So a few years ago I started my Merlot Thursday series, where I drink Merlot every Thursday. This is actually the wine that started it all. After watching the movie sideways a few times, I decided to try to get Merlot back in the game.
This wine was on my wishlist for a long long time, and I'm glad I am able to try it, finally.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Showing a beautiful nose with great complexity,
Dry on the palate and elegant.
Showing red and black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, coffee, graphites, vegetables and herbs.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a great experience. A delicious Merlot based Bordeaux blend from Saint Emilion. Not from the best vintage, but at this level of wine making, it is almost always gorgeous.
Feels young and would continue to age nicely in the next few decades.
Showing great complexity and mouthfeel. I loved the nose much better than the palate.
Robert Parker 93 points. Wine Spectator 93 points.
I had it after 6 hours of airtime. I really wanted to love it even more, but it is what it is. Got to keep it real.
A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc.
13.5% alcohol by volume.
$700. — 12 days ago
Slightly hazy (unfined and unfiltered) straw gold. Inviting nose and medium bodied palate of underripe quince, citrus rind, and balsam with a bit of extra "texture" (light tannin?) from the process. Medium acidity shows from entry to lengthy, lemony finish. Russell Bevan does it again. A luscious California SB treated like it's baby boy, CS, yields a white wine that's ready for fuller fare like roasted pork or fowl, swordfish or shark, or a melange of firm roots and greens. Not your mother's SB. Drink now through 2025. — 8 days ago
Nose has under-ripe peach, lemon zest, cold chalk and wet beach sand.
Palate has pineapple core, dried lemon, sea spray and dehydrated peach.
Nice balanced acidity, no real herbal notes to speak of, a different expression than the traditional style. This wine should have a long life ahead, drink 2024-31.
The inaugural, single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc for Saracina from the Lolonis Vineyard; possibly some of the oldest SB vines in the US, planted in 1942.
On the Lawn at Tanglewood this afternoon with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Our conductor Andris Nelsons and pianist Paul Lewis collaborate on the third of three concerts encompassing all five of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos in one weekend. Today's program includes OGONEK (Starling Variations, 2022; world premiere), FARRENC (Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Opus. 36) and BEETHOVEN (Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Opus 73, Emperor). This weekend has been an auditory pleasure, enjoying all five of Beethoven's piano concerti, and what a finale today! — 10 days ago
This is a very tasty Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley.
Lighter on the nose and dry on the palate, with medium plus acidity.
Showing limes, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, light earth and white pepper.
Showing nice complexity with a soft mouthfeel. Juicy and entertaining.
Better on the palate and simpler the nose.
Nicely balanced, crisp and refreshing, and good by itself or with food. A good party wine too.
I paired it with fresh oysters.
12.5% alcohol by volume.
$27. — 8 days ago
Light golden in color with a yellow tint.
Strong nose of gooseberry, limes, grapefruits, light earth, green apples, spices, grass and light sea salt.
Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.
Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter herbs, light vegetables, light tropical fruits, spices, earth and white pepper.
Long finish with light almonds and spices.
This is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc based blend from Napa Valley.
Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Has a light creamy feel, which is very enjoyable.
Nicely balanced and tangy, with a soft mouthfeel.
Showing nice complexity, which you don't usually see at this young age. I can see it getting even better in the next 3 years.
I had it all by itself by the pool.
A blend of 73% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Chardonnay and 13% Malvasia. Aged for 7 months in used French oak barrels. A small production of 600 cases.
14.2% alcohol by volume.
$60. — 10 days ago
Pale yellow with aromas of ripe white stone and citrus fruits with dried floral grassy notes, aged on lees for 5 months. On the palate flavors of rich apple and lemon with crisp acidity and pronounced mineral notes. Medium+ finish, ending with creamy citrus, herb and flinty mineral character. Good now and will improve over next several years! — 7 days ago
Superb nose with green apple, wax, pear, a tiny touch of honey and a tiny bit of reduction at first, that went away after a short while in the glass. The palate is very precise with a laser beam acid drive, some matter and a nice mouthfeel, apple and pear notes, and a long, clean and fresh finish with the same fruit notes. I had it along a nice scampi ravioles dish in fish espuma and it was a perfect pairing. — 5 days ago
Pop and pour. A breathtaking light straw color. On the nose: green apple, pear, lime, touch of banana. Taste: soft, juicy wine with lemon, grass, honeydew melon, chalky minerals, and a metallic grapefruit. Nothing special, may need a little more time. Cheers! — 2 days ago