This is a steal. A uniquely oxidized wine without any apparent skin contact. Pale copper color with sherry like aromas of mealy yellow apple, syrupy canned peaches, and roasted chestnuts. Flavors of apricot, apple, peach, cantaloupe, and ripe pear. From Kermit Lynch, though I heard they recently severed ties. Get it while you can. — 19 hours ago
Cab Franc can sometimes overwhelm the palette with excessive pyrazines and bell pepper. Romaine Guibertau’s Rouge, though, is a good example of how de-stemming, introducing little or no oak, and relying instead on minerals, earth, and the right amount of fruit can form a really terrific finessed wine.
This entry level from the masterful Loire winemaker has a high toned whiff of Serrano pepper followed by earthier damp notes of gravel, minerals, green strawberry, and sour plum. Clean and pure, it is chalky dry and beautifully constructed. — 9 days ago
Dutraive is a master of Gamay and one of my favorite producers, period. His wines show the extent to what the grape can do. His is elegant, complex, pure, terroir driven. This 2016 Fleurie has green herbal aromas with iodine, stringent red rose buds, and tart wild berries. When I describe pure mineral driven wines, this is quintessentially what I envision. You can taste the rocky earth and Dutraive weaves that core into well behaved fruit and floral flavors with another dose of iodine on the finish. It’s a spectacularly fresh wine at a fraction of the cost to what you’d pay in Burgundy. Bravo. — 16 days ago
Golden hay color and initially shy but interesting aromas of blanched almond, yellow apple, ripe Bartlett pear, eucalyptus, and celery that peak through as the wine warms.
The profile though is significantly richer, rounder and has oily abundant flavors of yellow apple and almond underneath a dusting of vanilla spice (from significant time spent in barrel).
It’s shy upfront but the palette is powerful and even slightly hot. — 2 days ago
I opened this too early. It’s good but not yet singing and you can tell there is lots to play with in hibernation.
It has aromas of spicy baked lemon, pear, bruised yellow apple, and smoke. On the palette you taste flavors of young sour pineapple and granny smith apple with more baked lemon and salty lime. It has a plush texture with good weight that counters laser focused acid. — 6 days ago
An unsuspectingly forward Riesling with a watery pale hay color and shy aromas of orchard fruits, bitter apple seed, and slate. The flavors take a sharp u-turn - fully expressive with off dry but not honeyed notes of red apple and roasted lemon. It finishes cleanly with slate and wet rocks. Really excellent. — 17 days ago
A high altitude, cool climate, and finessed Nebbiolo that doesn’t need a fatty steak to cut the tannin.
AR.PE.PE. Has delicate layered aromas of cherries, tar, crushed gravel, rose petals, and fresh cut flower stems. At 12% ABV it is lean and transparent showing a good dose of minerals and earth wrapped around flavors of raspberry and cherry beneath hidden hidden tannins.
For the Burgundy lover. — 4 days ago
Rose’s can be hard to pinpoint but Petite Mairie’s is unmistakenly Loire Cab Franc and that’s precisely what I love about this wine. If you like the stripped down vastly undervalued Loire red wines from greats like Guibertau, Baudry, Thierry Germain, Catherine and Pierre Breton, and so on, you’ll similarly appreciate this wine.
It has that pure herbal vegetal frame - artichoke, asparagus, and sage surrounding wet gravel and light berries. The flavors include fresh tilled soil , green bell pepper, and roasted red pepper. Really terrific from the Rosenthal portfolio. — 14 days ago