Paul Avril

Paul Avril

Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

Big and beautiful, cherry and raisin and blackberry nose and palate, really softened after an hour. — 22 days ago

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Paul Lato

"Il Padrino" Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah 2011

We had this right after the 2018 Strawberry Hills grenache. It was very good, but we thought the grenache was much better. Not sure if our palates were saturated, if the wine is in a bit of a dumb phase, or if it’s on the downslope, but this didn’t have the depth that I was expecting from this one. Still a terrific wine, though, so the streak continues of me never having a wine from Paul Lato that I have not enjoyed! — 5 days ago

Vanessa McCaffrey
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Jan, Eric and 7 others liked this

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Maison Bleue Hermitage Syrah 2015

It’s a walk in the woods with a bowl of cherries. The nose presents with woods and earth. The palate brings forward subtle fruit notes. This is a complex beauty that paired perfectly with my rustic herb grilled whole chicken. While I’m generally not a huge fan of Syrah, this wine is wonderful. — 12 days ago

Dawn, Tom and 29 others liked this

Paul Dethune

Grand Cru Brut Champagne Blend

Oct 23, 2020. Celebrating champagne day. This ones a winner! 70% Pinot noir, 30% Chardonnay. Tart green apple. So good! — 5 days ago

Paul Lato

"White Piano" Paderewski Vineyard Grenache 2018

Absolutely love Paul Lato’s grenaches. Made in a much more feminine style than, say, what John Alban does, this one is probably still a bit too young but was terrific just the same. Delicate yet intense, the bottle was finished before Vanessa and I realized it (always a sign that we love a wine!). I’d give it 2-3 more years in the cellar...but it’s pretty hard to resist right now! — 5 days ago

Vanessa McCaffrey
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Jan, Eric and 7 others liked this

Paul Hobbs

CrossBarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

First time having the Cab under this label 👍🏻 Licorice, mint, cedar, plum, and smoke on the nose. On the palate Luxardo syrup, baking spices, sweet licorice, and dark berry medley. — 14 days ago

Krystal Vento
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Paul Jaboulet Aîné

Domaine de Thalabert Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2017

Impressively complex for the price. Lilting purple flowers, black cherry, black plum skin, raspberry compote, tarragon and something like fresh sweet mint leaf which I’ve never had from Syrah. Great acid. — 9 days ago

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Paul Lato

Matinee Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2011

David T
9.3

I do like this Polish immigrant’s craft.

The blend of fruits are a broad spectrum of, sour, candied and floral, ruby, mid & dark, red fruits, dark, smooth spice, cinnamon stick, floral heaven & flat out elegance. The blue fruits in Paul’s wines are incredible.

Photos of, two of his Southern California vineyards, Paul Lato at a Matter of Taste during our 40 minute chat & their concrete fermentation eggs.
— 7 days ago

Eric, Paul and 23 others liked this

Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin

Vaudésir Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay 2015

The aromatics are of lemon zest, some butter, a touch smokey and flinty and some ripe orchard fruit. Good acidity but dominated slightly by a certain richness and ripeness, a little more then usual and probably due to the warmer vintage. Nice, but not the better Droin bottle I had. 89-90

Des arômes de fruits murs, un peu fumé, touche saline, du zeste de citron et du beurre. Une bouche plus riche et mure qu’à l’habitude, due probablement au millésime plus chaud. Bien mais pas le meilleur Droin GC que j’ai bu. 89-90 au mieux.
— 5 days ago

Ira, Bob and 12 others liked this

Jean-Paul Thevenet

Vieilles Vignes Morgon Gamay 2016

Cloudy raspberry color that’s so intriguing. On the nose it’s crisp pomegranate, raspberry, and cranberry with subtle notes of smoke and dusty herbs. In the mouth the fruit is snappy and pure, with a pretty crushed rock mineral streak. High acid with sneaky tannic grip on the impressively long finish. Delicate, while remaining structured, and beautifully pure. — 14 days ago

Severn, Matt and 13 others liked this