throughout the county. Her 2022 Chardonnay is a great example. Chardonnay pulled from cooler sites offers green apple, lemon-lime, resin, light, peach and pear, quince, apricot honeysuckle, and a whisper of honey. There is light acidity, but a beautiful balance and texture.
This is a blend of 90 Sangiovese and 10% Colorino from central Italy. Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, with some cranberries and slight spice. Medium bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, plums, slight chocolate and spice. Clean. This drinks easy. Nice on its own, this is very food friendly. A nice plate of pasta would work well. Drink over the next seven to ten years. Great value.
Purchased about 15 years ago, this was opened and turned out to be corked. Fifty-one years old and it was ruined the day it was bottled. Sad. It did seem like it had a bit of life left under the TCA.
This is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot from central Italy. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, cherries, char and spice. Medium bodied. Medium tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, black cherries, cherries, milk chocolate and slight smoke. Long finish. This is a lovely Sangiovese with a firmness from the blend that gives it s bit more seriousness. It is drinking well now and should for the next seven to ten years. A very nice value. This is very food friendly and will work better with food. Pasta Bolo