These guys have a million wines to taste.
The one that stood out for me definitely was the Valeriano.
I love friggin Bordeaux blends.
It shows the nuances and skill of the winemaker, although I think Napa/Sonoma wines tend to be a little bit high on the PH (it’s the acidity you feel in your mouth when you take a sip) I think they did a good job.
This wine is well balanced.
Immediate hints of tobacco, flowery perfume hit the mouth, followed by a little peatyness.
Scotch like, single maltish (I like scotch, if you don’t then forget I said anything).
There’s a tiny bit of chewy dark black fruit.
The Merlot hits you a bit with some ripened black cherry.
This wine is 41% cab, 31% Merlot, 18% Cab Franc (I like this touch)
9% Malbec, and 1% tiny leftover of Petit Verdot.
The Malbec chases after it like a kid brother.
Cab closing the door after they both run out of the house.
ThERE’s your tannin, 18-24 mo new French oak, depending on what you believe, I think about 20 is what it feels like to me.
Good structure, nice bouncy super ball plum, black fruit finish, but not too “California monochromatic”. No fruity fat guy here.
Fairly close to a French Bordeaux atyle, only about 20 lbs heavier.
All in all a good wine. I’d drink the hell out of it.
At about 48$ it’s price is a little up there; a few bucks less, and it’d be golden.
I give it an 89.
100 based on Heather Graham from the movie “Swingers”