2018 vintage. Big cherry pie/cherry pop-tart nose plus a pinch of raspberry and mint. Light-medium/medium body. Baking chocolate, cocoa powder, kirsch liqueur, rhubarb, allspice, dust and vanilla bean. Oak slightly showy in the frontal palate but then dissipates in a shimmering dissolve. Tannins, while present, are not exactly what I’d call firm. Verry drinkable now and for the next dozen years or so. Past that? Could be drinking the skeleton. — 9 hours ago
One of the bottles we brought back from our annual Napa trip last month. We try to visit 1-2 small/off the radar wineries during our visit, and this was a recommended stop by one of the wineries we were visiting.
Off the beaten path outside of St Helena, behind Ehlers. Alycia Mondavi makes the wines for this very small family operation. All winemaking takes place at the family home on a beautiful secluded property. Luckily for me, they are known for their cab franc. They allowed some library purchases, and this was one of them. The main note that sticks out is raspberry fig. Aromatics are very floral, but lean more red fruit as opposed to purple. Elegant red fruit like raspberries wrapped in cocoa with fig and baking spices. This 2012 was in a really nice spot as it wasn’t overly tannic, yet the finish is still sporting a touch of alcohol (14.4). It borders on integrated, which to me means this is just now entering prime drinking. Floral + raspberry fig and plenty of spiced rhubarb give this cab franc a richness without sacrificing structure. — 2 days ago
After at least 8 weeks without alcohol (sorry to all my fans lol), I had to break my fast on my anniversary with at least a glass. Unfortunately, not a standout wine. I believe I had good luck with the 2015 and or 2016 vintages of this, but here... A blast of sour red cherries on the nose and palate, candied. Super astringent, bitter.
The good news is that for 19.years I have been married to a woman who has always been my champion, has always wanted the best for me, and has stuck with me through a lot of ups and downs, including wine. Thanks Mimi, I love you baby...
Consider this your card 😅
90+ points for the wine
99+ for the marriage — 3 days ago
2015 vintage. Owned by the Vauthier family (Ausone, Moulin Saint Georges and La Clotte). A blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and interestingly 5% Carnenere and 5% Petit Verdot. Seriously reduced, I wildly double-decanted the wine, and struggled with the nose for over an hour before it finally started to shine. My patience was rewarded as the beast miraculously turned into some kind of a beauty. Ripe red fruit, violets and a mineral touch. — 2 days ago
Deep nose of blackcurrant, plum, dark chocolate, eucalyptus, incense with subtle green notes. Full body. The warm soft entry belies a rich and powerful palate. Very chewy tannins.
Consumed the bottle over 3 days and it did not miss a beat. Given time, this 2nd wine of Monbousquet could challenge a lot of grand vines from the average-to-good vintages, a testament to the great 16’ vintage. — 4 days ago
Back to 1982 and this lovely LLC. Tons of cassis, spice, blue fruits, clove and this ethereal quality that makes 82 feel like magic in a bottle. The tannins are completely melted but this wine is layered with texture with just a hint of sweetness on the palate. I think I prefer the 1989 LLC just a tad more as there’s more complexity on the bouquet, but this is just a magic bottle. — 6 days ago
The new elite high end bling bling cuvee from Sylvain Gauthier of Domaine des Pierres Seches. I’ve been waiting to taste this for a long time. What a nose. Cote Rotie like! Super dark florals, granite, wet clay, dark blackberry fruit. Lifted, complex and super elegant. A nose that stops you in your tracks. White pepper. Violets. My goodness the florals are like elite Cote Rotie. Just stunning. Best nose on a Gauthier wine ever. Endless depth on the palate and big but so so elegant. Wow this is special. Sappy, dense, concentrated and so peppery. Amazing and I mean amazing freshness. Finish is so delineated, gamey and meaty. Concentrated but so lightweight! Wow. The texture here is crazy. This has endless and uncommon depth. Unreal length. This is super super elite wine. Wow, I am speechless. This is one of the best St. Jo’s I’ve ever had. Remarkable in every way. Big tannins that are so sweet and so ripe. This wine has big time dark energy but man is it good. Lurid. Nose starts to develop black and green olive after some air. Wow the granitic freshness that develops after air is something else. Crazy tiny berry fruit intensity. Just explosive. A wine of contemplation and also way too young. This could be as high as 9.9 with age. I’ll be back as it develops.
After many hours this just gets better and better. The nose smells like a JM stephan Cote rotie. Citrus rind, tree bark, spices, violets. Florals. Just an amazing wine. Complex granite and forest floor. Concentrated and so elegant, with great power and structure. Gets to every nook and cranny. Vivid olives on the mid and backend. Abundant yet ripe tannins. A magical bottle of wine. — a day ago
Color of different shades of purple, with a hue of ruby and a bit cloudy. Nose of spicy alcohol, oak, fermented cabbage, ripe grapes, and some strawberry. Taste for the nose, dominant by the grapes note, with addition of grapefruit zest, strawberry syrup, and a bit graphite mineral note. Dried with some tannins. Aftertaste of some more grape note, and a hint of sweetness. Average, considering the price. — 4 days ago
2014 vintage. Super dry and powerful. Medium bodied but drinking like it’s (ballad of a) the thin man. Smoke/char in the nose. Upfront coffee/tobacco and raspberry flavors but little else. Not a good introductory Bordeaux for the masses. For those already smitten, I can see this going 40+ years but there will never be fat years. This is a (c)lean machine. Monolithic and totally old-school Bordeaux. — 10 days ago