This is in a great spot right now. At peak. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper, roasted herbs and slight bacon fat. Full bodied. Ripe but not overt. On the palate, nice black raspberry fruit with great acidity. Deep and complex. It opens beautifully in the glass. Also, delicious. Long finish. This won't get better but should drink well for another five to seven years. It works well on its own and would work with Thai or Indian food, or just a burger.
2008 Sine Qua Non Grenache The Duel, Eleven Confessions Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wine Review
There are not a lot of great producers of Grenache in California, but there are a few who excel and at the top is Manfred Krankl and his Sine Qua Non wines. At age 13, this is just hitting its stride and just outstanding. A blend of 82% Grenache, 14% Syrah, 2% Viognier and 2% Roussanne. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with black cherries, black raspberries, roasted meats and spices. Full bodied. 15.8% abv but no heat. On the palate, black cherries with some black raspberries over a bit of char. Deep and powerful. Delicious. Long finish. The kind of wine that
My first time trying this vintage. One of my go to value wines every vintage. Ownership changed hands a few years back and they haven't missed a beat. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with black raspberries, roasted meat, slight black olive and black pepper. Full bodied. On the palate, this has a great texture. Rich but with suppleness. Lots of black raspberry fruit over spice and slight earthiness. Medium tannins. This is obviously young but should drink well for the next seven to ten years. It drinks well on its own and will work well with roasted or grille
2016 Brave & Maiden Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Limited, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Wine Review
This drinks like a cooler climate Cab. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, dark chocolate, slight rosemary and spice. Medium bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, black cherry fruit with a bit of chocolate. This drinks easy. it is young and may improve a bit with time. It should drink well for ten to twelve years. A nice wine with roast beef.
2017 Jonata Winery Todos, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Ballard Canyon, Wine Review
This is a blend of the grapes that didn't make it into the single varietal expressions consisting of 44% Syrah, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petite Sirah, with the remainder made up from Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
2014 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Bloom's Field, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wine Review
This is a very light and elegant Pinot Noir. For those liking that style, this will be a hit. For those who like a full throttle wine, this might be found lacking. Light ruby in color. The nose has cherries with some depth. On the palate, great acidity. Bright cherry fruit. Complex and delicious. Elegant. Nice finish. This should continue to develop for the next ten years or so and drink well for another ten after that. It will work better with food. Crab cakes would be a nice match.
2016 Fess Parker Pinot Noir Pommard Clone, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wile Review
In a recent blind tasting of 10 Santa Barbara Pinots, this was the groups favorite and my #2. A very impressive showing. Medium ruby in color. The nose has black cherries and sour cherries. On the palate, this is big a fruity but with some depth. Cherries and sour cherries come thru with a touch of mint. Lovely texture. Long finish. This drinks easy on it own but will also work well with salmon or fowl. Drink over the next ten to twelve years.
Medium to dark ruby in color. The nose has black cherries, very clean. On the palate, this is sweet and jammy cherries. Easy drinking. Very big. A hedonistic style of Pinot Noir. If one likes that style, this should be right up your alley. Drink over the next ten years. This will work well with roasted fowl.
2012 Paul Lato Pinot Noir Happiness Hilliard Bruce Vineyard, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Rita Hills, Wine Review
Deep ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has black cherries and slight menthol. Medium to full bodied. Very smooth drinking. The black cherries come thru to the palate. Very tasty. Nice finish. This is on the lusher style of Pinots. It should be consumed in the next five to ten years. A nice match for roasted duck.
This is an affordable Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara. Light ruby in color. The nose is clean with cherries. On the palate, this is light bodied. Cherry fruit. Mild. Easy drinking. Drink this in the next years or two. Nice on its own or with lighter salads.