Vinturi – kalamata/dried fig reduction (is that possible?), impossibly deep nose. Menthol note as it airs.
Round and completely mouth-filling like no French Syrah I’ve had.. And unlike several other 2003 northern Rhones I’ve tasted – there is no hiccup in the mid-palate. This flows throughout. Concentrated to the hilt, but remains reasonably fresh till the end. Actually a middle-weight in an extreme vintage.
Open 3 days – wasn’t going to post on this but it’s singing now – clay/earth, raspberry, shoe polish nose.
Round and sensuous, with acid-driven tannin slowly working up the sides of the mouth. Huge mid-palate flesh and flavor. Killer. Just needed some air air to unwind.
Vinturi – very deep blackberry sauce, hazelnut/earth and a lifted character I can’t quite articulate (mint?).
Seamless. Extremely well-integrated in every respect. Beautiful wine, particularly for Petite Sirah. Ehren knows what he’s doing. Just lacks the complexity/dimension of the world’s best varieties. Or is this infanticide? Good question.
$75 at the winery many years ago.
Light, dull red.
Another beautiful, expressive nose – woodsmoke, dried herbs, hazelnut, red cherry coulis.
Round, sumptuous and completely mouth-filling. Acid driven tannin sneaks into the mid-palate to frame cherry, herb and iron flavors in the finish. Not quite at its peak, but close… Wonderful stuff.
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.
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