This was interesting. The base wine is a Rose made from Tannat grapes. Served straight with an ice cube and a piece of orange peel. 16% Orange/pink in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with Chinese Five Spice and also floral notes. Viscous. On the palate, this is slightly sweet but also a bitter note that contrasts it. A bit of a dried herbal note as well. Good finish. This is very refreshing and would work well in cocktails. Drink in the next couple of years. It makes a great aperitif and works nicely with fried appetizers.
A nice take on a Washington state Syrah. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has black cherries, cloves, black pepper and char. Medium tannins. Plenty of depth. On the palate, black cherries with underlying minerality and char. Good acidity. Long finish. This is still on the younger side but should drink well for another ten to fifteen years. A nice choice with Beef Stew.
Domaine Huet makes some of the best Chenin Blanc wines anywhere in the world from dry to sweet to sparkling. This one is semi-dry and is wonderful. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with citrus (lemons and slight tangerine), salinity and chalk. Medium bodied. Light tannins. Good balance and acidity. On the palate, citrus with nice minerality. This is sweet but not at dessert levels. The acidity balances it nicely. This drinks great on its own and will work well with spicy Thai food. Drink over the next fifteen to twenty years.
It is nice to drink an inexpensive Madeira. Iced tea in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with raisins, orange marmalade, molasses, and spice. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet. Viscous. On the palate, the orange marmalade comes thru along with raisins and nutmeg. Good acidity. Some depth. Nice finish. A little goes along way. A few ounces is a nice way to finish a meal or have an evening drink. An open bottle should easily last a month or more. Very nice on its own, but this would be nice with a toffee dessert.
I’ve long reviewed wines based upon a simple principle: Is the wine I’m tasting commensurate with its price? Many expensive wines are not worth the price, and similarly, many inexpensive wines are not worth their price tag. So to find this Merlot, for 11 bucks, well, it’s worth every penny, and more. Line 39 did an exceptional job of making this wine and crafting a solid, dependable and tasty wine. Though not overly complex, it offers what every wine should: definable fruit, integrated oak, good acidity and tannic structure.
2018 Raymond Vineyard & Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review
From a 375ML. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, sandalwood, and spice. Medium to full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, nice cassis flavors. Not too ripe but nothing green. Depth. Nice finish. This is drinking well now and should drink well for another seven to ten years. It drinks well on its own and would be a nice wine with a burger.
As prices for white Burgundy in general and Chablis in particular continue to rise, it is nice to find still affordable producers making great wine. This is one such producer. the wine is made in a concrete egg and sees no oak. Light golden in color with some green hues, clear and bright. The nose is nice with crushed shells, slight chalk/minerality and lemon. Medium bodied. Lean and racy texture. Good acidity. On the palate, lemons and crushed shells. Long finish. This is drinking well now and should continue to drink well for another ten to twelve years. Nice on its own, this w
This is the basic Pinot Noir from the home winery of winemaker Thomas Rivers-Brown. An excellent value in Pinot Noir. Deep garnet in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries and sour cherries with some char and spice. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this is young but delicious. Some depth. Lots of cherry and sour cherry notes. Long finish. This will improve with a few years in the cellar though it drinks nicely now. Drink over the next ten years. Nice on its own, this would work well with Roasted Chicken.
Not a whole lot more to say about Yquem that hasn't been said, but it is arguably the greatest winery on the planet. The 2013 is a very good if not top vintage, but still a thrill to drink. Golden in color, light with just a tinge of orange. The nose is great with apricots, slight honey and slight tangerines. Viscous. Full bodied. Great balance. On the palate, this is delicious. Flavors of apricots and tangerines. Sweet with enough acidity to not be cloying. The finish goes on forever. This is drinking well now and should drink well for another twenty to thirty years. Great on i
Having run several wine departments, a question I’m always asked is, Is there an inexpensive Pinot Noir that’s any good? Answer: Yes. Pinot is not an easy grape to work with and it becomes more expensive given its inconsistent growing qualities. However Laetitia has a proved track record with Pinot Noir and has made a solid, comprehensive and affordable Pinot from California’s Central Coast. The 2021 provides notes of strawberry, black cherry, blackberry, red raspberry, along with mild tannins, good acidity and a hint of vanilla spice.