This bottle was provided by a friend at a recent outdoor social gathering. A very unusual blend of 40% Pinot Blanc, 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. In fact, I can’t recall ever having a champagne that was blended with more than three of the seven permissible varieties. I wish I had more time to spend with this wine but the setting wasn’t very conducive to a thorough analysis. That being said, I took some brief notes. Popped and poured; consumed under an hour. A pleasant mix of pear, lemon, citrus blossom with chalky minerals. The finish was round and quite saline…and rather delightful! Almost quaffable. This wine had a texture that sort of played with my ability to accurately judge the acidity but I settled on medium+…but I think the acid is pretty sneaky. The finish was long and satisfying. Probably my favorite bottle from Philipe Fontaine to date. No disgorgment date stated on the label. — 7 days ago
From mag. I was very nervous about this as the cork was partially pushed out and weirdly moist under the foil. But it was totally gorgeous—go figure. The wine is in a great place, high toned raspberry and cherry, sauvage and animalistic, herbal, mesquite, feral but composed and texturally resolved. — 23 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, sweet plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, dried figs, wet leaves, raisins, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, earth, herbs and peppercorn.
Full bodied with medium acidity, bold and spicy.
Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, raisins, dried figs, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee and mocha.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a great Amarone. Nicely aged, big and tasty. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime. I did not decant it, but only let it open in the bottle.
This 12 year old from an excellent vintage is peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.
Delicious by itself or with food. I paired it with a delicious pizza with prosciutto and fresh arugula.
A blend of 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella and 10% Croatina. Aged in French oak barrels for 30 months. 800 cases produced.
16% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 3 days ago
Classic Ridge. Not enormously complex but nothing not to like. Big and round. Dark red fruit. No tannin and not cab level sweetness. Great with a tomahawk ribeye and asparagus. — 18 days ago
Pop and pour, notes from 1 hr open. Better than I remember my last btl being, but still not up to the level of that first '11. On the nose: lavender, incense, loads of garrigue, and soft red raspberry..very pure grenache. On the palate: serious acidity, hi-toned red raspberry, more herbal notes, with some salinity, almost olive brine/game, though I believe this is 100% grenache, and attenuated tannin on the finish. This has taken a very savory turn, and the tannin on the finish is slightly attenuated. Yum! — 12 hours ago
Vintage 2018 | at château Pigoudet oenologist Ivan Khougazian got a free hand to create the dream Provence rosé he always wanted to make, told @Diederick Swagemakers to me. He created this Signature cuvée from Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Very light salmon colour. Spicyness in smell: thyme especially. Powerful yet elegant taste, with that special quality that you can drink it like lemonade. Só dangerous! Thrilling quaffability. Great effort. Paired with carpaccio at Sunday Lunch. And cheeses. | Must buy more, as the wine can age without doubt. — 5 days ago