Deep ruby in color with some even more purple hues, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, sour cherries, and spice. Nice texture. Light tannins. On the palate, this is more about sour cherries with some spice and a bit of char. Nice finish. This is drinking well now and should continue for another ten to fifteen years. Nice on its own, this would work well with Salmon.
This is 100% Carricante grape grown 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean on the Sonoma Coast. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose takes some time to open and then shows peach, minerality, slight lemon, floral notes and salinity. Medium bodied. Round but with acidity. On the palate, this is deep. It really works better with food. It went nicely with a vegetarian Hungarian Vegetable Stew. Drink over the next five to ten years.
Just a beautiful vintage for this wine. Charvin tends to be more "feminine" or "elegant" but the vintage is not and the resulting wine made for a particularly nice combination. Deep ruby in color, with some darker hues, mostly clear and bright. The nose is pretty with cherries, some black cherries, floral notes and spice. Great, almost plush texture. Plenty of depth. Light tannins. Great energy and balance. On the palate, this is complex and also delicious. Cherries, black cherries, spice, slight leathery note and char. Long finish. This is close to peak and just gorgeous. Drink
This is a kosher wine from Israel. It is an 80/20 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot for this vintage. Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, some black raspberries, cherries, and slight milk chocolate. Full bodied. Light to medium tannins. Moderate acidity. On the palate, this drinks easy. Cherries and black cherries. OK Finish. This drinks easy and will work well on its own, for the Seder, or with Chicken or Brisket. Drink now.
This is an inexpensive Certified Kosher (OU) wine from Israel. It is a 60/40 blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Light golden in color, clear and bright. On the nose, there is a bit of gooseberry and slight alfalfa. Light bodied. Easy drinking. Slight acidity. On the palate, this is refreshing. Nice as an aperitif or with fish (Gefilte?). Drink now.
We are big fans of Kirkland (Costco) products including their wines. They contract with quality vendors to makes legitimate wines at a fair price. This is no exception. A straight down the middle New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Light gold/green in color. The nose has grapefruits, gooseberry and slight herbal notes. Light to medium bodied. Slightly viscous. On the palate, this is dry but has good bright fruit. Gooseberries and some grapefruits. Good acidity. Long finish. While it is likely most of this is drunk on its own, it will work with lighter foods. A nice choice for a tuna s
Such a great value! This is a blend of 43% Syrah, 28% Grenache, 23% Mourvedre, and 6% Counoise. This is garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with black raspberries, black cherries, roasted meats and earthiness. Medium to full bodied. Light tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, this is drinking quite well. Varietal complexity with an excellent texture. Flavors of black raspberries, black cherries and some plums. Nice finish. This is drinking well and would be an excellent choice for a weekday meal be it pizza, meatloaf or veggie wraps. Drink over the next
Rhys makes some of the best Pinot Noir's (and Chardonnays) anywhere. Purple in color with some ruby hues, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, spice, char and slight earthiness. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is complex and layered from the first sip. Cherries, earth and smoke. Long finish. This took a while to get to this point, but it is drinking well. It should continue to drink well for another ten to fifteen years. Great on its own but better with food. Roasted duck would be perfect.
This continues to be a delightful take on Gruner from the Pacific Northwwest. Light golden with green hues, clear and bright. The nose has granny smith apples, limes and minerality. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, apples and limes. Nice finish. This is an easy drinking wine that is nice on its own but a bit better with food. Lighter foods such as chicken or tuna salad will work nicely. Drink over the next three to five years.
While this is the 38th year of this bottling, it represents a sort of reboot as their vineyard sources have changed. In addition, they brought in winemaker Mike Smith as a consultant. Of course, the proof is in the pudding, er, wine. This is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec. Purple in color, opaque and bright. Pop and pour, this took about an hour to start to open and really got going at the two hour mark. The nose has cassis, blueberries, plums, black cherries, spice, and a slight minty (Eucalyptus?) note. Full bodied. Firm tannins.