A blend of 43% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah and 10% Counoise. This wine is still on the young side but is open and with a bit of air, was drinking great. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, slight charred wood, black pepper, roasted herbs and roasted meats. On the palate, what a wonderful texture. Almost seamless. Juicy black raspberry fruit. Underlying char and roasted meats. Great energy and balance. This will continue to mature for the next five to ten years and be good for ten to fifteen after that. The alcohol is high, but there is hint of it although
This is a great value Rosé from Provence. It comes in a "flute a corset Provençal" shaped bottle. This wine is pink/orange in color. It has a lovely nose of strawberries with some apricots and slight citrus. On the palate, the strawberries come thru along with a bit of cherries. This is clean and easy to drink. very tasty. It has a nice energy which will fade quickly. Though this wine may last for a few years, it should be drunk now to best enjoy it. It will drink well on its own or with lighter fare but will also work with ribs or other grilled foods in a refreshing way.
A very pretty Rosé from the heart of Provence. 52% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cinsault, and 3% Rolle. Salmon pink in color. The nose is nice with cherries, slight floral and strawberries. On the palate, this is dry. Slightly viscous. Nice strawberry fruit. Good acidity. Nice finish. This won't drink better than this but should be good for another year. It goes well with lighter food and salads. Great value.
This is a great value in red wine. It is mostly Grenache from the Southern Rhone Valley. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries, slight floral notes, garrique and slight salinity. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Bright cherry flavors with a bit of minerality. Some depth and complexity. Good finish. This is very food friendly, it should go well at the table with a wide variety of foods. It probably does not improve but should be good for another 5 to 7 years.
This is a blend of 58% Mourvedre and 42% Grenache. Purple in color. Opaque. The nose has black cherries, plums, cedar, and roasted meats. On the palate, the Grenache seems to dominate at this point, but with age that should change. Black cherry fruit intertwined with smoke and slight earthiness. Good acidity. Nice finish. This seems young but not a ton of tannins. It will be interesting to watch this age. It should go well with spicy Asian cuisine of stews and chili. Drinking well now, I don't think it gets better but should morph over the next decade or more.
From the producers of Sine Qua Non, this is the 7th edition of this wine. The label says 15.8% but there is no hint of heat. This vintage is a blend of 45% Syrah, 29% Grenache, 15% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvèdre, 4.5% Touriga Nacional and 1.5% Roussanne. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, red licorice, black pepper, baking spices with a bit of leather/earth. On the palate, this is rich. Almost seamless. It took quite a while to really open up suggesting that this wine still needs about five years depending on your tastes. Delicious with flavors of black raspberries an
A fine showing for this wine. At age 18, it is drinking well with plenty of time left. This bottle was decanted for sediment and served. It could have used an hour in the decanter or more to really open. The last glass was the best. Deeper ruby in color, mostly opaque. The nose is clean for the most part. Cherries, raspberries, some earthiness and nice minerality on the nose. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied. Plenty of depth with nice layering in the glass. A lot of fruit left; cherries and raspberries and some black raspberries, over a dry earthy quality. This bottle
This is a blend of 54% Syrah, 21% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache and 9% Petite Sirah. It is a big wine that really needed some time to settle down. Even 6 years from vintage isn't really enough. That said, with a couple hours of air, this was drinking beautifully. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries, plums, black cherries, and spice. Perhaps a bit of black pepper. On the palate, this is thick and big. A bit chunky on opening but it smoothed out with air. Lots of black raspberry fruit with some black cherries. An underlying charred earthiness. Good finish. T
The 2011 Saxums are drinking beautifully right now. It was a difficult vintage but Justin Smith and Saxum excelled. The wines are a bit more ready than most vintages, but that's fine. Pop and pour. 51% Grenache and 49% Syrah. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, dark chocolate, black pepper and roasted herbs. With air more chocolate comes out along with a bit or roasted meats. On the palate, this has a lovely juicy yet muscular texture. Lots of black raspberry fruit, some char and a bit of earthiness and black pepper. Nice finish. This is a big wine and will need
2016 is a stellar year in Chateauneuf du Pape and the southern Rhone Valley. While this wine has years left in it, it was wonderful to drink now. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is great. Clean with black cherries, dust, spice and slight lavender notes. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Juicy black cherry fruit. An underlying minerality. Lots of depth. Good finish. It is a big wine at the moment, but will no doubt mellow and gain in complexity as it loses some of that youthful fruit. This easily has a decade and more left to it, but it really is worth drinki