Terrific tenderness of close maturity! Elegant, silky, inspiring, soft, gorgeous representative of the style!
100%Saperavi harvested from best plots with controlled yield. Vinified with pigeage. MLF on pulp. Aged 1yr in Caucasian oak.
Dark cherry red, (pale) crimson rim.
Seducing bouquet of purple lilac, violets, huckleberry juice, campfire, prune, light whiff of barnyard, pine forest, blackberry, smoked tkemali plum, leather boots, hibiscus broth, old wood stump, peat, laurel, whiff of gore, black cherry jam, tobacco leaf, basil, curd, iodine, pome churchkhela, cinnamon pie, dried lavender, cappuccino.
Extremely rounded, silky and super-friendly palate. Medium(+) body, perfectly integrated acidity, gentle/polished tannins. Black gooseberry, blackberry, warm oak, blueberry, tobacco, earth, black currant jam, chokeberry jam, touch of milky chocolate.
Smoothly obducing and persistent finish of dried raspberry, black cherry, black currant jam, mocha and some gentle spices.
Paired fillet minion as well as lamb shovel baked with herbs.
93/100 — 4 months ago
Humble outdoor party, wine 1. No detailed notes taken to ensure proper hedonistic payback of event organized :)
Wise choice for the start as this wine is intriguing, lively and quaffable, with coffee-inspired name.
Blackish purple color, garnet rim.
Medium intensity aromas of smoked insulation tape, peat, cigar box, cappucino, dark fruits and jams.
Zesty and friendly palate. Medium body, gastronomic acidity (what was needed in my case). Flavored with various wild berries, spices and coffee beans
Lengthy and tart finish with pepper, basil and dark fruits.
Paired various snacks.
85/100 (re-taste!) — 7 months ago
Another great newcomer to F-Style range: captivating, feminine, sapid, gastronomic (dry!) 100% Muscat Ottonel grown and harvested in unique region of ancient estuary of Kuban river. Outstanding QPR.
Classic vinification in white.
Pale straw color, lemony glitters.
Pretty intense and very varietal nose of nattaran, lychee syrup, caramelized kumquat peels, pear zest, tea rose petals, blooming hawthorn, coriander, white cherry jam, lollipop, pineapple, paraguayo peach, orchid blossom.
Finely balanced and dangerously attractive. Medium body (13%), lively acidity. Flavors of pineapple, tamarillo, bergamot, green tea, peach, pear, white raspberry, honeyed apple flavors.
Long lasting finish of pear peels, pineapple, apricot, green tea.
Paired salmon tartare finely.
88/100 — 9 months ago
Nicely drinkable, characterful, tight 100%GV from loess-rich soils at 200-300m a.s.l. (mimetic to Riesling in many aspects).
Fermented in SS vats. Aged for 3 months.
Light yellow gold, pale brass glitters.
Piquant nose of med intensity: crushed white pepper, morning fog, citrus honey, horseradish leaf, apricot jam, tarragon, marjoram, green apple peels, pomelo pith. Pineapple and lollipop. Light whiff of lychee syrup.
Zingy and tingly palate. Medium to plus (12.5%) body, bracing acidity. Lovely mineral. Alycha, citrus mix (lime, pomelo, white grapefruit), green apple, unripe melon, quince, touch of herbs.
Lengthy finish expressing citrus peels, crushed stones, quince.
Paired pizza with Gorgonzola and pear.
86/100 — 7 months ago
Meeting friends outdoors, wine 1. No detailed notes taken (again!).
Friendly and quaffable Rioja, yet misssing typical Reserva complexity and concentration.
Cherry red, scarlet rim.
Savory nose revealing strawberry jam, sour cherry, vanilla, blackberry, tobacco, red plum, red currant jam, with sweet undertones of chocolate and butterscotch.
Soft and rustic palate. Medium(-) body (13%), ok acidity. Velvety tannins. Blackberry, strawberry, diluted prune, laurel, plum skins, black cherry and cacao beans.
Medium length finish of cherry-filled chocolate and touch of prune.
Paired assortment of snacks quite well.
