Bokisch Garnacha 2014
The gorgeous Bokisch 2014 Garnacha catches the eye with a bright crimson red color. It has bright floral aromatics of rose petals, cassis, orange peel and wild strawberries ending with a slight toast. It is juicy and has an essence of strawberry rhubarb pie on the palate with some cranberry, raspberry and a touch of apple cider. This medium bodied wine has sophisticated dry tannins up front with a nice, long finish.
Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge 2016$34.00
Patelin is French for village or community and the Patelin wines from Tablas Creek use fruit from neighboring vineyards as well as their own. The Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas is a blend of four red Rhône varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. The wine incorporates fruit from several of the top Rhône vineyards in Paso Robles, each vineyard selected for its quality. Like many red wines from the Rhône Valley, it is based on the dark fruit, mineral and spice of Syrah, with the brightness and fresh acidity of Grenache, the structure and meatiness of Mourvèdre and a small addition of Counoise for complexity. The 2016 Patelin de Tablas has a dark, Syrah-driven nose that is creamy, meaty, minerally, and a little bit wild. A little blue fruit lurks underneath and comes out with air. The mouth shows both Grenache and Syrah's influence, with black plum, boysenberry, chalky minerality and nice powdered sugar tannins that come out on the finish. Decant if you're drinking now, or age for up to a decade for secondary and tertiary flavors of meat and earth. Very Highly Recommended – Dan Berger's Wintage Experiences.
Volker Eisele Family Estate Terzetto Red Blend 2014, Chiles Valley Napa USA$75.00
Volker Eisele Family Estate is situated in the Chiles Valley District, one of fifteen grape growing appellations within the Napa Valley Viticultural Area. Cloaked in frequent Pacific fog, Chiles Valley is one of the cooler areas of the Napa Valley resulting in a long growing season. The valley's perfect cabernet climate enhances the development of wines with subtle flavors, full body, and overall complexity. The four hundred acre estate was originally part of the “Rancho Catacula” land grant, given to Joseph Bollinger Chiles in 1843 by the last Mexican governor of California. The Chiles family later sold a portion of their land to Francis Sievers, a German pioneer. In the 1870's, Sievers founded Lomita's Vineyard and Winery on the site. The original winery building, some of the tanks, and the original press constructed by Sievers still remain on the Estate. The oldest cabernet vines were planted by the Eiseles in 1975 and continue to yield fruit of superb quality. Over the past 35 years the Eiseles have enriched the vineyard soils through use of organic farming practices. No herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers have been used. The vineyard is certified as organic by both the California Certified Organic Farmers and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The Volker Eisele Terzetto is a blend of 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/3 Cabernet Franc and 1/3 Merlot, aged 24 months in 70% new French oak from Treuil Cooperage, unfined and lightly filtered.
“The 2014 Terzetto Proprietary Red is a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, which are co-fermented from their vineyard in Chiles Valley. Nice raspberry and blueberry fruit, sweet tannin, velvety texture, medium to full body, beautiful purity, a floral component and overall a lovely, seductive and compelling style. Drink it over the next 10 years.”
92 –Robert Parker Jr., Wine Advocate