Wine Talk 1/9-1/15
The folks at 14 Hands in Washington have created a bold and robust Rhone-ish red blend comprised of Syrah, Merlot, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre. Aged in French and American oak for nearly 2 years. This big red blend kicks things off with aromas of spice and cedar, leading to flavors of cola and cherry. Lively acidity and a dramatic enduring finish.
89 points Wine Spectator.
2015 MAN Chenin Blanc
A mouth-watering Chenin Blanc with intense tropical fruit flavors offset by a vibrant acidity. MAN only uses free-run juice (the grape skins are never pressed) and they leave the Chenin Blanc on the lees for 3-4 months before bottling for a richer, fuller mouthfeel. We call this our 'sweet and sour' wine. The acidity and sweetness are perfectly balanced! Year after year, MAN produces some of the greatest wine values in the world. This is no exception.
91 points Robert Parker.
2014 Poggio Anima Montepulciano "Samael"
The Poggio Anima is anything but simple. 100% Montepulciano, from a single vineyard in Chieti. Berry fruit, cherries and woodsy aromas. This bottle is definitely a hit!