First the Maroon Wines
2015 Argyle Pinot Noir Artisan Series Reserve – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (3/15/2019)
Day 1: Cranberry, spice, roasted nuts, cherry and forest floor. A really clean wine and good acidity. No harsh edges on this medium plus finish. Drink now to 2023. 90 points (90 points)
Purchased at South Lyndale Liquors Fall Sale $25
2014 Jamsheed Syrah Harem Series La Syrah – Australia, Victoria, Port Phillip, Yarra Valley (3/15/2019)
Day 1: Good acidity and vibrant flavors. Rustic with raspberries, floral, underbrush and spice. Nice balanced effort and no off elements to this wine. Medium plus finish. 91 points
Day 2: Again good acidity. Rustic wine featuring floral, raspberries, boysenberries, underbrush, twigs and spice. Medium plus finish and rock solid again. 91 points (91 points)
Purchased at Sid’s Bloomington $11 (Get on my email list as you could have gotten some of these)
Now the Gold. Need to get a Chardonnay ready for today’s game against Michigan.
2014 Cambria Chardonnay Bench Break – USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (3/14/2019)
Day 1: This drinks well beyond the price point of $10. Very similar to a Ramey Sonoma. Lemon, oak, apple, spice and orange peel notes. Medium finish and nice Carmel character on the end. 89 points
Day 2: Wow this exceeds the price point big time. Lemon, oak, spice, vanilla beans and floral notes. Picks up the Carmel on the finish again. Solid medium finish. 89 points
Day 3: All gone on day 2 watching the Gophers beat Purdue.
Recommendation: Buy especially at the $9.99 price I paid for this. Drink now. (89 points)
Purchased at Sid’s Bloomington for $9.99.