With ripe candied black fruits, steeped tea, herbal spices, cured meat, dark chocolate, and forest floor, the nose seems to evolved a bit from a year ago. Not much has changed on the palate. Probably needs another 3-4 years to enter its prime drinking window, but irresistible now.
— 15 days ago
Hard to get your hands on a bottle of this wine, but if you’re a fan of orange wines it might be worth a search for its yellow plum, rainier cherry, citrus peel, tangy yogurt, and sarsaparilla brightness. A blend of 72% Riesling, 10% Gewürztraminer, 10% Pinot Gris, and 8% Muscat fermented on the skins for 14 days aged for 7 months in neutral barrels and bottled with no added sulphur. — 11 days ago
I try to keep my hands off these, but they are so incredibly delicious in their youth (most, that is). This was my first CIX from 2017, and I think so far the most accessible would be Hudson and then Powder House.
My wife and I poured about half of this out in to our glasses at pop, and then double decanted the other half and came back to it an hour or so later before consuming over the following hour. In comparison to other Aubert offerings from this vintage, this was the most tart/sported the most lemon type profile. Typical Aubert lemon cream was present here along with smoked marzipan on the nose. The palate, again, was really quite tart showing grilled lemon, salted popcorn kernel, spiced golden delicious apple and honey roasted cashews. The profile here was really powerful. Obviously I opened on the young side, but this shows a lot of aging potential (compared to their Hudson). It came across as a blend of Eastside + Powder House. Good acidity, big phenolics. I’d probably hold (though the double decant did open this up a decent bit), and expect this to jump a few points easily over the next 3-5yrs. — 2 days ago
Had a bottle 6 mos ago, just opened another. I just love the Gnarly Dudes, very enjoyable! Deep and dark purple color with aromas of fresh berry fruits with spicy notes. On the palate flavors of rich ripe fruits, plum and blueberry with fine tannins and vivid acidity to complement, with notes of cacao, toasty oak, vanilla and black pepper on a long finish ending with fruit and spice character. Nice!! — a month ago
Perfect balance. Tropical. Floral. Good pairing up with black bass crudo and pineapple. — 7 hours ago
Needs more time but has great potential — 12 days ago
Semi sweet fruity woody. Warm — 10 days ago
An amazing wine for the price which as I recall is $8 at Costco. Our current favorite — 8 days ago
If I haven’t mentioned it before, I love these Red Table Wines produced by Sandlands. They’re not fussy and deliver the goods when you need a versatile red wine to pair with a variety of meals. The only trouble is, I can never seem to get my hands on enough of them! Some quick notes over dinner: Popped and poured, bright and fresh bramble fruits on the nose with medium+ intensity. On the palate, a mixed fruits set with blue, black and red fruits all playing nicely together. Medium tannin and medium acid. Finish is also medium. Worked well with chicken wings and corn on the cob. — 17 days ago