Nose has strawberry, red apple slice, red currant bunch, ripe cherry and dry earth.
Palate has cherry, raspberry, orange pith, red apple peel, light green herbs with a light tannic grip.
What a color! Nice wine, plenty of fruit to please most palates, decent finish; fun blend of grapes!
On the Lawn at Tanglewood this evening with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For Opening Night our conductor Andris Nelsons is leading an all BEETHOVEN program (Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) and Symphony No. 5) with one of our local treasures, Emanuel (Manny!) Ax on piano.
It's been a long time coming to get on the best manicured lawn in the Berkshires, 2020 saw a full withdrawal of the in-person season because of the pandemic. Now we're back with a very abbreviated season, limited capacity grounds and shed; we've returned, all celebrating the greatest orchestra in the world! — 13 days ago
Seems tightly wound at first, but opens up with air. Nose shows candied, crisp cherry, light spice, and bright crushed rock minerality. Very lively. Chiseled in the mouth, with crushed rock minerality in the foreground and fruit in the background. Bright acids. Seems like it’s not quite integrated yet. Fun now, it will get more elegant and settled over the next 2-3 years. Nice!
UPDATE: Night 2, it’s in fact much more together. All the individual components are singing in harmony, and great limestony terroir is informing the crisp cherry fruit. Upping from 9.0 to 9.2. — 7 days ago
PN Gamay Blend #1: A nice biodynamic juice that honours the pinot noir, (by bringing a classy mouth) and the gamay, generous and flowery. The dress is dark but translucent. Open nose, very fruity. In the mouth the material is velvety, combining freshness and roundness, in a balance that makes this wine remarkable in its price range. Nice entry cuvée by an interesting domain of Loire region.
Un beau jus qui fait honneur au pinot noir, (en apportant une certaine tenue) et au gamay, généreux et accessible. La robe est violine sombre mais translucide. Le nez ouvert est très fruité. En bouche la matière est veloutée, associant fraîcheur et rondeur, dans un équilibre qui rend ce vin remarquable dans sa gamme de prix. Belle entrée en matière d’un super domaine. — 11 days ago
Chenin ❤️‘ s botrytis
Unlike anything I’ve had nor was it what I was expecting. After the first sip (or the first pour), I had to set aside all previous experiences with Savienniéres. I mean—just look at that color.
Do not mistake the browning for oxidation (Nicolas Joly makes this distinction clear on the back label and on his website). The wine is developed, and there are oxidative notes, but the fruit flavors are still there, ripe and vibrant.
This is distilled essence of Chenin Blanc right here. Green apple, pear, apricot, beeswax, honey and almond. A dominant honey note but not sweet. White pepper and maybe a hint of ginger. That lanolin note hasn’t completely disappeared, but takes a back seat. Imagine a dry Sauternes…
Nicolas Joly recommends decanting and drinking over several nights. I skipped the first part of that recommendation and am working on the second this week.
Ordinarily, I’m not sure Joly would approve of my choice of “glassware,” but under the circumstances (birthday + oysters + a perfect afternoon watching the ocean mist rolling in over Tomales Bay) I have to imagine he’d be 100% on board.
Not bad for an 882nd consecutive vintage! — 3 days ago
Vintage 1989 | 🤩 | Chenin Blanc par excellence with honey, apricot, hints of tobacco, minerality. Awesome balance with vibrant acidity, I think this wine can age ten, twenty years móre effortless. Dreamwine. | with Terrine Foie Gras | at restaurant Cas Pikaar Hilvarenbeek — 13 days ago
Bright purple dress. Open and fine nose on fruit, well ripe black cherry and spices. Fine, supple and concentrated mouth. Very nice balance, Pinot-black gamay blend, which makes slightly refreshed.
Robe pourpre, violine, éclatante. Nez ouvert et fin sur les fruits, cerise noire bien mûr et épices. Bouche fine, souple et concentrée. Très bel équilibre, assemblage gamay Pinot-noir, qui prend ton son sens dégusté légèrement rafraîchi. — 11 days ago