2020 North Coast Wine Club Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain, USA, Washington, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$32.00USD

This wine is made in northeast, Ohio with purchased grapes from Red Mountain, WA.  It is a very good Cab and a nice value.  Purple in color with ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has a bit of a smoky quality but also cassis, slight cedar and spice.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Good balance.  On the palate, cassis, slight black cherry and char.  Good finish.  This is not a robust Cab but it does have enough fruit to drink on its own and would work well with a burger.  Drink over the next five to seven years. 

2022 North Coast Wine Club Barbera, USA, American Wine, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

I believe these grapes came from California.  Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries and some char.  Light tannins.  A nice backbone of acidity.  On the palate, nice cherry fruit.  This wine is nice on its own but really works better with food.  A bit more fruit forward than say, an Italian Barbera, but certainly not a fruit bomb.  Drink over the next three to five years.

2022 Sineann Pinot Noir "TFL", Oregon, Willamette valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is a barrel selection of the best barrels of various vineyards and bottle exclusively in 375ml bottles.  Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, sour cherries, slight nutmeg and slight char.  Medium bodied.  Light to medium tannins.  Good acidity.  On the palate, sour cherries, some cherries with a lovely texture.  Good finish.  This could use another five to ten years of cellaring but is enjoyable now.  Drink over the next fifteen years.  Nice on its own, this would work well with grilled chicken breast.  

2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah Ziehharmonika, USA, California, Syrah, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$225.00USD

Checking in on a young wine can be fun even if way before peak.  This was consumed and enjoyed over two evenings.  This is a blend of 82% Syrah, 6.7% Mourvèdre, and the rest Petite Sirah and Grenache.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, blueberries, dark chocolate, gravel, black pepper and roasted meats.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Juicy acidity.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Deep but almost monolithic at the point.  Like a wall of flavor.  Black raspberries, blueberries, char, lavender and spice.  Long finish.  At this stage it wil

2018 Bevan Cellars Ontogeny, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$100.00USD

This wine is half the price of Bevan's single vineyard wines and almost as good.  It is expensive but vis-a-vis the quality it is worth buying a bottle or two.  Purple in color, opaque and shimmering bright.  The nose is great with cassis, leather, cedar and spice.  Full bodied.  Firm but smooth tannins.  On the palate, juicy cassis with some cedar, tobacco and char.  Long finish.  Delicious if young.  This drinks well on its own and would be at home at a Steak House.  Drink over the next twenty years.  It will still improve with good cellaring.

2007 Jonata Winery Todos, USA, California, Santa Ynez, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

I usually drink these young and let the other wines from Jonata age, but I managed to keep this one and it was worth it.  This is a blend of 45% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Viognier, 3% Sangiovese, and 2% Grenache.  Purple in color with ruby hues.  Mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, cherries, black cherries, char, floral notes and spice.  Full bodied.  Silky tannins.  Good balance.  On the palate, this is tasty with nice varietal complexity.  This seems like it should be at peak but shows no sign of older age.  Black raspb

2021 Carlisle Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

This is 93% Zinfandel and 7% Syrah from Sonoma County.  Purple in color with some ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, slight plums, an interesting note of menthol, and spice.  Medium to full bodied.  Good acidity.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this is juicy and delicious.  Black cherries with spice and slight char.  Long finish.  This is young but drinking well.  It is nice on its own and will work well with grilled meats and veggies.  Drink over the next seven to ten years. 

2016 Domaine Verset A & E Cornas, France, Rhone, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright with some purple swirls.  The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, roasted meats and slight black pepper.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  Good balance.  On the palate, this seems open and ready to go.  Black cherries, some black raspberries with minerality and some char.  Nice finish.  A nice middleweight Cornas that is nice on its own but better with food.  A good match would be Indian cuisine.  Drink over the next five to eight years.  

2022 Desire Lines Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch, USA, California, Sonoma, Fountain Grove District, Wine review

Vintage: 
2022
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

First time trying this winery.  Tasted over two days, it was significantly more open (and better) on day 2.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  Lemons, floral notes, citrus and herbs.  Medium bodied.  Some minerality.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate, lemons with slight orange and a slight minerals note.  Good finish.  As Sauvignon Blancs go, this is heavy and present.  Not a light, easy going aperitif.  Good on its own, this would be better with some food.  It would be nice with Tuna Steak with a Chimichurri Sauce.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  

2000 Lagier Meredith Syrah, USA, California, Napa, Mount Veeder, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2000
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$43.00USD

My last bottle of this and it sure seemed to be at or close to peak.  Purple in color with ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is great with black raspberries, bacon fat, white pepper and slight dried floral note.  Full bodied.  On the palate, black raspberries, char and slight earthiness.  Complex.  Nice finish.  It threw a lot of sediment.  This will work better with food at this point although nice on its own.  A greart5 match for pizza night.  Drink up.  

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