Man, I thought this bottle was in a beautiful spot. Everthing was in proportion, the fruit was nicely balanced by the acid and had none of thecandied nonsense you find in many. Not old world earthy by any means and less airy and ephemeral as some of the others such as Betz, but a dang good bottle of wine.
Decent N Rhone Syrah nose of peppered meat, herbs, olive, with a little warmth sneaking in. Decent palate of red and black fruit, pepper, herbs, and chocolate. Mid palate was lacking as was the finish. Enjoyable drink but for the money a bit underwhelmed.
Terrific sleeper wine we found in Walla Walla. Local favorite. Nice deep color (grenache, sryah, mourvedre), fruity, great finish. Barnyard, grassy when first poured. This drifts off a little, but still more pronounced than earlier tasted bottles.
Let breathe in the bottle about an hour. First thing I noticed is the amount of pure fruit that's showing compared to all the savory notes last time. A little more austere as a whole. Again, some spicy raspberries and other dark red and brown fruit. Not so much blue in this case. Even the color of the juice had a tan hue - maroon. The palate shows some mildly tart cranberry. A fine wine but doesn't have the mouth feel and savory essence last time around. Drink now or hold for another five years. Shouldn't evolve much more.
Vibrant purple-red. Gush of dark berry aroma. Initial oak tones melded with fruits and a whiff of anise within a 10 minutes so that it was perfectly integrated. Medium bodied, deep dark fruit with a raspberry tone and again a touch of licorice. Initial tannins were powdery rather than coarse and combined well with the rich fruit. Very good length. Just hitting the opening of its best drinking window. Very well made but there is a sense I have that it's not yet delivering all it promises. Would like to see if time brings on more nuance. 91+
This wine is delicious, if you can still find it, get some! Nose of red fruits including strawberries & red currant along with earthy/dusty notes. Peppery spiciness you expect from grenache with nice vibrant acidity showing as a orange peel zest. Great partner for food.
Terrific sleeper wine we found in Walla Walla. Local favorite. This wine has improved with time. Nice deep color (grenache, sryah, mourvedre), fruity, great finish. Highly recommend you give this wine a chance-- well worth the investment!!
much more tightly wound and extracted than when I sampled at the winery. Had a glass with dinner showing red fruits, pepper and earth notes but needs time. Re-opened 3-4days later and was coming around. Didn't have the southern rhone desert air and clay thing that it showed at the winery but was much more grenache forward. Sweeter red raspberries, a bit of hay and slighty fresh tilled earth. Will hold my other bottle for a while.
Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): Wow. This wine was right up my alley. Others didn't love the super super ripe styling, but I believed there was minerality and savory essence to support the liquid candy. Light spice. Yummy delicious balanced finish. Elegant but rich styling. Highly recommended. Seek this out.
A very elegant style of grenache, nice and fruity without the over the top weight and unbalanced structure of most I have had. Good acidic backbone while maintaining its fruit. Not ordinary but very good, a welcome change.