What makes the 2016 Negroamaro intriguing, though, is its herbaceous aromas: roasted garlic, stewed tomatoes and bell peppers, and toasted thyme almost make the contents of the glass a full Italian dinner in itself.
The 2016 VS Cabernet Sauvignon is a lighter take on the signature Bordeaux varietal. Where many New World Cab Sauvs are heavy on chocolate and tobacco notes, this version features fruit notes much more prominently.
Ripe red fruit shows prominently, dominated by red cherries…with unmistakable aromas of woody cedar and smoke,…farmyard (brett), turned earth, and savory truffle.
As with the nose, in the 2015 Enchanté oak flavors lead. Vanilla and woody cedar are most prominent, with undertones of nutmeg and clove.
Vindemia Winery’s 2015 More Cowbell is already a deliciously mature wine. But for the discerning collector who can resist temptation, it could continue aging in the bottle for at least another 5-10 years.
There is a strong duality of tropical fruit and citrus. Pineapple and guava meld with lemon zest. These combine with undertones of honeysuckle, elderflower, pear, and green apple. Subtle hints of nectarine on the finish.
Lemon juice and tart raspberry are strong at first sip, followed by red plum common in Zinfandels. Green apple, green grape, and young pineapple follow.
Putting nose to glass, there’s a blast of bread dough from aging sur lie. Aromas of lemon, mango, and pineapple waft in, along with green pear and petrol
Peltzer’s wines are to taste as Peltzer Winery is to its ambiance: relaxed and casual. The Sangiovese is a fairly straightforward, easy-to-enjoy wine.
Palumbo Winery’s 2015 Cabernet Franc has a wonderful bouquet of flavors. Black cherry, blackberry, and cranberry are at the forefront, along with black pepper, nutmeg, and cedar (the latter two coming from oak barrel aging).