Oaky nose, very fruit forward, sweet cherries and blackberries, peppery finish, after breathing the pepper and oak rose in prominence and fruit subsided — a month ago
A little bit flat, the 1994 Phelps Backus has seen its best days. Took a little time to open up and a fine licorice note rose to prominence. Black current and leather, dried plums and autumn leaves. It's dark and a touch heavy. Maybe it isn't at its best but what a privilege to try this wine with some age. — 2 months ago
very different style of bordeaux but in a great way. believe this bottle has zero oak barrel aging so it’s a lot lighter bodied than your typical bordeaux. a lot of the familiar aromas are there (leather, tobacco, etc) but much softer and the fruit takes on more prominence. enjoyed the softer, more delicate style. fun to try. — 7 months ago
Super-vitaminized syrah in the Moroccan sun (drunk on the spot!). Cuvée admirably conducted by Alain Graillot renowned for his Croze-Hermitage: charming nose of ripe red and black fruits, and an explosive bouquet of dried flowers. Wonderful vinification with well-integrated fruit / wood tannins; a supple and velvety palate. Otherwise, it is still very alcoholic. This prominence can be attenuated per hour of ventilation and refreshed to 13-15 degrees. 14-18 € ok, but not more!
Syrah sur-vitaminée sous le soleil Marocain, bue sur place! Cuvée admirablement conduite par Alain Graillot réputé pour ses Croze-Hermitage: nez charmeur sur des fruits rouge et noirs bien mûrs, et bouquet explosif de fleurs séchées. Vinification admirable avec des tanins fruits/bois bien fondus; une bouche souple et veloutée. Pour le reste ça n’en reste pas moins très alcooleux, dont la proéminence sera atténuée par heure d’aération et rafraîchi à 13-15 degrés. 15€ euros c’est bien mais pas plus ! — 2 months ago
First time drinking Viña Ardanza. Chose this 2009 to try before the highly anticipated 2010 Reserva Especial. This is so youthful at the moment and will doutbless improve with age (and plenty of it). There’s a prominence of oak & tannin now that sets it up well for the long haul. Medium bodied with plenty of acidity and a lasting finish. Was brilliant with a fatty sirloin. A great example of modern Rioja that should age well - and a promising forerunner to the 2010. — 10 months ago
A perfect Chiroubles which honors the appellation. Light, airy, sensual, feminine Beaujolais. Red fruits fragrances deciliously intoxicating but without prominence. Multiple vegetal / floral nuances. The finish is discreetly persistent with very delicate tannins.
Un Chiroubles parfait qui fait honneur à l’appellation. Beaujolais féminin, sensuel, léger et aérien. Fragrances de fruit rouges délicieusement enivrantes mais sans proéminence, avec multiples nuances végétales/florales. La finale est discrètement persistante sur des tanins d’une grande délicatesse. — 2 months ago
This 08 is outstanding and provides a vivid glance of why the 08 s will be with us for even more time to come. This is an exquisite wine with soul and breathe. Distinguished character expressing terroir and full fruit that gently and fully expressing across the entire palette. She is to be adored and honored in the prominence attributed to the tradition of her full expression. — 5 months ago
Unusual cuvee ten years in concrete vats (MV as well?)— still very fresh. Loads of wood, apparently russian oak. Disorienting match of freshness and wood prominence. Will be interesting to follow. — 8 months ago
Blend of Noiret & Cabernet Franc.
Nose has mashed ripe cherry, but mostly dominated by dusty-chalky red fruits.
Palate has cherry, fresh plum, peppery forest floor with medium tannins.
The wine continues to evolve with air, the longer it's open the more the CF aspects start showing prominence in the blend. Nice effort for a sub $15 bottle. — 2 years ago