Bogle “Essential” Red 2015 review by (PB)

Dark cranberry jelly red hue with big aromas of fruit filled Black cherry, chocolate cream bon bons, cola, cedar, minty spice; a lot going on. Palate–Plush tannins, immense fruit bomb black berries, dark cherry, tar, forest floor, finishing with a somewhat ho hum ending. Bogle has become one of those producers who seem to specialize…

Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel 2014 review by (PB)

This robust black-cherried hue Zin from Lodi has aromas of tantalizing chocolate mint, cinnamon red hots candies and loads of zesty blackberries and blackberry jam. On the palate this wine is surprisingly supple with all the above coming through in the mouth with a satisfying lingering finish of spicy brambly berries. I am not a…

Gavilan Pinot Noir 2013 review by (PB)

Black cherry hue setting off aromas of Palate–This pinot has real depth, with solid beam of black cherry and vanilla cream cordial, with lingering fruit on the finish. Honestly my review is skewed with respect to the bouquet because of the pervasive aromas coming from the kitchen with a turkey roasting and the trimmings. From…

Chateau L’Escart (Cuvee Eden) 2015 review by (PB)

Young purple hue with aromas that are better than anticipated due to its youthfulness. Tart raspberry with lighter overtones of blueberry, with maybe a hint of menthol, and light spicing and a note of milk choclate. On the palate this wine (a classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec) is at first quite…

The Ned Pinot Noir 2014 review by (PB)

Gentle cherry hue with aromas of lightly spiced raspberry/strawberry jam. Palate–Lively structure with very nice Pinot flavors that far outstrip the bouquet.  Savory spiced ripe strawberries with a very light hint of cocoa that is fleeting. This has clean as a whistle feel in the mouth with a gentle tartness that is endearing. This is…

Toile Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 review by (PB)

  Nice black cherry hue with aromas of perfumy sweet black cherry with interesting layers of unusual notes of pickle juice, mint, hints of milk chocolate, and minty spice. Palate–silky potential with young tannins at the moment. Rich dark berry fruit with black licorice and a touch of green pepper. Finish is a bit quick.…

Netzl “Carnuntum Cuvee” 2014 review by (PB)

  Young black cherry hue with aromas big on savory spices combined with fruity goodness that combines for a perfumy bouquet. There’s a touch of white grapefruit, white pepper, and red berries. Palate–lots of tongue biting acidity, with a subtle touch of cocoa, more white pepper and berries with a finish that lingers a tad…