Just barely ripe and incredibly pure fruit: bramble berries, blueberries. Balanced and built for the long haul. Chewy tannins. I originally intended to wait a few years before opening this bottle (and doing a comparison with the Morgon and Fleurie) but my will power had other plans. Sunier is quickly becoming one of my go-to producers from this region for consistently well-made, natural wines (from Wild Soul to the crus)—and still a relative value 🤫
— 16 days ago
Brett city at first, but blew off with time and became more floral, herbal and pleasant. Smoked cherry, concentrated dark fruit, black pepper, green bell pepper, graphite, tobacco. Nice acidity. Supple, slightly chalky tannins.
Enjoyed with ash rind goat cheese from the Loire, homemade mushroom pate and thin mints. Believe it or not, the final pairing actually worked.
— 4 months ago
Strawberries and cream. A different and lovely take on Rose. Bought at the tasting room earlier this year when you could still visit those places... — 16 days ago
Liken’ the lichen. Struck by the intense, concentrated fruit on this guy: dried red apple with some vegetal/savory notes (tomato leaf) and a generous dash of pepper. The website reminded me that ‘15 was a drought year so that + the higher dosage makes sense. A little match stick at the start but blew off quickly. This is a sparkler to have with food. Rustic and brash but 100% alive.
— a month ago
Tasting group agreed that this was a textbook Saumur Champigny which may just not be my thing. Aroma fell somewhere between dank cellar and tepid pond with purple flowers, flat cherry cola and cocoa butter. Similar on the palate, with more generous red and blue fruit, cloves, herbs, earth and spice. A rustic wine (chalky tannins, light/med bodied, less defined structure than the baudry) that does best with food. — 4 months ago
From the label formerly known as Wind Gap. Night 1 was a disappointing showing—fruit seemed tired, dried or stewed and the finish was a bit stemmy—worried wine was past its peak. Glad I waited until night 2 to review. A little air coaxed out the goodness: Spice, cigar box, cedar, underbrush and blackberry. Briny. Feral. Delicious.
— 4 months ago
Hands down, one of the funnest wines to find me during quarantine: a champagne-style sparkler made from Albariño grapes grown in the Sacramento River Delta. This zany experiment has become the flagship wine from young husband and wife team (combining knowledge from the cellars of Schramsburg and the branding powerhouse of Vintage Wine Estates and Naked Wines). Fresh fruit abounds: ripe pear, nectarine, green apple, a hint of oyster shell (tank fermentation followed by short bottle fermentation preserves fruit and reduces secondary autolytic characteristics). Bottled only a few months ago, so bubbles were extra excited and poppy. Same, Carboniste, same... — 16 days ago
Felt like a justifiable extravagance during quarantine. Surprisingly aggressive mousse: bubbles were audible and hit the back of my tongue like pop rocks. Austere but pretty, like an early spring day, when it’s sunny but still too cool to ditch the winter coat and when some trees are blossoming but most are still bare. Aromatics: brioche, orchard fruit & blossoms (underripe apple, pear), early spring wild flowers, a touch of something tropical (passion fruit?). Flavors: baked apple, buttery notes quickly give way to alpine snow melt and reverberating, enamel-stripping acidity. A peculiar, but perfect date for Easter brunch. — 2 months ago
Whenever I have Thibaud’s wines I’m immediately struck by their electricity—tension, vibrancy, reverberating acidity. a Francios(e) delivered@all of this and more: delicate white flowers, wet limestone and lemon on the nose. Lees contact gives this wine some real nice heft and traction on the palate. — 4 months ago