Dark, deep purple color. Lovely aroma of roses, ripe red/black plums and wood-stove. Flavors are elegant and meaty. Some savory, chewy parts and plenty of bing cherry. Also has an inky streak. This is a great cooler climate Zin. Drinks a bit like Merlot, but has a hazelnut or chestnut thing that sings pure Zin. — 13 days ago
Velvety. Dry. Black cherry. With a Buckcherry rock n roll vibe! I’m digging — 20 days ago
The mouthfeel is a velvet glove. Just gorgeous and soft on the palate. Its hit a good phase & will still improve for another 7-10 years. Floral fruits with a raspberry heavy lean, blackberries, dark cherries, suppressed blackberries/black raspberries and a touch blue fruits. Soft graphite, used leather, dark rich soil, dry stone, crushed rock powder, fresh tobacco with brilliant florals that are purple, blue and framed in a field of violets. The acidity round & beautiful. The long elegant, well knitted & balance finish shows all the aged finesse & elegance that is classically Marqaux.
Photos of; Chateau Lascombes, modern & stylish barrel room and our Allen Brothers Ribcap, Crispy Potato Wedges and Caramelized Cooked Carrots. — 17 days ago
WNH zoom tasting - Gamay night - balanced with low medium acidity and low tannins if any - tons of black cherries and black raspberries- no length but perfect thanksgiving wine - works well with the white tender meat - light to medium body - drink soon and takes a few minutes to open - would serve lightly chilled fir best flavors — 9 days ago
This is extremely youthful as a 1967 gets. Yet, it shows its elegant bottle age.
The nose reveals classic Valpolicella. Sour dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, raisins, stew plums, raspberries, poached/baked strawberries, rhubarb, bright fruit liqueur, Kirsch cherries, licorice/cola notes, cognac/brandy hues, touch of V/A-bandaid, dark, rich earth sandstone, fresh tobacco leaf, tomatoes with leaf, hints of sage, eucalyptus/mint notes, dry top soils, crushed rock powder, with fresh & withering; red, dark, blue and purple florals.
The body is; lush, rich, round & juicy. Excellent viscosity. Sour dark cherries dry raisins, dates, blackberries, black raspberries, stew plums, raspberries, poached/baked strawberries, rhubarb, bright fruit liqueur, Kirsch cherries, licorice/cola notes, cognac/brandy hues, touch of V/A-bandaid, dark, rich earth sandstone, river stone, fresh tobacco leaf, tomatoes with leaf, hints of sage, eucalyptus/mint notes, dry top soils, crushed rock powder, with bright, fresh & withering; red, dark, blue and purple florals. The acidity is flat out sick. The tension, structure, balance & length are a stunning rare treat with a wine of this age. The long, beautiful finish is; well knitted, polished and extremely elegant. It is true wire to wire
For the most part, the older Valpolicella gets the better it is!
Photos of; their barrel room, hillside vineyard, library & aging cellar & our Allen Brother’s Ribcap with Christina’s Potato Wedges & cooked carrots. — 17 days ago
2014 vintage. This is great wine from Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.
The nose is full blown blueberries with cloves, smokiness and black pepper. More a combination of Washington State and Northern Rhone.
Tasting, bright blue/black fruit with hints of mint, sagebrush and bacon......mmmmmm.....who doesn’t like bacon??
This wine finishes so smooth with acids and tannins in beautiful harmony and balance.
— a month ago
Dark plums & blackberries, blood, iron, violets, pronounced black pepper, some crushed rock, too.
Delightfully surprising on the palate - light & smooth yet quite austere & with great purity at the same time. Beautifully poised, fresh, with finely grained tannins and loads of of character. What a wine! Must be peaking right now. — 8 days ago
Brambly black fruit - fresh, crushed, juicy - with a big pinch of pepper. Add to this a bit of violets and some crushed rock - this is not a shy wine.
Poised & balanced on the palate with juicy acidity, fine tannins and a sense of place. Quite elegant, too.
Shows Cinsault stand-alone can make a really nice wine. — 15 days ago
Domaine de la Rentiere, La Rèniere 2018
Dark & ripe with an enticing nose full of violets, crushed rock, pencil shavings, black currant leaf, some cassis... and underneath this a blend of crushed black currants, roast and only at the end, the famous green bell peppers / a whiff of tobacco leaf.
Layered & quite complex on the palate with rich juicy, fleshy tannins and generous ripe fruit. Nicely balanced and with good depth.
A lovely wine from a nice, warm & ripe vintage. — 24 days ago