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A little reminiscing. Drank this wine in my first trip to Argentina around 15 years ago. After my@first mouthful I thought to myself “I gotta get to Salta.” It’s still on the list of wine regions to visit but I made short ribs tonight and thought, what the hell? Inky purple and smelling of iodine and blueberries and black cherry, this wine had fantastically bright acidity that carries the rich ripe black and blue fruits across the palate with wonderful freshness even after a few years in the bottle. Very fine grained tannins add a hint of structure and longer in the finish with blueberry and herbal notes. A big wine to be sure but quite balanced for its 15.2%. — 21 hours ago
There are only a few wines that are always in stock in our household but @duncanarnot’s Arnot-Roberts rosé of Touriga Nacional is one of them. The 2019 is, as usual, crisp and bright with sappy hibiscus, red currant, and citrus peel juiciness with hints of bergamot lingering in the finish. Outstandingly refreshing. — 11 days ago
Nerello Mascalese can age beautifully. Dusty tannins wrap around a core of raspberry and mulberry and cranberry that are leaning towards earthier flavors of leather and clay. Excellent acidity and as always that crushed stone minerality that makes these volcanic wines so compelling. You’d never guess this was 15.5% alcohol. Yes, Etna is warm. — a month ago
Such a killer bottle of Pinot Noir. Had this one on the shelf for a little while. 2013 Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot. Raspberry and red currant and cedar and orange peel, all electric with acidity and dusty with dried sage and other herbs. Outstanding. And while I appreciate all of Gavin’s labels, this one is particularly nice. — 6 days ago
Kubota Manjyu - “10,000 Happiness” from Niigata. Because why not? We all need more happiness right now. 10k sounds about right. This is an older bottle I have had in the cellar for a while so it has lost some of the delicate floral notes and had them replaced with some more herbal tones - lemongrass instead of jasmine. Still clean as a whistle and oh-so-smooth. — 22 days ago
In lovely shape, with aromas of dried flowers dried cherries, and a touch of licorice. In the mouth, plum, red apple skin, strawberry jam and wet redwood bark have a wonderful supple tannic backbone. A touch of sour cherry lingers in the finish. Very pretty. — a month ago
2017 GSM from @jolielaidewines doesn’t disappoint, carrying the usual deliciousness that seems to plague everything Scotty Schultz touches. Boysenberry and blueberry and chopped herbs all have a sweet / saline juiciness that grabs you by the scruff of the neck and says, no really, have another glass. Really. — a month ago