Napa Cellars Zinfandel (Napa Valley) 2015 review by (PB)

Dark nearly black hue with lovely aromas of rustic Zin dark berry and spice which are lighter than expected. Palate–Zesty mouth feel with intense deep flavors of rich black berries, with some tar, a slight touch of cedar and just gobs of fruit that carries on. Seductively mouth watering with relaxed tannins.  This will be…

Lockwood Cabernet Sauvignon Monterey 2014 review by (PB)

Cranberry jelly hue with aromas of nose tightening (what?), dark berry fruit with good spice and a perfumy air of sweet flowers. Palate–Nice pronounced, slightly tart, slightly sweet ripe fruit with a nice balance of yeasty bread, a slight touch of chocolate cream, and a nice lingering finish. I paid $9 for this gem from…

DeLoach Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) 2014 review by (PB)

Nice dark black cherry hue with aromas of baked bread above the rim, nice dark berry notes with rustic, briary highlights. Palate–underlying finessed layer of black pepper, with solid beam of blackberry notes, and relaxed tannins. This Russian River Zin is rather typical and a good example of the grape. A great pasta, game, or…

Monte Antico Toscana 2013 review by (PB)

Very light hue with aromas on opening of wonderful brioche, cherry fruit, cigar ash, and a touch of fresh grape. Palate–More angular on first impression than expected especially at this age.  Crisp acidity, with somewhat staid cherry, and not a whole lot else but remember this is right on opening and at cellar temperature. *I’ll…

HOBO Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley) 2014 review by (PB)

Medium black cherry hue with aromas of savory spicy blackberries. Palate–Tight, puckery tannins, lip smacking acidity and not a lot there.  I just opened it though and it is chilly from the cellar so I’ll revisit this in a while. After a little over an hour, it opens up nicely to a much better wine. …

Chateau de la Ragotiere Cuvee Amelie 2015 review by (PB)

Straw hue with aromas of sweet oily powder and gentle lemony hard candies with pineapple nuances. Rich creamy melon and apple touches. Palate–Bone dry, flint, lemony front with tropical fruit compote and a wet stone, finish that hangs on. A very nice Muscadet in the sharply acidic, flinty style.  Very nicely balanced with lovely bouquet…

Tapiz (Alta Collection) Malbec 2012 review by (PB)

Rigorously pigmented black cherry hue with aromas of sweet blueberry hints, yeasty bread, above the rim. In the glass  Sweet mint with cigar ash, and a dense, stuffy blackberry foundation. Palate–Dense consolidated flavors that are a bit angular with immature tannins that need a few more years on the shelf. Chunky structure that should mellow…

El Miracle “Old Vine Garnacha” 2014 review by (PB)

Nicely pigmented with a cranberry jelly hue and aromas of Sweet, dried cranberry, cigar ash, and more Palate–Juicy core of dried, crushed red berries with a beam of black cracked pepper, and a suggestion of dried red cherries.  It finishes it quickly. I may have thought this was a Malbec had I tasted it blind…