Had a terrific timein Murphy’s this past weekend, got to see Diana Krall with Dave Koz and Brian Culbertson side by side at Ironstone which provided me the chance for a wealth of some pretty good Cabernet Franc from Ironstone vineyards, very supple and fruity lots of cherry and a ripe stone fruits on the finish making for a very approachable and easy to drink wine. 

Also took the opportunity to try a 2007 Petite Sirah also from Ironstone that was also very fruit forward (perhaps the nature of the estate?) however the wine was also quite good a nice to have late night on the patio.

And last was the steal of the night at only $6.99, a zin from Calaveras County, Shenandoah Valley Zin was a good balance of berry fruits and spice without and overwhelming sense of coy…a must for fans of zin!

All of these wines were under $15 a bottle, perfect matches for my beer budget!

And just a note from the concert at Ironstone: I cannot say enough to describe how beautiful that venue is at Ironstone, a mix of vineyard, winery and entertainment venue that made for a great night and a terrific concert under a brisk California nightime sky, highly reccomended for a wonderful evening, click through the link and make sure to check out their summer concert series!