Bonterra uses organically grown grapes to make their wines. The wines are very good to great and priced reasonably. Their Rosé is always a favorite. As Memorial Day approaches, this year will be a bit different with Social Distancing still appropriate. Finally, however, we had a nice weather day, and it was a great time to try the latest vintage. The wine is screw topped which is a great thing. This vine is mostly Grenache. It will keep the wine fresher. It has a very pretty color. Sort of a deep, ruby/pink in color. Clear and bright. Upon opening, notes of Rhubarb with some cher
This is the second vintage for a Red Wine Blend and I far prefer this to the 2015 version. it is a blend of 42% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 19% "Port Grapes, and 18% Syrah. Yes, Port wine grapes can be a wide variety but I have no idea what they used and that the grapes are from Mendocino. But, for $20 retail, no need to get hung up on that. Right now it seems the Zinfandel and to a lesser extent the Syrah dominate the blend although that might change with time. It is made by Rich Parducci. This utilizes a cork (unlike the Chardonnay) Ruby in color with purple swirls. The nose has
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 a GSM blend of 70/10/20. Still young, it needs some time, especially for the Syrah and Mourvedre to come out. Ruby in color, slightly cloudy. The nose has black cherries and baking spices. On the palate, this is more raspberries but the baking spice are present. Smooth and easy drinking but also some depth. Medium bodied. Good acidity. Needs a few years and should have a decade more. Will work on its own and worked great with a stuffed eggplant dish but roasted foods in general.
This was in magnum and opened to celebrate the engagement of our friends daughter. The non-wine geek crowd seemed to really enjoy it (as did the wine geeks present). Purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, some black pepper and slight bacon fat. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture. Juicy, slick and medium to full bodied. Plenty of boysenberry fruit over a bit of char and slight dry earthiness. Good balance. Nice finish. This is coming around now and just about at peak. Even in 750ml format there is no hurry though, this should have another decade. It will go well wit
Disclaimer - biased wine review. This may be the best wine we ever made. It is still young and tight and should improve over the next five to seven years. It is made entirely with Halcon fruit. Inky purple in color. The nose has boysenberries, black pepper, slight baking spices, slight earthiness and roasted herbs. On the palate, I love the texture of this wine. Deep if still tightly layered. The biggest difference between this and other Halcon based wines, is that this is a bit riper. Juicy boysenberry fruit over and bit of char and minerals. Long finish. Good acidity. This sho
This vintage seemed so open at first but eventually got tight. This took some air/time to open up once the cork was popped. Purple in color. The nose is nice with boysenberries, charcoal, black pepper and just a bit of tobacco. On the palate, this has a nice texture. Lots of boysenberry fruit but tightly packed. A nice backbone of acidity. Good finish. It is a cooler climate Syrah and Halcon takes a while to mature. It still needs another three to five years and should be good for a decade or more after that. Disclaimer, I was part of the team that made this wine so I may be a li
Halcon wines are some of the best values in California wine. They are top quality cooler climate Syrahs being made at lower alcohol levels in a deliberate style. At the same time, they are not short on fruit or deliciousness. They really do take some time to develop though and cellaring or air is highly recommended. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has boysenberries, slight black pepper, slight fried bacon, and a bit of charred earth. On the palate, this has a medium body. Tightly layered, it unwinds in the glass. Nice boysenberry fruit with an underlying minerality. It s
This is the first Pinot I have tried from Halcon, one of my favorite Rhone varietal producers. This is excellent. On the worldwide scale of Pinots it is on the larger size but certainly not for California. Purple in color with some ruby swirls. The nose has black cherries and sour cherries. Very nice. On the palate, this has a wonderful texture.
This is an inexpensive wine made from 85% Zinfandel and 15% Petite Sirah. It is aged in one and two year old French oak barrels. This is a nice wine to serve at parties and cook outs. It will be popular with people who enjoy a nice glass of red. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has black raspberries, raspberries, some black cherries along with a bit of cola and spice. On the palate, black cherries, black raspberries and a bit of black pepper. Easy drinking. Nothing harsh. Not a lot of acidity. Ripe fruit. This is a wine to drink now.