An excellent wine. I have been a big fan of Macario Montoya's wines for a while, but I believe this was the first time trying this wine. I am not sure if there is anything else in this blend other than Grenache. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, chocolate, spice and slight oak notes. On the palate, this is full bodied with a wonderful texture. Medium tannins. Black raspberries, black cherries, slight blueberries and a bit of chocolate over a mineral base. Long finish. This wine grabs your attention but it is not overblown. It should last another decade at least. It
This is a blend of 48% Carignan, 46% Grenache and 6% Syrah. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is warm with nice cherry fruit. On the palate, this is medium bodied. slightly silky texture. The palate has cherry fruit with a bit or herbal notes underneath. There is warmth on the finish. This drink ok on its own and would work with burgers or stews.
Few people make Grenache in California at a level of this. Manfred Krankl, the owner/winemaker here, does it consistently. It skirts the line of being large yet having elegance. This is a blend of 76% Grenache, 16% Syrah, and 8% Mourvedre. Just a delicious wine. Inky purple in color. The nose has great raspberry fruit along with black raspberries, char, black pepper and spice. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, the raspberries and black raspberries come thru. Wonderful lush texture. Underlying pepper and char. Long finish. This needs about five more years until peak an
2012 Valdez Family Winery Zinfandel St. Peter's Church Vineyard, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review
Ulises Valvez was one of the great American success stories in the wine world. An immigrant to this country, he built his vineyard and winery into a top notch winery. Sadly, he passed away a couple of years ago at far too young of an age. His winery carries on. This is a Zinfandel blend that also has 17% Peite Sirah and 5% Grenache. The vineyard was originally planted in 1888 and hand farmed by Ulises Valdez since 1988. There are some very old vines. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, some raspberries, a bit of spice and bramble. Nice texture. Juicy acidity. There is s
Torrin makes some of the best Rhone styled wines anywhere. This is 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Tannat, so not completely a Rhone styled wine. Close enough. There wines are big and generally need at least five years to start to be approachable for my tastes. This one is just getting there. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, plums, slight black cherries, blueberries, slight dust and spice. It's great. On the palate, this is big and wide. Great texture. Loads of black raspberry fruit with some blueberries and a bit of black cherries. It's d
This is a second wine of Chateau Musar. It is a blend of Cinsault (50%), Grenache (35%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). Purple in color, ruby at the rim with some browning. Dusty with black cherries on the nose. The palate has a nice texture. Black cherry fruit with a dry earthiness. Tannic. This has a nice complexity that indicates there is some upside to this wine. It should improve a bit and be good for the next seven to ten years. It should go well with stews or burgers or even pastas.
This is a GSM blend of 70/10/20. Still young, it needs some time, especially for the Syrah and Mourvedre to come out. Ruby in color, slightly cloudy. The nose has black cherries and baking spices. On the palate, this is more raspberries but the baking spice are present. Smooth and easy drinking but also some depth. Medium bodied. Good acidity. Needs a few years and should have a decade more. Will work on its own and worked great with a stuffed eggplant dish but roasted foods in general.
Wine is subjective. A friend poured this for me and loved it. I was less fond of it, so take this with a grain of salt. Ruby in color. The nose has craisins (dried cranberries) and dust. On the palate, this is a bit sour with more craisins. There is some heat. Medium bodied. Light tannins. It seems like it should be consumed now though it might benefit with some air. It might go with lighter foods. This is a solid wine and certainly a unique take on Grenache.
This is really in a great spot right now. Drinking superbly. Will it get better? Perhaps, but absolutely worth opening a bottle right now. A blend of 52% Grenache, 26% Mourvèdre and 22% Syrah. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is great with black raspberries, white pepper, black cherries, and slight roasted coffee beans. On the palate, this is soft, gulpable but also deep and complex. Black raspberries and plums intertwined with char, slight earth and roasted meats. A long finish. It is delicious and a show stopper. No rush, this should easily do another ten to fifteen
In the running for wine of the year. Consumed from Magnum while tailgating at the Browns vs.