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Calafe

Taurasi Aglianico

Calafe taurasi.

Nose is lovely plush blackberry fruit. Very sensual. Caresses the nose gently. A wisp of chocolate. As it opens intense lilac perfume. Nose filling. Volnay on drugs.

Palate is stunningly elegant. Hand crushed blackberries. Chocolate. So silky. Amazing silky texture. Lilac internal aromatics. Hint of spice. You get blackberry chocolate lilacs and spice. If it were more complex this would creep into elite realms. Alas it’s only really great.

Long finish. Chocolate covered blackberries. Wow.
— a month ago

Les Vins Du 7

Bulles de Comptoir #9 Tradition Champagne Pinot Noir Blend

And now for something quite different. A champagne rebel and man of his own time and mind, Charles Dufour is producing some extraordinary wines. And they live up to the hype. A nice mild amber color with lazy, small bubbles. The nose is rather intense with a nice bit of nutmeg up front. Plenty of citrus fruit that never overwhelms but is certainly enveloping. Woodsmoke and wood, red apples, and just a little honey.

As natural as natural wine gets. Organic, hand picked, herbicide free. This most certainly tastes natural, in the best way possible. 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and an added 10% of Pinot Blanc. From beautiful Côte des Bar terroir and aged for two years on lees. 80% of the wine comes from the 2018 harvest with the remaining 20% coming from a perpetual reserve dating back to 2010. With an extra brut dosage of 3 g/l, there’s rather zippy acidity and innate purity here.

This really is one of those bottles that unique and highly, highly expressive. Very nuanced with outrageous complexity. The palate is fantastic with apples and a bit of cinnamon to boot. Every sip screams natural and terroir driven. Special, special stuff. Unique and gorgeous.
— 2 months ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Very nicely reviewed!🍾
Willie Carter

Willie Carter

@Severn Goodwin One of a kind stuff
Willie Carter

Willie Carter

@Trixie Thank you, that means so much to me!

Lucien Le Moine

Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir 2018

Smooth, bright red fruits. A bit of a heavy hand on the oak, too much vanilla showing through. — 7 days ago

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Marino

Paestum Piedirosso 2019

Nose is spice and green pepper. Pepper goes away with air. Replaced by black pepper.

Palate is huge hit of spice. Incredibly fresh hand crushed wild blackberries. Super delicious. Amazing silky texture. Spice integrates with air. Amazing entry level wine. More perfect mid season cherry with air. Cherry pit as well.

Long cherry finish.
— a month ago

Domaine Champet

Les Fils à Jo Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2018

Real talk: I’m a little embarrassed to admit that this is my first experience with the wines of Domaine Champet. When I consider that their approach to winemaking is philosophically aligned with my own preferences, how did this meeting not happen before now? Maybe it’s because they only make 1000 cases of wine a year? Maybe it’s because I live in Nebraska. Whatever the reason, it no longer matters because I have now experienced what cannot be undone. For a bit of reference, the family has a rather rich, (Romain and Maxime are 4th generation), history working with vines in the “La Viallière” lieu-dit in the Côte Brune. “La Viallière” was made famous thanks to Dervieux (yes, as in Gentaz-Dervieux). The land is…improbable to farm…with some slopes close to 60°. Everything is performed by hand. This bottling, “Les Fils à Jo” focuses on the old vines from their holdings in “La Viallière”.

Popped and poured; consumed over 5 days, best on days 3-5 and the following notes reflect such. The wine pours a deep ruby with a near opaque core and pretty significant staining of the tears. Medium+ viscosity and every so slightly turbid. On the nose, blue and black fruits with bacon fat, lavender, kalamata olive, a whisper of baking spices…some white pepper, some tobacco…wild and beguiling. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium++ tannin and medium+ acid. Incredible texture. Confirming the fruit set and other aforementioned characteristics. There’s blueberry scone and an iron-ore kind of thing going "On and on and on, on and on and on; Checka checka it out, to the breaka breaka dawn". The finish is long…as in forever…and absolutely, positively divine. If tonight is any indication, this wine will drink well past 2040. Between the Levet’s and Champet’s, there are very few in Côte Rôtie making wines like this anymore. What is certain, is that this was one of those experiences where there was a time before, and a time after Champet. Certainly one of those I won’t ever forget.
— a month ago

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Great notes as usual @Jay Kline and also nice to see low production stuff makes it all the way into NE.
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Amazing @Jay Kline !

Che’il Mayan Chocolate

Cacao Wine 2022

Incredibly unique! Made from cacao fruit (not grapes) that’s a byproduct of the fermentation process in chocolate production. Julio, the winemaker and chocolatier, also a Belizean Mayan, creates everything organically and by hand, sourcing his cacao from local farmers in the area. He tries to waste nothing, and uses every bit of ‘waste’ from the chocolate making process in all kinds of ways. When one ferments the cacao fruit, 65% comes out in the form of fermented cacao wine. Not knowing what to do, he was dumping this stuff out for years before he realized he could sell it - and it sells out to the locals fast! Bottled in plastic bottles and hand labeled, it’s truly a small batch operation. And what’s even cooler is that this tastes great! Opaque brown in color. Smells like tropical fruits - kiwi, pineapple, mango and fig. Some roasted flavors too. Great acidity and structure which I was not expecting. Has a nice long finish. Flavors are what you’d expect if you eat high end dark chocolate. Certainly has the expected dark chocolate notes, but lots of citrus, banana, mango, coffee, and some other roasted flavors. Nothing else like it. — a month ago

Jillian Varner
with Jillian

Clos de Lunès

Lune d'Argent White Bordeaux Blend 2020

2020 vintage. As usual terrific value. 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc. Exotic fruit goes hand in hand with zesty acidity. Very good length with a hint of vanilla. Should be even better with a few years of bottle ageing. Abv.13%. — a month ago

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Jean Foillard

Côte du Py Morgon Gamay 2019

2019 Cote du Py By far the best Gamay Noir I have tasted in several years. Such a precise expression of Morgon. This aroma shows the perfect combination of deep and inviting cherry plum fruitiness along with the slightest brush pepperiness and subtle meaty/earthy hints. There is no funky Brett in this wine that I can find. Not squeaky clean commercial either. There is no mistaking the pedigree of this vineyard site as well as the deft hand of this legendary producer. The texture is pure pleasure, almost nil tannins (The way I like it), and major length. Woody, brushy (rotundones) are combined with perfectly ripe tree fruit and alluring minerality . For anyone confused about the distinction between Burgundy and Beaujolais this should stand as a model example. Bravo bravo bravo!!! — 2 months ago

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Vipava 1894

Malvazija 2020

Andrew Holod
8.9

Vipava appears to be both the winery org name and valley where the grapes are grown. Assuming this is grown in two sub-regions; Vipavska Dolina (low?)and Vipavska Tal (high?). Estate bottled, hand picked.
Pale-medium yellow. Nose of lilac, Paperwhites, white peach nectar and other aromatic pit fruits. Good as an aperitif as it is bracingly dry. Lead into pasta with Marcel Hazan's tomato/onion/butter sauce.
— 2 months ago

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