Professional wine monkey. Goofball.
The nose is mild and a smidge subdued but hinting of lemon grass and pear. The approach is lush and lovely, carrying along a medium-bodied mid-palate. The full & graceful push to the finish is this wine’s definite strong-point. Almost sticks out like a sore thumb. With delight. — 15 days ago
How does it do this? A rich-&-yet-delightful blend of Petit Verdot & _Tannat, aged in “Minnesota Oak”. Which somehow turns this blend from “gum-ripping” to... freaking profoundly plush, smooth, and intense without a shred of... violence. #justfindit
#outstanding — 4 months ago
Had to pop this to help celebrate the crowning achievement that the incredibly astute Matthieu Finot has been awarded- and more over to toast to all the BEAUTIFUL work that’s been (& BEING) done by the “3”. Jake & Emily I sing all of your praises- and this beautiful wine of its very own impressive “conversation” is an even richer conversation than when we first for to wrap it around our ‘thirsty palates’.
BRAVO TO THE THREE! The three...with lamb chops tonight. Baby. — a month ago
A truly surprising, rich and rounded experience. Cedar on the nose with an approach the velvety-but-well underpinned with tannins that are pronounced but born naturally into the rhythm of the wine. There’s an unusual rhythm here that leads to a memorable, cherry-smoked finish. — 3 months ago
Bought this with my own coin- extremely glad I did. While young, the Small Lot Cab Franc from Jake Busching opens on the nose more clearly than any number of Bordeaux that I have been lucky enough to try along its price point. In short: it’s masterful. The approach is a mouth-coating and luscious experience with depth for days and a personality that identifies more than simply a “Virginia Red”- but that of its own distinct and important character.#thjbeproud — 4 months ago
It’s a delight. On the brighter side of ruby, the nose brings a new expression of fleshy cherry as it breathes, and the palate opens in a graceful - yet unmistakable- setting that reveals its home in Nuits St. Georges. The irony of it all is that the vineyard itself bears the name of “infertile land”.
Sampling from this incredible 1’er Cru, there seems to be absolutely ZERO indication of such ‘infertility’. Point. Wing made as concisely as possible: THIS is some fertile juice. — 3 months ago
With every wine I try from Barone Ricasoli I become more of a fan. Rich and bold while (patiently) revealing a deeper presence, depth and character. As it stretches out it exhibits more and more of its strengths. It becomes a fulfilling conversation to have. — 3 months ago
A surprisingly easy-going sleeper that may still be on your favorite shelf, if you’re lucky. The Syrah and Merlot work in a wonderful harmony and hit the “Simple note” in all the right ways. A soft but rich approach follows a truly intriguing nose. The aroma seems to be spelled out by the Merlot, and the length of is follows along the lines of the Syrah. As it breathes and opens it really does reach to new levels- and I am genuinely impressed. While it cheap, the Promis brings something to the table that (I think) is unique. It’s a brilliant little blend that’s going to be winning hearts at a price point that Gaja, for the moment, is clearly and delightfully dipping into.
— 4 months ago