Always one of my favorite wines from the Châteauneuf. They have a more elegant style. Deep garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose has cherries, garrique, licorice, and meaty notes. Full bodied. On the palate, this is complex and also delicious. Cherries, black cherries with underlying earthiness and some pepper. Long finish. This drinks well alone but really deserves a nice meal, perhaps some meaty stew. This bottle seemed at peak at age 20 but could go another five years at this level.
The is 100% Grenache from California's Central Coast. Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, cherries, herbal notes and moist forest floor. Medium bodied. On the palate, nice black cherry and cherry fruit with underlying earthiness. Seems to be fully mature and at peak. Tannins all resolved. Nice finish. This is a food friendly wine that went well with Pasta Primavera with summer vegetables. Drink over the next few years.
This is quite young but still delicious. It is a blend of 64% Grenache, 16% Mataro, 14% Syrah, 6% Carignan. Deep purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, black raspberries, slight blueberries, some black licorice, floral notes and spice. Full bodied. Vibrant with lots of energy. On the palate, loads of black raspberries and black cherries with medium tannins. It takes some time to open in the glass but then shows a nice minerality. Delicious. Long finish. This needs another seven to ten years to hits its peak but is delicious today
This wine is proof that good producers make good wine even in challenging vintages. It is mostly 85% Grenache with the rest Mourvedre and Clairette. Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with cherries and black cherries, char and slight floral notes. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is chewy with fresh cherry fruit. Some underlying char. Quite tasty. Long finish. This is at peak now and should be drunk over the next five years. A nice drink on its own, it will work better with food. Stews, chili or meatloaf would work well.
This wine was made as an homage to Lucien Peyraud, the legendary winemaker for Domaine Tempier who helped establish the Bandol AOC.
My second time trying this wine. Same overall impressions. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo. Almost black in color, more ruby towards the rim. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries and the burnt rubber smell. Medium bodied if not a bit thinner. On the palate, this is a nice quaff. Nice black cherry fruit. Easy drinking. No idea on what the pricing will be.
Bonterra has been a winery that has been reviewed here many time. They provide quality wines at a fair price from grapes that are organically farmed. This is a blend of mostly Grenache with some Malbec and Viognier. The juice comes from the remains of grapes used from their Rose, and then hard pressed. It is fermented mostly in barrel although some sees stainless, and then aged in neutral French oak for five months. It is not meant to take too seriously. Garnet in color, clear and bright. The nose has cherries, fig newtons, and clementine oranges. Medium bodied. 13.3% ABV. On the
This is a blend of 60% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 15% Terret Noir grapes. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper and roasted herbs. Full bodied with firm tannins. On the palate, black raspberries with some char underneath. Delicious. Nice acidity. Long finish. They Syrah is dominating now but this should gain some complexity with a few more years in bottle. Drink over the next twelve to fifteen years. This would work great with Indian or Thai food with a bit of spice.
From the folks at Cayuse. Deep garnet in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, strawberries, slight earthiness and a hint of floral notes. Medium bodied. On the palate, the black cherry and strawberries come thru big time. A slight dry earthiness underneath. This is ripe but not over done. Good finish. This could use a few years to develop more and should drink well for eight to ten after that. Nice on its own, with age it will work well with roasted fowl.
This is apparently a new wine from No Girls that was sent free to those members on the Mailing List. A Zoom tasting was held for people to try it although a friend brought this bottle to a separate event. Pop and pour. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Tempranillo. Almost black in color, more ruby towards the rim. The nose has that burnt rubber smell so prevalent in many Washington Syrahs. Also, some slight barnyard, black raspberries and black cherries. Medium bodied if not a bit thinner. On the palate, this is a nice quaff. Somewhat one dimensional with nice black cherry fruit