“Medium ruby in the glass with aromas of red and dark fruit and dusty earth. Flavors of blackberries, raspberries and plums combine with earthy, toasty notes. Slightly drying tannins linger on the finish along with a twiggy bramble flavor in this medium bodied wine. This delicious, sippable Shiraz is so delicious and balanced. It is an absolute steal at $16. 100% Shiraz is fermented in stainless steel and aged in stainless steel tanks and cement vats for 12 months. Esteemed Northern Rhône specialist Michel Chapoutier established Tournon in 2007, naming the enterprise after the Hermitage commune. He purchased 123 acres in the cool Victorian Pyrenees and Heathcote where diverse soil types and exposures give him the building blocks for exciting wines.”
“Medium ruby in the glass with generous aromas of red and dark fruit with roasted jalapeño in the background. Flavors of blackberries, raspberries and plums combine with dusty earth and dried herbs. Tannins are drying and the body medium. The combination of red and dark fruit with roasted jalapeño in the background is so appealing to me and the flavors don’t disappoint. This wine hints at a cool climate, but doesn’t scream it. Got a burger? The blend is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Shiraz, 12% Merlot with aging in French and American oak.”
“Translucent ruby in the glass with generous aromas of strawberries, roses and dusty earth. Red and dark fruit flavors of red cherries, strawberries and blackberries are supported by notes of dusty earth and toast. Tannins are smooth in this not-quite medium bodied wine with juicy acidity. This is a delightful, pure fruit expression of Grenache that was even more intriguing and delicious on day two. The translucent color is an absolute pleasure to behold. 100% Grenache bush vines that are at least 35 years old are the source for this bottling. Each parcel is fermented separately in either static pump over fermenters or open top fermenters. Most, but not all, batches are destemmed and all are fermented using wild yeasts. Select batches remain on the skins post-fermentation for complexity. After pressing, all batches are racked into used American, French and Hungarian hogshead barrels for six months.”
“Medium yellow in the glass with aromas of asphalt, white flowers and citrus. Flavors begin with citrus and ripe melon along with hints of white flowers and cut hay. The wine has a bit of roundness, nice acidity and a medium+ finish. Luxurious is the word that comes to mind to describe this Viognier, more like a cashmere sweater than a cotton knit, because of the roundness and palate-coating quality of the flavors. It’s a brilliant food wine and the floral notes come forward a bit with food. 100% Viognier is gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel using wild yeast. The wine remained on the lees for three months.”
“Pale yellow in the glass with aromas of tart gooseberry and melons. The flavors tend more toward tart pineapple, and stone fruit, but gooseberry notes wind through the flavor profile. The wine is light in the mouth with bright acidity. Herbaceous flavors linger on the finish. Tart gooseberry flavors and aromas are more noticeable when the wine is very cold, so if you don’t prefer these flavors allow the wine to warm a bit before you begin enjoying it. This light, bright Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is perfect for warm afternoon sipping.”
“Pale yellow in the glass with aromas of Meyer lemon, melon, nectarine and hints of asphalt. The flavors follow the aromas with hints of spice, a bit of roundness, very good acidity and a medium length finish. This Chardonnay is bright, lively and balanced. Its weight in the mouth is very appealing, as is the acidity. Technical notes indicate 2017 was a cool and late vintage."
“Medium ruby in the glass with red fruit, cedar and roasted jalapeño aromas. Flavors of red currents, raspberries and blackberries are supported by dusty earth and dried herbs. The finish is medium in length with drying tannins in a medium body. The background notes of roasted jalapeño and dried herbs are very appealing blended with the red fruit character of this wine and not at all overwhelming. It’s easy sipping on its own, but pairs well with food as you would expect.”