This is a hodgepodge of grapes made in a "natural wine" style. Twenty-five percent Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Cinsault, Mondeuse, and Zinfandel from one source; another 25% Valdiguié; and the rest Syrah, Tannat, St. Laurent, and Carignan made from vineyards across California. This was being closed out at a local wine store for $20. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has a sweaty sock quality to it. Once you get past that, there are some cherries and pomegranate notes.
60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault, 5% Counoise. Inky purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, leather, plums, slight earthiness, char and some black cherries. On the palate, this has a wonderful rich texture. Medium tannins. It is young but bursting with fruit without being over the top. Black cherries, black raspberries, underlying earthiness and char. Long finish. This is a big wine and needs either big or spicy food. It is still probably 7 years from maturity and will last another 10 after that (at least). That said, it is delicious and enjoy
A collaboration between Gérard Bertrand, and Jon and Jesse Bon Jovi. HW Wine Company is essentially a company that commissioned this wine to be made in France to celebrate the good life. Light salmon pink in color. The nose is all about watermelon and strawberries. It has a nice texture. Nice acidity. This wine is really all about summer fruit. Not a lot of depth or complexity but tasty and easy drinking. While it is probably made as a summer sipper it went well with a summery watermelon salad. Fun wine.
So glad to be able to review this as a bottle last week was not that good. This one was much better and more what should be expected. Bad bottles do happen. Deep salmon pink in color, but not as deep as the prior bottle (heat damage?). The nose has cherries and light rhubarb. On the palate, this is clean, dry and no bitterness. Persistent cherries on the palate. Good acidity. Nice finish. Worked well with food. Nice bottle. In retrospect, that first bottle was probably damaged in shipping at some point.
This was way above my expectations for a not so great vintage and their regular cuvee (although they didn't make a Felix in 2014). Deep ruby in color. The nose is a bit musty but clears to show raspberries, slight strawberries, a bit of pine and spice. On the palate, this has a lovely slick-ish texture that makes it imminently drinkable. Bright acidity. Nice finish. Drinking quite well right now, this is not going to make old bones.