This is the "second label" of star winemaker Helen Keplinger's home winery. It is made from 31% Sonoma Grapes and 69% Sierra Foothills Grapes. A blend of 55% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah, and 5% Petite Sirah. A delicious wine. Purple in color with ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, spice, gravel and slight plums and earth. On the palate, this is full bodied but very lively with lots of energy. Black raspberries dominate at the moment but the black cherries are also present. There is also a layer of gravel and scorched earth that is a lovely counte
Cline makes some of the best values in wine. This is certainly one of them. Pale salmon pink in color. The nose has nice watermelons and a bit of cranberries. Light bodied. Silky texture. Good acidity. The palate is more strawberries with cranberries. Moderate finish. This is refreshing. it will go well with lighter foods and drinks fine on its own. It should be consumed in the next year.
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
This is a Zinfandel blend of 74% Zinfandel, 14% Syrah and 12% Mourvedre. This is a big wine but it is drinking quite nicely right now. Purple in color, slight ruby at the rim. The nose has black cherries, raspberries, a bit of bramble, plums and black pepper. On the palate, this has a nice texture. A nice varietal complexity. It goes down (too) easy. Although there is no alcohol on the palate, it is 15.3%. Lots of black cherry and raspberry fruit with some char and spice. Good finish. This drinks great on it own and would work well with a burger. It probably should be consumed in
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.
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
This is 100% Monastrell (also known as Mourvedre) from Jumilla, Spain. It is another excellent red value from outside the main wine growing regions of Spain. Purple/ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has a dusty attic quality along with plums and a bit of iodine. Interesting. On the palate, this has black cherries and plums. A bit of spice. Some acidity. Not a lot of complexity but easy drinking. it should be drunk in the next year or two, but who knows, perhaps a lost bottle will surprise in five years. It is a nice wine for a party or cook out. It should go with most mea
This is a blend of 67% Syrah and 33% Mourvedre. Consumed in the NY Jets stadium parking lot prior to the Monday night game between the Browns and the Jets. A lot of fun. While still very young, this was a perfect wine for the occasion. Big, bold and delicious. Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, roasted herbs, plums and slight violets. On the palate, this has a wonderfully rich texture. The wine goes down easily. It is also delicious. Lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying char and a bit of pepper. Great energy and balance. Long finish. Goes great with
A blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 26% Cinsault, and 4% Syrah. This was part of a tasting that taught me that, more than most Bandol's, Tempier's will need plenty of cellar time to peak. This was tasty now, but just felt like it was holding back. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is tight. With air, some black cherries come out. Eventually a bit of spice as well. On the palate, this has a great texture. Very deep but tightly wound. Black cherry fruit. Plenty of tannins. Long finish. If drinking now give it a few hours in a decanter. Otherwise cellar for ten more years. This
Purple/ruby in color, slightly flat. The nose seemed a bit off, perhaps storage. It had a bit of aquarium going on. Yet, there is also some black cherries and a bit of minerality. On the palate, this is much better. A pretty backbone of acidity. Nice fresh cherry fruit. Slight tannins. Some complexity. Long finish. This is drinking about where one would expect at age 9. It won't get better but should be at peak for the next five to seven years. This will work with most meat or fowl based dishes or roasted veggies too.