The nose is interesting, showing black fruit, blackberry and elderberry, sweet cherry, and charred wood. Blackberry and raspberry are together with black pepper on the palate. More shows on the mid-palate, as sage, lavender, and then smoked meat come through. The florals, spices, and meat flavors linger on the finish.
This offers aromas of black cherry, plum, and vanilla. The leading flavor on the palate is elderberry, a deep black fruit. It is lifted around the edges by raspberry, sweetened with fig paste, and spiced with nutmeg, pepper, and soy. There is a real umami undercurrent that makes it special.
Cabernet, Syrah, and Petite Verdot. Oh my! The Cabernet is most aromatic, with blackcurrant wafting up from the glass first, followed by black pepper and black plum. Syrah takes equal billing with Cabernet on the palate. Blackberries match blackcurrant, pepper underlies everything. It sweetens a bit on the mid-palate, adding
Sophisticated and complete, this well-made Cabernet Franc is another winner from Colorado's Canyon Wind Cellars. Cherries and pomegranate, chocolate, tobacco leaf, and a touch of funk make for a very promising nose. Red fruit dominates on the palate, too, with raspberry and red currant on the fore, with blackcurrant and
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Sour beers, with their bright acidity and vinous, funky qualities, start to bridge the gap between beer and wine. It took a trip to the Great American Beer Festival and several brewery visits (just to be sure…) for me to get a grasp on the movement that presents beer, tarted
Boisterous tropical fruit aromas are the hallmark of this lively blend from former IT entrepreneur Jeff Carr and German-born winemaker Rainer Thoma. This is more complex stuff than you might otherwise expect from the price point, with notes of lanolin peeking through. While it's the minority of the blend, the
A recent line of wines from Canyon Wind focused on Bordeaux-style blends, Anemoi Boreas shows what Colorado is capable of when it comes to red wines in favorable vintages. Gritty and full of dark berry fruits and blackcurrant, this is a serious wine what is just starting to integrate its