4 hour decant(lots of chunky sediment). A breathtaking inky dark ruby red color. On the nose: blackberry, baking spice, smoke, plum, licorice, and some spicy pine. Taste: smooth, rich medium plus body wine with black cherry, tar, vanilla caramel, cassis, cigar box, and a dark chocolate strawberry bitter finish. Interesting to drink now(pop one if you have several)!!! Got more bottles and will see how it develops over the years for a possible better score(critics luved it)......modern style at 15.5% alc (whew!!). — 3 days ago
Lunch at home with friends on Sunday and a great way to finish off the day with what I’ve always thought is Australia’s finest Vintage Port -Chateau Reynella. If you don’t have a VP with friends in the middle of winter then you shouldn’t buy VP. So great to be reminded of how good these wines can be. Probably middle aged at :23 years and the first of 4 from my cellar. As you can see from the label a multi awarded wine with Gold Medals and Trophies galore. Strong liquorice and savoury black currant notes. Really enjoyed this. — a month ago
I followed this over two days. For context, I love these wines (big fan of the WA funk), and it’s always really fun to compare these against the Cayuse lineup. So glad @Bill Bender introduced me to these wines a few years back.
For the price, these are such killer wines. To me, this is Cayuse but just dialed a few steps back. If you want funk, you’ve got it. If you want more elegance and floral notes, you’ve got it. On both day 1 and 2, the aromatics didn’t really change...black pepper crusted black cherries, cherry jerky, tapenade, and white pepper. What I did see change in was the palate. Day one was very coiled showing lots of underripe red and black fruits, herbs de provence and a mineral driven streak down the middle. The whole cluster green/stemmy flair is there but not overly crunchy. Really nervy and vibrant. Day two expanded the wine a bit and while the smoked meat was present, it didn’t dominate. This is where No Girls diverges for me...all the Cayuse notes are there, just dialed back. I was shocked at how tannic this was (decanted 3hrs day one, drank from bottle over an hour on day two). Hold, or decant 3+hrs. This will get even better. — 2 months ago
Queen Anne cherries. Red roses. And a bit of white pepper. If you have the sort of synesthesia where you taste things in visions and visions give you tastes then that’s what you would see and taste. And if you’ve not got that you’ll still probably taste that. Lovely and light. — a month ago
Proof that you can get lucky…and aging works! Paid under $20 for this and drank this amazing wine in on a whim 10+ years later tonight. Looked it up to see if I could get another and $135-250/bottle today. So fun drinking something awesome that we did nothing but cellar it and then enjoy!!! Very smooth blackberry, slight plum, and hint of smoke with light tannins. — 2 months ago
This is a very tasty Bordeaux blend from Lodi. Showing nice complexity, but a little unbalanced.
Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry and very fruity (and some RS), on the palate with blackberries, black currants, eucalyptus, black plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, Mediterranean spices, espresso, cola, light herbs and black pepper.
Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.
This 5 year old is big, bold and extracted. A little much, but very enjoyable.
This is an Orin Swift look alike, from the bottle look, to the wine style.
Good right out of the bottle, and better after 90 minutes of airtime.
Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.
Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years, and see if it calms down a bit.
A blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon ,5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. Aged in French oak barrels (33% new).
14.5% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 20 days ago
Received 93 rating from Wine Spectator and I see why. Stone fruit & melon notes. Smooth finish! Keeps you wondering if it’s a Riesling grape. — a month ago
Just take a look at this color. So striking. So sexy. Nice perlage and cream. The nose is so crisp and fresh. Pears and lively red cherries alongside mangoes. Freshly baked bread aromas are very nice here, as well are the grapefruit and strawberry.
Yet another young hotshot champagne maker, Aurelien Gerbais from the Aube. A friend and neighbor of Cédric Bouchard and that’s all you need to know. 50/25/25 PN/CH/Pinot Blanc with an extra brut dosage of 3 g/l. The low dosage avoids the trap of being austere, but rather it’s an inviting and gracious Rosé. The addition of 10% Coteaux Champenois Pinot Noir gives it that beautifully sexy color and viscosity.
Dry with breathtaking acidity, the terroir really speaks here. The palate follows the nose with more summer berries and light yeast. So lovely, so sleek. Good sex in a bottle. If you see these, get them. — a month ago