This is about as classic as old style Rioja gets. As the Gran Reserva's get more expensive, this is truly a great value in traditional Rioja. The wineis fermented in 144 year old oak vats before being stored for five years in used American oak barrels. Ruby in color with some purple swirls and maybe just a hint of orange. The nose is great with cherries, spice, cedar, dust and slight herbal note. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, cherries with slight black cherries and spice. Complex and deep. Tight layers that unwind in the glass. This is drinking well now but should hav
We tasted this about 5 years ago and it has really filled out since then. This is a blend of 55% Tempranillo, 20% Granacha, 10% Mazuelo, 10% Graciano and 5% Monastrell from Rioja, Spain. It is a more modern take than a traditional Rioja but still made using American Oak. Ruby in color with some purple swirls, mostly clear and bright. The nose has black cherries, slight chocolate, toast and spice. Full bodied. Plenty of depth. Medium tannins. On the palate, black cherries with spice. Long finish. This is drinking well now on its own and would work well with meats or fowl or roasted
2016 Atalayas de Golban Ribera del Duero Torre de Golbán Crianza, Spain, Ribera del Duero, Wine Review
This is 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo). Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, dusty attic notes and some cherries. Medium bodied with good acidity. On the palate, tart black cherries and some cherries with underlying char. Seems to be about at peak right now but should drink well for another three to five years. This is nice on its own and will work well with meats and fowl. A nice wine for a sausage pizza.
This is a certified organic sparkling wine from Spain that is a blend of 45% Xarel.lo, 40% Macabeo, 12% Parellada and 3% Malvasía de Sitges. It was reviewed in November, 2022, and this was a nice chance to see how it has developed since then. Golden in color with a fair amount of smaller bubbles. The nose is rounder but still showing lemons. Also a bit of seltzer and some crushed shell notes. Refreshing acidity. The lemons carry thru to the palate with mineral undertones. A bit more complexity than I remember. Much better, longer finish.
A friend brought this back from his vacation to Australia. My first time trying this producer. It is very distinct but comes off more Cote Rotie than what I think of when I think Aussie Shiraz. And, for that matter, why isn't it labelled Shiraz? The label calls it Syrah. In any event, an excellent wine if still young. Purple in color with a thin ruby rim, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, boysenberries, char, roasted meats and herbs, and slight black olive. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, this is dense but its easy to see to quality. Tasted over a couple
From Magnum and consumed over 3 days. It was great on all three but probably at its best on day 2. This is a blend of 68% Syrah and 32% Mourvedre at 15.1% abv. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, slight plums, spice and a hint of old leather. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, black raspberries with a lush texture. Some char and spice. Long finish. This drinks easy and despite the alcohol and fruit forwardness, it is not a monster wine. Nice depth and complexity. Nice on its own, this would work well with roasted meats but worked very we
Wow. This wine rocks. Maybe the best Chardonnay I have had from this winery and I was already a big fan! Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with vanilla, spice and lemon cream. With air, maybe a bit of peach. Full bodied. Good acidity. Almost viscous in texture. On the palate, this is so smooth and seamless. Peaches, lemon cream, vanilla and spice. Delicious. Long finish. Drinking great right now and should continue for another ten to fifteen years. Wonderful on its own, this would work well with a Mushroom pasta in a cream sauce.
This is a blend of 41% Roussanne, 26% Chardonnay, 14% Petit Manseng, 12% Viognier and 7% Muskat (Gelber Muskateller).
Another wonderful Chardonnay from this producer in New Zealand. These are world class Chardonnays. Golden in color, clear and bright. Enticing nose of char/smoke with grapefruit and great minerality. Medium to full bodied. Sleek but muscular texture. On the palate, this is very concentrated, but unwinds in the glass. Citrus; yellow grapefruits with some lemon/lime notes but also great underlying minerality. Perfect balance. Long finish. While this could certainly use a few more years of cellaring, it is delicious now. Drink over the next twenty years. Great on its own, this will
Paraduxx was started in 1994 with the sole purpose of offerings blended wines to the public. Whereas many wineries espouse 100% varietal, the blend is, and always has been, the ability to craft a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. Though this is 60% Cabernet, there are six other grapes playing a part, including Zinfandel, Grenache and Malbec. This is a soft wine that offers noticeable fruit: black cherry, huckleberry, blueberry and blackberry along with light vanilla, green tea and baked apricot. The tannins help to solidify the structure, being potent but not aggressive.