Really enjoyed - vanilla, berries and spice. Easy to drink, medium bodied. Purchased at tasting room in Fredericksburg. Would buy again — 3 days ago
Gorgeous nose of violets, cassis, black fruits, really floral, fresh potting soil, so pretty. Just wafting. Palate is ripe, juicy, tangy and fresh. Sappy and so pure. Youthful and taut but very measured. Really great showing for this wine. Black fruits just burst on the palate with such clarity and purity. Awesome stoniness on the finish. Very refined tannins. Long finish. Much room to improve. — 15 days ago
This is a novel wine. It’s Red Muscat that is served chilled like a white wine. It is easily one of Italy’s most unique and greatest wines. It has the character of wines in other styles that cost thousands of dollars but because it’s such a freaky grape and made in a freaky style, (11.5% almost like a Kabinett Red Wine) it’s not that expensive. Still it’s great. Truly epic. Like a dessert at a 3 star Michelin that centers around some insane sauce. This is the vinous equivalent of that sauce. The nose is floral to a degree that using floral to describe any other wine is an insult to this wine. It’s minty and smells almost like an apothecary in God’s waiting room. It’s got roses. I mean in your face yet subtle and beautiful roses. There’s also fresh green shrubbery. Like walking into a freshly manicured British aristocrat’s family garden. There’s deep black cherry skins. It’s pungent and potent but also haunting and beautiful. The palate tho! They combo of fresh/sweet/ electric sweetness and a guided decadence. Perfect balance. Insanely pure. Willi Schaefer vibes here. Gorgeous sweet tannins and a deliciousness that is rare in this world. After air the nose has green and oolong tea aromas. Just a mesmerizing nose. Palate and nose are 50/50. This is not a perfect wine but it’s perfect for me. 9.7. — 5 days ago
The mouthfeel is a velvet glove. Just gorgeous and soft on the palate. Its hit a good phase & will still improve for another 7-10 years. Floral fruits with a raspberry heavy lean, blackberries, dark cherries, suppressed blackberries/black raspberries and a touch blue fruits. Soft graphite, used leather, dark rich soil, dry stone, crushed rock powder, fresh tobacco with brilliant florals that are purple, blue and framed in a field of violets. The acidity round & beautiful. The long elegant, well knitted & balance finish shows all the aged finesse & elegance that is classically Marqaux.
Photos of; Chateau Lascombes, modern & stylish barrel room and our Allen Brothers Ribcap, Crispy Potato Wedges and Caramelized Cooked Carrots. — 9 days ago
Like many I opened a bottle of ochota last week to toast the life of Taras Ochota who passed on Monday. I have long loved the Ochota wines and have felt lucky to have them in the Charleston market, but this “A Forest” Pinot was a gift from afar and one I have held onto for a year knowing the right time would come to open it. Well, last week seemed perfect time to celebrate a person who was a leader in making natural wines that were vibrant, beautiful, and sound. Any article about Taras and his wife Amber brimmed with their positive energy, and I loved this quote from him that appeared in a Imbibe tribute:
‘We could make more,’ he said to a room full of journalists, sitting round his enormous kitchen table last year. ‘But then I’d have to work harder, and then I wouldn’t be drinking wine with you guys.
‘I just want to make wine and have a nice life.’
Here’s to a life well lived! ❤️
— 2 days ago
I’ve been picking up nicely aged Kistler’s off the secondary markets for between $50-$60. I have to say I’m pleased but, don’t understand why they go so under valued. I am not going to tell you Kistler makes the best Pinot Noirs. However, they make very good ones. Especially, when they hit 10 years in bottle properly stored. Maybe, it’s just the economy?
The body is heavenly round, full and lush with nice viscosity. The fruits are in fantastic shape. In fact, I would say peaking. Full range of; blackberries, dark cherries, both plums, raspberries, cherries, pomegranate and blueberry highlights. The baking spices nicely soften; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and vanilla hues. Beautiful mixed fruit cola. Understated, round dry, crushed rock, delicate limestone minerals, shades of; tobacco, savory meats & mint, light dark spice with faint heat, hints sweetened mushrooms, dark, rich earth with bright florals that are; dark, red, purple & blue framed in violets. The acidity is spot on. The beautiful, elegant, well knitted & balanced finish exits with nice, soft persistence. Wire to wire a beautiful wine.
I thought I might get some smoke presence from the 2008 fires in Sonoma...it either was light & faded or never existed.
Still has another 4-5 years of solid drinking ahead.
Photos of; Kistler, their barnyard tasting room, Founder-Mark Bixler who passed away in late 2017 (RIP) and their barn that houses one of their tasting rooms. — 9 days ago
I haven’t had a new world cab Sauvignon in ages. This maker gets some press as she is working in a former apartheid state, but really this wine deserves kudos: most of all contains tension & a wirey ness that belies its cab Sauvignon credentials. Serious chocolate notes. Drink it on cold room temp side & you will be happy. Good wet winter night wine. — 3 days ago
Lights out bottle from MG, one of my top 3 favorite producers. To no surprise 2002 is so open and giving and its aromatics could seduce you across the room. It’s very Vosne Romanée like as it shows a beautiful spice character and superior combination of power and elegance. There’s red currants, roasted herbs, sous bois and lovely integrated toasty oak. Finishes with fantastic length, depth and soft tannins. A stunner, and Chef Thomas Keller approved 😇 — 3 days ago
This is extremely youthful as a 1967 gets. Yet, it shows its elegant bottle age.
The nose reveals classic Valpolicella. Sour dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, raisins, stew plums, raspberries, poached/baked strawberries, rhubarb, bright fruit liqueur, Kirsch cherries, licorice/cola notes, cognac/brandy hues, touch of V/A-bandaid, dark, rich earth sandstone, fresh tobacco leaf, tomatoes with leaf, hints of sage, eucalyptus/mint notes, dry top soils, crushed rock powder, with fresh & withering; red, dark, blue and purple florals.
The body is; lush, rich, round & juicy. Excellent viscosity. Sour dark cherries dry raisins, dates, blackberries, black raspberries, stew plums, raspberries, poached/baked strawberries, rhubarb, bright fruit liqueur, Kirsch cherries, licorice/cola notes, cognac/brandy hues, touch of V/A-bandaid, dark, rich earth sandstone, river stone, fresh tobacco leaf, tomatoes with leaf, hints of sage, eucalyptus/mint notes, dry top soils, crushed rock powder, with bright, fresh & withering; red, dark, blue and purple florals. The acidity is flat out sick. The tension, structure, balance & length are a stunning rare treat with a wine of this age. The long, beautiful finish is; well knitted, polished and extremely elegant. It is true wire to wire
For the most part, the older Valpolicella gets the better it is!
Photos of; their barrel room, hillside vineyard, library & aging cellar & our Allen Brother’s Ribcap with Christina’s Potato Wedges & cooked carrots. — 9 days ago
White wine made over the black sea? Actually really good, I drank at room temperature. It would do better at 55 to 62 F. This wine makes me wonder if there are good whites from other regions like sochi and russia..who knows. I paid 15 bucks from a local store. Great buy. — 18 days ago