Tag: Rhône

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.

Meadowcroft Wines River Trace Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 2017, Sonoma County, California

Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Light nose of cherries, black plums, currants, light spices, earth, licorice, light oak, vanilla and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, tobacco leaf, earth, bitter herbs, spices, black tea, coffee, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Nice spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable GSM blend from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County. Nicely balanced and spicy with mild complexity.

Easy drinking with a light mouthfeel, albeit the high alcohol, which is not noticeable.

Needs an hour to open up properly.
A good quality wine that I would like to revisit in 3 years to see how it evolved.

This Californian Rhône blend is a good wine to pair with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives, but it was really nice with the Parmesan cheese.

A blend of 65% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 10% Mourvédre. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. A small production of only 120 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.

Tranche Estate Blue Mountain Vineyard Pape Blanc 2017, Walla Walla Valley Washington State

Pale lemon in color.

Very aromatic nose of pears, peaches, white flowers, spices, apricots, yellow apples, light earth, white pepper and herbs.

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

Dry on the palate with grapefruits, limes, lemons, green apples, bitter herbs, earth, vegetables, wet leaves and white pepper.

Nice spicy finish with white pepper.

This is a nice and interesting Rhône blend from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State.

Spicy with nice complexity and a tangy finish. The nose is fruit forward, yet the palate is much earthier, which is always interesting.

This Single Vineyard is tangy and refreshing. I loved smelling on it for a while. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine and good with food. Would pair nicely with oysters. I had it by the pool and paired it with Brie cheese.

A blend of 32% Viognier, 19% Grenache Blanc, 15% Roussanne, 15% Marsanne, 15% Picpoul Blanc and 4% Clairette Blanche.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Tranche Estate Pape Estate 2017 Columbia Valley, Washington State

Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, bing cherries, sweet strawberries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, dried figs, tobacco leaf, earth, leather, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Long spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Syrah based Rhone blend from Columbia Valley. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better as it opens up and shows the tannins and structure. Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Fruit forward with nice complexity. A good quality wine. Spicy, tasty and tangy.

I paired it with a beautiful view, but was even better with the Brie cheese.

A blend of 51% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 19% Grenache. Aged for 22 months in French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Folded Hills August White 2018 Santa Ynez Valley, California

Light golden in color.

Fruity nose of lemons, citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, vegetables and light spices.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

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

Nice length on the finish with tangy citrus fruits and almonds.

This is a nice southern Rhône white blend from California. Crisp and refreshing and good by itself or with food.

It is actually, much better, with some air time. 30 minutes does the trick.

I paired it with a baked Brie cheese and crackers.

A blend of 68% Grenache Blanc and 32% Roussanne.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$32.

Folded Hills August Red Wine 2017 Santa Ynez Valley, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, blueberries, spices, barnyard, earth, vegetables, coffee and peppercorn.
Smells like a California Pinot Noir.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, strawberries, light oak, spices, vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and cherries.

This Is a very nice Rhône blend from Santa Ynez Valley, in California. Nicely balanced with a nice and soft mouthfeel.

Easy drinking and fruit forward. Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers, and was very nice with the Brie cheese.

A blend of 67% Grenache and 33% Syrah.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$43.

Château Signac Côtes du Rhône Pliocène 2018, France

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

Strong nose of blueberries, black currants, licorice, light oak, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, vegetables, barnyard, spices, tobacco, chocolates and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, bitter herbs, spices, chocolates, tobacco, green vegetables, earth and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is an easy drinking Grenache blend from Côtes du Rhône in France.

Showing mild complexity with a nice and spicy mouthfeel.

A good everyday wine. Pop and pour kind of wine and good right out of the bottle.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. Kosher. Not Mevushal.

14% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$16.