My annual bottle of the best rose on earth. Nose starts off a bit funky but the classic Simone sweet berries are apparent (strawberries in particular are there), wet hay, loads of earthy type red flowers as well. After around 10 minutes of air the nose is so good. Funk is gone and it’s just haunting. Smells like a fresh meadow. The strawberry fruit is so vivid. But that palate is just ridiculous. Super complex, super elegant and super concentrated but this is so nimble it’s damn near perfect rose. What a vintage for this wine. Wow! The structure here is remarkable and the wine has quite a bit of tannins which as we all know ensures that this wine ages better than any rose around. But because it is rose, by nature it is approachable when young. Fantastic, layered crescendo of a finish. This is to be enjoyed now or in 5-10 or 15 years.
Wow the nose is a confectionery freak show now. Only open 10+ minutes. — 2 days ago
Nose has peaches, white florals, orange zest, raspberries and chalk dust.
Palate has dehydrated strawberry, faint red grapefruit, green melon, chalky minerals (dry) with some salinity on the finish.
A sub-$15 (might have been less, didn't write the price on the label as I generally do...) winner from Costco; I'm not the least disappointed. — 2 days ago
From a nice old-looking bottle with a fill into the neck. Reddish tawny color. Bright fruit-forward nose. Notes of red fruit, spice, red flowers, mint and some moist forest earth. Great aromatics. Decent fruit remaining with nicely integrated tannins and great, balanced structure. This improved over the evening... quiet at first (despite 4+ hours of decanter time), but showed its stuff later on. — 8 days ago
Dang, this wine has such a unique, complex expression, hopping across layered aroma and flavor categories! It’s a 2014 Rogue Vine, Grand Itata Tinto, Los Amigos Red Blend hailing from the granite hills of ITATA in Southern Chile.
This wine is made with 95% Cinsault and 5% Pais varieties, coming from organically grown, dry-farmed (no irrigation), bush-trained vines that are over 60 years old!!
This wine has a pale ruby hue with secondary garnet influences.
On the nose, it has developing, intense aromas of black cherry, strawberry, anise, mint, eucalyptus, potpourri, clove, black olive, rooibos tea, tobacco, cigar, peat moss, and leather.
On the palate this wine is dry, it has medium acidity, medium alcohol (12.8%), a medium body, medium(-) tannins, and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. The finish lingers.
I love that this wine is the product of a fierce passion, shared by friends (and friends of friends), who have committed themselves to producing expressive Itata wines that are gulpably delicious! Salud! — 4 days ago
A blend of 30% Mourvedre, 30% Consult and 40% Syrah. Batroun District.
Pale, rosey pink. This offers a deep nose of crushed wet granite and a suggestion of red fruits. On the palate this offers an energetic, mineral tinged, savory character that echos a few Catalan reds with extended skin/lees contact I've tasted. It seems more about place and soil than fruit and is quite interesting.
My wife described it as 'spicy.' Probably not the best bottle to have been pulled for girl's night!
With more air on day three this shows a dried/crushed rose petal and cardamom note. — 9 days ago
Aged for at least five years in the Lanson cellars before disgorgement, a blend of Grand Cru wines from the Côte des Blancs, classic Blanc de Blancs, 100% Chardonnay, pale lemon, fine bubble flow and light mousse, aromas of fresh stone fruits, warm biscuits and hints of floral notes. On the palate fresh fruit flavors of white peaches and crisp apple with hints of citrus zest. Long finish ending with rich refreshing yeasty mineral character. Nice! — 8 days ago
Blend of 37% Merlot, 30% Petite Sirah, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Malbec, aged for 20 months (Petite Sirah in American Oak-25% new) & (Bordeaux varieties in French oak 35% new), deep Ruby with aromas of ripe black fruits, spice and sweet notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry, black cherry and currants with baking spice, vanilla oak and cacao notes. Fine tannins, long finish ending with fruit, floral, cacao and vanilla oak. Tasting well now, good for another 5+ years in cellar. — 2 days ago
NV (2018 fruit); Last bottle! 🙁 Still delicious and prior notes apply.
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! — 9 days ago
Blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Malbec & 6% Petit Verdot, deep Ruby with aromas of ripe red berry fruits, spice and earthy notes. On the palate flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cacao with toasty oak, well balanced. Fine tannins, long finish ending with fruit, sweet spice and earthy toasty oak character. — 2 days ago
ginger candy, nougat, rye bread, and faint notes of numerous tropical & citrus fruits w apples & pears
palate as above but add minerality, limestone chalkiness, and tonic ~ as well as golden sultanas to the broad fruit profile
very forward and focused ~ slight mid palate ~ good length ~ delivers a wealth of complexity in a compact space — 7 days ago