Ana's top-notch Tempranillo is intensely fruity and flush with plump berry flavors, like taking your pick of the juiciest fruit from bushels of blackberries, cherries and plums, all topped off with a delicate touch of mocha from a year of barrel-aging in fancy French oak. 


December 19, 2020


This release is an excellent example, with cherry, baking spice and fresh pine aromas and a wonderful structure with big, deep fruit flavors. 95% Tannat, 5% Sangiovese;

Silvaspoons Vineyard, Alta Mesa, Lodi
Nose:  Cherries, baking spices, fresh pine
Taste:  Big bodied wine with deep fruit and great structure


December 11, 2020

2018 Unconditional Pinot Noir

Aromatics of red plum and autumn leaves are accented by subtle notes of lavendar and boysenberry. The mid-palate offers flavors of Bing cherry, and ripe raspberry, finishing with soft, well integrated tannins with a hint of pomegranate. All I can say is WOW!!!


Gum drop laced blackberry and cherry notes are accented with violet, smoke and herb elements.  supposedly a hint of banana lingering on the finish.  I have to say, not one of my favorites.  2020 really disappointed me.  


November 20, 2020

2015 Borsao Berola

Intense cherry red color. Remarkable aromatic complexity with memories of black fruit and balsamic and toasted touches. Warm and gentle in the mouth, with soft but persistent tannins in perfect balance with the alcohol


This medium-bodied wine offers notes of red cherry, boysenberry, raspberry, vanilla, toast, caramel and baking spice.

COUNTRY: United States

BRAND: Chalkstone Vineyards

VARIETAL: Pinot Noir




Very interesting California Barbera,  This one runs more on the soother feel but not as tannic.  Blackberry flavors greet you with this wine also with an earth smell that reminded me of a Cabernet Franc.
Bright Cellars group of wines.  20 far 2 for 2 ($23.00 price point)


A complex, well-crafted and inviting wine that shows tobacco and vanilla bean notes alongside generous plum, raspberry, and blackberry. The ripe and juicy mouth offers the chocolate cherry flavors typical of Merlot blend with the peppery spice of Cabernet to round out the full body. The finish is bold, gripping, and invites another sip. $24.99


From the McBride Sisters winery


September 25, 2020

2017 Gen5 Ancestral Red

This soft but full-bodied wine smells like maple syrup and brown sugar and tastes ripe, almost sweet, due to low acidity and plenty of oak treatment


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