An amazing wine, made from old vines near Olivet Lane. The grapes were mistaken for Zinfandel for decades and sold as such, until recently identified as Petite Sirah, Valdepenas, Mourvèdre and Alicante Bouschet. This is as authentic a field blend as I have ever seen—and the best. Impossible to exaggerrate the purity, depth and concentration. Magnificent, lush…
From a young vineyard, a dark, exuberant wine consciously built along Barossa Valley Shiraz lines. Right off the bat, it’s brilliant. Huge, concentrated, with gobs of cassis and chocolate-toffee flavors, but completely dry. Wonderfully rich, soft, complex tannins, with soft acids. Captivates the mouth. and handles its enormous alcohol well.
Another stunning release from Mike Officer, made from an old field blend. The aroma is gorgeous, with show-stopping wild berry fruit, grilled meat, high-toned lacquer, smoke and Oriental spice. Once you sip it, you’re addicted. Massive fruity-spicy flavors, unbelievably rich and delicious, and bone dry, with superb, complex tannins and fresh, young acids. This wine…
The little vineyard, on the east side of the valley, is 101 years old, and was planted to a wide array of varieties, in the old Italian-American immigrant fashion. The wine is dry, complex and ageworthy. This ’08 is deep in berry, spice, licorice and anise flavors, with a tang of minerals. It’s fresh, vibrant and utterly distinctive. Will develop over the next decade.
From a warmer part of the appellation, a very ripe wine with lots of distinction. Enormous alcohol, 16.5%, but who cares? The aroma is decadent, suggesting cassis, cherry liqueur, mocha and vanilla. Flamboyant flavors of ripe, sweet blackberries are wrapped in smooth, dry tannins.
Always a leader in “Pet,” this vintage is concentrated and intense, with lush flavors of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, anise and toast. It’s a big, full-bodied wine, with firm tannins and a bit soft, but it’s oh, so drinkable! There’s a bit of heat in the finish.
Pretty aromatics of strawberry, raspberry, and a waft of vanilla and smoke. Drinks delicate and refined, very fruity-jammy, with sleek, silky tannins. This racy wine is made from Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.
Licorice and spice lead off here. The wine continues with a bright-edged note, showing spicy cherry, berry, cola, chocolate and herb flavors. A little hot on the finish, it is nonetheless quite pleasing.