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2015 Arista Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. 14.6% alcohol. OK folks, so I just tasted a Ferren Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot in my beloved city of Charleston last weekend. And the common denominator here is Mr Matt Courtney. This is maybe a half rung down the ladder from the Ferren. A brother from another mother, so to speak. Expressive nose of Caramel corn, espresso and anise. On the palate, black cherry cola, blueberry syrup and smokey, earthy notes. Well integrated, layered, complex. Wonderful structure. Lengthy finish. Matt Courtney is quickly headed for superstardom in my humble opinion. And his Chardonnay's have knocked my socks off as well. If your palate is aligned with mine, don't wait to jump on the Arista and Ferren bandwagon. You won't be disappointed. — 18 days ago
2013 Aubert "Sugar Shack" Chardonnay. 15% alcohol. Ever had a Crème Brûlée prepared by Chef Charlie Trotter? Well, I have, as part of a meal prepared for me at Chef's Kitchen Table. Still the best meal, and restaurant evening of my life. Etched indelibly in my memory. That night, I poured and shared with Charlie a bottle of Sine Qua Non "The Bride." Opened with several other SQN's, but my only bottle of The Bride. And I remember how much we enjoyed it, and dissected it and just lived that evening. A moment in time. Impossible to comprehend and fully appreciate at the time, but a cherished memory down the road of life. Well, this wine brought me back to that evening many years ago. That's the cool thing about wine for me. The memories it can evoke. Sort of like a song can take you back, a wine can help you time travel. This beautiful golden wine also has notes of buttered popcorn and almonds on the nose, along with honeysuckle, apricot and peach marmalade and crushed white flowers. Incredibly rich on the palate. Opulent. Viscous. Powerful. Long, lingering finish. Only comparison for me, 2001 Cochran-Drury Corton-Charlemagne. Thanks for the memories @Aubert Wines — a month ago
2015 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. I think we all know Jamie's story, stock trader turned winemaker, so I'll not repeat it here. Suffice it to say that I lived vicariously through him for years as he apprenticed with Michael Browne and then graduated to his own label. A nicer man you will never meet ( and he knows a thing or two about Porsche as well). Expressive nose of cherries, plums, menthol and forest floor. The palate is slightly sweet with cherries, black raspberry, clove and a touch of oak and brambles. In recent years, Jamie has progressed away from the big, over-the-top, high alcohol Pinots currently dominating the California market. This wine has an earthy, Burgundian character with mouth-watering acidity and smooth tannins. 12.9% alcohol. I see your vision Jamie @kutchwines and I'm still interested in that 912.) — 2 months ago
2008 Sami-Odi 'Hoffmann Dallwitz' MCMXII Syrah
Sourced from 94 vines, planted between 1888 & 1912.
Harvested 14th March 2008.
Yields of 32 hectolitres per hectare.
