This IGT wine from Tuscany is a blend of 50% Petit Verdot and 50% Syrah. It really is an excellent value. Deep ruby in color. The nose has black cherries, plums, slight cedar and a bit of herbs. On the palate, this is medium bodied with a lovely energy. Lighter in style considering the varietals. Nice black cherry fruit with an underlying earthy/gravel quality. Nice backbone of acidity. Long finish. This drinks well on its own and will work well with pizza or burgers. This should continue to drink well for the next five to seven years.
This is a Rose from southern France. It is a blend of 60% Grenach, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, and 10% Tibouren. Perhaps more than most springs, I am looking forward to staying home and sipping on some Rose as the weather gets nice/warmer. This is light salmon pink/orange in color. Very pale but bright and clear. It has a much bigger nose with nice strawberries, some hay and slight watermelon. On the palate, it has an interesting texture. A bit oily but also creamy. The strawberries really come thru on the palate. Refreshing and tasty. Good balance. Long finish. This drinks great o
During this period of "Stay Home", it helps to every once in a while open something really good. Even during the middle of the week (to the extent I can keep track of what day it is). The 2011 Saxum's are drinking beautifully. That vintage seems to be maturing a bit faster than most. This is a blend of 58% Syran, 27% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre. inky purple in color with a thin magenta line at the rim. The nose is great with black raspberries, black cherries, roasted meats, dried floral notes and slight chocolate. On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Rich but not overblown. Smoo
One of my favorite Washington Syrahs, the 2016 is right up there. These are big Syrahs, especially for Washington, but they will come down with age. inky purple in color, ruby at the rim. Opaque and bright. The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper and a slight floral (violets?) note. Full bodied. Wonderful, juicy texture. Tons of black raspberry fruit on the palate with an underlying roasted herb note.
This is one of the great values in Syrah. I drink these while waiting on the single vineyard wines to mature. Unfortunately, that means I rarely get a chance to let this age past a couple years. Somehow, this one lasted, so good for me! Purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, roasted meats, slight black olives and spice. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied. Nice black raspberry fruit with underlying char. Some depth and complexity. Light tannins. Very fresh. Nice finish. Seems like it could easily go another seven to ten years. A nice match for India
I am a huge fan of the eponymous winery of Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith. They make some wonderful wines on their remote property in the mountains of Napa. And they are great values. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black raspberries, smoked meats, slight floral note and baking spices. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Lots of black cherry and black raspberry fruit with underlying char and slight earthiness. Nice At age 13, this seems close to peak but may yet improve. Either way, it should have ten to twelve years before slowly fading. This w
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.