A votre sante.
- 2007 Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (2/7/2016)
Pop and pour because we wanted to open another bottle. This wine is starting to emerge from infancy. There is the fruit forward red fruit flavor up front but as it slides down the tongue and caresses the mouth, there is a secondary dark brooding cherry that emerges. There is a meaty/earthy component overhang that is almost like a dry aged steak, but only a short aging, maybe 15 days. Outstanding balance. Miles to got before it sleeps. My guess is that this will still be singing for decades. Delicious now but no need to rush. (95 pts.)
- 2012 Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (2/7/2016)
Decanted at 9 am, left in the cellar in the decanter at 58 degrees, started drinking at about 5:30 pm. When decanted, there was a bit of Cayuse stylistic barnyard on the nose, but it was all gone after the decant, which was fine with me because I am not a fan. Note to self - do not pop and pour Cayuse. My first Frog. This is a fruit driven wine. Not over the top, as I expected, but far from delicate. Mostly a cascade of red fruit. Some herbal components like sagebrush. Long finish. I did not watch this evolve in the glass, as some suggested I should do on Wineberserkers, because of the long decant, but where it ended up in its evolution was just fine with me. Perhaps "ended up" is a gross misstatement because, after all, it was a 2012! Why people predict that wines like this will fall apart is beyond me. Reminds me of a T-shirt I have. I'm not getting older, I'm just getting more complex. Give this a decade of additional complexity. Maybe two decades. Delicious. (95 pts.)
- 2012 Sine Qua Non Grenache Stein - USA, California, Central Coast (2/7/2016)
Infanticide but still worth the price of admission. Uncorked at 9 am for a slow ox, started drinking at about 6:45 pm just after kickoff. There is more spice than fruit bomb by a wide margin. Fantastic smooth pepper spice with red berry fruit behind it. Excellent balance. Wears its alcohol very well. This is an outstanding wine with a lot behind it trying to push its way through. I'll put the rest away for a while but if this gets better, it moves into the exceptional category. (95 pts.)