Minneapolis, MN. A fiend of fermented grape juice, working towards crafting a life out of sharing it with fellow Earthlings.
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First time trying any Huet bubbly! Really like seeing how their style translates to a sparkling wine. Still has that Huet richness but with an even greater intensity of crackling energy and zing. Poured a bright medium (-) straw-gold hue. Medium (+) concentration of aromatics of ripe Anjou pear and both ripe and baked yellow apple, alfalfa honey, waxy lanolin scent, crushed chalk, puff pastry leesiness, and a bit of chamomile and jasmine. On the palate, there’s just-ripe Anjou pear and green apple, crushed wet stone, puff pastry and aged cheese rind leesiness, lemon curd, beeswax, and a tiny bit of fresh ginger and chamomile.
High acid, moderate and unobtrusive alcohol, dry, medium (-) to medium body with an oily leesy texture and moderate intensity of very fine bubbles. This was impeccably balanced. Simultaneous richness and zing. Still quite young, and would be even better with a bit more age. — 13 days ago
Dig these Koehler-Ruprecht trocken prädikatswein bottlings; they smell like they’re going to be sweet but then surprise the palate with their relative dryness. This Kallstadter kabinett trocken pours a medium (-) intensity straw-gold hue. Moderate concentration of aromatics of underripe stone fruit, shiso, wet stone minerality, a bit of petrol-y TDN character, a leesy aged cheese rind character, and a very slight honeyed spice that might signal a very small percentage of botrytized grapes might have gone into this wine (but I’m not 100% sure it is botrytis; it’s very faint if it is). On the palate, the wine is simultaneously soft and focused, with more slightly underripe stone fruit, wet stone minerality, slightly underripe mango, a savory, aged cheese rind leesiness, and some very subtle floral tones. Medium (+)/high acid, oily, softly textured light/medium (-) body, medium in-balance alcohol, and it’s dry-ish? Wouldn’t quite say off dry but definitely has a slight bit of balancing RS. Overall, pretty good stuff; haven’t yet been disappointed by Koehler-Ruprecht. — 2 months ago
Excellent Red Burg. Perfectly straddles a delicate tightrope between rusticity and polish. Great savoriness and purity of fruit. Pours a bright pale/medium (-) intensity ruby core fading to an ever so slightly burnished red-orange rim. Medium (+) aromatics of bright cranberry and sour red cherry fruit, woodsy birch bark/sous bois, fresh roses, a bit of barnyardy, mushroomy funk, crushed gravel, and a tiny bit of subtle anise-y spice. On the palate, more cranberry and sour red cherry fruit, birch bark, fresh roses, a gravelly minerality, and a subtle dried mushroom umami. Medium (+)/high acid, light/medium (-) bodied with a lovely soft texture. Medium (-)/medium intensity of relatively fine grained tannin; could still resolve a bit further but not by any means coarse or overbearing. Alcohol is medium (+) and completely unnoticeable. Definitely got some more life left in it before it peaks but drinking very pleasantly now. Paired very nicely with candied walnut butter pork chops with roasted acorn squash. — 2 months ago
First time cracking into our stash brought home from the honeymoon! This brought back many fond memories. Quite nice stuff, as you’d expect from a producer like Evening Land. Pours a bright medium (-) straw/gold hue. Medium (+) concentration of aromatics of ripe yellow pears and apples, almond paste, lemon curd, heavy cream, clean riverbed stone minerality, soft pretzel and aged cheese rind leesiness, and a tiny bit of nutmeg and vanilla from well-applied new French oak. On the palate, the wine is focused with more flavors of lemon curd, ripe green pear, a quartz-like minerality, just-ripe starfruit, aged cheese rind and pretzel leesy character, and a tiny bit of nutmeg from that new oak. Medium (+) acid, medium (+) in-balance alcohol, dry, with a medium (-) body with a slightly oily feel. Great stuff. Meursault-like. Looking forward to further enjoying our honeymoon stash! — 13 days ago
Some tasty Barolo on this chilly autumn day. This is sort of intermediate in style; leaning more traditional but a bit more polished than a hardline traditionalist example from, say, Mascarello or something. Pours a translucent medium (-) intensity ruby-garnet hue. Medium (+) concentration of aromatics of drying red cherries, star anise, fresh violet and rose florals, rhubarb, tar and crushed gravel, and orange peel. On the palate, there’s sour red cherry, slightly underripe raspberry, crushed gravel and clay pot, anise, and more fresh rose and violet florals. Medium (+)/high acid, high but non-disruptive alcohol, softly textured medium (-)/medium body, and with medium (+) intensity, semi-fine grained tannin. Picks up a eucalyptus freshness on both the nose and palate as it gets more air. Very good stuff and drinking at a nice point right now but definitely not quite at peak yet. — a month ago
@Delectable Wine, this is actually the Las Jaras Mendocino County Carignan rosé. Eric Wareheim's first wine under his Las Jaras label! Bought it mostly just because I'm a huge Tim and Eric fan but it's honestly pretty damn good on its own merit! Pretty impressive wine for a first effort. Like peaches and raspberries in cream with a little wet stone minerality on the side. Light/medium (-) body, pleasant medium (+) acid, dry; very quenching. Tasty stuff. Might be one of the first "celebrity wines" that is actually quite good. Makes sense, because Eric is actually genuinely super into wine, rather than it just being another branding opportunity or something. — 2 months ago
A solid example of how an unabashedly Californian, ripe, rich style of Chardonnay can still stay away from cloying and cartoonishly over-the-top territory if executed well. The 10% of new oak is very well integrated. Still not totally my preferred style of Chardonnay due to the level of ripeness and lower acid but quite good for what it is. Pours a medium (-)/medium intensity yellow-gold hue. Medium/medium (+) concentration of aromatics of ripe yellow apple, poached pear, fresh brioche, coconut and baking spice, a bit of dairy malolactic character, and a slight wet stone note.
