One of the more interesting rose I’ve tasted, with extended maceration, and hence the world “Saignee”.
Fine and mellow mousse. Raspberry, strawberry, a bit of blood orange, and hint of dried fruits. The palate was supple, but maintained good intensity.
Served lightly chilled. — 10 days ago
I was very surprised how approachable this was. Everything a great Napa cab should be. Rich dark fruits, gentle acidity but with a firm spine, complex and layered palate, and elegant tannins. Just effortlessly gorgeous! — 21 days ago
Brought this back from Australia more than 2 years ago and finally I could not resist.
The nose was relatively subtle slowly revealing the nuances from 100-year old wines with plum, blackcurrant, eucalyptus, coffee, black tea leaf, black pepper, herbs, and hint of mint and rust iron. On the palate it feels expansive with good intensity. Gentle acidity played a supporting role to the silky sweet tannins.
Big with restrained power. Young. Need at least another 5 years to fully come together. — a month ago
It took about 2 hours to tame down the strong barnyard smell, but it did not really bother me. And once it got past that, the nose became quite attractive with nice mix of red and black fruits, caramel, roasted coffee bean, hint of incense and leather. On the palate it was quite dense for a Rioja, with sharp acidity and a light raisin taste, finishing off with long tingling peppery note.
Great price for a 10 year old Gran Reserva. — 15 days ago
A quaffable juicy Malbec with nice acidity and nice mix of peppery and earthy aroma. But the sweet oaky notes took over and it was too much for me. — 22 days ago
A young 3rd growth that is just starting to develop. After 2 hours of decant, the nose blossomed into really nice mix of black and blue cherries, cassis, violet, raspberry, olive, and herbs, with slight hint of leather and and crushed rocks. The entry was soft and elegant, with juicy acidity. Firm but fine grained tannins.
2014 Bordeaux is a great bargains compared to 15 and 16. — a month ago
A ripe black fruit core hides behind a pretty floral scent opening, then the nose slowly reveals blackberry, thyme, smoked meat, black tea, and light black pepper. Supple and smooth on the palate with a sweet undertone. Wish for a brighter acidity, but the lightly minty taste make it feel fresh still. Lingering sweet and spicy finish.
Zenaida is another small winery in Paso Robles that I like very much, so much so that I join their wine club, the one and only wine club I joined. — a month ago
I had very good experience with their 94 vintage several years ago, which is the most aged Merlot I’ve tasted, so I was curious to find out what a young one taste like.
Vibrant red fruits was prominent with ripe black fruits taking the back seat. Vanilla, cherry cola and a bit smoky and peppery notes at the end. Medium body and lean. Off dry. Simple and forgettable.
The winery was founded by Rodney Strong, but was sold to a Napa consortium in the 2010’s. — 19 days ago
Full body, ripe, and fruit forward, but nothing jammy. Have enough acidity and tannins for tension and balance. Very smooth and utterly delicious.
— 23 days ago
World’s End represents Jonathan Multhus’ (of Le Dome fame) venture into Napa Valley. And the grapes for this bottling was from the Beckstoffer vineyard in Carneros.
This is a crisp mineral-filled char that’s more Chablis than Napa. A clean nose of peach, pineapple, chrysanthemums, and hint of white flower. On the palate you feel the ripeness of the fruit but with minimum oak influence. Textured. The high 14.9% ABV provides a sharp edge but not the heat. Not for everyone, but I like it a lot. — a month ago