Pheasant's Tears

Pheasant's Tears

Kisi Kakheti 2020

Every release is better than the last. Stuff but also relaxed after a while. — 2 months ago

Julia MillerSean Knoll
with Julia and Sean

Giovanni Manzone

Castelletto Barolo Nebbiolo 2014

Popped and poured. The 2014 “Castelletto” is garnet with an transparent core and very slight staining of the tears. On the nose, cherry lozenge, roses, dried green herbs, tomato leaf. On the palate, the wine is dry, high tannin, medium++ acid. On the palate, cherry candy, cherry raisin, dried earth and iron minerals. A little thin. Long finish. The nose is more interesting than the palate at this stage. I gotta wonder if time will be kind to the 2014 vintage? Anyway, fun to check in on. — 19 days ago

Aaron, Ely and 11 others liked this

Benanti

Serra della Contessa Etna Rosso Nerello Blend 2004

fig, overripe pear, tar, bodhisattva tears, herb trails, prune pit, apricot skin, clove afterburner. verdi outbursts and ramekin brûléed fruit. — a month ago

Jess Paley
with Jess

Wellington Vineyards

Englandcrest Sonoma Valley Syrah 2011

There will be tears when we run out of Wellington. Another beautiful example of his genius. — a month ago

Bonnie Hodur
with Bonnie

Pheasant's Tears

Chitistvala Kakheti Red Blend

Blackberry cranberry good with heavy fats — 2 months ago

Laurence et Remi Dufaitre

(Pink Flower) Brouilly Gamay 2018

Presented double-blind. Wine pours a deep ruby and slightly turbid; slight staining of the tears. On the nose, bruised strawberry, some cedar notes, olive brine, cranberry and dried green herbs. On the palate, the wine is bright with mostly red fruits. There’s a slight prick to the tongue. The wine is dry with medium+ acid, medium tannin. Thought it was from Burgundy. Called 2017 Bourgognon Rouge. Dufaitre is making some really enjoyable wines. — 21 days ago

Hermes, Brian and 10 others liked this

Thibault Liger-Belair

Vieilles Vignes Moulin-à-Vent Gamay 2016

My first time trying the 2016 vintage. This bottle was opened about 90min before service. The wine pours a deep garnet, fading to magenta, with a watery rim. It has a slightly turbid appearance and a nearly opaque core with slight, staining of the tears. On the nose, holy whole cluster city Batman! This Moulin-à-Vent is not faking the funk on a nasty dunk. Notes of dark fruit, curry, cheese rind, wet asphalt, and minerals. Fabulous acid and medium+ tannin. The finish is long, lingering, and slightly green. I fell in love with Thibault’s wines from M-à-V with the 2010 vintage and I’ve been smitten ever since. They are among the most exciting wines made in the Cru today. In 3-5 years, these will really slap. — 20 days ago

Daniel, Eric and 6 others liked this

Sandlands

Contra Costa County Mataro 2020

Popped and poured; consumed over two days. No formal notes. The 2020 Mataro pours a deep garnet/purple with a nearly opaque core and some staining of the tears. Predominately dark fruited with some pepper, and minerals. The wine is dry with very good structure. Tart and so fresh at this stage! I’m going to give my remaining bottles a bit more time. — 19 days ago

Peter, Tom and 12 others liked this

Bevan Cellars

Sugarloaf Mountain Proprietary Red Blend 2015

opaque, very dark ruby, prominent glass staining tears; lifted aromatics, black cherry, cassis, lavender, menthol, cardamom, sage, oregano; very concentrated, ripe red and black fruits, long finish with nicely textured tannins; full bodied, dry, prominent tannins, medium + acidity, 14.7% ABV; made from blend of 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot; $200 — a month ago

Severn, Billy and 3 others liked this

Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Rosé Blend 2018

This was presented double-blind to the Tasting Group. The wine is copper in color with a pinkish hue, possibly due to skin contact. No signs of gas or sediment. No staining of the tears. On the nose, some slight VA, underripe stone fruit, grassy notes, slight petrol notes, olive brine, white pepper and very slightly smoky. On the palate, fruit is more pronounced; bright and tightly coiled. The stone fruits are confirmed…adding quince to the fruit set. The wine is quite floral too and there is a slightly toasted marshmallow thing. The wine is dry. Not tannic. Acid is medium+. Wonderful texture. Guesses were all over the place but when I said that it was not testable, one taster called Chateau Simone Palette Rosé which, is a really great call. Anyway, Musar Rosé ended up being too far a stretch for even this group of seasoned wine geeks. This was my first experience with the 2018 Musar Rosé and I would recommend to hold for a few years an allow to uncoil and flesh out. — 22 days ago

Daniel, Andrew and 9 others liked this
Brent Young

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@Jay Kline The 2014 is drinking great