30 years Retail/wholesale wine sales. In other words, "I drink...a lot!"
Gold in the glass with very little aroma at first. As it warmed lemon curd, ripe pear and lanolin notes flowed. The central core of this 3 year old Chenin is structure, weight, and smooth as silk creaminess. Beautiful acid/ fruit balance at this stage; the wine improved as it warmed. Left me wanting more. One of the single best price for quality wines in California, if not the world. Hats off, Tegan. Every bottle rocks! — 2 days ago
Disgorgement date April 2016. Like drinking stars... bright, light, ethereal... imagine grand cru burgundy with the tiniest pinprick bubbles gushing flavors of ripe pear and green apple... a true bargain if you can find it...absolute elegance and weightless brilliance. — 2 months ago
Darker in color... richer in taste... higher in ABV than normal— reflecting the warmth of the vintage. Bright sour cherry notes with nice mid - weight palate. I do love the style, but prefer 2011 and 2013. Decent Valentine quaff with Squab and Filet. — 3 days ago
Simply amazing for depth and complexity. Color in the glass was pretty vivid gold... real power and weight on the palate. Perfect foil for 5 pounds of king crab... could be in top three champagnes I’ve experienced... tropical fruit like kiwi, mango, passion fruit waft across the palate... not heavy, but substantial...rich and multi-faceted. Wine of the day against some truely heavy competition. — 2 months ago
Bright, lively citrus galore. Lots of acidity and nuance... so much more complete and compelling than the delightful 09...balance, nuance, intensity... the wine is alive in the mouth shooting bright stars of lemon head sweet/sour notes all over. The longer it was open, the warmer it got... the more it charmed instead of assaulting the tastebuds. A glorious glass of French charm. — 2 months ago
60/40 Carignan/Grenache...Opened as midweek foil for Filets and Bakers. Showing little sign of age... vibrant dark berry notes with noticeable ABV... bit more “modern” and fruit/forward than expected. Recall buying two of these at 50% discount. Probably at $15-20 a far price...but tasted fully “Parkerized”. Little if any sense of terroir or connection with place. — 24 days ago
Way too soon for this stud of a wine, but I needed to compare it side by side with Cristal 08. Big, bold, in your face... lots of structure and acidity... notes of Apple core and lemon pith...best Dom I’ve had... but only showing glimpses of future glory. Sharing lots of nuance and notes with the Cristal... on this day the brooding power of the Dom came across a bit more dumb and slumbering. Patience required! — 2 months ago