Lovely, although I struggle with most of the communities notes. This is def not chambolle or volnay. This is a great limestone cold climate PN. Very pale ruby color. Surprisingly reserved nose that over tim reveals creamy raspberry, beet juice, exotic citrus peel, roses, and clear secondary notes of savory, freshly rained on earth and wet leaves. the palate is super bright bring tart cranberry along with fresh red raspberry and a bit of roibos tea. Time reveals a candied eucalyptus aspect (like, ricola! But if they were amazingly good!) and a whiff of smoke. High toned with great energy but also lush and precise. Just great. — 6 days ago
As someone who hasn’t had a lot of California syrahs, this struck me as well balanced and built for long life. At 13% abv not at all opulent. That said, a lot bigger more aggressive dark and brooding than I would have expected, especially 8 years in. Black olive tapenade, dark chocolate, espresso, black tea, black plum, dark fruits, black pepper. Underlying hints of smoke and maybe even a floral note. Has an attractive spicyness and pepper flavor to it and finishes with both pepper spice and chewy tannins that still feel quite young. Acidity really nice, but still overwhelmed by that chewy tannin mouthfeel. Not sure if this has yet to uncoil or maybe never will. It’s delicious as is, it is there more? Hope to find out! — 16 days ago
Absolutely delicious and an incredible value. Equal parts “tar” and “violets” in the classical Piedmontese Nebbiolo profile. Darker fruits, but very pure, focused and energetic with great tension. Undercurrents of iron and sanguine notes add interest without muddling the wines focus. Violets dominate the high acid, refreshing finish. — a month ago
Classic heady notes of rose water, lychee, honey and spices. Full bodied while still energetic with a strong acid spine that supports all the heft. Shows more dried mango and apricot on the palate. Finishes with that rose water flourish
Still some RS, but at only 13.5%abv and with the acid structure really ends up well balanced, and not showing the oily, bitter or hot notes that you may find in other gewurtzes. Given the full bodied strength and flavor profile I’m not sure I would drink this alone, but an epic pairing with Sichuan braised beef - taming the spices while evoking the florality of the peppercorns — 11 days ago
A deep core of dark fruit takes center stage on this bottle - blueberry and blackberry and something like those but more wild and atypical, and fresh fruit but even some candies fruit notes. Herbaceous notes like bay leaf, oregano and tarragon and also exotic woods like sandalwood. Slight undercurrent of exotic spices m. Less Smokey and meaty notes than the last bottle I opened. This feels much more transparent, primary and...Burgundian?
Still with gray acidity and big drying tannins, but opening up. Excited to see it in a few years! — 15 days ago
Really a fantastic wine that almost drinks like a new world Vougeot. Nose dominated by dark plum, wet earth dried spices, Cinnamon and other exotic spices with a whiff of flowers. Elegant and intriguing. The great fruit adding black cherry and maybe a bit of cola and espresso although the spice frames the whole experience. Finishes with nice dense tannins, good structure, nice acidity and a spicy tingle like a good Sichuan chicken. Maybe a bit rustic, probably a bit past peak, Not super long, but light bodied for an Oregon Pinot and really really well done. — 21 days ago
High toned raspberry, black cherry and wild berry fruit, leather, sandalwood, dark rose, a little bit of a sanguine note, tarragon black tea, and dominant undercurrent of musk and earth framing it all. Seems to have that halfway chambolle to Gevrey thing. Not particularly long but lots of interest.
Good big body and acidity but still with very aggressive tannins. Really only came Into its own day 2. A broad shouldered wine, and a definite hold m — 12 days ago
I’m not the best at predicting how wine ages, but this strikes me as a wine with a long thrilling life ahead of it. Aggressive tannins shape an undercurrent of dark plum and wild dark berry fruit. Heavy chalky notes. Tightly wound with great potential energy underneath dryingtannins that produce pith-like flavors (blood orange pith?). Not close to ready yet — 15 days ago
Really drinking quite well and simply great, if not overwhelmingly contemplative or complex. Nose is classic Rutherford with black cherry framed by kalamata olive tapenade sweet Cali bell red bell pepper, blackberry, dusty cocoa and mocha. A hint of freshcedar revealing itself with air. Really energetic on the palate both full and tense with great acidity. Structure is really holding up well, although not convinced it has more improvements to make. Makes me crave a black & blue from oakville grocery! — 20 days ago
An exotic and contemplative wine showing the exotic spice of a CHassagne with some of the minerality of a puligny Montrachet and a little of the the pitch perfect richness of a mersualt . Nose shows white flowers, calvados, Asian pear, lychee with a strong spine of dark minerals . On the palate a hint of dried mango all tied together with an undertone of exotic spices. Great texture, richness and finishes with lemon pith sensation and drying tannins that indicate plenty of runway — a month ago