Les Dionnieres Hermitage 2015

Decant this one for an hour or two before drinking; at this point in its development it needs time. Complex bouquet of blueberry/blackberry jam, cured meat, violets and dark chocolate. New oak is evident. Medium-full-bodied, velvety and spice-laden. Dark, brooding and tightly knit on the palate. Drinks great in its youth but will cellar very nicely. W.M.

Tablas Creek Esprit 2012

Tablas creek, esprit 2012Elegant estate bottled Rhône blend by the Perrin family (of CDP’s Château de Beaucastel) from their Paso Robles property. Pale ruby with aromatics reminiscent of ripe raspberries, morello cherries and savory herbs. Concentrated and juicy at once with a silky mid palate and spicy finish.

William M. Sommelier and Editor @ sipnotes.org

Domaine Grand Veneur, CDP, les origines, 2010

CDP, les origines, 2010Nearly pitch black at its core, this old vines Grenache brings a bouquet of cooked red berries, white pepper and crushed stone. Full and structured with a mouth-drying finish.

William M. @ sipnotes.org