Stands out from the always excellent Skurnick Riesling portfolio. From both ends of the spectrum, it’s neither laser sharp nor sweet and deep. It’s a powerhouse - voluptuous, creamy, luscious, and concentrated. Overtly aromatic and very grand. Think Viognier.
Orange and fleshy ripe peach with bitter fuzzy skin. — 2 days ago
The sparkling Chenin has in past years been my favorite wine from Broc Cellars. Chenin is what they do best.
Though methode ancestrale, it has shown a fineness, depth, and elegance that isn’t so easy to find in Pet Nats these days.
The 2018 is good, but more feral than last year. Haze and skunk. Dry, chalky lemon with spiced citrus and white flowers. A yeasty base mixed with spiced gingerbread crumble.
If seeking a more elegant version, go for the still version of Chenin (2017 is spectacular). — 8 days ago
If there is such a thing as wines that can conjure a personal connection irrespective of “greatness,” but a connection of language and dialect, this is one of those wines for me. The same is true of all Ovum wines I’ve tried - quiet wines of place. Voluptuous but not clamorous.
Green herbs and aloe. Ice box spiced lemon meringue pie. Fat and creamy. Minty lemony creme brûlée. — a day ago
The most storied houses of Catalan often show the best value (opposite is the case in Champagne). It’s like they’ve been in the game long enough to know how to most efficiently make great sparkling wine. Raventos (like the Mure wines from Alsace) is one of these houses.
Soft, fruity, and fine. Splash of Monastrell for nuance. — 2 days ago
Amazing how much there is left to discover. Chenas, so under the radar, is on par with the best of Beaujolais.
This is exceedingly well balanced, complexed - full bodied but feminine. Aromas exude youth - fresh berries and perfumed flowers. Little bit of orange and raspberry - good chew and acid with velvety plush. Zero tannin nod to Guy Breton - every bit as good. — 8 days ago
By now I can spot Pax in a lineup. Inky but feather light - nearly always sub 13% ABV. Concentrated, stripped of fruit and outside influence. Whole cluster and tart green. Youthful. New world with a nod to old world.
Testa fits. Lean, restrained, with a ruby purple. BlackBerry and crushed rock. — 12 days ago