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Oh so exciting and zing-y and interesting and I forgot I needed to post about it until I saw my unpublished blog post. Up now on ye silly scrumptious gruel. So go there if you wanna know more in the meantime this wine is exciting. I hope we keep seeing more Jura. This one is bright and a bit floral and more. As I tend to say when I’m fascinated: get in. — 3 days ago
We switched tables with a party and in their gratitude this showed up—fun times at Tabula Rasa! I really dug this as a nice finishing wine for the night—low alcohol, bubbly, acidic and sweet and (if I’d been paying) not too expensive as I found out in research. I’ll be back for more. — 16 days ago
Bright ripe lemon, grapefruit and kumquat on the nose with a smidge of gas. More of that on the tongue with that delightful sharp acid that lingers. Plus some juicy peach. Imagine you are biting into a peach that has been doused in lemon juice and someone throws damp gravel in your face. Except in this fantasy imagine that damp gravel is your jam and totally doesn’t hurt. I dig thus winemaker in Woodinville! — 19 days ago
The delightful thing about/problem with a good food/wine book is you get inspired to open all sorts of things but...I’m gonna say this wine was a good choice to go with A Really Big Lunch. Not a problem. This wine will keep growing in delight and holy heck I can’t wait to try Ca’ Rozzeria’s Barolo proper I bought but I will be waiting another few years on that if I can help myself. But for twelve bucks I couldn’t help but order a couple of the Langhe Nebbiolo offerings. And this is a 2015 so it’s super ripe.
Okay so the dried cherry just explodes from the glass with earth and minerally deliciousness and on the tongue the tannins assure you this is in fact Nebbiolo. There is a lot of orange rind going on too. The finish goes on with all sorts of dried flower and yet almost a salinity? Crazy. I’m in. But then I’m a nut for Nebbiolo. Okay one more chapter then I swear I will turn the light out. At least it’s not a school night. — a month ago
Mencia is still unusual territory to me! But I would like to play more on its playground. @Anthony Lombardi I think you recommended this one! It hit my nose with leather but over the next hour or so unfolded: I got blackberries and flowers and dried savory herbs and then the green pepper came out to play, but just a bit. Mild in the acid, alcohol and body but still interesting. I would like to explore more Mencia! — 4 days ago
Continuing in my Napa cab education this showed up at the door for me. It is excellent winter wine. It would warm you even if chilled—at 15 % abv no doubt but the taste is coziness defined too: ripe cherries, blackberry preserves on some sort of cheese on an earthy whole whole wheat cracker. The tannins could use, say, one or two more years to fully integrate but they aren’t objectable. Holiday spices and a whiff of forest floor and a long plummy finish round it out. Take this wine to an ice skating party if such things exist in your life. — 17 days ago
K, this rating is certainly biased by my past experience with A. Rafanelli which has been amazing. Unless you want to open 2015 and allow to sit a couple days...wait! This is too young to be opened which makes me grateful I have another bottle I’ll crack open in, say, a year or so and it’ll be perfect out of the bottle. That said I tasted this day by day for three days and it just kept improving. If you open too young give it TIME. In youth it needs some time but once it has time? Hot damn. The tannins, alcohol, acid and fruit are in equal balance three days in...now. Wait two years and it may be extraordinary out of the bottle. — 25 days ago
Taste the rainbow—of darker fruits anyway. So much black plum, black cherry and wicked rich tannic black grapes. With a whiff of raisin-y barnyard dirt. To a non-wine-taster? Like gulping dried dried fruit buried in soil. To a metaphor lover? This (to a female anyway) is the older woman you befriend who you get on a soul level. She has a lot to teach you and yet... your zest for life has something for her—it could actually use EITHER more age OR a whiff if of whimsical youth. Enough to make you think “this wine is wise”! Either way if you wanna think or appreciate the earth try this stuff. Mmmmm — 10 days ago
Oh Dutcher you got me. I tend to be a not-into-Cali-chard girl but Dutcher shows up. Any variety any time. Everything is subtle except the nose which screams “I am Chardonnay! But I won’t roar I’ll purr” then you sip and think hell this is all the California Chardonnay Things but in balanced happy harmony: the vanilla, the butter, the oh so delicate oak...Dutcher never disappoints. A deep riff of acid slinks through this and balances all. Get in. — 18 days ago
Trying to get to know some of the wines my friends recommended from Trader Joe’s. I liked a French Sauvignon Blanc they recommended but this wine, while solid just wasn’t my fave. It’s interesting and surprisingly complex for a Cali Pinot but I don’t love the—stemminess?—I’m getting. I used to call it that vine-y taste. If you like some green on your wine though it could be your bag. It’s affordable and interesting and may just be YOUR cat’s meow. Figuratively speaking. Don’t give your cat vino. — a month ago