This is a sparkling wine from Spain. It is a blend of 45% Xarel.lo, 40% Macabeo, 12% Parellada and 3% Malvasía de Sitges. Golden in color. A fair amount of smaller bubbles. The nose has char, and lemons. Nice mouthfeel. Good backbone of acidity. The lemons carry thru to the palate. Shorter finish. Drink over the next five years. Very food friendly, this makes a nice starter with appetizers for a holiday party or dinner.
A delicious cooler climate Syrah. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, slight bacon fat and black olives. Medium to full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this is going strong. Lots of black raspberry fruit with some black pepper. Good balance. Long finish. Drink over the next eight to ten years. Nice on its own, but works well with food. It went well with a vegetarian sausage casserole.
Always a pleasure to try something like this. While 1961 was a top year for reds, less so for whites. This one was past prime. It still had a bit of roasted fruits to offer and not dead, it peaked thirty years ago. Still fun though.
Pallisades is one of the great Petite Sirah vineyards and Carlisle really nailed it with the 2016 vintage. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with boysenberries, gravel, blueberries and spice. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, this is delicious. Boysenberries, black cherries, blueberries with underlying gravel. Clean. Long finish. This is drinking well now but still young and may improve. Drink over the next fifteen years. Nice on its own, this would work well with grilled meats.
From the late Phillipe Cambie, this is 100% destemmed Grenache. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black raspberries, black cherries, graphite, spices and roasted meat. Full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, black cherries with great minerality. Not as big a wine as one might expect from Cambie. Deep. Delicious. Nice finish. Drink over the next ten years. Nice on its own, but better with food. This would work well with fried chicken.
This is not your regular Chianti. Deep garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is great with cherries, slight anise, slight tea leaves and spice. Full bodied. Great backbone of acidity. On the palate, lots of bright cherries with some anise. Long finish. Deep and complex. Light tannins. Drinking great now and will continue for another ten to fifteen years. This works great with food, pasta with a tomato sauces is a classic choice.
This is a blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Syrah, 19% Tannat, and 4% Grenache. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, blueberries, spice and slight black cherries. Full bodied. Medium tannins. Good acidity. On the palate, this is delicious. Tight but deep. Blueberries, raspberries, with some cedar and spice. Long finish. This is a big wine but it is deft as well. Drink over the next twelve to fifteen years. This is great on its own and will need big food to stand up to it. A nice match would be spicy Indian foods.
This is 100% Syrah grown in a cooler climate. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black raspberries, black olives, and slight bacon fat. With air, some herbal/woodiness comes out. Full bodied. Sinewy texture. On the palate, this is delicious. Light tannins but drinking tight and young. It took about four hours to really open up. Then black raspberries with underlying gravel and minerality. Long finish. This is drinking well now, but cellaring for five or so years will be rewarded. Drink over the next ten to fifteen years. Nice on its own, better with food.
Purchased in Budapest this summer. Golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is mild but nice. Aromas of ground cherries and slight dill. Interesting. Viscous texture. On the palate, much more intensity than the nose. Ground cherries and peaches. Good acidity. Long finish. Tasty. This should drink well for another ten years. It is great on its own and would work well with an apricot or peach pastry for dessert.
Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. This is a blend of 43% Grenache, 43% Syrah and 14% Mataro. It comes in at 15.6% abv, but it is not noticeable on the wine. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. There is a bit of volatile acidity on the nose but it was not bothersome. Lots of black cherry fruit with black raspberries and white pepper. Strong acidity. On the palate, black cherries, and some black raspberries. Complex and deep. Long finish. This is drinking well now and should continue for another ten to fifteen years. Great on its own, this would be nice with ribs off th