1.5 hour decant (min sediment). A mysterious dark purplish ruby red color. On the nose: nice aromatics of dark cherry, vanilla, spice, a sweet licorice, floral. Taste: smooth, balanced, round wine with blackberry, dark chocolate, black pepper, little vanilla, earth, and a smokey espresso dry medium plus finish...a restrained kinda old world style (low 14% abv) Napa wine. Fun to drink this Saturday night. Cheers! — 3 months ago
A winemaking anomaly, Palo Cortado is a rare and mysterious Sherry style that “occurs” when a Fino fails to develop flor normally and begins to oxidize. Historically, these “deviant” casks would be marked with a crossed slash (“palo cortado”) to differentiate them from the rest, have their flor killed by fortifying the wine to 17-18 degrees and continue their life aging oxidatively like an Oloroso. They combine the aromatics of an Amontillado with the structure and smoothness of an Oloroso. This is a superb example by Cayetano del Pino, a venerable “almacenista” and one of the top Palo Cortado specialists. Intense nose with notes of orange peel and varnish. Smooth and powerful, with flavors of hazelnuts and a very long, subtly salty finish
— 2 years ago
Slipping into the weekend, workday done ✅, lawn mown ✅ and bottles chilling 🍾🧊, so it's time to relax before the heat wave hits us tomorrow. 🌞🏜️
This bottle appears more inline to our prior experiences with the 2017 iteration. Last bottle was an anomaly.
Nose has mashed black cherries & strawberries, new leather and minor anise notes. Quite Beaujolais-like.
Palate has tannic cherries, grilled fennel, under-ripe plum, wet gravel, nice acidity and a fresh/fruity quality.
A pretty good wine, I still feel the 2017 version has the edge over this 2018. — 2 years ago
Had forgotten about this one in the cellar. It’s a really nice “aged Southern Rhône” experience. So fragrant, with loads of rich mahogany and leather scents, iodine, sultry rich berries, crushed rock. Intense flavors that still show nice fruit. There is still a whack of tannin in the finish, which isn’t really drying out at all, amazingly. Probably an anomaly because this was a great and stacked and packed vintage when young. — 10 months ago
This will throw you off. First impression this is a young Rhône. First taste this a Rhône. The wine is all about power, full bodied, meaty. Not a lot of fruit nor any hard tannins. The wine is round and fills your mouth. Only on the back of your tongue you start experiencing some salinity and some of the typical barnyard Pinot. Not your regular clos de la roche, you either consider this as an anomaly or you can really like it. I decided to like it as a monumental effort but I am surprised it is a clos de l roche of one of the best producers. — 2 years ago
We had the 2013 Vintage on 8/16-17/20. The prior bottle was bad, an anomaly. This has all the characteristics and tastes of a good Napa floor Cab. Blackberry, cherry, cassis and vanilla. Full bodied, well balanced, fruit forward, New World wine. — 2 years ago
Cubillo is a beautiful anomaly in a sea of $25 wines.
It’s the youngest of the lot, but the signature stamp is there, so obviously LDH Tempranillo.
Velvet milk chocolate, ripe black cherries, brand new leather boots. Rich and loaded with cocoa and coffee and raisiny red berries.
It looks like motor oil. Heck it has almost a decade in bottle. Plenty of acid to smooth out over time.
We should be stock piling this - quality and price don’t intersect so well very often. — a year ago
Last vintage from Bressler, grapes going to Anomaly vineyards now. Was on the customer list at the start for a few years and still have 01 and 02 (popped an 02 a year ago and it was great) in the cellar. Grabbed some 2014s at a great price. For Napa, Bressler was always worth seeking...premium valley floor fruit, Mia Klein winemaker, and under $100 release price.
1 hour decant (little sediment). A splended inky dark magenta color. On the nose: floral, sandlewood, black cherry and plum, cedar, vanilla marshmallows. Taste: Elegant and smooth, soft tannins with blackberry, blueberry, chocolate, with a spicy cedar medium plus finish....ready to go another 15 years. — 2 years ago
Long forgotten in some backwoods Colorado wine shop's mini-fridge, and procured for about half of market rate after 15 years of bespoke provenance rolling through alpine summers and frigid winters. The fresh flavors long having evolved... euphemistically "matured" into deep nutty butterscotch and aged gouda and pear cider on the palate, and a deep gold on the eyes. In all honesty, this Phoenix like anomaly pairs extraordinarily with an aperitivi of parm and salumi after a day's cross country skiing in single digit mountain air. — 3 years ago