Tynan makes a top cab for which he is probably better known for. This was my first time trying this wine and it is impressive. Inky purple in color. Opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, white pepper, slight bacon fat and roasted herbs. With air, a slight lavender/violet comes out. Wonderful lush but energetic texture. Delicious. Firm tannins. This is still young but drinking wonderfully on its own. Black raspberries layered with pepper and charred earth. Great acidity. Long finish. This will continue to improve for the next five to seven years and be at peak for a
This is always one of the better values in Rhone wines. They make two cuvees, this being the better of the two. This is a blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is great with black raspberries, black cherries, plums, spice and smoked herbs. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Complex. The fruits carry thru. Light tannins. Good acidity. Long finish. This drinks well on its own but also works well with a wide variety of foods. Works with casseroles, pizza or grilled foods. It will continue to mature for a couple more year
This is a multi-vintage, multi grape cuvee. It is released on a regular basis, this being the 13th iteration. It is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 12% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Mourvedre. This is really quite good and an excellent value. Deep ruby in color. The nose is dusty and warm with nice black cherry fruit. On the palate, the black cherries come thru along with some sour cherries. Medium tannins. Moderate finish. This rinks quite easily and would be a nice choice for parties. It will go with all but the lightest of foods. Drink over the next couple of y
This is somewhat of a rarity in CdR as it is 100% Syrah. This is also consistently one of the better values in Syrah. Purple in color. The nose is nice with black raspberries, garrigue (an herbal/spice combination found in the Rhone), and black pepper. Medium bodied. Nice acidity. A bit more austere than prior vintages but that's fine. More than enough stuffing. On the palate, black raspberries, black pepper and slight roasted herbs. Good finish. This might even get a bit better with just a hint of age. This should drink well for the next five to seven years. It will work well w
This is a blend of 65% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries and plums along with some spice and earthy funk. On the palate, this is complex. Layers of black cherries and black raspberries with damp earthiness. Good acidity. Long finish. This is drinking very well right now. It should be at this level for another five to ten years. It goes well with roasts and casseroles.
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
This is a blend of 48% Carignan, 46% Grenache and 6% Syrah. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose is warm with nice cherry fruit. On the palate, this is medium bodied. slightly silky texture. The palate has cherry fruit with a bit or herbal notes underneath. There is warmth on the finish. This drink ok on its own and would work with burgers or stews.
Purple in color. The nose is very nice with black raspberries, black cherries, roasted herbs and slight violet notes. On the palate, this is full bodied. It is a big wine, but not over blown. Notes of black raspberries over a char and dry earth. Good balance. Long finish. This is still young and will likely improve. It needs about five years until peak and should be good for ten to fifteen after that. Syrahs like this go well with Indian food and also meat based dishes.
A chance to try the iconic wine of Australia is pretty special but a chance to try one with age is amazing. This bottle was decanted for a couple of hours and then poured back into the bottle and served after an additional two hours. It was still a bit tight but opened up in the glass quite well. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, black pepper and slight roasted meats and roasted herbs. On the palate, it is medium to full bodied. Great balance. Nice black raspberry and black cherry fruit over char. This is drinking well and probably at or close to peak. No hurry, there
Grange is arguably the best wine from its entire continent. That's a pretty bold statement. This is the iconic wine from Australia and has, and continues to, earn that reputation for over almost seventy years. This is of course, young. Grange is a wine that can easily do a few decades. Yet, it drank well as pop and pour Purple in color. The nose is very pretty with black cherries, ginger, cedar, and spice. Full bodied with firm tannins. Flavors of black cherries, black raspberries, a bot of char/toast. Great mouth feel. Long finish. This will get better with cellaring. It needs