Like many I opened a bottle of ochota last week to toast the life of Taras Ochota who passed on Monday. I have long loved the Ochota wines and have felt lucky to have them in the Charleston market, but this “A Forest” Pinot was a gift from afar and one I have held onto for a year knowing the right time would come to open it. Well, last week seemed perfect time to celebrate a person who was a leader in making natural wines that were vibrant, beautiful, and sound. Any article about Taras and his wife Amber brimmed with their positive energy, and I loved this quote from him that appeared in a Imbibe tribute:
‘We could make more,’ he said to a room full of journalists, sitting round his enormous kitchen table last year. ‘But then I’d have to work harder, and then I wouldn’t be drinking wine with you guys.
‘I just want to make wine and have a nice life.’
Here’s to a life well lived! ❤️
— 12 days ago
We bought it. Lucky loves it. Don't know where we bought it. Bassetts?
Sauvignon Blanc — a month ago
Got lucky with this one. The server was giving serious 🤷♂️ vibes when I asked for recommendations and I essentially picked this myself on region + price point (it was $30 more than 19 Crimes). Well-balanced, with a little bit of spice. The bottle suggests vanilla ice cream and strawberry coulis as a pairing. We had it (successfully!) with medium rare tenderloin, but I would 100% try this suggestion. — 2 months ago
I drink so much of this and rarely post a review with notes. This is our go-to regular Rioja. We are lucky that our local wine store gets a lot and sells it well below Total Wine's price.
Deep ruby. Red cherry, blackberry, vanilla, and earth on both nose and palate. Dry, medium acidity, medium + alcohol, full-bodied, medium + tannins. Can age or great now.
92+points — 18 days ago
‘Best in Show’ at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards 🏆
Well done Soumah and thank you so much for sharing a bottle of your award winning Yarra Valley (VIC) 2018 Equilibrio Chardonnay with us. It’s a true beauty 🥰
Equilibrio means balance and that’s exactly what Soumah set out to achieve (and succeeded) when making this wine - a balance between acidity and fruit with no edges.
We enjoyed this $80 bottle in the best way we could - just the two of us (I wouldn’t want to share it with anyone else, Mr Spittoon was actually lucky to get some 😂), on the couch in my trackies and slippers. It was pure delicious relaxation!
It was like a meal in a glass - so flavoursome and delicious. Utterly smooth and silky and the flavours only got better the more the wine warmed up (as opposed to straight out of the fridge). Right from the beautiful yellow shimmering gold hue, I was in love. Orchard fruits, pastry, citrus and some nuttiness come through on both the nose and in the mouth. Delectable!
This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy! — 3 days ago
An elegant, full-body Cabernet that paired perfectly with an incredible Tomahawk steak. The perfect bottle to celebrate our anniversary! RP gave this 99 points in 2016 and I think it deserves 100 points today. Thanks for recommending this @Billy L. , it was such a great tasting at Cliff Lede. I am lucky to have you as my sommelier! — 19 days ago
Lucky to have had someone introduce this to me. Well balanced acidity, so smooth with well aged tannins, lovely dark cherry and blackberry primary notes with dried spices and a hint of smoke. — a month ago