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One of the better DDOs I’ve opened in a long time. Purity is the word that pops to mind over and over again with this wine. Sings with bright red cherry fruit and has impeccable balance that you can’t poke holes in. — a month ago
Lovely wine with perfectly balanced acid and great texture and depth. The slightly oxidative quality comes through at first along with the distinct Pedro Ximenez character, but then both mellow out with air leaving really pretty wilting white flower and dried stone fruit character. — 3 months ago
I can’t imagine drinking this wine at a better stage in its development. Definitely has retained its “old school” bona fides both in terms of quality and style. Though you’d be wrong to call it “green,” it has that eucalyptus-y herbaceous character in spades that harkens back to better days and is unmistakably Martha’s. The acid is firm and carries with it a nice mix of fairly youthful berry and currant flavors, while the tannins speak softly but carry a big stick. It is certainly a food wine and I dare say that what was on our plate was ideal - roasted beef tenderloin, sautéed mushrooms with a splash of Madeira, Sancerre-marinated asparagus, and potatoes mashed by an Irishman. Merry Christmas indeed. — a month ago
Elegant if a bit more fruity tooty than most Nebbiolo, but perfectly in balance and pleasant. Gives the impression of red fruit that is slight dried, slightly sour, slightly sweet. Fun wine that I think is clearly at its peak. — 4 months ago
A handful of dirt and wild mushrooms on the nose with faint hints of tart red fruit. Palate is very dusty almost sandy but the sour cherry underneath is delicately pretty and the whole package is nicely balanced. — 2 months ago
As usual this Olga Raffael Chinon does not disappoint. It has just a bit of charming brett-y funk, and really pretty sour red fruit and tomato character that is just barely on the correct side of the ripe vs unripe fulcrum. — 4 months ago