Lovely nose evoking cherry, raisin, prune, light smoke, and hint of dry roses. Medium body. Simple but balanced palate with underlying juicy acidity, though the finish is a bit short. Great value! — 13 days ago
Leeuwin Art Series needs no introduction.
First up the 2001. I don’t think I’ve ever came across a cab with such a strong herbal smell, which I love. Black tea, pencil lead, fungus, espresso, worn leather, cassis, blackberries, and hint of violet add to the brooding nose. The entry was lively and fresh, nothing I would expect from a 18 year old wine. Medium body and still very noticeable dusty tannins. Acidity is bit too high and alcohol slightly off balance, but I’m not really complaining. — a month ago
A dear friend brought this very delightful 80/20 Grenache/Syrah blend from the 25 ha estate vineyard located in the Saint-Chinian AOC of Languedoc. Red berries, smoke, light earth and peppery. Medium body and medium acidity. The tannins taste very fresh. A pleasure to drink. — 2 months ago
A bit too jammy and a bit hot towards the end for me. But nevertheless a very well made bottle. Could use some bottle age. — 18 days ago
A whiff and a sip of the 2001, my generous friend decided that it was not up to her standard and pull out the 2003, which I did not expect as I was really enjoying the 2001 and also had couple bottles of white before that.
While the nose was resemblant to the 2001 in terms of its herbal and earthiness, the fruits was not taking the backseat. A soft and round palate belied the still quite firm structure. Velvety firm tannins with long spicy finish. Polished and well balanced. Plenty of life left. Beautiful! — a month ago
This 2016 tasted much better than the 2015 that I can remember. Deep yet composed nose of blackberry, plum, red cherry, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, and hint of floral. Bright acidity but with a soft touch. Mellow tannins. Well balance and classy.
82/8/7/3 CS/CF/Merlot/Petit Verdot aged 22 months in French oak barrel, 60% new. — 2 months ago
After an hour of decant, this approachable 08 St Emilion was open for business with opulent nose of ripe plum, cedar, dark chocolate, forest floor, and hint of anise. On the palate it showed a bit more berry fruits juiciness and some peppery note. Quite intense acidity, but tannins were round and sweet. — 20 days ago
Zero dosage, 50/50 Monastrell/Garnacha, this rose Cava is bone dry and almost astringent on the palate. Blood orange, hint of strawberries, chalky mineral. Clean, delicate mousse. Good tension throughout. Quite nice. — a month ago
From one of my favorite boutique winery, this white Rhone blend (41/33/14/12 Viognier/Grenache Blanc/Marsanne/Roussanne) display alluring aroma of white peach, citrus, lemon, perfume, and roasted nuts. Hint of honey and spice too. The entry was soft and round, with medium to high acidity and a bit heat at the end (14.9% ABV after all).
282 cases made. — a month ago