Nice label. Kinda a passport vibe. Dark and ruby colored. Smells intoxicating. Apple pulp, fresh cut pine, cut black walnut leaves, nutmeg, black fruits. Flavors are more complexity. Black pepper, roasted red peppers, chocolate, coffee, and dried black cherry. Also hint of mint, basil, oregano. Herb basket. This is a great example of young drinkable Nebbiolo. Complex, balanced, forceful, and a joy to drink. After a bit of air it’s got lots of cigar, pot smoke and cedar shakes. Funk is in town as well. It’s gonna evolve as it ages. Nice now though. — a year ago
Solid, but not a fair comparison to the previous night’s Zin. — a year ago
2015 Bronze winner @ CA State Fair comp but underrated IMO. Red fruit, spice, earth. Good stuff. — 3 years ago
Pop and pour, decent stuff, typical Syrah notes — 6 months ago
Cute three tree (or shrub) label. Dark color. High alcohol (14.7%). Smells rich and robust. Maybe a bit of wet leaves in the garden. Berries too. Flavors are deep and intense. Violets and black cherry syrup. Coffee and something licorice-y. Plenty of fir branch and pine cones on the fire in there too. This is a nice Syrah. Hint extra on the fruit front, but balanced and complex. Label says boysenberries a roasted beets. I’d say yeah, beets, sure. It could age a fair bit longer too. It’s just getting started 6 years on. — 7 months ago
This bottle brings me right back to the beginning where I fell in love with Gideon’s work. Highly concentrated, intense, sappy texture that sticks to your gums.
Juicy ripe black summer plum, black cherry, blood orange, fresh fennel, pomegranate, purple flowers, tomato leaf, black pepper. Extremely complex and extremely delicious.
Still a strong backbone of acid and fruit persisting through the long finish. Tannins are fully resolved. Completely clean after a couple minutes to air out the bit of Brett and VA (which I expect and embrace with these wines).
I was ready to start popping all my remaining Clos Saron bottles thinking they were starting to decline, but a bottle like this could go forever. There is definite bottle variation at play, and the off bottles can be a bit muddy and dull. But when they hit (which they usually do) there’s really nothing like it. — a year ago