Tag: Rhône

Gonnet La Font Du Vent Côtes du Rhône Blanc Les Promesses 2020, France

Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Nose of citrus, limes, green apples, white flowers, honey, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with green apples, grapefruits, citrus, spices, sea salt, earth, black pepper, bitter herbs and river rocks.

Tangy and earthy finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice white blend from Côtes du Rhône. Easy drinking, refreshing, and good right out of the bottle. Shows an interesting nose.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers. Paired very nicely with smoked white fish.

A blend of 40% Viognier, 20% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne. Aged in stainless steel and concrete vats for 7 months. Organic and Vegan.

13% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$17.

Theopolis Vineyards Theo-Patra’s Cuvée Cerise 2019, California

Ruby in color with medium intensity and a wide reddish/ purplish rim.

Fruity nose with black currants, black plums, blueberries, sweet cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, herbs, chocolates and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked strawberries, spices, pencil lead, black pepper, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Medium finish with fine grained tannins and spices.

This is a tasty red blend from California. Showing mild complexity with a nice and soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself, tangy and fruit forward. Easy drinking and spicy.

This red blend is definitely still young, and needs 3 to 5 years to mature and get more complex. Has nice potential, and would be nice to revisit this in 3 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 30 minutes of airtime. After a couple of hours, it reminds me of a fruit forward Côtes du Rhône.

The high alcohol is not noticeable, so you better watch out.

An interesting blend of Mourvedre, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Aged in neutral French Oak barrels for 12 months. A small production of only 250 cases.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers by the lake.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$36.

Foyt Family Wines No. 14 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Napa Valley, California

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

On the nose black currants, cooked cherries, black plums, blackberries, cedar, licorice, vanilla, eucalyptus, earth, light vegetables, tobacco, espresso, herbs, spices, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, cedar, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, alcohol, light vegetables, pencil lead, peppercorn, leather and espresso.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Napa Cabernet is already delicious, but needs three to five years to mature properly.

Soft and elegant with a beautiful nose. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Needs a couple of hours to open up and show its beauty, so please be patient. Will be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Nicely balanced with lots of earth notes. A little uncommon for this region, although very typical for this producer.

Tasty by itself or with food. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Paired wonderfully well with the Brie cheese.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$48.

Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery GSM Crossing 2015 Paso Robles, California

A pretty color of dark ruby with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, red currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, spices, earth, black pepper and light pencil lead.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, licorice, dark coffee, pencil lead, tobacco leaf, herbs, light vinaigrette and black pepper.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting Rhone blend from Paso Robles. Elegant, spicy and good by itself or with food.

This 6 year old is peaking now with nice complexity and a soft mouth feel. An interesting wine, and very tasty.

I gave it one hour in a decanter to open up, and paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Goes very nicely with the Prosciutto and the wild mashroom Brie cheese.

A blend of 44% Syrah, 34% Mourvedre and 22% Grenache. Aged for 19 Months in (30% New) French Oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$42.

Acquiesce Winery and Vineyard Clairette Blanche 2019 Lodi, California

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Nice nose with citrus, tropical fruits, sweet candy, honeysuckle, wild flowers, lemons, pears and apples.

Medium-bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, citrus, minerals, honeysuckle, rose pedals, pears, spices, light herbs and black pepper.

Medium finish with spices.

This is a very nice white wine from Lodi California. Interesting and easy drinking with a very nice nose. Feels like a fruit forward Rhone white wine.

Nicely balanced and crisp. Good by itself or with food.

I paired it with goat cheese and crackers, and had it by the pool.

100% Clairette Blanche grapes, hand picked and pressed whole Cluster.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points

$28.

Saxum Vineyards Broken Stones 2005 Paso Robles, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, plums, strawberries, sweet cherries, light wood, spices, coffee, dark chocolates, earth, cinnamon, eucalyptus and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, black currants, wood, licorice, light vanilla, chocolates, beef jerky, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, light vegetables, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great GSM Blend from Paso Robles. Showing great complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, but good after an hour of airtime. Tannins show up after 2 hours in the decanter.

This 15 years old is good by itself or with food. Feels more like a 10 to 15 year old, good quality, Right Bank Bordeaux.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points (big miss).

Really enjoyed smelling on it for a while. Delicious and tasty.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

A blend of 74% Syrah, 24% Grenache and 2% Mourvedre.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$125 (current vintage)

Teperberg Family Winery Essence Rosé 2019, Israel

A very pretty light pinkish color in the glass.

Very aromatic nose of citrus, grapefruits, light raspberries, limes, white flowers, earth, vegetables, Jasmine, herbs and white pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, earth, light strawberries and black pepper.

Spicy finish with almonds and limes.

This is a nice Rosé from Israel. Very much in the Old World style. Resembles a Cote du Rhône Rosé. Earthy and spicy.

Interesting with mild complexity and better when properly chilled.

A nice food wine that I paired with Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 45% Grenache Noir, 35% Mourvedre and 20% Barbara. Kosher non Mevushal.

11.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$30.

Matar Winery by Pelter Stratus 2017, Galilee, Israel

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Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, plums, earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, light vanilla, tobacco, barnyard, licorice, coffee, vegetables and pencil lead.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, oak, licorice, tobacco, sweet vanilla, spices, espresso, diet cola, tar, earth, pencil lead, herbs and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Shiraz from Israel. Spicy and nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Drinking nicely now as a 3 year old, and will be nicer in the next few years.

Feels like a new world wine with a touch of old-world. Needs 90 minutes to open up properly. Once it opens up, it reminds me of a young Northern Rhone.

A nice wine to have all by itself, but better with food. I paired it with dried meats.

100% Shiraz grape from the Galilee region in Northern Israel. Aged for 14 months in Oak barrels. Kosher and not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$35.

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Robledo Family Winery El Rey Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Lake County, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.

Fruity on the nose with blackberries, blackcurrants, black plums, chocolates, vanilla, spices, oak, licorice, black pepper, tobacco and light alcohol.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, light earth, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, mocha, coffee and peppercorn.

Long tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from California. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better as it opens up. I gave it one hour, initially. After 90 minutes more earth notes come in, both on the nose and palate. Rich, soft, smooth and spicy.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair very nicely with grilled meats or a Burger. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.

Domaine Netofa Dor Syrah 2017, Galilee, Israel

Deep purple in color with a reddish rim.

Strong nose of black currants, plums, cooked blackberries, toasted oak, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, bell pepper, celery, vegetables, barnyard, tar, herbs, chocolates, peppercorn, spices and earth.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, earth, tobacco leaf, tar, bitter vegetables, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn and green herbs.

Medium plus on the finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very nice Syrah from Israel. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.

Showing lots of fruits with earth and vegetable notes. Feels very much like a young Northern Rhone.

Still young and needs time to mature, but already very nice. Showing lots of potential. In the next 7 to 10 years, this can get to 93-94 points with proper cellaring.

This Single Vineyard needs time to open up. I gave it 3 hours, and that’s when it starts to shine.

A good quality wine that can last for many years.

Good by itself and with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers. Went very nicely with the brie cheese.

100% Syrah grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 15 months. This series is made only in special vintages, when the fruit is prime. Only 5,000 bottles produced, this is bottle number 1,682. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.