This is a blend of 40% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 21% Mourvedre, 3% Counoise, and 3% Terret Noir checking in at 13% abv. Screw capped. This is a nice value play in easy to drink, Cal Rhone styled wines. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black raspberries, black cherries, slight pepper and an herbal note (chervil?). Medium bodied. On the palate, this drinks easy. Little tannins. Nice black cherry fruit with a touch of black pepper. Good acidity. Moderate finish. This will work well with most meats, fowl or veggies. Drink over the next five to seven years.
My first time trying this particular vineyard although Torrin is a favorite. 100% Syrah. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with boysenberries and some black pepper. On the palate, medium tannins. Nice black raspberry fruit. Some depth. Good finish. An outstanding wine, but not up to the rarefied air of other vineyards in the Torrin lineup. It should still improve a bit as it continues to mature over the next five years and drink well for ten more after that. This probably would be helped by some fatty fried foods or meats.
This is 57% Syrah, 29% Grenache, and 14% Mourvedre. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black raspberries, black cherries, black pepper, slight roasted meats and herbs, and spice. Full bodied. Fruit forward. Quite tasty. This is drinking well if still young. Lots of jammy black raspberry fruit over char and some black pepper. Maybe a bit of black cherries. This is a real crowd pleaser. It should continue to evolve over the next ten to twelve years. it drinks great on its own and will work well with roasted veggies or meats.
Normally, I like to let these wines rest for ten years or so prior to opening, but sometimes, it can't be helped. For me, the Hearstone opens a bit earlier than the others (along with the Paderewski). This is a blend of 54% Syrah, 35% Grenache, and 11% Mourvedre. Pop and pour, this took a while to open and the last glass was the best. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, roasted meats, slight black olives and a bit of black cherries. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, this has a great juicy, muscular texture. Powerful Load
This is a blend of 59% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 19% Terret Noir, and 2% Roussanne. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright. The nose is very nice with black raspberries, black cherries, black pepper, and black olives. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this drinks with a cooler climate Syrah profile, that is with black raspberry fruit, black pepper and slight black cherries over a mineral base. Light tannins. Very fresh. Nice finish. This drinks youthfully but shows some signs of maturity. It will continue to mature for the next five to seven years and be good for anothe
For those who like full throttle, hedonistic wines, Torrin should be at the top of your list. This one is made from 100% Grenache. Inky purple in color. The nose is big with black cherries, cherry pie, char, spice and slight dark chocolate. Full bodied. Lush and jammy. On the palate, juicy black cherry pie filling with some underlying gravel. Long finish. Delicious. This probably drinks better on its own right now, but with some maturity it will settle down. This should make great drinking for the next ten to twelve years.
From Magnum. This is a blend of 30% Mourvedre, 22% Zinfandel, 13% Syrah, 13% Tempranillo, 12% Grenache, and 10% Petite Sirah. The bottle was opened for air for around 24 hours prior to serving. Drank over two nights, it was consistent both nights. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, plums, black raspberries, cherries, gravel, black pepper and floral notes. Crazy good and complex. Full bodied and full throttle. On the palate, all of those purple and red fruits seem to come out with underlying minerality and gravel. Juicy acidity. 15.9% ABV but no s
This is a wine made by Rhone wine consultant Philippe Cambie and Saxum’s Justin Smith. It is a blend of 76% Zinfandel, 8% Syrah, 6% Mataró, 6% Petite Sirah, and 4% Tempranillo. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, slight bramble, dust, black cherries and spice. On the palate, this is full bodied. Delicious. Serious tannins. Black raspberries, plums and spices over a gravelly bed. Long finish. Pop and pour, this was drinking great from the start. It's hard to say how well this well age. The label says 16.1% abv but there is no heat. Still, at t
One of my favorite Cal Rhone White wines. I really need to let one of these age. At age 5, this one is singing right from popping the cork. It is a blend of 30% Roussane, 25% Marsanne, 20% Grenache Blanc, 15% Picpoul, and 10% Vermentino. Light golden in color. The nose has peach, melon, slight vanilla candle, minerals and lime pith. Full bodied. This has a big mouthfeel. Not quite viscous, but a strong presence. Notes of peach, vanilla and wax with great underlying minerality. A nice touch of acidity to keep things bright. Depth and complexity. Nice finish. This is drinking you
My first time trying this wine. It is 55% Grenache Blanc, 32% Roussanne, 8% Chenin Blanc, and 5% Petit Menseng. It is fantastic. Golden in color with just the slightest ruby coloring to it. The nose is tight at first but opens up nicely in the glass. Aromas of caramelized pears, orange peel, wax, and chalk. Full bodied. It is a big wine but deep with complex layers of pears, oranges, spice and smoke. Long finish. Delicious. This drinks great on its own and will work well with bigger foods. Roasted fowl would be a good match. This is drinking great now and should continue for ten