Wine biz in NYC in 80s. Sucked at sales. Since 90s, a lawyer. Much better at buying and drinking than selling.
March Madness and Ripasso and rich pasta (not pictured). Great combo. The 2013 iteration of this wine is once again a great value. Richly fruity, with some of those Amarone pruny notes (in a good way), and some gravelly notes in the background. Rich but dry, and with pretty good acidity. Nice balance. Maybe one of the best versions of this I’ve had. — 7 days ago
This wine is 6 years old and has essentially zero sediment. That means a heavy-duty filtration, which causes me to think, how much flavor did they strip out? Putting that aside, this is very good. Classic scents of brambly dark blackberry and a hint of dark maple syrup, and smoky gravel. In the mouth, it’s large framed, and would benefit from a bit more flesh and fruit. But that’s quibbling. It went very nicely with my mesquite grilled hangar steak. — 12 days ago
Fresh and loaded with stony minerality and tart cherry fruit, this wine drinks like it’s 3 years old, not 10 years old. Very nice notes of cherry liqueur pop up in the lengthy, minerally finish. Great acidity, and the tannins have pretty much packed their bags and left. Great value. — 20 days ago
Ridiculous value. The story is that this vineyard used to be called Le Dos d’Ane, and was a 1er cru in Meursault. But a cranky bunch of locals didn’t like it when these guys bought the plot and wanted to add some topsoil, so they booted it out of “official” Meursault altogether.
Well, blind, I would guess Meursault, so lucky me for around $25. Lemon oil dropped though wet, chalky earth. Honey and straw. Great acids. Crisp, lengthy, mouth-watering. — 12 days ago
Needs air to open up, bit once it does it gives off scents of exotically spiced cherry syrup (if that’s a thing), cracked granite, and pound cake. More focused and possessing more tension than most of the four-square ‘15s I’ve had, it’s still pretty full bodied, and has some tannin to resolve in the darkly-minerally finish. Very distinctive! — 3 days ago
Unique style. Nose has identifiably PN sappy cherry fruit, but with a good dose of brambly twigs and chalky minerality. The palate is uncompromisingly dry and is all about the minerality. Crisp and light for 13%. I’d compare this to a cross between an Auxerrois Pinot and a red Sancerre from a cool year.
UPDATE: Night 2 there is more weight in the mouth and more fruit presence. Seems more complete. Upping from 8.8 to 9.0 — 9 days ago
Nose has very funky, tangy, deep berries, along with very nice granite minerality. Round in the mouth, with lots of tangy fruit on entry, but transitioning quickly to very clingy stony mineral notes that fade only slowly. Very soft and nicely balanced. — 13 days ago