Citrus on the nose but the taste is layers of butter and pear and yum yum yum! Not acidic, light and lovely. — 13 days ago
Better on day two - living up to its Mt Veeder heritage. Bold, dark fruit abound, hint of vanilla and caramel, layers of flavor throughout. Sterling did a nice job with the bounty from Yates Vineyard. This can continue to evolve in the cellar for quite some time. — 2 months ago
One of the birth year bottles I opened for my 33rd this past week. It was opened alongside an ‘88 Chateau de Marbuzet (which never came alive).
Scoring these types of wines is difficult...based on shock factor, this is like a 95...based on profile (in a vacuum), it’s closer to 85...marrying the two, I have no problem giving this a 90-91. This was a bottle acquired from an estate sale. Mostly kept with one owner, it simply wasn’t kept in a temperature controlled environment. Even more, it showed a bit of seepage down the side. Expectations were low, but when removing the capsule, the cork looked quite good. Pulled the cork and it showed very little seepage overall...after pouring, it was shockingly impressive. When compared to the ‘88 Marbuzet, the nose was more ripe and high toned...dirty and ripe black cherries, cherry pipe tobacco, and fig. Very smooth and integrated, obviously, but an incredible structure shows up on the finish. Cocoa dusted dates, bayleaf, cracked black pepper crusted cherries, herbs de Provence and some leather. This powered through 3hrs open in the bottle and just got better and better.
It’s bottles like this that make you sit back and realize how incredible wine can be when it comes in a bottle that is totally unexpected. @Bill Bender , this surpassed even my highest hopes! Bravo! — 3 months ago
PJ special bottle — 13 days ago
Smooth with moderate tannins and acidity. Nose is slightly fruity but non inspiring. Quite fruity with strong berry notes. Light finish but good duration. $30 — 2 months ago
Fruit forward with flavors of blackberry, cherry and currant. — a month ago
Well balanced dark cherry and berry fruits and tannins. Soft chocolate flavor…2015. Paired with classic steak, spinach salad, broccoli dinner. This wine shines. Drinking June 9 2021. This Wine Club Member approves! — 2 months ago
👃Dried blackberry, milk chocolate, dried strawberry, old cedar box, old leather (wet), dried roses; 👅 Blackberry/strawberry fruit leather, cranberry, dark chocolate, dried cherry; Resolved tannins, long finish.
Last bottle of a 6-pack purchased in October 2003. Stunning finish to this ride.
Paired with a slow roasted beef roast from our favorite local farm (Kinderhook Farm; Valatie, NY). — 3 months ago