Tuesday, January 3, 2017
2015 Elouan Pinot Noir
A dark rich crimson color. Scents of blueberry, licorice, and sea stones. Very lively cranberries, with a light peppery tobacco tar essence. Late flare of orange zest as it moves into the pungent finish to complete a terrific balance.
Considering what a good Oregon Pinot Noir is known to go for. This is not just a fantastic wine, it's a fantastic bargain! I suppose that is what you should expect from a product created by a member of the Wagner family.
Monday, January 2, 2017
2012 Mullan Road Cellars Red Wine Blend
Ink like in color, and aromas of bountiful red fruit and spices. Black cherry, and relaxed blueberry with hints of ginger and allspice. Initially fruit forward, yet a wet earthen mossy flavors tame the bouquet of fruitiness to leave you analyzing the depth of it’s complexity. Finish isn’t substantial and slightly more subdued that I would hope for. Tannins and acidity just a touch off.
This is a good wine. Just not spectacular. In my personal opinion, I do not believe the QPR is there for this wine at around the $40US range
Monday, December 19, 2016
Today's wine is a 2013 Orin Swift Department 66 Grenache. (D66)
Beautiful dark maroon in color. Gravel and dried fruits in the nose. On the palette a very adventurous almost sweet balsamic like flavors without the high acidity and stewed fruit flavors. Long finish and very well balanced.
A stunningly bold out of the gate makes this wine a real eye opener. It is fantastic.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Quite light in color with mellow citrus and rubber scents. Very lightly oaked and lemony with a dry honeydew essence with late hints of earthen overtones. Decent finish and acidity to make this an enjoyable vino with dinner.
As they say, South African wines are some of the best values on the market today. This one is no different. It's quite delicious and at a good price.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Dark garnet in color with black cherry, raisin, and licorice on the nose. Cranberry, dates and lavender on the palette. Comes off as a bit thin, but the abundance of power flavors surprises and the long finish keeps your attention. Nice acidic balance.
Not a home-run, but yet. Still quite good and well worth the $22US.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
2014 Predator Old Vine Zinfandel
Medium bodied and crimson in color. Very interesting cranberry, kiwi, and bubblegum on the nose. Juicy pomegranate and black cherry with a dried fruit medley. Bold, but not overly heavy, fruit forward with a long and nicely balanced finish.
Final Thoughts: This wine was an eye opener. I wasn't expecting too much, I just wanted to good enough to top up with. Very flavorful, juicy, without being a heavy jammy wine, but still jammy like you expect from a great Zinfandel. I like it!
Monday, November 28, 2016
Tonight Vive la France!
2009 Château La Cardonne
Deep currant in color, with scents of pomegranate, cherry and a wet slate. Flavors of black cherry, sage, Brazil nuts, with a late tobacco finish.
Bit acidic early, so even at seven years old, it still needed a few minutes to breath. Better paired than on it's own.