Deep, slightly dull red.
Beautiful nose of wood fire/embers, grilled meat, black fruit. Integrated and harmonious.
Round and suave initially, then tightens up considerably in the finish. Blackberry fruit kicks through it all however. Just needs more time – like 6-10 years…
$75. 100% Tempranillo from old vines.
Great nose – grilled steak, A-1 steak sauce, sauteed mushroom with bruised orange and blackberry coulis underneath. Huge oak influence actually works very well here – reminds me of Mariano Garcia’s wines.
Round and mouthfilling, dense and loaded. Huge flavor/structure pixel count – reminds me of Bastide Blanche and older Pax action. Tannin/acid synergy finally overtakes flavors late in the finish. This could use a few more years in the cellar. The first bottle 8-9 years ago also rocked..
$35? Can’t remember
Slightly idiosyncratic aromas – reminds me of the Languedoc – machine oil and wild herbs with cran-cherry underneath.
Round and suave initially, then a wall of acid/tannin synergy hammers the entire set of teeth. Needs time and/or dead animal fat in the worst way. Love this stuff. Completely off the reservation, but it rocks.
$35. 100% single vineyard Nerello Mascalese I think.
Integrated aromas are both vibrant and deep – toasted grain, butterscotch, mint, baked apple, lemon and iodine. Beautiful.
Medium-bodied and minerally in the mouth. Really wonderful tightrope action – mineral/stone powder on front teeth and lemon zest flavors run start to finish. RFG.
Opened yesterday – nose of potato/earth/tree bark, black pepper, shoe polish, wood smoke and blackberry coulis. Deep.
Round and sensual, particularly for Bandol. Shows an orange liqueur aspect in the mid-palate, where things tighten up impressively thanks to acid/tannin synergy. Really suave for Bandol, but also packed and lively. This is FK.
$60. I think this is 100% Mourvedre from a tiny parcel
Subdued, but complex nose of toasted almond, poached peach/nectarine, grapefruit marmalade, wet stone and kerosene.
Absolutely electric in the mouth – wild citric/mineral action immediately hammers the front teeth – then broadens to peach/nectarine in the mid-palate without losing any energy. Really stunning wine. Completely dry.
Great Bordeaux nose of woodsmoke, grilled steak, wilted greens, blackcurrant/blackberry and damp earth. Sumptuous and deep.
Round and deep, with excellent mid-palate density and flavor flow. Tapers a bit in the finish thanks to still significant tannin. But this is RFG and could use another 4-6 years (or more) in a good cellar.
Lifted, bright, idiosyncratic nose – rose petal, iodine, citrus/pepper, earth/potato. Reminds me of Zweigelt.
Intense light/middleweight – vivid citrus/white pepper/potato skin flavors ride through acid constricted mid-palate and finish. RFG. Tanzer’s “inner-mouth perfume”
$30? Gift from Maynard K.
Round and sensuous with very good mid-palate flesh. Mouthwatering acidity keeps it focused and bright. Way too easy to drink. Best over the next 5-6 years I’d guess.
Lemon, lime and pear nose – ripe and fleshy.
Much tighter in the mouth – mouthwatering acidity with a boost from residual CO2. Lemon/lime flavors with a powdered stone tactile impression. Another great summer drink..
$24 at Time Market in Tucson. Nigl
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