Very nice, austere Pinot, dried cherry, tea leaves and forest floor — 2 months ago
A few mature wines still survive from the period that Michel Rolland spent in Chile, including Clos Apalta (a blend of 64% Carménère, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot), demonstrating both the effectiveness and richness of the style. Taking an approach that suits the terroir of Apalta in Colchagua, this garnet-hued red offers ripe aromas of jam, camphor and bay leaf that guide the hints of blackberry and an elegant woodiness that encompasses notes of sandalwood and tobacco. A complex wine that reflects its oxidative aging process; after a while, black olives, musk and hazelnuts appear. It is rich on the palate with fine tannins and slightly intense woody notes. A long, mature, open and flavorsome finish. (Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous, March 2020)
— 7 months ago
Our last night in Mala Mala and Rattray’s. We loved everything about Mala Mala, Rattray accommodations, staff (especially, Reggie our Game Guide and Trevor who manages the restaurant & Bar), the 33,000 acres of wild bush and the all-stars, the wild life.
The 2014 Alto Cabernet is lush, silky and beautiful. So easy to drink, yet complex. The body full and the tannins round, soft and velvety. The fruits; ripe, dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, plum skin, dark cherries and strawberries comes on as it opens up after an hour in the decanter. Baking spices; clove, very light cinnamons, some vanilla, dark spice, medium intensity granitic minerals, beautiful spices, dark, rich soils, herbaceous notes, eucalyptus/mint, dry soils with dark fresh and withering florals. The acidity is round and beautiful. The structure, tension, length and balance are knitting together nicely. The finish is; ripe, lush, well balanced, polished and lingers for minutes. Another great QPR wine.
Photos of; our late Mala Mala sunset, the 80 herd Buffalo we met at twilight, male Lion and Lionesses in their 3 day mating ritual and our hillside coffee break watching the 40 Elephant herd we visited earlier. — a year ago
I have been fairly critical of the 2010 Napa Cabernet vintage. This 2010 World’s End is one of the Napa producers that breaks with the many others I’ve had that were leaner, lacked structure, tannins & complexity.
This wine was just under $45 when I bought it upon release. Tonight, it is far out delivering that price point. In fact, as good as it is with tri-tip tonight, I wouldn’t open my next bottle for five more years.
The nose shows; some smoke & char, ruby, moist, forest floor with dry leaves, candied/ruby, candied, perfumed, brilliantly, floral fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plums, plums, blueberries, sour strawberries & raspberries. Dark berry, liqueured cola, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, anise to black licorice, steeped, black fruit tea, mellow, dark spices, dry crushed rocks, clay, dry, top soil, mint/eucalyptus, bay leaf, dry crushed rocks, dry stems, tobacco, dry leather, graphite, bright limestone with fresh & just withering/candied; dark, purple, black, red, blue florals framed in violets and lavender.
The body is; full, ripe, lush & juicy. The palate guide is that of a very well made & expensive Cabernet. Tannins are; dark, tarry, chewy, sweet with baby to adolescent teeth. Thi￼s 2010 has 15-20 years of good drinking ahead with proper storage. The tension, structure, length and balance are just starting their singing lessons. It is very Bordeaux like; moist, forest floor with dry leaves, truffles, mushrooms, candied/ruby, candied, perfumed, brilliantly, floral fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plums, plums, blueberries, sour strawberries & raspberries. Dark berry, liqueured cola, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, anise to black licorice, steeped, black fruit tea, mellow, very, dark Indian & Asian spices with just the right amount of palate heat, saline, smoke & char, black, cracked, black pepper, dry crushed rocks, clay, dry, top soil, dry, river stones, mint/eucalyptus, bay leaf, dry crushed rocks, dry stems, tobacco, dry leather, graphite, bright limestone with fresh & just withering/candied; dark, purple, red, blue florals framed in violets and lavender. The acidy is good to very good but, could be a little better. However, it does hold the alcohol level just in check. The long, complex finish is; ripe, well balanced fruit & earth, nicely knitted & balance which; slides into earthy, dark spicy, dry, dusty, tarry tannins on the long set that persist for several minutes.
Still needed a two to three hour decant.
One of the more complex wines I’ve had in some time.
Cuvée note, “If 6 Was 9" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and recorded on his Jimi Hendrix Experience LP in 1967.
Photos of; World’s End Winery, staff at the sorting table, the famous & picturesque Napa Valley sign and their barrel room. — 6 months ago
In the 17 published editions of Gambero Rosso, Italy’s acclaimed wine rating guide, this Tuscan estate has won the coveted Tre Bicchieri (Three Glasses) award 17 times. Ruby with complex berry and elegant spice aromas. On the palate rich ripe cherry and blackberry flavors with sweet spice, cedar, cacao and tobacco enhance the berry fruit. Graceful tannins, savory with good acidity balance, lingering ending with earthy mineral character. Nice! — 2 years ago
Château Tour Massac 2011 has medium intensity in color. It has mix aromas of young small black fruits and spices through the aging of the barrel. Its bouquet, still to develop during bottle ageing, towards mainly tobacco, medium level of leather, and little bit of mint . It has a round, soft initial taste, followed by a full, mouth-filling volume. The finish is with silky considerably young tannins, deliciously guide the aromas throughout the further tastings. — 7 months ago
When all the power goes out, this dry abricot infused wine is your guide to the light. Notes of floral, pairs well with darkness and friends. — 9 months ago
Fine example and very ready to drink. Label says no fining or filtering but our guide says just a little? Much more to our liking — 2 years ago
Baker Lane Vineyard(Field Guide 05), Bottle Numbers 1874 and 1879, Harvested 10/02/2014. Paired with a roast Alaskan Cod with Cannellini Beans and Castelvetrano olives, Roasted Broccoli, and Chocolate Gourmet Cannoli Cupcake. The food and wine complimented each, and the strong body of the wine brought out the hidden flavors and spices of the fish. Has a strong finish. Never ever adhere to old wives’ tale that only white goes with fish, as this meal clearly disapproves any notions. — 2 years ago