Sat PM TN's: Red Car, Saxum, Rhys & Realm - Round 1 of 3

Enjoyed these wines with good friends over the course of an afternoon and evening.

Paired with humboldt fog, saint agur, red leicester farmhouse cheddar, mahon reserva and ombra cheeses, an artisian salami that rocked, then burgers with grilled onions.

  • 2005 Red Car Syrah Twenty Two - USA, California (5/23/2009)
    Popped and poured. Fruit forward, typical warm weather syrah. Smoky nose, dark fruit and coffee. Rich and smooth. Very easy drinker.
  • 2006 Saxum James Berry Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (5/23/2009)
    Decanted 4 hours, enjoyed over 2. Opaque. Thick, rich, voluptuous. Darkness on the edge of town. Smoked meat, tar, earth, spice. This bottle has multiple flavor profiles as it glides effortlessly down your throat. Today the mourvedre was the star, taking control of the midpalate and wrestling the powerful fruit to the mat with its zesty earthiness. A truly wonderful experience and expression of Paso Robles.
  • 2006 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (5/23/2009)
    Decanted two hours. Beautiful dark ruby red. Expressive nose of earth, forest floor, baking spice. Dark fruits, mushrooms and bracing acidity. Enjoyable now with air, cellar time should produce magic.
  • 2005 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville (5/23/2009)
    Popped and poured. A very nice wine that needed to get some air to really shine. Black cherry dominates the nose. Rich mouthfeel. Smooth and easy drinker. This bottle lacked the intensity and complexity of flavors that I’ve experienced before. Will let the rest of mine sleep awhile.

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