article placeholder

2008 Veranda Cabernet-Carménère

A well-made wine that shows both component grapes off very favorably. Intriguing nose of cedar, blackcurrant, thyme, and allspice. Blossoms open on the palate (after about 15 minutes to breathe, perhaps longer) with gobs of ripe fruit ferrying cranberry and blackberry overtones. A bit short in the mid-palate, with the lean Carménère a bit more dominant, but has a long, luscious finish. An interesting wine at a good price. Try with glazed pork chop or roast. Recommended. GT
article placeholder

2008 Los Vascos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

A very black cherry nose, with lots of fruit. Also on the palate and in the finish. Very mild tannins and a bit of earthiness in the flavor. But with food the fruitiness is moderated and the tannins are enhanced. In fact, this wine is more balanced when consumed with dinner than before the meal. A nice accompaniment to meat and potatoes. It’s worth mentioning that this wine is made from grapevines that were not grafted onto American rootstock. This means that you can taste what wine would have been like before the phylloxera epidemic decimated European vines in the late 19th century—essentially, the same as it is today. I’ve always wondered what that would be like...
article placeholder

2005 Viu Manent Syrah Secreto

An interesting wine. It's northern Rhône on the nose, all smoke and olives, but on the palate, it is Golden State all the way. Figs, plums, and black cherry are shouldered aside by very sweet mocha and caramel. The mouth feel is very soft. There is little acid, leaving the wine just a little bit out of balance, but very reasonably priced. Drink with a sloppy barbecued beef sandwich and fries.