A nicely balanced Chard with good mix of citrus, minerals, and light oak. Round and smooth, though acidity is a bit dull. — 10 days ago
Way past its prime. Green pepper and barnyard were what was left on the nose. The palate was still bright, but not much flavor left neither.
A disappointment, but no completely surprised. For $20-$30, a Rioja or a Chianti classical would outlive a Bordeaux in my opinion.
— 10 days ago
My first Napa cab from 2017, a vintage probably associated the most with the Northern California wildfire started on Oct 8th, but also characterized by a rainy spring and several long heat spikes in the summer.
The fruits were fresh and lush. Blackcurrant, raspberry, licorice, black tea, hint of dark chocolate. Bright palate with good texture and tension. A bit herbaceous. Young.
The grapes were picked between Sept. 28th and Oct. 21st. As usual, it spent 22 months in French oak barrels, 60% new. — 16 days ago
This single vineyard Merlot has freshness I don’t often associated with the ripe and jammy Napa Merlot.
Blackberry, currant, licorice, peppermint, light earth and violet, and hint of vanilla. Medium to full body sports bright but round acidity and silky mellow tannins. Quite layered and structured. — 10 days ago
Enchanting aromas of red and black cherries, pine cone, leather, light incense, and hint of truffles. The acidity was still quite bright and high tone, and the tannins was slightly sweet and chewy. Long elegant finish. Needs minimum 5 more years to reach its peak.
It was incredible that this 12-year Barolo was available at $54 in a local Italian restaurant. What a deal! — 15 days ago
This is very close to 4.5 after couple of hours decant. It had the power and finesse to enjoy now, and the balance and structure to age further. My previous note applies.
I will try to open my remaining 2 bottles once every couple of years, if I can resist. — 10 days ago
My first bottle from Macedonia,and judging from this experience, it certainly won’t be my last.
Cassis, BlackBerry, plum, mocha, vanilla, cigar, and light barnyard. The oak is prominent, but of high quality and very well integrated. The palate is deep, layered and slightly candied. Concentrated, rich, but still have a sense of balance.
For 2015, it spent 18 months in new French barrique. Will definitely buy more. — 14 days ago