Winemaker and wine lover.
Very enjoyable and quaffable. Not quite life changing like the hype suggests. Pinot-like structure with some volcanic mineral energy. Maybe I should’ve given it some time in the cellar but it didn’t seem like tannins were obscuring more depth. — a month ago
Nose is not over-the-top intense but has intriguing layers of orange blossom, candle wax, and dried apricot with a hint of jasmine. Lime skin, kumquat, guava, crushed stone, and aromatic bitters fill the palate, which is richly textured and nicely balanced. Not sure it quite has the acid to go the long haul but at this stage it continues to evolve and deepen with time in the bottle. — a month ago
The nose is pleasant but a bit musty and tired, like I’ve rented a 150 year-old farmhouse on the coast of Ireland for a quiet weekend away. Upstairs, in an old sock drawer, is an ancient bag of potpourri containing dried herbs, crusty rose petals, and lumpy brittle strawberries that mingle with the peat and damp hay drifting through the air. The palate is fresher, brighter, the same but somehow newer, like the proprietor of the old house, a 30-ish strawberry blond named Fiona, whose great-great-grandfather built this place with his bare hands, has burst through the front door to greet me with a wink and wry smile. Like her, this wine is feminine but not delicate, stout but not burly, complex but not ostentatious. I’ll spare you any further indulgence of this tortured metaphor, but this wine is nearly everything you want in a mature Barolo – the acid is bracing in a good way, the tannin fully resolved, the balance exquisite, the length prodigious. — a month ago
The green pyrazine character has really faded and integrated with time - it’s still there, especially on the nose, but in a nice way and the candied red fruit has emerged. Tannins fully resolved and showing great with a pan seared filet mignon; it finishes long, full and balanced. Glad I waited might have hit the peak! — a month ago
Oxidative, which can happen quickly with Grenache Blanc whether or not it’s the intended style, but full of character and texture after three years in the bottle. Nose is rich with marzipan and cantaloupe and the palate is weighty (14.5% alc.) but nicely balanced with enough acid to freshen it up and keep me reaching for another glass. I would love to have tasted this wine when young for comparison - GB is such a fickle little grape. — a month ago
A well-crafted white Rhône blend - the high percentage of Picpoul (40%) works really nicely with the Grenache Blanc, keeping it taut and fresh while enhancing the melon-y flavors. The 2% of Viognier, while not announcing itself in any obvious way, certainly serves its purpose in brightening up the nose. There’s a hint of funk - which I like - mixed with mineral vibrancy to keep you on your toes. An awesome partner with my fish tacos and mango-cilantro slaw. — a month ago