Pretty good. Good enough for me to take a photo. I think it was plummy and savoury. — a month ago
A GSM with the Syrah as top dog. Complex aroma of river bank, damask rose, strawberries, melons, and banana laffy taffy. Lots of wet forest too. Flavors are dense, intense and unfamiliar. Slightest hint of dried high acid bananas like they have in Brazil. Bloody steak from the Syrah. Herbal as well. A lemon thyme or tarragon hit. Very dry and chewy. This is a lovely Rhône blend. Rich, elegant and confounding in a good way like an old French film. — 9 months ago
What a joy to drink this 9 year old Marlborough Chardonnay in a near perfect spot with little sign of age. This is so bright, fresh, vibrant but carries a depth that I didn’t expect from this region.
Complex palate with white peony, pepper, lemon, grapefruit and mouth watering acidity. The finish is so, so long and couldn’t be more buttery. Like, minutes later buttery. Could this be barrel age, could it be malo fermentation - not sure. But I love it. — 2 years ago
Moving day, why not drink a 15 year old Pinot? — 2 years ago
Really really small allocation of this in 2019 and whoever gets it is a lucky dog. Stunning beyond belief. Nose is all brambly cherries, brambly black cherry, some gorgeous mineral tones, gorgeous florals, so clear. The nose keeps opening and gaining nuance. So perfumed. So Chambolle. Omg the palate is why we drink, collect and chase Burgundy. It’s super tight but it is all there. Gorgeous purity, finesse and some serious structure. Crunchy and a bit tight but my goodness the depth, breadth and length signal we are in eliteville. What a finish. Pure soppy cherries. This is so old school as well. I’m not even sure if there is any new wood on this. If there is I don’t notice as Pierre is known to use 0% new wood on some of his elite 1er Cru reds. The kiss of cherry on the nose is growing . So pure and so much clarity. What inner mouth aromas. Terrific sweetness and structure. Elegant, complex and ethereal. The finesse is top notch but married to a 20+ year structure. So so long. Just impossibly long and there are apparent tannins and also late breaking tannins. Such sweet caressing fruit on the finish.
Omg this is an absurd work of art. So velvety, sweet and incredible tiny fruit intensity. 9.7 to 9.8 after 15 minutes. — 5 months ago
I found one source that says the 1989 was the last year they labeled this meritage. The 1990 is the reserve red blend, with the varietals listed on the front label. Used the ah so on the cork and glad we did, it was in tough shape but seems to have held it together. Decanted for an hour or so. There’s some bad shit on the nose like wet dog & epoxy but it’s not a disaster, it’s also tanned leather, old stuffed animal, graham cracker. Front palette is richly fruity, like cherry ludens. Bramble fruits like raspberry. Continues to a mentholy, stewed plums. Delicious. Long complex finish. Good cellar find. — a year ago
Quick! The wise men are coming! This big dog is barreling down the slope of my noodle toward the sterudel. Feels sour in a lot of ways, with a bitters and sarsparilla ‘zing’ but a solidly malty, Belgian core that resonates with its own dark, grainy brown sugar and cola synergy, and a roobios, cinnamon, baked apple, tea leaf, and cedar finish. This is old school depth and breadth, and damnit to hell, height! You never got me down Ben! You never got me down! #beer #bier #biere #birra #cerveza #christmasale #xmasale #stbernarduschristmasale #belgianale — 2 years ago
Drunk review 2: Okay, I had this the other night, but this bottle is better. Super fruity. The first glass was like, “man, this tastes old”, but by the second glass it has opened in a light, open, floral wine with light spices like pepper. I imagine this is what Italy tasted like before social media, when it was still mysterious, old, and foreign. I would pair while petting an elegant, but old dog. Like a greyhound or a Irish wolfhound. — 7 months ago
OMG that label. As down home and unpretentious as they come. The aroma is smoky, rusty, & reminds one of paper pages in old books. Flavors are also of the aged-ed sort. Cherry chocolate cordials meets cigar boxes and autumn red apples from the tree. Things could be a bit more harmoniously balanced and integrated (the acids and the alcohol spike a bit), but this is an elegant and complex ‘mountain wine’ with as much personality as Bob the dog appeared to have. — a year ago