The perils of buying wines off store shelved that have been there a while. This wine, recently bought, did not appear to be in perfect shape. Still, it offered up enough pleasure that it was worth drinking. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has a slight aquarium note along with a bit of balsamic. There is also some red fruit fighting to be heard. The palate was pretty much the same. There is some complexity here. Probably a very nice wine as it fought with likely poor storage and heat. Too bad.
Just a beautiful wine. Drinking youthfully but showing some development. Open for business. Purple in color. The nose has leather, bramble, black raspberries. Very deep. With air, some graphite. On the palate, black raspberries with an underlayer of charred earth. A lovely texture; both velvety and intense. great finish. This would pair with heartier foods and certainly spicy foods. This may not get better but has five to seven years left at peak easily and probably more as it morphs into more of a claret styled Zin. So good right now though.
When you own a wine cellar, every so often you lose a bottle only to rediscover it a few years later. Sometimes it is over the hill by then, but you never know. This one was one of those. Abondante is a blend of leftovers at Sineann. It is a great value and usually, they are consumed in a year or two. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is leather with good dark cherry fruit. A bit of spice. On the palate, this is tart red berries. Cherries mostly but something a bit deeper. Slight tannins. Good finish. There is some complexity there but not a ton. Very food friendly. T
Purple in color. The nose has red berries, dust, warmth and some sour cherries. On the palate, the red fruits continue. This is ripe. Not deep but tasty. Easy drinking. Went well with roasted acorn squash and butter sauce. Good finish. This older winery has a range of nice wines. This one was $16 and its hard to beat that value. Drink up in the next year or two.
Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is dusty with slight aquarium notes. Also some cherries and black cherries. On the palate, there is a lot of heat and it seems disjointed. Tart cherries but brown sugar. Alcohol on the finish. Again, this appears to be a poorly stored bottled, but how to know for sure or where the issue is. Drinkable for sure, but doesn't work with food at this point. Hopefully, this bottle was not representative.
This was done as a one off in order to raise money for victims of the earthquake. This vineyard is an enclosed small vineyard at about 800 feet of elevation. This is a wine that is still tight but with just a bit of air, it is drinking beautifully right now. Purple in color. The nose has dark cherries, spice and a bit of bramble. On the palate, slight tannins. Black cherry fruit. Some depth. Good acidity. Very food friendly for medium or heartier foods. Nice finish. I don't think this gets better from here but will undoubtedly change and mature.
Sean Thackrey is one of the world's great winemakers who hangs out in Bolinas California. This is basically a field blend of what doesn't make his top Cuvees. Although it is non-vintage, each Cuvee carries a Roman Numeral designate. This is XI, but the current release is XXV. This wine is approximately 16 years old and was really made to be drunk in the first few years. Sometime, however, wines hide in the cellar only to provide a pleasant surprise later on. It was originally claimed to be a blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Carignan, and Barbera, however, DNA testi
This is a blend of a whole bunch of leftover grapes. At $20, this is always a great value but especially so in the better vintages like 2015. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, cherries and spice. On the palate, this has a nice texture. Good acidity. Easy drinking with some depth and varietal complexity. Good finish. Very food friendly. It now comes as a screw cap which is nice.
This is one of the classic vineyards in California. A whole host of wineries use this to make some very fine Zinfandels. Carlisle's version tends to be middle of the road. Interestingly, it also tends to be a pretty straightforward Zin the Carlisle lineup. Of course, that is not a bad thing. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, spice and a bit of anise. Those qualities carry thru to the palate. This is on the bigger side but far short of many and certainly not jammy. A nice depth to it. If you like more of a claret style, these have sho
This is the Costco home brand. My first time trying this and it was served to a group of people blind. Everyone enjoyed this and for $17, there is some real value here. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, bramble and spice. On the palate, this is middle of the road in style. A nice backbone of acidity should make it friendly with a wide variety of foods. Good finish. Is this amazing? No. But it is quite solid and as good as quite a few California Zins costing twice as much.