Cherry, raspberry, cranberry, rhubarb, loamy earth and oak. Light-bodied and soft tannins. — a month ago
For me just shy of an immaculate wine.
Immediately upon opening got a super prominent whiff of stewed vegetal / green peppers aroma. Blew off a bit over time. Flinty and graphite mineral and relatively muted fruit aromas.
Beautiful cherry/cassis/blackberry fruit. Medium body. Relaxed tannins. Lower acidity than I expected. But the finish. Elevated and never ending. One of those wines you never feel compelled to take the next sip, in a good way...you never lose the taste of your last drink.
Second almaviva we've had. Loved them both, very different from the '98. — 14 days ago
The wine is quite dark in the glass but is also very closed off on the nose. There is some black plum and some tar, but it is surprisingly faint. The palate isn't shy about showing its dark fruit with a layer of savory spice and anise over it. The tannins are not forceful, so pairing with pasta is a cinch, or just sip it. It is very tasty and smooth, and has a lengthy finish. — 2 days ago
Light & translucent In colour & on the nose - with hot stones, smoky aromas and some shy cranberry & strawberry in the background.
On the palate this is fresh & lively with energetic acidity and firm yet smooth & juicy tannins.
A touch rustic yet drinking very nicely, esp. slightly chilled. — 12 days ago
Brooding and rich, the nose on this baby was initially shy. Charred meat, red tapenade in a big round package with fine, prominent tannins that still need some time. Every minute in the glass was even better…but I couldn’t resist. You may want to before you pull the cork 2-3 yrs, or a long decant. — 23 days ago
Always a favorite and it smokes in 19. Nose starts out shy and buttery. Some minerals peeking out. But all in all one smells the density but also senses it’s holding back. But that palate brings it. Electric, retesting, mineral and deep. Some apple fruit and also some citrus but the texture, freshness and mineral complexity tell the story here. Terrific length. Best since 14. A brilliant version of this. — a day ago
Back on home turf and kicking it off with the really good stuff.
Shy yellow pear and quince with some hot wet stones and a flowery whiff. Maybe a touch of honey melon.
On the palate this is astounding - starts round & mellow only for the mineral frame to start squeezing it into a beautiful shape. Juicy, zippy appley acidity, nice presence & flow on the mid palate, herby-spicy-savoury in the long finish. This has depth, precision & soul. A beautiful wine!
50y+ vines on limestone, slowly pressed over 24h and aged 22 months in used wood on the lees. Unfiltered & unfined. — 6 days ago