Wine temperature snob and 20+year veteran of the restaurant industry. (The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Eddie V's, Yard House, LongHorn, Bahama Breeze, Hard Roc...
Lately, I’ve been gravitating towards wine from the north end of the valley. Of course the pedigree and history behind Araujo and Altagracia (named after his grandmother) is as awesome as this Bordeaux blend wine. The 2012 availability just made it all the nicer. — 2 months ago
Navy Strength? 130 proof? The complexities of this rum were lost due to the super strength. Needed to cut it down a little with some ice...which melted in a matter of seconds. Navy Strength must have meant they used it to take the barnacles off of the ships. Tried it and not going back to this one either. — a year ago
I think I have written on this one before. very few times in my life has a wine taken my breath away like this one. It was a great feeling to know that such events can still happen. Maybe it was the fact that we were in Rioja Alavesa in the first place, but it was something more. First off, the color and texture are perfect. Deep dark violet and a thick silky swirl. Then the nose only hints at the wonder to come. Once it hits your tongue, it is like a velvet glove as it rolls across and touched all corners of your senses. Fruit, sweet tanin, fruit again and a long smooth finish. Nicely done! I have packed my suitcase with a few bottles and now I’m back in the states, trying to find the importer. — a year ago
First time with this wine. Purchased a while back because...well Sam Kaplan (winemaker) highly suggested it. Wow! We gave it a good 1.5 hours in the decanter and it was worth the wait! Dark, deep purple in color and in taste. You can tell it has the Oakville area pedigree. Rich mouth feel, dark ripe fruit and a little dry cocoa on the end. Will be with owners Ron and Karen Davidowski on the Rhône next week, and want to shake their hands! Well done! — a year ago
My thanks to Bryon Corbett for brining this lesser known wine last night at an amazing speakeasy in Atlanta. An Abreu cuvée with a nice complexity. Decanted for at least an hour certainly helped. It continued to develop in the glass to expose dark berry and coffee. Could still stay in the bottle for many years. — 9 months ago