All-American Thanksgiving Day TNs

  • 1993 Ridge Lytton Springs - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (11/24/2016)
    Translucent ruby in the glass; interesting nose, with a meaty note in the forefront and blackberry fruit coming up behind it.

Seamless on the palate - I guess one might criticize the brevity of the finish, but otherwise this is drinking well today. Decent acidity framing sweet & sour blackberry fruit on the palate. Who knows how much longer a wine like this will keep, but still quite acceptable 20+ years from the vintage.

Per the label, this vintage was 85% Zin, with 8% Petite Syrah and dashes of Alicante, Grenache and Carignan.

Very light yellow in the glass, with a lovely matchstick-scented nose.

Taut and dry (almost severely so) on the palate - if you like a crisp, minerally Chardonnay, you could do a lot worse than picking up a few bottles of this fine wine. Nice length on the finish - can’t wait to try this with some Turkey later today. ;^)

Still quite primary (not surprisingly given it’s youth), and not quite as focused as the Durant. This really needs to open up.

  • 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (11/24/2016)
    Similar in color to the Eola-Amity Hills; confected/crystalized red fruits on this quite primary nose, which is more pronounced here than on the previous wine. Some soil tones as well.

More structured/bigger than the Eola-Amity Hills, with a lengthy finish. Still very tannic on the palate. Might be ready by Saturday night ;^)

  • 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills (11/24/2016)
    Light translucent ruby in the glass; red berries on the relatively reticent nose (raspberry & cranberry?).

Quite tight and ungiving on opening; light-bodied with sweet & sour red fruits on the palate. We’ve got about 4+ hours before dinner, so we’ll see if this opens up with some food/air.

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2015 Massican Sauvignon Blanc - USA, California, Napa Valley (11/23/2016)
Great fruit purity (Granny Smith,Meyer lemon,some melon) with intense acid streak and an unexpected but very compelling tannic structure. Reminiscent of the best Merry Edwards SB (e.g. 2011) but a few notches up in freshness, cut, structure. Should you really spend $30 for a Sauvignon Blanc? If it’s this good, yes.

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