82-83/100 — 7 months ago
Sensual, captivating, caressing, stupendous & utterly fresh 100%Viognier aged in inox for 7 months.
Dedicated 4ha plot at at foothills of Caucasian mountains (5km to Black Sea).
Pale lemony, light emerald glitters.
Refined and delicate yet confident nose of saturn peach, mango, white plum pith, wet stones, thyme, apricot, pear, canned pineapple, white currant leaf, white grapefruit, blooming lemon, lily of the valley, with very touch of white pepper.
Crisp and focused palate. Medium body (12.5%), vibrant acidity. Decently mineral of limestone. Sweetie, green apple, white currant, rhubarb, feijoa, carambola, white plum scents.
Persistent and refined finish of white currant peels, pippin apple, pomelo and sea minerals.
Paired Faroe salmon steak.
90/100 — 8 months ago
Freshiest vintage indigenous Sibirkovy! Distinctive, refreshing, refined, dangerously quaffable! :)
Control yield. Manual harvest. Gentle processing.
Pale straw yellow, light emerald glitters.
Attack of blooming clover field. Steppe, melliferous flowers, white apple, oregano, unripe pear, lollipop, canned pineapple, linden blossom, white peach, yarrow, sweetie, quince succade.
Vibrant and focused palate. Medium (12.5%) body, crispy acidity. Mineral. Green apple, alycha, rhubarb, white strawberry, green gooseberry, unripe apricot, carambola, sweetie flavors.
Lengthy finish of yellow apple, rhubarb, white plum and elegant minerality.
Paired marlin carpaccio as well as spicy rings of fried squid.
88/100 — 9 months ago
Meeting friends outdoors, wine 3. No detailed notes taken (again!).
Juicy and fleshy, enjoyable Zin, that was a bit closed at the beginning.
Deep scarlet red, bricky red rim.
Grasped aromas of licorice, burnt tyres, ink, earth and bunch of black berries (black gooseberry, blackthorn). Later opens to show a mix of red and black fruits with roasted cashew, cinnamon, crushed pepper and jams.
Interesting palate. Medium(+) body, sensible tannins, vibrant acidity. Grasp of small forest berries (lingonberry, wild strawberry, cherry, cornel), wooden bark, vanilla croissant.
Lengthy finish mirroring palate.
Paired tender yet spicy pork shashlyk.
85/100 — 7 months ago
BIO NERO D’AVOLA
Meeting friends outdoors, wine 2. No detailed notes taken (again!).
Smooth, supple and silky bio/organic Nero d'Avola fine tuned with Merlot. MLF. Some ageing in SS vats.
Dark purple red, crimson rim.
Captivating bouquet of blueberry, pine forest, black cherry, mulberry, prune, peppermint, bitter chocolate, black currant, black gooseberry jam, baking spices.
Appealing palate of medium to plus body, gastronomic acidity and polished tannins. Lots of black fruits, pinch of spices and choco.
Lengthy finish copying palate sensations.
Paired smoked duck breast salad and other snacks.
86-87/100 — 7 months ago
Still a baby, but already solid, huge, grippy, powerful and assertive Priorat.
Garnacha/Syrah, fermented in cement tanks with wild yeasts with daily oxygenation. Macerated 10-15 days. Aged in 4000 L wooden vats, 300 L barrels, clay jars & demijohns for 18 months.
Dark inky garnet, scarlet rim.
Intense, invigorating & refined nose of black earth, tar, smoke, pome jam, raspberry pie, charred pine cone, crushed pepper, peppermint, cherry seed, bone fire, caramel, mulberry jam, tobacco, box of matches, mushrooms, pu er tea, licorice, ink, rosemary, volcanic minerals.
Impressive and massive palate. Very full body (14.5%), vivid acidity, grained tannins. Chokeberry, hibiscus, red currant skins, basil, lilac broth, black gooseberry, unripe saskatoon, earth, cigar, roasted cacao beans, lavender, savory, espresso flavors.
Saturated lasting finish of cedar, saskatoon, chokeberry, coffee and licorice.
Paired rib-eye steak finely.
88–89/100 — 7 months ago