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. — 10 days ago
Deep purple in color with a cloudy reddish rim.
Showing blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, earth, vegetables, licorice, light vanilla, oak, spices, peppercorn, tobacco, dark chocolates, coffee and pencil lead.
Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate and earthy with nice complexity.
Tangy and spicy finish with fine grained tannins.
Drinks like a Left Bank Bordeaux, very interesting coming out of Napa.
Good right out of the bottle and better after 3 hours of airtime.
Still young and already enjoyable. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 to 5 years.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, and really enjoyable it with the truffled duck confit.
14.1% alcohol by volume.
$48. — 22 days ago
Bright and citrusy, a little mineral, real nice sipper — 10 days ago
Really fun to check in on this! Technically not the finished wine, which saw another year in barrel. Lucious, juicy attach as it had three years ago. Mid palate starting to gain length with a slightly short finish. Mild astringency on the end which is probably due to the oak limitation of the sample. All the same, a darn good wine! — 18 days ago
An opaque dark crimson in colour. Herbaceous on the nose with Mint, spice and plum - earthy mineral nuances as well. Medium to full bodied palate with plum and mint, essentially savoury, a touch of black pepper - still with firm tannins. From a very old pedigreed area for long living Shiraz in Great Western in Victoria. Good value and QPR at $25 AUD from Bests. I have Bin 0 and Thompson’s Family Cuvées that are older than this but not nearly ready. — 9 days ago
Tasty, a little funky, easy - not complex but good summer drink - cold - — a day ago
N: Still like visiting an old boat graveyard. As we move further from the saca date, June/‘16, the nose is more muted. Almost meaty, With those great notes￼ of flor wafting through. Caramel, but less flashy, nuts, almonds, hazelnuts.
P:Still broad, saline and buttery, brown butter at times, oranges, spicy notes, dry brown sugar. Amazing acidity.
On a 90° day al fresco in Philly, very refreshing. I still marvel.
(One more left, I sense it’s day is due.) — 21 days ago