Very good wine — 14 days ago
Tasted blind. Reddish scarlet center with reddish tawny rims. Spicy fruit nose. Dark cherries, rhubarb, Asian spice, dark soil and gravel. Comes across as masculine and powerful. The silky nose is followed by a young fruit and chewy mouth experience. Lots of dirt and cherries. We debate which region it’s from. Gevrey? MSD? Someone says it’s Vosne but I think it’s 95 Ponsot Griotte. This wine needs more time to soften its edges. — 21 days ago
Day 2: You can smell the spice, black pepper hits first with red cherry and dry dirt and a lilac or subtle lavender. The tannins are still present with acidity down the side of the tongue and around the teeth. The black pepper is more subtle on the palate, but still very much there. Tart red cherry, pomegranate, more lavender and some tree bark. It’s nice. A bit more fruit on day 1. Probably needs 3 or so more years. — 18 days ago
Tasted blind, from two combined bottles. Yellow gold. Dirty lemon nose. Notes of lemon creme, wet stones, some dirt, some marzipan and vanilla, and a little honeysuckle. Rich in the mouth. Good structure with softened acidity. The unique nose of Niellon is easy to identify... Guessed 86 Batard. Great juice. — a month ago
Incredibly dry! Dry like dirt — 11 days ago
Delicious. Lots of ripe strawberry, little wet dirt. Just super enjoyable. — 22 days ago
Dark ruby (almost black) in color with a reddish rim.
Strong nose of baked cherries, black plums, red currants, light cedar, vanilla, licorice, tobacco, eucalyptus, dark chocolates, spices, black pepper, pencil lead, dirt and herbs.
Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, sweet strawberries, currants, wood, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, light alcohol, espresso, earth, pencil lead, coke and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very tasty, and nicely aged, Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder in Napa Valley. Showing a great nose and a complex palate, with a nice mouthfeel.
Not a typical Napa Cabernet, and very unique for the region. A good quality wine with a pretty nose.
This 10 year old is still young and not showing its age much. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.
Needs 2 hours to open up properly, so be patient.
Tangy and good with food, too. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Great with the brie cheese.
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$105. — 11 days ago
Half bottle. Lovely nose of apple cores and flowers. Wine is somewhat astringent and full of apples and dirt. Oddly enough it is somewhat chewy in the mouth. Medium finish. Starts off nicely and then becomes strange and tart. Can’t argue with the £20 price. — a day ago
Bought at winery. Garnet red, moderately extracted pigment. Leather, tangerine and red fruit aromas. Oak and cherry flavors, slight seed bitterness, good acid, wood and somewhat gripping acid-skin astringency on finish. Drinkable now, but not sure what additional aging will get you tannin-wise. More wood dominance and less fruit? Balance among the elements now so why wait? Winery tasting notes mention fresh fig (yes, how did I miss that?) petrichor (huh? Turns out I know what this is - smell of dust or dirt after rain first falls on soil, but I didn’t pick this up in the wine) and red currant (close enough). 40/25/25/10 blend of Grenache (tangerine note), Tempranillo, Syrah (cherry) and Mencia, 228 cases produced. If you’ve never heard of Mencia, Analemma or this AVA, you have to check them out! Only one bottle to taste *sigh* Give the wine an hour for the red fruit to come out and develop length, and a better quaff at that — 8 days ago
This is quite tasty. Starting to show some earth and dry dirt, but still good red fruit coming through. — a month ago