Popped and poured; enjoyed over the course of several hours. The 2021 "Amador County" pours a slightly hazy, pale straw color with medium viscosity. On the nose the wine is developing with notes of lemons, chamomile, lanolin, lime blossom, and ferrous minerals. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium++ acid. Confirming the notes on the nose. The finish is long and loaded with minerals. Balanced and ever so fresh. This was a killer accompaniment with our Friendsgiving lunch in the office and worked well with turkey. Drinking now through 2031. Only two 500L puncheons produced. — 16 days ago
A great value. Aromatic wine with tangerine flavors shining through. Refreshing. — 14 days ago
Yep, those are worms. Sago worms to be precise, and I never thought the day would arrive where I’d be pairing champagne with fried worms. But true to its reputation as the most democratic of wines, champagne and worms turned out to be a pretty wicked match.
Worm-wise, it was quite delicious deep-fried. These sago worms feed only on the pith of sago palm trees, so they come out plump, creamy, and pretty much funk-free. Earthy and slightly sweet, they kind of tasted like fried mushrooms, but with gooey texture.
As for the 16’ Les Maillons, it was truly a joy to drink. I would even be so bold to say that it was drinking at its peak. Concentrated and complex, yet so precise and energetic. Aromas of red apples, apricot, sea breeze, toasted almonds, white flowers, cream, and nutmeg. On the palate, it was textural and full-bodied. Not the most mineral champagne, but it was certainly racy and saline in the backend. Juicy red fruits, zingy lemon, creamy richness, and plenty of spices in the mouth. So delicious, and before we knew it, we bottomed out. A great success and easily one of the best champagnes this year. — 11 days ago
Pale lemon color.
Aromas of lemon, mineral, nuts.
Dry. Flavors of lemon, peanut, pastry. Nutty notes are odd, but not unpleasant.
Finish: 4/5 — 8 days ago
NOSE: coconut cream, custard, nilla wafers, grilled pineapple, a little mango. Smells like typical aged Suduiraut!
TASTE: the vanilla cookie is strong with this one - plus tres leches. 93.
Sauternes is one of my preferred pairings with pumpkin pie and whipped cream. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! — 14 days ago