This is what is sometimes referred to as an "orange" wine. What that means is that it is fermented on its skins. The extended skin contact transfers some color to what is otherwise a white wine. It has other effects on the wines depending on the wine making process. Though this style of winemaking has been around for a long time, a small subsection or wine lovers and commentators discovered these wines about ten years ago and became enthralled with them. Like anything however, just because a wine is made in this style doesn't make them good or bad. This one, however, is very good. Th
Pale gold in color. The nose has some meyer lemon's but is also very dusty and slightly hot. On the palate, this has a nice oily texture. A bit of a green streak but also some lemon notes. It has a distracting bitter quality that is very persistent. A shorter finish. Screw capped. The description makes this sound worse that it was, but this was a disappointing experience.
This is 97% Syrah with 3% viognier cofermented from the Powerline Vineyard. This drinks in the style of the Northern Rhone but with a new world flair that works. It should improve with a few years of cellaring. Ruby in color, purple at the core. The nose has black raspberries, black olives and a nice minerality lurking in the backround. On the palate, this is softer in texture. Nice black raspberry fruit, slight black pepper and underlying char. Slight tannins that come out more with air. Good finish. This needs heartier foods but has the acidity to work well them.
This bottle was drinking quite well at 3 years from vintage. Light gold/green in color. The nose is expressive; sugary with some honey dew melon. On the palate, this is dry. On the palate, this is dry. Some lemon pith. Just a bit of depth. Round. Very clean. Nice. Would work with lighter foods and makes a very nice starter wine. $20 retail is a good value. Drink now.
95% Syrah, 5% Viognier. Purple in color. The nose is nice with black raspberries, leather, roasted meats, and black pepper. Deep. On the palate, this is delicious. Black raspberries, char, black pepper along with some earthiness. More lower tones (if that makes sense). Good balance. Kept opening up. This has a long life left. Needs bigger foods.
WARNING-Biased Review. Although both of the 2014's scored higher, this is the best wine SonkinCellars made. It is still quite tight and needs air or time. Purple in color, inky at the core. The nose has black raspberries, black olives, slight roasted meat, slight cedar and spice. On the palate, this has firm tannins. Lush black raspberry fruit. An under layer of spice and roasted meats. Long finish. Still a few years from peak. Everything that needs to be in a great California warm climate Syrah that is not over the top but pushes ripe. Of course, this is a completely biased revi
WARNING - Biased review. This is our most difficult child. Huge bottle variation on this one and it has to be related to storage at all points in the delivery line. Despite having had the wine tested for Brettanomyces (yeast) it is a problem in some bottles for some drinkers. And that is the problem with Brett and why we tested. All wine has it to some extent, and if the wine gets warm it blooms (it is a yeast). In this bottling it is sporadic and its been difficult to ascertain why. Of course, some people like that barnyard quality, so inevitably, they are the ones with the cleanest
71% Syrah, 28% Mourvedre and 1% Viognier. This is a gorgeous wine that is drinking great right now but still has some maturation to come. Purple in color. On of the cool things about Viognier is it make Syrah more opaque. Another is that it has lifting aromatics which carry the Syrah and Mourvedre along with it. In this case, just a gorgeous nose. Black raspberries, roasted herbs, grilled meats, white pepper, musky earthiness all just explode from the glass. On the palate, this has a lovely velvety texture. Good balance. Lots of black raspberry fruit with underlying earthiness. It
Warning, this is a biased wine review. This is our own label. So why post a note? Because people often ask me how the wines are drinking and what are my thoughts. I try to be honest and forthright but at the very least, I make the wine I want to drink, so hopefully, it is a wine that I like. YMMV. 2010 is a vintage that has taken a while to come around but it seems to have gotten some traction and is getting there. This bottle was opened and allowed to breathe for 8 hours prior to serving. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, roasted meat, white pepper and slight floral
This is a white Rhone blend of grapes; Rousanne and Viognier. Golden in color. This was served at red wine temperature which for me was ideal. It really cut down on the acidity and brought out the aromatics. YMMV. The nose is really nice with candle wax, slight peach, floral notes and minerals. On the palate, this is dry and full bodied. A bit of honey nevertheless along with peach and vanilla. Lovely texture. Good finish. This worked quite well with food. There is a nice depth to this. It drinks very "red" like.