388 Bottles filled.
Label: ‘Villie-Morgon’ postcard;
Image sourced Paris 2008. A special treat from my friends @chuck_gudas in conspiracy with @fraser_mckinley, a rare treat of an early Sami-Odi offering. We decanted this wine for several hours, and then re-visited 24 hours later, and the wine continued to evolve and improve. Explosive nose of freshly baked cherry pie. More bright red fruits on the palate with a brambley undertone, and soft silky tannins. Wonderful mouth feel with a long, lingering finish. Thank you Chuck and Fraser! — 23 days ago
2014 Hammell Wine Alliance El Crüe Rose’. Along with SQN, the only Rose' I always decant. Three hours in the big glass vessel. Definitely not your Grand Dad's Rose'. 15.5% alcohol. Huge, full throttle style, but done with finesse. The bright red color of a red cream soda. Fresh cut flowers and strawberries on the nose. A guava-papaya-raspberry smoothie on the palate. You'll be hard-pressed to find a lengthier finish on a Rose'. I vaguely remember Mr Hammell suggesting drinking as opposed to holding, but this wine probably has some longevity based on tonight's performance. If you haven't sought out Mr Hammell's wines up to now, I strongly suggest you jump on the train before it departs the station. This guy is good. @Hammell — a month ago
2008 Sine Qua Non "The Duel" Grenache. "Two Losers, Two Winners." 15.8% alcohol. Yet another less than perfect Wine Advocate scorer, but if that's not perfection screaming from my glass right now, it's mighty close. Expressive nose of lilacs, dark fruits, anise and fresh baked blueberry pie. On the palate, a potpourri of liquefied purple flowers and sweet kirsch. Typical SQN satisfying and lengthy finish. I think I would have to be tasting all these barrel aged wines side by side by side before I might be able to rank them, and even then, I expect it would be difficult to distinguish a 10 from a 9.8. I've not found much that can approach Manfred's barrel aged wines for shear opulence. Maybe @justinsmith and @saxumvineyards Bone Rock in a great year, or perhaps @philippecambie with his Clos Saint Jean Sanctus Sanctorum. Let's face it, my followers know I'm perhaps Manfred's biggest fan. Would I let ya'll know if I tasted an SQN that was anything less than great? So far, we haven't had to worry as we've not even been close. — 2 months ago
2012 Greer Cabernet Sauvignon. My outright favorite Napa cab right now. 4 hour decant, crimson color, this wine has a killer explosive nose of dark fruits, cinnamon, baking spices, menthol and flint. Maybe a hint of flowers for @DAG Chocolate covered cherries, cocoa and espresso mid palate, and a touch of nutmeg with moderate trademark Rutherford dusty tannins in just the right proportion. Dense and concentrated. Not for the old world palate, which puts it squarely in my wheelhouse. Beautifully layered with a silky mouth feel, and a lingering finish. Just a baby, but who can resist pulling the cork. I'm obsessed with Greer. For the money, this Cabernet simply cannot be beat. A case of Greer or a bottle of Screagle? Seriously? If your palate is on the same page as mine, get you some. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. You rock Rob Greer. — 2 months ago
Ferren 2014 Lancel Creek Chardonnay. Winemaker Matt Courtney, former assistant to Helen Turley, The Goddess of Wine, at Marcassin. Back up the truck, and get all the Ferren you can afford. Petroleum and toasty oak along with peaches, pears and spice box on both the nose and palate. Also picking up some butterscotch and toasted marshmallow. Super lush and creamy texture. Decant the mofo out of this one. It will gain complexity and weight. Tremendous finish. One of the best Chardonnays I've tasted in quite some time. Right up there with Marcassin in my estimation. Nice job Matt! — 24 days ago
2013 Cayuse "God Only Knows" Grenache. James Brown would have loved this wine because it has more funk than his 1967 hit, "Cold Sweat." I wish I could add it as background music to this post. A huge masculine profile wine, this Grenache really stands alone. Difficult to think of a comparison. Maybe Châteauneuf du Pape on steroids? Framboise, sage, lavender and some black olives intertwined on the nose just below that funk. On the palate, Unami and shiitake mushrooms olive tapenade and roasted game with some pomegranate and boysenberry jam mixed in. When I read that, it doesn't sound very enticing, but believe me, its spectacular. Flirts with perfection structurally. Tremendously rich. Beautifully long finish. Maybe not up to the 12, just different. Love all things Christophe Baron. — a month ago
2003 Merry Edwards 30th Anniversary Pinot Noir. From Merry: "Three distinguished vineyards provided grapes for this special wine. 72% came from the last vintage harvested at Windsor Gardens, blended with 21% Olivet Lane and 7% Quail Hill Ranch. These venerable old vines have all seen more than thirty vintages and harmonize in celebration of my first three decades of winemaking. I made just 333 cases of this luscious wine." A gift from a friend, bricky appearance showing some age. Bright cherry cola and rose petals on the nose. On the palate, black cherry, boysenberry, clove, caramel, mocha and some earthy notes. Fruity without being jammy. Good acidity. Rich and velvety. Well-structured with medium tannin. Best description: delicate and graceful. Lengthy and enjoyable finish. — 2 months ago