Some of the best Washington has to offer. Balanced, nuanced, perfect for a special dinner. Refreshingly complex for a New World Cab franc-merlot blend & only a smidge of Cab Sauvignon. — 9 days ago
The seventeenth vintage of Cheval des Andes, a wine that has undergone a model transformation. I recently tried the 2007, and it’s fascinating to trace the different stages of its evolution, all of which say something about the contemporary history of Argentine wine. To sum up, it started out with a French love of concentration and ripeness and ended up with an equally French love of equilibrium and local terroir. The 2017 is a new beginning in itself. A blend of Malbec with 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, it presents a bold nose of fresh fruit such as sweet and sour cherry with fleshy aromas and a touch of white pepper over a bold, woody backdrop. A fluid wine, slightly taut on the palate with medium structure, a delicate feel and active tannins well integrated into the terse texture, overall it is nuanced and full of flavor. Possesses a balance that respects the concentration of the vintage without ever letting it get out of hand. An Argentine wine made with more than a nod to French expertise. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, October 2020) — 7 days ago
Wow! Absolutely stunning. Pale straw color. Aromas of key lime zest. Hints of grass. On the palate, starts with gooseberry and leads to ripe guava with nice acid on the finish. I haven’t had a Sauvignon Blanc this good from anywhere in a long time! Reminds me of the old vines Musque clone wines from CA. Out of my #grasslglas #tastingglass — 23 days ago
@delectable this is the XVI. Declassified Boca Rosso from Piedmont. 55% Nebbiolo/30% Croatina/10% Vespolina/5% Uva Rara. 400m sites in the middle of the woods on porphyry-rich volcanic soils. Ivano works the vines organically and by hand, including manual harvest. The fruit is destemmed and fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tank with a two-week maceration. The wine is aged in a single 1700-liter Austrian oak cask for one year and then for another year in bottle before release. — 14 days ago
This Soave Classico Vigneto Sengialta Balestri Valda 2017 comes from a single hillside parcel of black basaltic soil planted to Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented separately, and matured in neutral 2000-liter botti for twelve months. In the glass, the wine has a saturated, deep yellow-gold color, with flashes of green-gold just at the edge. Aromas of sun-warmed yellow peaches, crystallized honey, marzipan, and acacia blossoms emerge at first, then alternate with fleeting suggestions of beeswax, grated nutmeg, and sage, as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine honeyed and opulent, with a round, juicy core of sweet stone fruit and honey that echoes the nose, along with plenty of dry extract, deep saline minerality, and ripe tartaric acidity. The layered sweet core of honeyed melon and almond paste is seasoned with delicate bitterness, and the long elegant finish is punctuated with fine mineral grip. Drink now – 2030 (yes, the wine is irresistible today, but according to Laura Rizzotto, a bottle that hid unnoticed for fifteen or more years in a good cellar would be a treasure). — Moore Brothers, Brooklyn — 3 days ago
2015 vintage. Single vineyard 100 % Sangiovese from south facing hill full of schist stones. Hand picked and sorted. 14 months in French oak tonneaux then 4 months in concrete vats then 6 months in bottle.
Impressive nose of cherry kirsch, new leather and savoury baker’s spice.
Taste wise, layers of ripe strawberry and cherry with a touch of earthiness and stones. Brilliant mouth watering acidity with freshness. I could drink this every week.
We made our own dough and had duck, local B.C. Matsutake mushrooms and grilled onion pizza with this wine. — a day ago
The wine starts quite smooth and then builds to fresh blueberry, plum and sour cherry notes on the palate. Finish is quite long with just a touch of spice. Not hot at all despite the high alcohol. Not overly jammy either - deft hand here. — 2 days ago