This Chenin Blanc from Israel is drinking very nicely now.
Medium bodied with medium acidity.
Showing a lovely nose with flowers.
Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, bitter herbs, spices, light earth and white pepper.
Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle, and good by itself or with food. I had it a year ago, and it is drinking nicer now.
12.5% alcohol by volume.
$30. — a day ago
Drank on 5/23/21
Bought from WineText, shared with Chris Lynch, Wes, Elizabeth and Riley at Wes and Elizabeth‘s.
There’s a spectrum of colored fruit to this well-balanced Cotes de Rousillon that I decanted for 15 minutes before drinking. The decanting did the wine some good, allowing the fruits to shine through the gaminess/leather on initial sniff. Ripe blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, currant, and graphite notes along with slight eucalyptus, licorice and black pepper notes.
The wine isn’t very elegant but has a strong “delicious” factor. Strong acidity, firm tannins, and medium-plus body went well with Riley’s NY strip steak topped with gorgonzola—served with corn and rice. A crowd pleaser. 95 points RP? Meh. — a month ago
Had this in an early stage. Dark w/ lots of black licorice. Completely different wine tonight. This is what I look for by waiting on wine.
The nose shows floral, ripe, bright, slightly candied fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, poached to baked strawberries, raspberries, powdery lead pencil, dark, rich forest floor w/ leaves, dark & mid spices, black licorice, mixed berry cola, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, soft leather, fresh tobacco, dry, crushed limestone, river stone, dark, red, blue florals framed in violets.
The mouthfeel is gorgeous. The palate shows its relationship w/ its big brother. The length & balance are excellent. Integration is finally showing like a non stubborn 2000 or one that is finally ready. Floral, ripe, bright, slightly candied fruits of; dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, poached to baked strawberries, raspberries, powdery lead pencil, dark, rich forest floor w/ leaves, dark & mid spices, black licorice, mixed berry cola for days, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanillin, soft leather, fresh tobacco, dry, crushed limestone, moist grey clay, river stone, dark, red, blue florals soaked in violets. The acidity is full warm spring day. The well knitted & balanced finish stuns. Starts fruit forward, cola that fall onto earthy perfection.
Elegant, complex wine candy w/ a 3 1/2 hour decant.
Cheers to the King of steak - Allen Brothers & the King of Cabernet - Latour. — 6 days ago
Popped, 1.5 hrs slow ox. Used a Durand to open, and the cork was probably penetrated 7/8 of the way through with a soft crimson hue, but probably could have opened this with a regular corkscrew. A sublime bottle of wine. I adore this BDX vintage, and this btl was no exception. Pitch perfect aromas of soft cedar, charcoal, smoke, dries bluberry and raspberry. Gorgeous on the palate, with a still present juicy acidic core, lovely density, waves of dried fruit, secondary and tertiary flavors and a very soft tannic finish. — 19 days ago
Body: medium minis
Tannin: fine, light to med minus tannins
Fruit: red fruit, raspberry, not too fruit forward
Non fruit: hit of coco, vanilla
Wood: some oak flavor and spice but subtle and not overwhelming
Other: really good wine. Still very youthful. — 13 days ago
Tad tired from good vintage — 8 days ago