This is really nice
Salt first. Big tart wine with some subtle subtle flavors. Some minty basil. Some spicy clove. Some funk. Tannins linger.
But not complex. A big enjoyable Tuscan.
I like it a lot…. But the world would probably even rate it higher than me. — 6 days ago
Avec Éric et Kelly chez nous
Avec une lasagne maison — 9 months ago
This one took an hour or so to open up, but once it did it was amazing! Baking spices and dark fruit on the nose and palate. The varietal composition for this wine seems to vary by vintage, but this '18 was all merlot. Funny, this bottle was a substitution for a different one that ended up being out of stock. I think I enjoyed this one more than I would have enjoyed my first choice! 100% Merlot. 2/5/23. — a year ago
Nice version of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo at a reasonable price point. Pairs with Northern and Southern Italian dishes with a variety of foods. Medium bodied. Drank in October 2023 — 2 months ago
Buttery yet crisp — 9 months ago
Dried fruit, oak, and splendor. — 9 months ago
En white shark con cesar leal — 5 months ago
Served double-blind as a sort of epilogue to an already epic night. This was served alongside another red wine that was also presented double-blind. Immediately, I called this Southern Rhone and the other wine, Sangiovese from Toscano (it ended up being a 2012 Biondi Santi Riserva). This presented a bright ruby color in the glass with a transparent core. This wine…had an OMG nose. The kind of aromatics that could end all wars and bring a century of peace to all mankind. It’s both powerful and elegant. Both ripe and fresh. An androgynous wine that represents both masculine and feminine with a grace that would make Prince or David Bowie envious. Gorgeously layered red and dark fruits, exotic spices, licorice and garrigue wrapped in the most beautifully textured package imaginable. It reminded me of something similar a previous experience; like Fonsalette…but this was different, there was more here. When you taste this, everything becomes clear. You look at everyone at the table differently; for what you have more in common instead of what makes us different. An experience akin to an Odesza show on MDMA. It’s that profound and then you are forever changed. You wake up the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that and weeks go by and your worldview is different. You see love in everything. And then it was revealed to be a 2010 Chateau Rayas. *Insert expletive*. A magnificent wine. An epiphany and, as far as I’m concerned, perfect. This is not merely a great Chateauneuf du Pape. This transcends the appellation. It should be its own AOC. Drink now or whenever you’re reading this note. — 6 months ago