Popped and poured; noticeably darker than the two 2014's. Initially, this was cherries, damp forest floor, some mushroom and a little funk. After a couple of hours, this became really interesting. It gained some weight and added sun-dried tomatoes and a smokey, burned toast thing. In fact, I thought it had a rather remarkable Spaghetti-O's and Meatballs smell and I was alright with that. I realize that sounds crazy but once I mentioned it, that's what everyone else smelled too. LOL! The finish was long and savory. The tannins are still firm but well integrated. The 2010 "Loreto" delivered until the very last sip, nearly five hours after opening. This was a fantastic showing. Drink or Hold until 2025. — 2 days ago
The dark wine gives some amazing aromas on its nose. Black cherry, plum and chocolate hit the strongest, while the leather and tobacco I expected to shine took a back seat. The palate is savory, with the dark fruit carrying a load of earth and minerals. Tannic structure is still bristling with youth, and the wine finishes with baking chocolate. Have it with any kind of meat, but keep it on the table for dessert, hopefully something chocolatey. — a day ago
Aromas of Cherry Spice Pepper and Earth. Northern Rhone in style. Like this interpretation of Aussie Shiraz. Medium bodied with medium minus tannins. Probably my favourite Under $30 Red wine in Australia. This is the 2nd wine to the big gun “Langi” from this producer. From the Grampians District in Central Victoria. — 3 days ago
James Suckling says this is Ducru’s second wine. Wine Enthusiast says this is no longer their second wine. Wine Spectator says it’s no longer their second wine...”per se.” I believe the issue in question is where the fruit is sourced from and it appears the fruit is no longer sourced from the same vineyards as the grand vin, thus the reticence to actually call it a true second wine. Call it what you will, it’s delightful. Exhibiting a lovely finesse and balance, the nose is chalk full of mint, clove, red cherries, and tobacco. On the palate ripe blackberries, cherries, and hen of the wood. Fine grained tannins with great balance, this is very drinkable at this point in its lifespan. Medium-bodied, relatively light on its feet, and delicious. Fun Fact: Croix no longer shares a common label with the grand vin; the new label (shown in picture) being an entirely fresh and unique design created by Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger. — a day ago
The owners of Hobel Wines came to town and put on a nice tasting, while also detailing their history. Very nice people and wines. They make two wines, both Cabernets from Calistoga. TRB is the winemaker.
Sorry for the generic pic. Forgot to take a pic of the bottle at the tasting.
En mag. 8-9yrs old and drinking well. Couldn’t tell if it was tired or just needed more of a decant. Acidity had really mellowed out, fruit was very pure and ripe (raspberries and blackberries) and it was beginning to channel some leather and clay notes. — 5 days ago
The funny thing is that you aspect a crisp vertical wine and I dare to say this label is exceptionally well made every vintage I have tasted. Potential to age unlimited
You get so much flesh with chablis like minerality which you very rarely meet
Yes still super young but also very enjoyable already — 4 days ago
Deep purple in color and cloudy, with a short reddish /brick rim.
Beautiful nose of blueberries, black plums, vanilla, wood, spices, forest floor, tobacco leaf, wet cave, medicine, vegetables, black pepper, acetone, old leather and earth.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and nice legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, spices, peppercorn, leather, smoke, dark coffee, earth, wet leaves, herbs, vinaigrette and vegetables.
Medium plus on the finish with sour cherries and fine grained tannins.
This 9 year old Syrah from Russian River Valley is still drinking nicely, although on the way out.
Unbalanced with a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity.
Good right out of the bottle and died after 90 minutes of airtime. After 60 minutes tannins come out.
I really liked the nose more than the palate, and loved smelling on it.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
14.3% alcohol by volume. Unfiltered.
$75. — 7 days ago
Even at 9yrs of age, this is a fairly rich expression of Dr Crane. It had signature notes of smoke, tar and graphite but was accompanied by black cherry cordial, ripe blackberry and fig. The core of this wine is certainly powerful and the finish is chalky and tannic but showing a touch of sweetness. Wonderful. — 2 days ago