This is the second label for Helen Keplinger. The grapes are sourced 69% from the Sierra Foothills and 31% from Sonoma County. It is a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Counoise and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a great value in California blends. Purple in color. The nose has a lot going on with black raspberries, plums, some cassis and cherries along with a bit of spice and roasted meat. On the palate, plenty of black raspberry fruit, some sherries over a charred earth quality. Lush texture. Delicious and easy drinking but with a bit of complexity to it. Medium tan
This is a new estate for me. 2010 was a great vintage which helped just about everyone. This is ruby in color. The nose has cherries with spice. On the palate, this is nice. Mild tannins. Cherry fruit with underlying earthiness. Good acidity. Nice finish. This is at peak and probably should be consumed in the next three to five years. it will work well with burgers and stews.
This is a reasonably priced base level Chateauneuf that is consistently a good value. In the better vintages such as 2015, it can be outstanding. Ruby/purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, raspberries, garrique, char and spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has bold cherry fruit, a bit of spice and slight char. It is drinking well now and will continue to over the next seven to ten years. It is a great match for casseroles or on its own.
What a great showing for this wine. Yes, it is still a bit young, but really one of the best showings from this house I have seen. Time to get a few more bottles. It is 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Cinsault. Purple in color, ruby at the core. The nose is great with black raspberries, baking spices, garrique and slight lavender. Full bodied. Luxurious texture. Rich and full bodied. Medium tannins. Lots of concentrated black raspberry fruit over a bed of char and gravel. Long finish. Delicious. One of those wine when each sip makes one want another. It drinks g
Tablas Creek has some great levels of wine clubs which offer up wines not available outside the winery or in different formats. This one is easily available although this particular bottle was from a 375ml bottle ($25). It is a blend of 49% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 21% Syrah, and 5% Counoise. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. A lovely nose of black raspberries, raspberries, spice and anise. On the palate, this has firm tannins but the fruit is open and drinking well. Juicy black raspberries, raspberries, over a clean dry earthiness with just a touch of char. This is a big wine but no
A very impressive showing. This is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre. It took some time to open and then drank beautifully.
This is the second release of the Orin Swift project now that Dave Phinney's non-compete with Prisoner Wine Company is over. It was nice to get a chance to try this. This is a very solid wine. Purple in color.
This is blend of 46% Mourvedre, 31% Syrah, 18% Grenache, and 5% Counoise grapes. Tasted from a 375ml bottle. In a full bottle, these will age wonderfully. In this format, they should still age well, but this was a great chance to check in on the wine. Deep ruby in color. The nose has plums, black raspberries, black cherries, spice and char. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Energetic. Medium tannins. Right now, the black cherries dominate but that will change as it ages. Delicious. Good finish. This should be versatile with food and go well with fowl or meat dishes and r
A blend of 57% Mourvèdre, 29% Grenache and 14% Syrah. Deeper ruby in color, purple at the core. The nose has black cherries, cherries, some floral notes, black pepper and spice. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Black cherry fruit with some black raspberries over a slight char and a slight dried lavender note. Good balance. Lots of energy. Good finish. This is drinking well now and while it might not get better it should morph a bit darker with age. It will work well with stews and casseroles. It should drink well for the next seven to ten years.
I have been beating the drum for Torrin wines for a while now. They do take a long time to open up, but this one seems a bit more open than most. Of course, we are now seven years from vintage. This is delicious. It is a blend of 76% Syrah and 24% Grenache. The label lists 16%ABV and although it is not noticeable on the palate, one does feel it. Inky purple in color. The nose is concentrated with black raspberries, iodine, roasted meats, char and spice. On the palate, this is full bodied with a lush texture. It is much wider on the palate. Lush black raspberries over char and spice.