The Withers In Hand Red Wine 2016

The Withers In Hand

69% Mourvedre, 31% Syrah, from El Dorado County vineyards in the Sierra Foothills (1800-2800 feet elevation, granite & volcanic-heavy soils.) This has a fruity, ripe, juicy berry character, complemented by the two grapes’ natural spicy/earthy character. The spice: black pepper, anise, cinnamon stick. Earth comes across as black olive and forest floor. Medium bodied, soft tannins, […]

NEYERS Zinfandel “Vista Luna” 2017

Neyers Zinfandel Vista Luna

Slightly jammy/liqueur berry nose and a handful of crushed pie spices, peppercorns, tarragon and lavender describes the Neyers Zinfandel Vista Luna. Medium bodied, generous fruitiness, easy tannins, quite juicy. Super-satisfying Zinfandel here that’s ready to drink up. While this is a California AVA, the grapes are from Borden Ranch, a Lodi sub-AVA in beginning of […]

GATHER Rosé of Tempranillo 2017

Gather Rose

So darn tasty…wild strawberry, peach, Meyer lemon and white pepper nose transitions to flavors of blood oranges, berries and that peppery spice. I love the acidity…high enough to make it come across as VERY dry, yet it allows the ripe fruit to come forth. All is balanced to a T. While on the higher side […]

THE WITHERS Bel Canto 2016

The Withers Bel Canto

Blend of 73% Grenache, 22% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah. Very pretty, high-toned aromas of strawberries, raspberries, lavender, black pepper and crushed garden herbs. Fruit, spice and herb play nice together on the palate…all have a voice. Touch of ruby red grapefruit and pomegranate sneak into the taste too. Finish is more about the peppercorn, lavender, bay […]

WATERFALL Albarino 15

Very unique to find Albarino from the Sierra Foothills. These grapes come from Apple Hill, next to Placerville. 2600 feet elevation, volcanic soils. Napa’s Helen Keplinger, winemaker. She’s pushed the envelope on winemaking for the typical hands-off Albarino grape. Barrel ferment than partially aged in barrel, all neutral French. I dig the result: floral/orange oil […]