Another great wine from Denner. It is a blend of 55% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% Counoise, 5% Cinsault and 5% Tannat.
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
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
This is drinking quite well now. A great example of a cooler climate Syrah from California. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, and slight bacon fat. On the palate, this is very concentrated. Boysenberry fruit with char underneath and a slightly meaty taste. Medium to full bodied. A wisp of tannins. Nice acidity. Long finish. This is great with roasted veggies (and would be with meat or fowl) and would also work with Indian food. No hurry, this should be good for another seen to ten years.
On release, these were big, bold wines made, at least in part, by John Kongsgaard. Of course, its now 21 years since vintage and one wold be hard pressed to call this anything but right bank if tasting blind. Part of that is one doesn't expect a Napa Merlot to age this well. It does have 10% Syrah in the blend so that may be part of it. Deep ruby in color. The nose is dusty with cherries, black cherries, slight cedar and some earthy funk. On the palate, this has a great texture. Black cherry fruit with a touch of dark chocolate and underlying earthiness. This is complex and also vib
This is one of the best Syrah's out of Sonoma County. It is built for the long haul so make sure to let it rest in the cellar or give it plenty of air. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, roasted meats and slight root beer note which was interesting. Full bodied. On the palate, lots of black raspberry fruit starting to layer with a charred earthiness and slight bacon notes. This still has medium tannins. Great balance and energy. Long finish. This may yet improve, but is more likely about as good as it will get. No hurry, this
This is a blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Petit Sirah. It takes time for the Petite to emerge and today, the Syrah is really the show. And a great show it is. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, char, violets, slight roasted meats and herbs. Full bodied with a lush texture. On the palate, juicy black raspberries with slight blueberries, and some underlying char and earthiness. Medium tannins. Long finish. This drinks great on its own and went well with a chocolate cake but would work well with Indian food or roasts as well.
This was the year the fires hit California. It is important to be careful due to that but there were no notes of fire tain here. It is a well priced blend that is 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Sirah, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot, and 1% Syrah. The wine is ruby at the rim of the glass with core of purple. Mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, cassis, char, and slight camphor. With air, slight cedar emerges. On the palate, this is soft and accessible. A hint of sweetness. Slightly drying tannins. A moderate finish. This is a very nice wine for immediate drinking. It works w
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
This is a blend of 84% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah and 3% Viognier from the home winery of star winemaker Helen Keplinger. Inky purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, graphite, asphalt and some cherries. With air some roasted meats come out. A wonderful lush texture. Firm tannins. This has lots of depth but is still young and tight. It is delicious though. Black raspberries, with underlying char on the palate.