On the palate, the wine is soft and shows more ripe yellow apple, poached peach, ripe muskmelon, fresh brioche, and a bit of fresh coconut, plus a slight marzipan character.
Medium/medium (+) acid, medium body with round texture, dry, high alcohol that has a slight bit of heat to it. Have never had any Calera wines before but this was a decent intro to the producer for a relatively good value given their pedigree. — 2 months ago
First time trying this much-lauded California (and now Oregon as well, based on recent news I’ve seen) producer. Definitely not let down. This is their most basic appellation-level bottling. Poured a bright medium (-) straw-gold hue. Moderate concentration of aromatics of ripe yellow apples, slightly underripe pineapple, wet stone, heavy cream, pie crust dough, lemon curd, and fennel. On the palate, the wine is round and shows (slightly less) ripe yellow apple, lemon curd, wet stone, hard cheese rind leesinees, underripe papaya, and fennel. Acidity is medium (+), alcohol is medium (+)/high and slightly (but not too distractingly) hot. Dry, with a medium (-) softly-textured body. Pretty good stuff, definitely want to seek out some of their single-site offerings. — 13 days ago
Love these Tessier Cour-Cheverny blancs. This one is from a single site with an average vine age of 30 years planted on limestone bedrock with upper layers of silica and clay. Romorantin is such a curious, interesting grape. Simultaneously rich yet also cutting and angular. Always kinda gives me Chenin-y vibes but it’s still so different even from that. This pours a medium (-)/medium bright gold hue. Moderate concentration of aromatics of Granny Smith apple juice, wet rocks, preserved lemon, a slight honeyed aspect, and a floral spice that I’m having real trouble placing specifically but it’s quite nice. On the palate, there’s both Granny Smith apple juice as well as ripe intact Granny Smith apples, a more prominent wet stone minerality, preserved lemon, beeswax, and pickled ginger. HIGH acid, dry, medium (-) body with a slightly oily texture, and medium (-)/medium alcohol. On the palate it feels like there’s possibly the tiniest bit of phenolic action going on but it’s incredibly subtle. Solid stuff and begging for some oysters or perhaps a bright shrimp-based dish. Also had it at our wedding earlier this year so it feels nostalgic to enjoy another bottle! — a month ago
Some pretty solid natty Chenin from Marie Thibauld in Touraine Azay le Rideau. First time trying this producer; have heard good things and am definitely not disappointed. Not dissimilar to a vinous equivalent to Basque cider; tangy and apple-y with great acidity. Bright in the glass with a medium (-) intensity straw-gold hue. Medium /medium (+) concentration of aromatics of tart green apple, oxidized apple juice, crushed wet flint, preserved lime, tarragon, hard cheese rind leesiness, lanolin, and some fresh jasmine. A bit of VA but in a small enough amount to be actually kinda enjoyable and provide some complexity and lift rather than come across as a distracting fault (and is probably partially responsible for my Basque cider comparison as well). On the palate, there's more tart green apple, wet flint, wooly lanolin character, and hard cheese rind, plus some underripe peach and citrus blossom.
High acid, dry, medium (-) body with a nice oily leesy texture, and the alcohol is medium and totally in balance. Nice length on the palate.
Pretty enjoyable stuff. Would love this with some fried chicken! — 2 months ago