2013 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Fault Estate Pinot Noir

IMG_4426 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

2013 Gorman Winery The Devil You Know

This smells of Bordeaux.  Integration and balance.  Leather, earth, blackberry, cassis – sweet herbs and savory spices forming a seamless scent. Luscious power and graceful elegance dance on the palate.  High toned blackberries lead into the dexterous, focused-mineral, dry finish with starbursts of tea and citrus acids carrying it on.  Head-shaking delicious. The first time I’ve tasted this wineries wines and they are profoundly good.  Columbia Valley, Washington. 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 18% Malbec, 6% Petite Verdot & 3% Cab Franc. $34.99

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