Melon, lemon curd, limestone and seaspray nose. Some apple and subtle lily fragrance. Battery acid palate. But fairly dense for an albarino. Just so acidic you can hardly tell. Very salty. Savory, almost buttery in its umami. This is a great wine but hard to drink at this point. I think it needs maybe 5 probably 10 years to mellow. — 4 days ago
Incredibly good for 2011!! Spot on varietal correctness and quite nice balance from the deft touch in the cellar/crush pad. Bravo Maggie and Mark!! — 23 days ago
I was going to get the 2009 Domaine Leroy Bourgogne but, that turned out to pretty much vinegar. Not our bottle. You have to order wine from the Nepenthe menu with restaurants suffering through lost Covid-19 business. We brought a 2010 Williams Selyem. That will have to wait for another day.
Bottle is delicious just starting to show some brickish on the edge of the glass. Not sure why I don’t see more of this producer on Delectable. They really do make some outstanding Pinot Noirs.
The nose reveals ripe & somewhat candied; black cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries with shades of rhubarb. Savory meats, light smoke, fresh tobacco notes, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry crush rocks, dark spice, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, mostly dry, dark, earth, red licorice/cola, cherry kirsch liqueur notes with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple florals set in a field of violet & lavender.
The palate is, juicy, round, ripe and lush with nice viscosity. Ripe & somewhat candied; black cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries with shades of rhubarb. Savory meats, light smoke, fresh tobacco notes, steeped fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry crush rocks, dark spice with some pronounced heat, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, sage, mostly dry, dark, earth, dry top soil, underbrush, red licorice/cola, cherry kirsch liqueur notes with fresh & withering; dark, red, blue, purple florals set in a field of violet & lavender. The acidity is really nice...flowing like a cool gentle stream. The long finish is; round, sexy, well balanced fruit & earth, elegant, well polished and persist nicely ending with pronounced mid dark spice on the long set. — 25 days ago
Electric. So so electric. Floral, stones, minerals, some light white almond slices, wet rocks, so stoney. But pure and chiseled. Palate is terrific. Dense, chewy and my god the acid on this is majestic. Nimble and pure with such purity and length. Lemons are pretty much the only fruit but the minerals crush you. So elegant and textured, yet dynamic and massive. Really a wine of contrasts wherein the intrigue lies. What aromas. Best Roches Neuves white since 13 Clos Romans but this might be better. Thierry has always said ultimately this wine would be better than Clos Romans when the vines got old enough. I think 18 is first vintage where this is true. An unreal wine. — 21 hours ago
I’m not much of a rosé fan, but this is really pretty. Flower petals on the nose. Light, fresh strawberries on the palate. Excellent. — a month ago
Nose is blackberry flowers. As it opens garden flowers. Lavender. Lilacs. Pungent dark pink roses.
Palate is fresh juicy fruit. Super vibrant. Really fresh blackberries and medium cherries. Incredibly crisp. There’s this hard to define richness with a hint of balancing bitterness. Crazy elegant laser like juicy delicious spice. Like fresh harvested from dune.
an elegance erupts an hour in. Gorgeous. Drop fucking dead. Just sexy fruit but in a Dior gown.
2 hours in you get this liquid elegant cherry lilac crazy shit. Fuck. This is awesome. Curtaz is just god. He is god. My man crush is fulfilled.
Finish is so crisp. Almost like when you bite into a fresh just picked piece of fruit. You know how it just hits your palate with acid and fruit and you are just like damn that’s perfect. That’s This. A hint of licorice.
Sort of like a super Tuscan for smart people.
9.3 on open. Needs 2 hours to achieve curtazian godlike status.
This is the rosso — a month ago
Smells of hazelnut (common in aged wine for me)
This has mellowed a lot sconce I first tasted it, it has relaxed most of its muscle, and has become a much more eager to please than tanning dominating wine.
Heft to the body, with some barnyard decay, dried prune, oil cured olives, Thai basil, anise.
Tannins are still ready to slap you around, just not as much as they did in 2012 the acidity reminds me of a rechargeable battery. In a green way.
— 17 days ago
What is it about Russian River Chard? It’s like the girlfriend you had in high school that you finally admitted you had a crush on and everyone was like...really? It goes so well sipping into the night. One of the more mellow expressions of the River but still enough oak to set it apart. The best from this region show fruit and some wood - and this is it. Like many from this area not a value, but still worth it. — 21 days ago
Smells of ripe blue and blackberry, black pepper, fresh leather, sweet flowers. Very pretty. The tannin is fading, but holding on. Acidity rushes down the side and front of the tongue. The mouth feel is thick and fruit forward, but not over extracted in any way, with blue and blackberry to mirror the nose. The method of production using weight to crush the grapes really comes through with softer tannin and less extraction, yet still fruit forward and rose bud and leather finish. Just yum. — a month ago