2009 Domaine André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine

2008 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County

2007 Elyse Petite Sirah Barrel Select

 

 

2009 Domaine André Brunel Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Sabrine – $9.49

The local store brought some of this in when the distributor was looking to clear out some wines.  I was able to get several bottles of this gem for under $10 a bottle.  I’m glad I grabbed several bottle because this is going to be an outstanding Côtes du Rhône down the road if I can keep my hands off of it.

 

This is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep violet color. The dark and meaty nose has black cherries, minerals, charred meat, blackberries, licorice, potpourri, and earthy underbrush. This has medium to full body, fairly solid tannins, and good acidity. On the palate the minerals, earth, and fruit flavors slowly give way to meaty elements. The finish has nice length but gets a touch thin. This is still very young and will reward another year or two in the cellar. The time in the cellar should add some complexity and help fill out the finish.  (90 pts)

2009 Domaine Andre Brunel Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvee Sabrine

 

 

 

2008 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County – $19.50

This wine is one of the main reasons the Carlisle mailing list if full, outstanding wines at incredible prices.  I have a feeling I’m opening this on the young side, but I wanted to get a reference point on how the wine is evolving.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a deep purple color.  The intoxicating nose has crushed blackberries, charred meat, black pepper, potpourri, eucalyptus, and Asian spices.  This has medium to full body, fairly solid tannins, and very nice acidity.  The wine is a bit more restrained on the palate with blackberries, pepper, and spice taking center stage with some dark chocolate and a minty note coming in on the back end.  The finish has decent length but does leave you wanting a bit more.  This is still on the young side and the finish may flesh out a bit more with some cellar time.  For under $20 this is a steal.  (90 pts)

2008 Carlisle Syrah Sonoma County

 

 

 

2007 Elyse Petite Sirah Barrel Select – $20.83

This appears to be a wine that is not produced every year.  I can only see evidence of it being produced in the 1996, 2006, 2007, and 2010 vintages.  I’ve had the 2006 and 2010 vintages in the past but this will be my first time opening the 2007 vintage.  I bought several bottles direct from the winery in early 2009, but decided to let them sleep for a few years.  I’m looking forward to seeing what is in the bottle.  This has 9% Zinfandel blended in with the Petite Sirah.

 

My Tasting Note

The wine is a dark, inky maroon color, almost black.  The very expressive nose is full of crushed blackberries, minerals, blueberries, fresh ground dark roast coffee, dark bittersweet chocolate, warm baking spices, and vanilla.  This has medium to full body, solid tannins, and very nice acidity.  On the palate the spicy blackberries and minerals hit first and slowly allow some coffee and chocolate to peak through.  The finish is long and full of berries and dark chocolate with nice spice and coffee adding depth.  This is on the young side but is starting to show some impressive complexity.  I’m sure this will be even better in another couple of years.  This isn’t made in a massively ripe style, the alcohol is a manageable 14.7%.  This will easily last another decade.  (92 pts)

2007 Elyse Petite Sirah Barrel Select

 

 

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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.

 

 

Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.

 

 

All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.

 

 

 

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