My second time trying Wiston Estate’s NV, this time in a new, more stylish bottle. Based (I’m fairly sure) on the 2018 vintage, my experience this time round is largely similar in my conclusion that this is a high quality, great value English sparkling wine that sits at the entry level of Wiston’s portfolio.
The nose takes some coaxing, gradually revealing tight-knit aromas of apple tart and burnt butter.
The palate is taut, very precise with incredible purity of fruit, a medley of Granny Smith apple, lemon sherbet and lime juice. The acidity is notably high in this bracing wine that I find goes extremely well with seafood pasta. — 2 days ago
The Chichibu Distillery in Hokkaido Japan is boutique in the extreme with just 14 employees and two small copper pot stills. This whisky is a blend of Japanese material blended with Whiskies sourced from around the world including Canada, the USA, Ireland and Scotland. Typical attention to detail has produced a meticulous blend showing more highland grainy flavours than the peaty west coast flavours of Scotland. If I ever return to Niseko for skiing I will make an attempt to visit this wonderful little distillery in Hokkaido. 46% ABV. — 4 months ago
Mark Royer's inaugural vintage. Very Burgundian. Clones include Dijon 76, 95, and 548 among others. Elevation 600-700' which is relatively high for OR. Soils are a mix of Ritner, Witzel, Nekia, and Jory of volcanic origin. South and West slopes. Mesoclimate: "Very windy".
— 2 months ago
Wow. Decadent. I get brown sugar and spice. Viscous. Had some heat to start but has calmed down. Surprised me at first since although 98.6 proof it’s not as high as some barrel proofs. Really nice and glad I tried. Best rye? I’m not there but it’s really good and beating the Japanese Biker’s Journey. — 3 months ago
Sparkling bright acidity, med sweetness, low-med alcohol, crisp green apples, high minerality — 5 months ago
On 11-4-21 — 2 months ago
I didn’t have high expectations for this wine. Mostly, it was in my cellar as part of a “can I drink all 50 states?” Instead I was pleasantly surprised. Is it fantastic? No. It’s not comparable to decent West Coast quality. But it’s also not bad... moderate acidity and ripe red fruits are pleasant with hints of tannins still present. Fairly dry but hidden by the muted tannins that remain. Back notes are phenolic and a little bit oaky. It is soft and lacks structure; definitely a drink-now wine. I would happily have another bottle. I’m surprised these are the varietals they chose to grow in Illinois, but it works... — 2 months ago
A great, strong bourbon. A bit of fruit on the finish, with a well balanced honey and oak flavor. — 4 months ago
Not a huge rye fan but this was fantastic! Great spice and pepper flavors with a modest “bite” at the back end. Great distillery in CO worth going back to. — 6 months ago