This is the 2012 Late Disgorged Blanc de Noir.
Having been a long time fan of Michael Cruse and his Ultramarine wines, I was excited to try my first late disgorged offering. Michael recommended at least 6 months post disgorgement before opening…this was disgorged Nov 2020, so I was able to give this 8 months.
Compared to the regular Blanc de noir, I didn’t get that cream soda type note on the nose upon opening, but a lot of this was similar to its regular sibling. Definitely a core of oxidized Apple, with notes of Apple strudel, Bosc pear, and a Carmex note I get with a lot of zero dosage grower champagnes. On the palate it was more full bodied and rich, with a very vinous profile. Closer to high quality white wine than it was sparkler. Bubbles weren’t aggressive. Fruit was mainly Granny Smith Apple with lime stone, and sea salted grilled lemon. Not yeasty. Tasty, as expected! — 13 days ago
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim, and medium plus intensity.
Fruity nose of bing cherries, strawberries, raspberries, spices, oak, light barnyard, earth, vegetables, herbs and tobacco leaf.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with raspberries, cherries, oak, spices, chocolates, vegetables, bitter herbs and peppercorn.
Spicy finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very enjoyable Pinot Noir from Sonoma. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food.
Nicely balanced with a soft mouthfeel. Spicy and fruit forward.
Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.
Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up. A good wine to sip on by the porch.
I paired it with cheeses, nuts and olives.
14.4% alcohol by volume.
$40. — 13 days ago
@Delectable Wine this is the 2018 Pied a Terre Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Thanks!
Nose is pretty funky out of the gates and this needs a decant as the winemaker told me. Palate is also closed and backwards but shows great promise. I’ll be back for a score. Not cool to judge it now.
3 hours open and we are finally getting there with a terrific fruit core and great acidity and freshness. Silky. Elegant finish. Very deep and long . But I can tell it's at 35-45% and has miles to go. The nose takes a while to open up as well but it finally has as well. Such complex minerality. That's the uniqueness of it. The finish is superb but this is a throwback wine and needs to be aged for 6-10 years. I'll see where it is tomorrow and the next day.
— 16 days ago
A 07 Verite vs 08 Levy & McClellan cage match tonight (PREVIOUS NOTES APPLY for L&M, but bump rating up to 9.4).
La Muse is the pomerol style of their 3 wines with 85% merlot, 10% cab franc, 5% malbec. 1.5 hour decant (some fine/cloudy sediment). A wondrous dark ruby red color. On the nose: Beautiful perfumed nose of dark raspberry, mocha, floral, slight funky earth, minty menthol, crushed rocks. Taste: a soft, smooth dry medium plus body wine with mouth coating plum, minerals, earth, currants and a long dry spicy tea finish. Everything in place and drinking well now with a number of years to go. Cheers! — 14 days ago
Rubia Wine Cellars Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 Russian River Valley, California
Light golden in color.
On the nose citrus, yellow apples, lemons, light oak and vanilla, spices and white pepper.
Full bodied, smooth and lightly creamy, with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with apples, melons, pears, spices, light oak, vanilla, earth, light herbs and white pepper.
Nice length on the finish with spices and light almonds.
This is a delicious Chardonnay from Russian River Valley. Well-balanced with a great mouth feel. Elegant and rich.
Good by itself right out of the bottle, and better when not too cold, when the complexity shows up.
The light oak notes are very intertwined and give a luxury feel to the wine.
A good quality wine that would be nice to revisit in 3 years.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
100% Chardonnay grapes were barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 16 months on lees. A very small production of only 6 barrels were made.
12.5% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 6 days ago