13.1% ABV. For California this is pretty earthy/funky on the floral, expressive nose; blackberry and black cherry scents are fascinating when combined with flaky pie crust, wet moss, light licorice and orange and black tea scents. Pure as fuck, this beauty seamlessly coats the palate with dark, tart cherry, cherry skin, toast, dark earth and blackberry flavors. Finishes dry and crisp with bright acidity carrying the blackberry, pie crust, tea, leather and wet earth flavors. Head-shaking delicious, and the best California wine I’ve tasted in years. Kudos Hirsch Vineyards! $69.99
Cool interview by Gio Cerro. Check out his blog if you like passionate people.
Have you ever met someone on multiple occasions and thought to yourself what a cool dog that guy has.
Well I did and probably most of you did too. What I didn’t know is that the very same person who owns this pretty pooch, also owns St. Pete Wine Smith. Good ole Mr. Todd Smith. Todd is super down to earth, knowledgeable, and all around cool guy. He is very passionate about the wines he sells. A bang for your buck type of guy. Saying to you, buy the 60$ bottle if you want it, but he is sure he can give you a 25$ bottle that will “blow you away”. So, thank you very much Todd for the interview it was a truly a pleasure to meet someone so passionate about their craft!
In one word describe yourself.
Chuckles…wow..in one word. Hey you started with a hard one.
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Briary raspberry, cherry, plum, hay and a hint of spearmint on the extremely fragrant, perfumed nose. Lush red fruits flood the palate with whisps of toasty oak and fine minerals supporting. Good acidity keeps this fresh and long on the dry finish. Absolutely delicious. 31% Zinfandel, 26% Tempranillo, 15% Mouvedré, 10% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 8% Touriga Nacional.
After a year of procrastinating, here it is. Just one quick bit of advice for anyone about to open their owner operated business: get your website done before you open. Once the doors are open your available hours are almost non-existent (as I write this at 1:15am). I will say there is a great sense of accomplishment that comes with creating your own website. It is your voice; your window to the world. Whether anyone reads it or not is a different story. 😉
I miss writing. I’m excited to get back into it. Here you will find my wine reviews, tasting notes, event listings and other Winesmith related info. It’s just a shell at the moment but will be filling up with quality daily content soon. You can comment here and I encourage you to.
The next big wine tasting is Wednesday October 14th in benefit for CASA. See the “Tastings” tab on the top menu for all the info. As a jazz version of Radiohead’s “Reckoner” from In Rainbows plays, I say good night.