Senses Wines

Peter Lauer

Réserve Sekt Riesling 1992

Nose has moist brioche, browning yellow apple peel, honey, dried lemon zest, green herbs and seashells.

Palate has bruised yellow apple, lemon peel, nectarine, green apple peel, faint tangerine with great acidity and fleeting minerality.

Fine bubbles, plenty of pressure under the cork. A pleasure for all the senses.
This is the zero-dosage (nature) version produced for the 1992 vintage.
— 7 days ago

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24 years on lees?! Fascinating!
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Yeah, he has these crazy late release Sekts!

Caves Coopératives de Donnas

Donnas Valle d'Aoste Nebbiolo Blend 2018

Delectable Wine
9.3

The 2018 Donnas opens slowly in the glass with a pretty display of violets and rose, a whiff of exotic spice, wet stone and wild berries. It’s silky and round in texture, with a dense and savory wave of red and black fruits that saturate the senses. Inner florals and anise linger over a twang of sour citrus, as this tapers off lightly structured yet long, leaving a hint of plum and a peppery flourish. Lovers of cool-climate Nebbiolo will love this Valle d’Aosta take on the variety. (Eric Guido, Vinous, June 2022)
— a month ago

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Azienda Vitivinicola Nervi

Conterno Gattinara Nebbiolo 2018

Delectable Wine
9.5

The 2018 Gattinara is a stunning wine in the making. Extraordinary in its complexity and nuance, the 2018 dazzles with a kaleidoscope of aromas, flavors and textures. Kirsch, hard candy, flowers and lively acids captivate the senses. The 2018 is elegant, weightless and full of character. It is, quite frankly, everything Gattinara can and should be. This is a great place to start for readers who want to know why the 2018 vintage is so magical at Nervi-Conterno. If it weren't for the single-vineyard wines, I would have said the 2018 is one of the very best wines that have ever been made here! (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, March 2022)
— 4 months ago

Domaine Saint Préfert

Réserve Auguste Favier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2010

The 2010 Auguste Favier Reserve is drop dead gorgeous with it’s fresh and bright ripe strawberry tones, giving way to zesty red florals, sweet smoke, white pepper and dusty cedar.  It’s velvety on the palate, yet not weighty, instead poised and remarkably fresh, as red and blue fruits cascade across the senses over a core of brisk acids, leaving a mineral twang with savory spiciness. The finish is long and structured, with youthful tannins still holding something back for the years to come, yet still so alive and focused on purity of fruit.  The 2010 is worth checking in on, but don’t forget to keep a stash in your cellar for at least the next five to ten years. Wow. — 2 years ago

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Duncan Savage

Savage Syrah

Over my birthday at the beginning of July I had Covid, by far the worst consequence of which was losing my senses of smell and taste. I’ve heard some horror stories from people in the wine trade experiencing this and not fully recovering, which for the past two years has terrified me (I had avoided Covid until now). I’ve had Chablis and Bordeaux (in a restaurant) in the past week, both of which didn’t smell of much and had oddly metallic tastes. Other things I love - such as coffee - have started to taste and smell better in the past week, so I was anxious whether my enjoyment of wine might have been restored. I also felt that only at home, in a controlled and familiar environment, would I be able to fully attest one way or the other.

I’d been wanting to try Duncan Savage’s flagship red since buying a case of the 2018 over a year ago, a 100% Stellenbosch Syrah from one of the Cape’s most exciting winemakers that received glowing reviews from prominent South Africa critics Tim Atkin and Greg Sherwood. A quick note: no, after more than a fortnight, my sense of smell is still pretty poor, but this wine was v enjoyable nevertheless!

From the nose, I was still able to appreciate subtle aromas of fresh blueberry, lavender, bacon fat, ground pepper and warm earth; really textbook Syrah, an utterly intoxicating smell that whets one’s appetite for grilled meat.

The palate is complex, with saturated cranberry & blueberry, dense with high acidity at this youthful stage, and plucky but very fine tannins, and a lasting finish.

What this wine must really taste like, when one’s senses are firing at 100%, I can only imagine! Really, really impressive stuff. I’m delighted I have a case and can’t wait to try it again - maybe in a few weeks’ time 😅🤞 94+
— 21 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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Belated happy birthday and welcome back to aroma and taste.
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Many thanks @Severn Goodwin - appreciate that!
Bob McDonald

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Thanks for that detailed account of your experiences with Covid and the enjoyment of wine. I hope you have fully recovered.

Venica & Venica

Ronco delle Mele Collio Sauvignon 2020

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2020 Sauvignon Ronco delle Mele impresses with musky dried peaches, pears, candied lime and pungent yellow florals that form with time in the glass. There are depths of silky textures, seeming almost oily at times; yet balance is expertly maintained as nuances of kiwi and sweet exotic spices collect upon the senses. Sour tropical melon, crystalized ginger and hints of mint all linger long, while the 2020 tapers off with tension, yet still incredibly fresh. This is a fantastic Ronco delle Mele for the near term or short-term cellaring. (Eric Guido, Vinous, April 2020)
— 4 months ago

Rocca di Montegrossi

Chianti Classico Sangiovese 2016

The nose is dark and rich, showing sweet herbs, crushed black cherry, lavender and violets with hints of floral undergrowth. On the palate, soft textures give way to a mix of red and blue fruits, hints of spice and savory herbs, all made vibrant through brisk acidity. The finish is medium in length, with a buzz of lingering acids mixed with fine tannin, as tart red fruits and spices slowly fade from the senses. This is so easy to like already, yet sure to improve with mid-term cellaring. — 2 years ago

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Daniel-Etienne Defaix

Les Lys Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2007

Nose has lemon preserves, dehydrated pineapple, ripe pear and honeysuckle.

Palate has under-ripe pineapple, yellow apple, pear, beeswax and crushed rock with a quite lengthy finish. Notes at 90m open.

One of the most fresh 15 year old Chablis I can ever recall; A pure treat for the senses.
Paired to a roasted chicken from a local farmer, pan drippings supplemented with Bourgogne Blanc enhanced the veggies roasting below.
— a month ago

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@Severn Goodwin sweet got one here in the apt
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Nice pairing sounds delicious!

Fattorie Romeo Del Castello

Allegracore Etna Rosso DOC Nerello Mascalese-Nerello Cappuccio Blend 2019

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2019 Etna Rosso Allegracore opens with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, yet it then morphs into a wild blend of savory herbs, sour cherries, tangerine and crushed ashen stone. It’s soft-textured, verging on fleshy in feel, yet pure in character, casting mineral-tinged red berries over a core of brisk acidity. This finishes long and lightly structured, while leaving a black tea-like staining upon the senses, all under an air of rosy florals. This varietal Nerello Mascalese is simply stunning today, yet it should also excel through short-term cellaring. (Eric Guido, Vinous, June 2022)
— 2 months ago

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Podere Le Ripi

Sogni & Follia Rosso di Montalcino Sangiovese 2016

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino Sogni e Follia is layered and darkly intriguing, even sultry in nature, as dried black cherries give way to exotic Indian curries, brown spice, masses of crushed stone minerality and hints of cocoa. Its silky textures wash an invigorating mix of citrus-tinged red berries and inner herbal tones across the palate, all motivated by a nearly-salty acid profile. Notes of tangerine, ginger and rose fill the senses, as this tapers off incredibly long, staining and lightly structured. This is the current vintage release of the Sogni e Follia, a single-vineyard Rosso di Montalcino that refines for thirty months in large oak barrels prior to bottling. It fits neatly into the category of “Baby Brunello”. (Eric Guido, Vinous, January 2022)
— 7 months ago