We tried these over the weekend:
1. RuthLewandowski Rose American Wine (11.8%; www.RuthLewandowski.com; TourigaNational/Souzao/TintaRoriz) EvanLewandowski/Geyserville2021: Light garnet/light browning rather hazy/cloudy color; rather earthy/dusty little fruit some unclean/rather natty slight cranberry/herbal rather unattractive nose; very highly acid/tangy/metallic rather mousey/natty/unclean slight cranberry rather earthy/dusty hurtey/painful savory/saline flavor w/ light bitey tannins; med.short very high acidity/metallic/tangy some earthy/loamy little fruit rather natty/mousey/unclean savory finish w/ light bitey tannins; a dreadful example of a rose; much to natty for my tasted; hurts to drink this wine. $26.00 (KK)
2. Massican annia NapaVlly WW (12.8%; 60% RibollaGialla/31% TocaiFriuliano/9% Chard) DanPetroski/Larkmead/Calistoga 2016: Med.dark gold color; quite fragrant bit herbal/white pepper/RG bit floral/carnations lovely very Friuli-like perfumed nose; lightly tart fairly rich/lush strong floral/carnations/TF some white pepper/RG slight chalky/mineral/metallic bit complex quite attractive flavor; very long ligtly tart strong floral/carnations/TF light white pepper/RG slight chalky/tangy fairly rich finish; showing some maturity and can go another 2-5 yrs; very much like a good Friuli TF w/o the austerity of Friuli RG; lovely white.
3. TraderJoe's PinotNoir Reserve Sta.RitaHills Lot#229 (13.5%) TrevorSheehan/PrecisionWine/Napa 2020: Med.light color; quite pretty cherry/PN/spicy light toasty/oak fairly fragrant bit simple nose; lightly tart/tangy strong PN/cherry/spicy light toasty/pencilly/oak slight earthy flavor w/ light gentle tannins; very long spicy/PN/cherry quite pretty light pencilly/toasty/oak finish w/ light tannins; a lightweight rather PN that speaks of SRH spicy; a fairly decent value in a Pinot but nothing profound. $10.00 (TJ)
More bileyspew from TheBloodyPulpit:
1. EvanLewandowski is a natural winemaker. He works & shares space with Sam Bilbro/Idlewild. He's heavily involved w/ the 2 vnyd operations Sam draws from. He started making his wine in Utah from mostly Calif grapes, hence the American Wine dsignation. I think he now makes his wines in Geyserville, so not sure why he continues that designation. The Ruth comes from the Book of Ruth in the Bible relating to death.
2. TJ's Pinot: Doing a little bottom feeding at TJ's, so thought I'd give this a shot. Trevor's Precision Wine is a large producer that makes about 1/4'th million cases of wine a yr. Some of it is a bit high end but mostly I gather is bulk wine purchases for TJ's/TotalWines/Costco.