Easily drinkable red that tastes like mature wine without a lot of tannins. Somewhat sweet but not overpoweringly so. Only downside is it doesn’t have a lot of depth like a more expensive wine would. — a day ago
With Courtney, new place, half price. — 4 years ago
Delicate and delicious. Thanks, Courtney and Erik! — 5 years ago
Nose has charred cherry, dried blackberry, dehydrated cranberry, old wet leather, dried blueberries, saturated cedar plank and crushed fresh blueberries.
Palate has ripe/dried blueberries, light creamy oak, dark chocolate, dried strawberry, strawberry jam, rioevblackberry, violets and wet garden soil.
Finish is forever, tannins are velvet Elvis! I can't believe I'm commiting this to actual notes, but this might be the best Biale bottle we've ever had, and it's hard to top the equal vintage from the Monte Rosso vineyard. MR is dear to my heart from most producers, but this is epic. At peak enjoyment at only 11yo! Decanted 5H.
Paired to mesquite smoked pork chops from a 1/2 pig purchase from our dear farmer friend Courtney at Highland Farm (Old Chatham, NY). Please support your local resources. — a year ago
A wine slightly discombobulated yet obviously finding-its-way. It’s an old soul who is still young and wants to be Courtney Love. Like it’s not damaged but it has enough edge to aspire. Earth of old world and ridic ripeness from those llicorella soils. A very red Garnacha. Don’t know how it will age but think it has a little while to get all the flavors to make friends. Either way a wine with interest. — 4 years ago
Before the TKA Gala 2018
With: Courtney, Nicole, Amy — 4 years ago
Nose has dried grape vines, (old) neutral oak barrel, dried black cherry, dried garden soil, (cooled) grilled tomato, graphite mechanical pencil refills, old coffee grounds and very dry compost/soil.
Palate has dried cherries resurrected in bacon fat, several day old sliced fresh cherries, blend of moist/dry soil with medium tannins. Cork pulled for a slow ox. for ~6h, then decanted ~1h. Picking up some since decanting, but still not moving the needle much. Likely great 5+ years ago, acceptable this evening.
Paired to a local pig, grilled pork chops from our favorite just over the border farmer (Highland Farm, Old Chatham, NY). Courtney only raises about six pigs every year, I'm overjoyed when we land some for our freezer, delicious factor 2x over just about anything else in the region.
(Pork was 93 points, if I had been more observant on internal temps would have been 95 points, still grilled to a wonderful medium.) — 2 years ago
14’ Arista UV-EL Diablo Vineyard Chardonnay. Old world!?! Burgundian style!?! Needs another year or more!!
Rich & layered. White flowers, white peach, fig, minerality. Light on its feet. Very well-made Chardonnay.
Matt Courtney winemaker, somebody I enjoy following. Matt started up Ferren wines a few years back. EDIT- Your worst fears... last glass was better then the first. WAIT until 2020/21.
He also had an 8/10 year apprenticeship with Helen Turley at Marcassin. — 4 years ago
Great value, true to form for Bordeaux, balances and expressive Courtney Love in a sexy dress — 5 years ago