We opened a 2014 Paolo Bea “Santa Chiara” that was horribly corked and we were so gutted by the experience that we decided an immediate and measured response was necessary to make up fo the tragedy. So we opened a 2016 Granato. Aaaaaand, this was an absolute show-stopper for everyone who got to try it. Bright red fruit, minerals, and sex. Drink now with patience (last glass was best) or hold out for more. — 6 days ago
A new Italian wine to me, courtesy of @Mark Flesher opening this alongside his ‘16 Kistler Hudson. I tend to enjoy my Italian wines with bigger fruit and this one was pretty close to hitting that. Still has classic notes of tar, rose petal and bing cherries, but the fruit has shed its harsh tartness of its youth with age and is channeling some darker mulled traits. Mark mentioned cola as a note when we were tasting this and I think that was one of the main notes that stood out here. — 10 days ago
Wowsers. Psyched to have a case left downstairs. Pure expression of terroir, lime zest, sea salt, meyer lemon balanced by a beautiful body — 24 days ago
Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.
What a great vintage. Its tannin structure will outlive the 09 and anyone 45 and older. The 2010 is a forever vintage and while different than 09, it will undoubtedly be just as great. It’s just going to take a lot more bottle age than the 09.
The body is full and round. The tannins have rounded but are still big and chewy. It’s more concentrated than 09. The fruit is really beautiful and again perfectly ripe. Dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, dark plum, poached strawberries with hints of raspberries. Soft soil structure; dry top soil, moist clay, medium intensity dark spice, fresh tobacco, dry herbs, crushed rock powder, with dark, withering florals with violets. The texture is velvety. The structure and tension are big. The length and balance are worthy of its perfect score. For me, it’s just not there, yet! The acidity is really good. The long, lush, ripe, well balanced, polished finish is deliciously persistent.
Photos of; our dinner group, tasting room at Pontet Canet, the horse plows they still use in the fields and Chateau Pontet Canet. — 10 days ago
Wasn’t sure what to expect from this 9 year old. Cork has that aged, permeated stain. Pours crimson. Nose is a tight integration of red fruits, white flowers, and white pepper. Palette shows racy yet controlled acid and a follow through of the nose. Very nice showing and vibrant. — 4 days ago
Mid Lemon in colour. Stone fruits on nose and palate. The big peaches and cream style. A typical delicious Leeuwin Art Series palate of profound intensity with Oak playing a supporting role to the abundant ripe fruits. Medium minus acid. A big generous Art Series Chardonnay which went well with fresh prawns. I think I would need to drink the remaining 3 in the next 18 months. — 9 days ago
Trying this next to the ‘11 Marcassin was quite interesting. This was borderline reductive in profile. More Chablis like than typical Cali chard. At 9yrs though, the bright fruit has darkened a bit...golden pear, kumquat, sea spray aromatics. Tart on the palate with oyster shell and bruised Granny Smith apple. — 18 days ago
Zero pre-knowledge and I loved what I discovered. I didn’t realize this had a good nine years of age. It’s also the second Tokaji I’ve opened recently backed by Vega Sicilia. It has a golden copper hue. Concentrated syrup of sour apricots, lychee and starfruit with spiced edges. Canned fruit cocktail and cinnamon. — 5 days ago