L-R: 2012 Beringer Luminus, 2005 Exposure, 2005 Opus One
Luminus - bright, low acid, good balance, oak, citrus, great summer sipper.
Exposure - mature tannins, big red fruit, plums, wet tobacco leaves, forest floor, maybe even a little crushed clove. rewards you instantly but over the course of 20 odd minutes it breaks down quickly. Browsing of the edges and prune notes quickly invade.
Opus One - exceptional structure, long tannins, oak, a very subtle menthol quality, woodsy, mossy, and delicious. Over the course of 20 minutes this one just became better. Complex chains of flavor and a finish that kept on going. Was mature but vibrant toward the end.
If this is wrong than I really do not want to be right. We’re sampling a plethora of Priorat for an upcoming tasting next month and if this is an average example we can’t wait until we get to the good stuff. 70% Grenache and 30% Cariñena, it shimmers with transcendence and possesses a feminine quality like the best burgundies. Easy fruit and a little morning forest floor.
Ridiculously delicious. A little thicker and more velvety than the Willamette Valley pinots that we love, but this is so very enjoyable. Bright cherry fruit that you don’t have to work for, wet to the tongue, a touch of oak, faint tobacco, and a touch of fresh cracked pepper. Very well balanced. Could drink this all night.
This is one of those bottles where if you’re patient it will reward you. Petite Sirah is like Cab Francs for us, they’re good anytime. Not as big and overpowering as Cab Sauvs, and not as gentle as Pinots. Pick up a bottle, sit on it and enjoy.
On first sip this wine rushes through you’re palate but crescendos just before it reaches that full over-extracted body we’ve come to expect from Napa Valley Cabs. There’s a nice feminine quality to this Broman wine, and pays off in spades as it allows some of the lesser pronounced flavors to shine through. Good minerality, berry and cassis but nothing jammy or sticky getting in the way. Well crafted, and very enjoyable - not to mention the fruit for this wine comes from Dr. Crane and George III.
It is my understanding there are two distinct camps when it comes to Turley zinfandels. There is the Hayne Vineyard camp, and the Ueberroth camp. We’re definitely in the Ueberroth, but beware this is not your typical zinfandel. The first thing you’ll notice is a big eucalyptus profile which will grab you and hold you hostage, if you do not like eucalyptus or menthol you’ll want to skip Ueberroth zins all together. Once you get past the eucalyptus you’ll find minerality resembling washed river stones, cassis and even some stone fruit.
For seasoned wine consumers looking for something different and wakes the palette this may be the definitive, or at least the most contested, bottle of zinfandel amongst our friends. So if you had both Hayne and Ueberroth, which do you prefer and why?
This may be our new favorite Pinot Noir producer. Incredibly well woven notes of bright red berries, oak, earth and the tannins are there but not overpowering. Fantastic example of a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.