Winemaker and winelover.
The last of 3 bottles I bought as futures in 2007 for $22 each - quite a “deal” for a Michel Rolland consulted wine. It definitely bears his international, point-chasing style, being riper than you’d expect from Bordeaux and favoring richness and intensity over elegance and finesse. Although I think it would’ve been a bit better a few years ago when the fruit was brighter rather than slightly raisin-y, it’s holding up, in the way well-made Napa Cabs of the showier ilk do after a decade plus. Neither as intense as those wines, or as distinct and balanced as the best Bordeaux, it falls into a weird middle ground that probably won’t please most people but hits my palate just fine. A “win” for a Monday night with a pan seared filet mignon. — 3 months ago
Epic. 62% Sauv Blanc, 23% Semillon, 15% Chard (by weight) co-fermented in neutral oak. Mouth watering acids beautifully tempered with barrel texture. Bright green fruit with undertones of acacia honey and yeasty character. I’m all in with this wine. — 2 months ago
Blew me away. Nose is so elegant and pretty with lavender and dried red fruit. Just perfectly balanced palate with enough meatiness to know you’re drinking Mourvèdre but not enough to turn off the non-wine-geeks. So expansive on the palate in terms of the breadth of flavor and complexity, but at this stage of evolution it’s incredibly approachable and easy drinking. Smiles. — 3 months ago
Shocked how well this value Bordeaux (bought this for $18!) has held up after a decade and a half. Big fruit and mouthfeel, held up magically against a marinated steak, and I continue to reach for my glass. Now the whole bottle is gone - who drank it? Me! All of it. Yay wine! — 4 months ago
I still have quite a few wines like this from my early days of wine collecting - stuff that was highly rated or recommended in the $15-30 price range (this was $18 from Wine Library in 2009). Wines that could provide a great quality for the price, but that no one, including me, ever expected would spend a dozen years in my cellar. Many people would assume wines like this one to be hopelessly past prime, but over and over again I’m surprised how well so many of them - from both the old and new world - hold up. At first this wine seemed to be over the hill, with some brownish tinge to the color, balsamic aroma and leathery mouthfeel, but the longer it’s in my glass the more I’m enjoying it. The sweet and intense red cherry fruit is sightly raisiny in character yet still somehow bright, the tannins are integrated but still firm, and the acid is balanced and mouth watering. Pretty classic Grenache-Carignane that would hold its own against Priorats costing several multiples of its price. Sometimes wine makes you smile (most times). — 2 months ago
A clean, elegant expression of pure varietal Malbec, aged in concrete. After a decade plus the fruit is still bright and intense, a candy shop of licorice and sweet black cherries and berries. This deliciousness carries through on the long finish which also adds mineral character with some lingering dry tannin. Pretty darned good Cahors that shows oak is not always necessary to produce an age-worthy and world-class wine. — 3 months ago
Aging gracefully. Notes consistent with last bottle 4 years ago - subtle, light and fruity - but maybe has gained a bit in terms of depth, or maybe my palate has evolved! Classic Burgundy earthy barnyard character has emerged and I like it. — 4 months ago