A fantastic wine that will beat the pants off of Cali Cabs with significant price multiples. A strident example of a wine achieving balance between fruit and earth and short-term drinkability versus long-term cellaring. The complex nose of blackberry, dusty earth with hints of soy and mint gives way to a total palate experience with dark fruits, chocolate, graphite and an earthy, incredible finish. Now is the time to buy this one—discounts galore on the Internet make finding one of the bottles from just 749 cases a screaming opportunity.
It made my palate do a double-take head-fake. It’s a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Ribolla Gialla, and Semillon. Yes, Ribolla gialla (even though I’m a Wine Century Club member, I still needed to look that one up). It’s a funky wine, in that it’s tropical, racy, and spicy all at once – I told Steve that it reminded me of the interesting white blends that were coming out of Australia a few years back, before they started sending us in the States boatloads of their plonk." For more detail see The 1WineDude Top 10 Most Interesting Wines of 2009 and 'Burgh Wine, By Way of Napa (An Encounter with Matthiasson's Current Releases).
The nose has ground espresso and cocoa powder, blackberries, and some leather. The palate comes at you with waves of flavors. Blackberries and coffee, plums, all make up the attack. Fruits sweeten on the mid-palate, adding some blueberry to the blackberry. The espresso changes to unsweetened cocoa. There is interesting minerality the expands from the attack through the finish. Leather shows up at the end of the mid-palate and lingers with black fruit on the finish. This is really good wine. It is not Aussie Shiraz, all jammy fruit. It is also not Northern Rhone Syrah, all earth and olives. This has good fruit, earthy coffee and chocolate, and great terroir minerality. For David's full two day review visit his blog, 2 Days per Bottle.
Made from 100% French Colombard, this wine was totally dry, but still succulent (a neat trick), made by Yannick Rousseau, who grew up in an area of France where he learned wine making, and where the first wine he made from from Colombard. The wine has a striking aroma of fresh herbs, stone fruit, and a touch of spice, and the wine's balance is impeccable. Not your average Colombard!
The dense, dark garnet color was enlivened in the nose by fresh garden herbs, forest leaves and a black and red fruit complexity, complemented by the more savory loam, anise and truffle notes. The palate is where the complexity of this wine truly shined, with deep layers of the fruit medley from the nose and wonderful balance of the full, smooth mouthfeel, with the hint of oak underneath and ripe, round tannins with good acidity. It is a phenomenal combination of outstanding fruit and nuanced winemaking.
Why write about a wine already sold out? Well, as the new kid on the block, Aver Family Vineyards is doing great things. But it is all in small lots. Their 2006 100% Estate grown Petite Sirah 'Blessings' is reason enough to get on their mailing list! Rich and deep, this wine shows finesse with a lovely balance of dark cane fruit and acid. The tannins are firm, but well rounded. The finish is very long. One of the best expressions of this often poorly served grape in California. Just as Pinotage surprisingly found a home in the Lodi area, the Santa Clara Valley, a historically important wine growing area but lately overlooked, may be among a handful of places where Petite Sirah excels. Check out the Aver Family! http://www.averfamilyvineyards.com/
The Sylvia Platt of California Cabernet, lots of brooding dark fruit on the nose. Slightly gamey and brash. Lots of self-loathing.