Chef-owner of One Block West Restaurant in Winchester, VA. Longtime wine geek, proud supporter of Virginia wines, and Willamette Pinot nut.
2005 vintage. Bricked color appropriate for its age, light ruby going brown, nose of barnyard, red raspberry, and oak. On the palate, fruit is almost absent leaving a funky core which can no longer balance the acid. Vanilla finish. Pity. This bottle is shot. — 6 years ago
So, I'm not going to lie. After 30 years in this business, I just tasted this wine that I've never heard of before. It is a bright ruby wine with juicy plums and candy notes on the nose, followed by a sweet fruit attack morphing into a wave of black pepper and then a lot of dried herbs. Very good acid makes this wine refreshing. Fun and different. Love the black pepper notes. — 6 years ago
Very straightforward Bordeaux Supérieur. Pretty nose showing some oak. Fruit tastes Right Bank. Decent effort for the money. — 6 years ago
Bright translucent ruby with clear and clean Gamay nose. Tart sour cherry with a hint of gaminess in the mouth. Slightly out of balance to the acid side. Well enough made basic Villages wine. — 6 years ago
This is an off-the-wall wine that is better this vintage than it has been. Crazy nose, funky Kool Aid attack, hints of mint, orange rind, sweet candy. I don't know what I'd pair this with but if you want a conversation starter, this is your bottle. — 6 years ago