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2015 Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon Remolinos Agrelo
Cab from Argentina. Medium ruby color. 14 mos French Oak ((neutral) lends vegetal nose. On palate, cherries, subtle tannin, some red cherry and blackberry fruit (lingers mid-palate). Tangible Stucture, medium body, 14;.5% ABV. A very Bordeaux-like wine.
2014 Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Agrela. Very polished! Dark ruby color, clear. Floral and red berry nose. On palate, red and black cherry and plum, with a lingering finish, mid-palate. Medium heavy iin body, 13.5% ABV, neutral oak. Delicious expression of Malbec.
2014 The Owl and The Dust Devil Agrelo. (See www.theowlandthedustdevil.com for the downloadable app to explain the name). A beautiful wine, 32% Malbec, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 10% Tannat. The wine is dark garnet in color, medium body with a slightly vegetal nose, courtesy of 18 months in French oak (50% new). Begins with light fruit, then immediately attacks on tannins in the front of the palate before establishing tart fruit on the back of the palate. This wine moves to and fro over the palate and is trulyl remarkable. 14$ Abv. Medium heavy body.
2013 Finca Decero Petit Verdot Remolinos. Dark garnet color, vegetal/petrol aromas. Supple tannin, purple fruit and a very polished wine. Beautifully crafted, lingering tart fruit on the back of the palate with tannin at the front of the palate. 1 4.5%, Medium++ body.
2013 Finca Decero Amano Remolinos. 65% Malbec, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Tannat. Rich dark ruby color. Beautiful red and black fruit on the nose. Earthy-chocolate on the front. Rich fruit on the back of ht epalate. Medium body, ABV=14.5%. Tasty but pricey.
2015 Treana Central Coast Chardonnay. Small amount of Marsanne/Rousanne blended in. Gold green color, notes of pear, yellow apple and vanilla. I am not a fan of heavily oaked chardonnay, however, the rousanne/marsanne adds textural and aromatic notes that intrigue me. Check it out.
2014 Treana Central Coast Blanc. A blend of Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne. Dark gold, on the nose and palate, roasted pineapple aromas and flavors which linger on the palate and nose. This is a dry wine, but because of the aroma/flavor of pineapple you would be tempted to think it sweet which it isn’t. Bright but controlled acidity with a very long finish. Interesting.
2016 Liberty School Paso Cabernet. Dark garnet color, vanilla on the nose. Dry redf ruit, loads of spice, tannin and acidity. Medium body, 13.5% ABV.
2016 Treana Paso Cab. Vanilla on the nose. Vibrant tannin, black and blue fruit on the palate. Medium Garnet color and medium body. Good value in a spicy/vanilla laden cab.
2016 Austin Hope Winery Quest Proprietary Red. Cedar and cloves on the nose, dark ruby color, red fruit and baking spice. Fine tannins, mid palate fruit. 14% abv. Medium body. Definitely for those who like aromatic cabs.
20016 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon Paso. Juicy red fruit nose, juicy red abd blackc fruit. Dark garnet color, Heavy body, fruit forward cabeernet with fine tannins. 14% ABV..
2017 Gaia Thassitis Assyrtiko Santorini. Pale yellow color, Dried stone fruit (apricot and peach) nose. Tart, heavy body and rich luxurious mouthfeel. 70-80 year old vines. Skin-on maceration. Mineral finish and on the palate, tart fruit. Remarkable.
2015 Cadette Melon Vin de France Bourgogne. Tart, slightly funky nose. Pale yellow color, stainless steel fermentation. There is something lacking here - a sense of undeveloped fruit or a “green” quality to this wine.
2015 Barachhi Smeriglo Merlot, Cortona,, Very dark ruby color, courtesy of three week maceration. Phenolic nose. Tart red fruit and textural tanins. 15% ABC, medium body.
2013 Terrebrune Bandol Rouge, Provence. 85% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache, 5% Cinsault. Heavy fruit, lingering at the back of hte palate. An organic wine, indigenous yeast and very age-worthy (3 decades or more). From one of the top Bandol Rose makers. Remarkable but pricey.
2013 Barachhi Cabernet Riserva, Cortona. Garnet brown color, prune nose and on the palate stewed fruit. Grippy tannin, chewy structure with prune and black cherry fruit. Medium body.