When Abele Bolla opened up Al Gambero Inn in the No. Italian town of Soave over 100 years ago, no one could have guessed that favorite pastime of winemaking would continue for 4 generations. Deep Ruby with aromas of jammy berry fruits, spice and cedar. On the palate flavors of black cherry & dried plum, bold spice, floral, cacao and cedar. Structured round tannins, nicely balanced, long finish ending with fruit, cedar and earthy spice. Just starting to drink well now with room to age. — a day ago
This is a very tasty Champagne. Bright, refreshing and lightly creamy.
Light to medium in body with medium size bubbles, and medium plus acidity.
Showing limes, lemons, green apples, yeast, light brioche, spices, white pepper and minerals.
Easy drinking and good for parties.
Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.
Good by itself or with food like seafood.
12% alcohol by volume.
$50. — 3 days ago
My annual bottle of the best rose on earth. Nose starts off a bit funky but the classic Simone sweet berries are apparent (strawberries in particular are there), wet hay, loads of earthy type red flowers as well. After around 10 minutes of air the nose is so good. Funk is gone and it’s just haunting. Smells like a fresh meadow. The strawberry fruit is so vivid. But that palate is just ridiculous. Super complex, super elegant and super concentrated but this is so nimble it’s damn near perfect rose. What a vintage for this wine. Wow! The structure here is remarkable and the wine has quite a bit of tannins which as we all know ensures that this wine ages better than any rose around. But because it is rose, by nature it is approachable when young. Fantastic, layered crescendo of a finish. This is to be enjoyed now or in 5-10 or 15 years.
Wow the nose is a confectionery freak show now. Only open 10+ minutes. — 12 days ago
Yes, to early-evening sunshine after being cooped up inside all day!! And, yes, to savoring a glass of delicious wine while we’re at it!!!
This wine is 60% Syrah, 40% Mourvèdre, hailing from the Pic Saint Loup appellation in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. It was produced by Château La Roque, which is certified biodynamic and practices low-intervention winemaking.
It offers a medium purple hue with medium (+) intensity of youthful aromas reminiscent of black cherry compote, blackberry sauce, ripe plum, also licorice, anise, peppercorn, nutmeg, tobacco, leather, peat, and cured meat (not tied to bottle aging).
This wine is dry with medium acidity, high alcohol (14.2%), a medium (+) body, medium (+) and grippy tannins, and medium (+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose, but the pepper is more present on the palate than on the nose. The finish is medium (+).
This wine has balance, a strong structure, and great concentration of aromas and flavors. It’s beautiful.
We have tasted and loved many wines coming from this appellation (and the Languedoc-Roussillon region) lately. It's a region undoubtedly worth exploring.
Château La Roque Pic Saint Loup Rouge “Cupa Numismae” (2019) — 8 days ago
Dark purple. Plum and cassis cobbler on the nose. Full-bodied palate yields plum, cassis, and blackberry, with a hint of an almost Bordelaise graphite overlay. Medium, velvety tannins and medium acidity also lend a slightly Old World structure. In fact, let's call it a New World blend for the Old World drinker. Like mid-range Margaux but more fruity. Drink now through 2027 (if properly kept). — a day ago
VA, dusty forest floor, fresh red cherry and raspberry, cherry liqueur, purple flower - lavender, red prune, just ripe fig, hefty nose of fresh rosemary, blackberry. Elevated acidity, fine pulverized integrated smooth medium tannins, crushed stone, dried red cherry, dried tomato, dried rose petal. Long lingering finish on the tomato leaf notes. — a day ago
What a pretty wine. A rather interesting multi vintage red blend from Napa Valley but made more in the old school style. Ruby red core with violet edges. A bright, floral nose begins to unfurl with summer flowers and fresh blackberries. There’s a nice element of cocoa and vanilla as well, along with dried herbs. As it warms in the glass, spice begins to assume a starring role.
Mostly Cabernet Franc to go with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This isn’t a typical ultra ripe, big and bold Napa red blend designed to appease the masses. Though it may do just that because it is so very inviting and pleasing. Smooth tannins and easy going although this is serious stuff. The palate follows the nose closely with lovely red fruit and lively dark fruit. A bit of greenery and a bit more spice. Fun, fun stuff and highly recommended.
— 8 days ago
This wine presents a thick, white froth upon pouring - and the fine bubbles stick around awhile. On the nose, green apples, pears and white flowers abound, with a healthy dose of minerals along for the sniffing. The palate also shows off a ton of the aforementioned fruit and some citrus minerality, as well those toasty notes we want in a sparkler. The wonderful acidity will make this a bubbly that can do more than host a toast. You may want oysters or lobster with it. — 7 days ago
Deep rose gold with white mousse and fine bubbles. Abundant nose of pome fruit and toasted white bread. Palate is bright and rich, echoing the nose and adding dried white cherry mid palate to finish. This 50/50 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend with extended lees contact gives a classic, rich style cuvée. Ideal for brunch, gifts, dinner, and of course any celebration. Drink it when you buy it. — 2 days ago