The nose shows tar, cedar, oak, vanilla, coffee, black currant, raspberries, blackberries... This is very complex and it keeps expanding and evolving with air. Magic!
The palate is superb too, there is a massive acid backbone that powers a majestic palate that shows black currant and mocha notes. Great width, superb, silky mouthfeel with a bit of a thick, suple layer, then the palate expands into what could be described as a sphere and tannins kick in leaving a dusty layer that tends to dry up the mouthfeel. The finish is extremely long with black currant and mocha notes and that drying layer. This is a great wine tasting experience. 10 years and kicking! It could hold for another 10 without any problem I reckon. — 2 months ago
Lovely fruity wine with roasted leg of lamb ($33) — 4 months ago
At the peak of its powers - outstanding. Decanted, sung from the get-go and showed no sign of relenting. — 5 months ago
The colour of this is Austin Powers nemesis.
Do you know when you are by the ocean and can taste the salt? This is the wine equivalent. — 21 days ago
2019 vintage. The backstory of this wine is essential. The powers that be pushed the A7 highway through Châteauneuf-du-Pape back in the day and relegated this wine/area to Côtes-du-Rhône status. Freeways/highways being the new geographical rivers/mountains/boundaries. Same soil. Same grapes. Same winemaking. The ‘19 vintage not to be missed in Southern (or Northern) Rhône. A “baby” Châteauneuf at roughly a third of the usual Beaucastel CDP pricing. Explosive, dark and dense fruit with particular emphasis on plummy qualities. Some sweetness due to the vintage. Absolutely lip-smacking and undeniably, super-drinkable. — a month ago
Tar, cedar, cigar, toasty notes and black currant on the nose. Wow that's intense. The palate is made of that superb blackcurrant note, a massive acid backbone, some nice width and a grainy, dusty mouthfeel that expands in mid palate with a drying layer of tannins that powers a very long finish with blackcurrant, these consistent toasty notes, that grain and a slightly bitter note that grows in the end. That's aristocratic, that's intense, that's beautiful and that's all that I like in Bordeaux. It was still a bit hard at first but opened up nicely after 2 hours. Could be even better after some more air. Still very young! — 3 months ago
Tasting this again and it’s even better the second time around. Medium gold with sparse, teeny tiny bubbles. Exquisite creaminess and richness which surpasses the effervescence. The nose is a bit stunning with light touches of warm, toasty bread and lychee. Lovely citrus fruit is a constant and consistent throughout this Blanc de Blancs. White blossoms and lemon zest. Slivered almonds as a faint whisper. Intoxicating.
Produced at a lower pressure than the majority of champagnes and aged for three years, this is a wine of pure finesse. It’s so elegant and magisterial. So smooth and delicate. Pure Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and three Grand Cru villages of Cramant, Chouilly, and Oiry. Based mainly on the 2015 vintage with the balance from the previous, there is a definite sense of maturity here.
Fresh, fruity and graceful on the attack. Fresh herbs and chalky minerality. Baked breads shine through along with green apples and roasted nuts. A tremendous amount of bright citrus goodness that just goes on and on and on. Drink now. Or wait. You really can’t go wrong. Nowhere near the peak of its powers, but so luxurious right now. — a month ago
Classic Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Delicious with Pat’s grilled steak ($20). — 3 months ago
Third bottle and in an even better stage the previous 2 I opened from the box I bought in August 2021.
Intoxicating scents of cherry, hay and earth on the nose, very juicy palate with a bright cherry note all along, a very soft, almost cushiony mouthfeel, a great acid backbone, a spherical mid palate that powers up a very nice and long cherry paradise of a finish. It's clear and crisp, it's powered with a soft mouthfeel all along. It's a fruit bomb that delivers. Buy by boxes! — 4 months ago