I shill wine. Likes: cleverness, obscure French whites, typography. Dislikes: a few.
Tasty and bright. It could have just been me and the day, but presented as straightforward and just a touch less than completely refined.
TYPE OF SOIL: White clay & Lutetan limestone
GRAPE VARIETIES: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Mourvèdre, Pinot noir, Sauvignon, Petit Manseng et Muscat
VINIFICATION: Bleed Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the younger Daumas Gassac vineyards. The “free-run” grape juice is then fermented in a closed tank so as to retain all the fermenting gas.
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 52 000 bottles
MATURING: 3 to 4 months in closed stainless steel tank.
HARVEST : 100% Manual.
YIELD: 45 hl/ha
ALCOHOL BY VOL.: 11,5% Vol. — a year ago
Some thoughts on this bottle:
- The 22 g/L of RS show as about half that and is a component of why the wine tastes objectively delicious. I have suspicions as to why we in Niagara are a bit snobbish about RS but we really ought to get past that.
- Has just the slightest hint on the nose of the distinctive Niagara riesling note of black olive. I’m told that’s due to picking due to weather pressure and picking for necessity rather than phenolic ripeness. Will follow up as to how and when and why here.
- It’s really quite good. Definitely comfortably above average on any grading scale. But not as objectively high-quality as the chardonnay and that seems to hold true for the region. — a year ago
I used to really hate the expression “it is what it is” but I find myself using it more and more of late.
The truffled steak tartare probably needs just a touch less rusticity and a bit more upfront fruit. — a year ago
A definite cut above typical BTG PG for ladies who lunch.
Family-owned, innovative estate in Alto Adige committed to quality and sustainability.
Vini notes: F ermented at a controlled temperature of 20°C in steel tanks. The young wine matures in steel tanks for several months on its fine lees. — a year ago
Delicious alongside a classic Gaspé Nova on rye from Russ & Daughters. A worthy and appropriate pairing, as both are top-quality choices from producers who started as mavericks and developed into respected and loved institutions.
Very elegant and refined, mousse is tingly rather than creamy but not aggressive or unpleasant. Classic blanc de blanc firm structure, citrus/brioche character. A very compelling bottle.
• 100% estate-grown chardonnay from Short Hills Bench, hand-picked
• Lot selection, 20% barrel-fermented
• 54 months on lees, 60 in bottle
VQA Short Hills Bench
Harvest date TBC. V13 had a warm September. — a year ago