Matt Trader, TWP
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Buy this up. It doesn't get better for $20. Incredible value, and will see another 10 years at least, and in the world of 2015 Bordeaux so far, none are cheap. Black plum skin, black cherries, graphite, chalky mineral, tobacco, black licorice, bell pepper, mocha; tannins finely integrated, and focused in the wine, with medium body and already showing promise. — 14 hours ago
Finally, after several years, I was able to get ahold of a Franciacorta! Traditional Method, 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Nero, aged 7 months in stainless steel, then secondary fermentation in bottle, aged on lees for 30 months as a non vintage. For $26, it was better than most champagne. It was like a baby Ruinart Blanc de Blanc in character. Aromas of Meyer lemon zest, clover honey, ripe apricot, brioche, and candied ginger. Pallet full of fine, and very present bubbles, exhibiting notes of golden apples, pineapple, white pear, lemon, creme brulee, clove, and a zippy finish. The bottle was empty way to fast. — 7 days ago
$30?? Wow. Fantastic value - Coda is a blend of the other 4 red wines when they decide the rest of the juice just doesn't cut the bill. It reflects the general whole harvest for each new vintage - sort of their "nouveau" to announce the vintage, but nothing light and lacking complexity. This year was predominate Cabernet Franc in the blend, with all 5 Bordeaux varietals total. Pepper, wild cherries, red apple skins, and leather on the nose. The pallet is bright, and lush, exhibiting notes of cranberry, black casis, bell pepper, vanilla, and a medium finish. Excellent stuff to keep on retainer. — 2 days ago
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot. Drinks incredibly similar to Smith Haut Laffite.. toasty cedar and rock dust followed by baked plums, vanilla, and mocha. Pallet with well integrated tannins, Pauillac in feel, exhibiting notes of casis, bell pepper, dark dried cherries, mocha, and a delicious lingering finish. This is seriously over performing for $60. 94 points Wine Advocate - 2500 cases production winery between all of their wines, which is pretty small and totally worth it. — 2 days ago