This is another hit from First Leaf Wine Club. I’ve been enjoying the half case shipments when I could pick them up and I think you’ll enjoy them too. Unlike my preferred Underground Cellar, Firstleaf is a curated wine program in the more traditional sense of the word – that is, you buy in and are sent wine at specified time periods.
Deep red in color, slight purple tinge. The nose is mostly berry and herbaceous, but once the wine opens up, the herbal notes tone down just a bit. I was pleasantly surprised to not get hit in the face with typical, strong pepper notes from Shiraz, this wine is softer than that.
The flavor is very herbaceous, but hints of pepper, cherry and vanilla come through. Medium long finish and enjoyed with pepper steak and roasted garlic potatoes.
When things settle in for me I’ll start posting about the various wine regions I’m getting bottles from. I think you’ll be excited, just as I am!
Trying something a little different. Now that this isn’t WP hosted, I can upload audio. I apologize for the quality and the shitty short notes. I’ll buy another bottle (oh damn) and do a more formal review.
Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, operated by John and Barbara Philips. Grapes come from an eastern facing Hillside Vineyard just outside Healdsburg, CA.
My retarded ass got audio, but I didn’t get any video or photos, so you’re going to have to resort to stock photos for now. The pairing for this meal was actually buffalo steak with Cajun spice.
My preferences in Zins tend toward big, fruity powerhouse styles with meat laced pizza (no cheese!)
But right from the start, the nose is nice spice and pepper. Berry notes, along with an unidentifiable green substance, not sure what that is. But it’s present in the old world wines I tend to enjoy.
Taste – a really relaxed Zinfandel. Sweet cherry on the palate followed by a medium dry finish coating the mouth deliciously. Hints of terroir, with more balance than expected out of California wines as of late.
This was a stellar wine pick that I grabbed at Underground Cellar. You should check them out. I don’t get paid to endorse them, though hopefully that’s going to be a thing some day. Oh, I can dream…