Shared these two w/ John ystrday:
1. Drew PinotNoir BaloVnyd/AndersonVlly (13.8%; 100% native yeast; 40% whole-cluster; Y=2.1 tons/acre) 2015: Med.dark color; very strong beautiful black cherry/black cherry cola/PN slight peppery/w-c/earthy light toasty/pencilly/Fr.oak slight herbal/rosemary/thyme complex lovely nose; fairly tart/tangy strong black cherry/black cherry cola/PN/spicy somewhat smooth/velvety/rich slight peppery/w-c slight herbal/thyme bright/racy flavor w/ light smooth tannins; very long/lingering rather tart/tangy light earthy/herbal/thyme strong blacl cherry/black cherry cola/PN/lightly spicy bit peppery/w-c finish w/ light tangy/gentle tannins; quite a beautiful AndersonVlly PN w/ lots of bass notes. $48.00
2. Dom.Georges Vernay Sainte Agathe AC: Cotes du Rhone (12.5%; T.ElentenyImports) Condrieu 2014: Med.dark color; rather spicy/mineral/graphite/earthy some Syrah/roasted/espresso quite smokey/NorthernRhone bit meaty/smoked meats complex nose; bit soft rather tangy/metallic some roasted/NR/espresso/peppery/Syrah smokey/smoked meats bit earthy/graphite very attractive NR Syrah flavor e/ light tangy/crunchy tannins; long soft bit hard/metallic strong NR/roasted/espresso/smoked meats bit peppery/w-c rather complex finish w/ light brittle tannins; not a lot of Syrah fruit but lots of interesting NR character and needs several yrs of age. Pretty good NR for the price. $42.00 (SFW&S)
A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. StAgathe: This is 100% Syrah from mature vines grown just outside the Condrieu AC.