Torrin makes some of the best Rhone styled wines anywhere. This is 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Tannat, so not completely a Rhone styled wine. Close enough. There wines are big and generally need at least five years to start to be approachable for my tastes. This one is just getting there. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, plums, slight black cherries, blueberries, slight dust and spice. It's great. On the palate, this is big and wide. Great texture. Loads of black raspberry fruit with some blueberries and a bit of black cherries. It's d
The Yatir Forest is on the edge of the Negev desert in southern Israel. I have had this wine before and thought it was labelled Negev but this 2012 vintage is labelled Judean Hills. I am not sure where the boundaries of the wine regions are. According to the label, this is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Petite Verdot, and 9% Tannat. Inky purple in color. The nose has cassis, plums, char and baking spices. On the palate, this is more boysenberry with black cherries over a gravelly char. Slight tannins. Nice finish. This took some time to open and then kept opening all evening. It seem
This is a blend of 85% Malbec, 10% Tannat, and 5% Petite Verdot. Grown from vineyards at 5,900 feet above sea level. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has plums, spice and black raspberries. Also a touch of black pepper. On the palate, this has silky tannins. Plum and black cherry fruit. Not noticeable oak. This wine is about accessibility and easy enjoyment. Good fruit. It goes down easily. Should be drunk within the next few years. It will work with medium and heartier foods well. This retails for around $15 which is a great value.
This is a hodgepodge of grapes made in a "natural wine" style. Twenty-five percent Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Cinsault, Mondeuse, and Zinfandel from one source; another 25% Valdiguié; and the rest Syrah, Tannat, St. Laurent, and Carignan made from vineyards across California. This was being closed out at a local wine store for $20. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has a sweaty sock quality to it. Once you get past that, there are some cherries and pomegranate notes.
This is a Tannat based dessert wine from Uruguay. Very interesting. Dark brown in color. The nose is like a chocolate flavored Tootsie-Pop. Sweet and chocolaty. The palate is slightly viscous and very chocolaty. Sweet but just a bit. Not cloying. A little goes a long way, but a very fun wine.
An Argentina blend that is 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Malbec, 19% Petit Verdot and 10% Tannat. Purple/ruby in color. This took some time to open and though not necessarily better on Day 2, it was different. The nose is dust with cherries, plums and an herbal note (tarragon?). On day 2, it went more to black and blue fruits. The palate has black cherries and plums with underlying dry earth and baking spice. On Day 2, again it picks up more plums but also blueberries. Tannins really come out on Day 2. This win should match well with grilled and roasted meats and other hearty foods.
Ruby/purple in color. This is a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot,Tannat, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. A sort of kitchen sink blend that costs around $15. It's a nice wine for the money and easy to drink. Ruby/purple in color. The nose is a bit warm with alcohol but also some cherries, black raspberries and slight char. On the palate, this is mostly cherry fruit. Easy drinking. Warm but not hot. There is some varietal complexity. Fun label. Good party wine.