Stupendous, maybe the best Rhône white I’ve ever had. Pale gold, smells like tiny white spring blossoms, baked apple and Meyer lemon. Viscous, oily mouthfeel with more lemon and flowers, peaches, melon, honey, tea and marzipan, a little smoky on the back, somehow maintains great freshness through all of that. The Gonon St Joseph rouge is probably overrated at this point (I wouldn’t know, it’s been a while and it’s too expensive) but this might be underrated — a day ago
1hr+ decant and needed more. Dark purple color. Lovely nose of violets, coffee, oak, and tar. Wine is harsh on the palate and lacks fruit and depth. Was more spicy than I would have expected. Develops earthy and smoke flavors with air, but had a medium minus finish. Not bad value, but expected more. — 11 days ago
A great vintage to drink now. Nose of olive, pepper, grilled meats, floral, granite and red berry fruit. Showing so well. Palate is easy like Sunday morning. Silky and ripe wirh outstanding balance and purity. Loads of berry fruit and ample freshness. So pure and sappy. Peppery finish and lovey granite and earth tones. No rush but this is in a great place now.
After air, more aromatic with blackberry, violets, olive and game, herbs, granite. So good. 9.2 to 9.3. Gains more elegance on the palate and really brings the fruit and refined tannin. — a day ago
Just concluded the annual Fall seclusion at our cabin in the Rangeley lakes region of Maine, mobile service up there is mostly non-existent, after several days I am posting again. Notes are somewhat brief, as my focus is relaxing and watching the Common Loons swimming and diving in the cove in front of our camp.
Decanted 6+ hours, no new notes; a fantastic St. Emillion! Paired to Allen Bros. USDA Prime Filets, melt in your mouth good at 130°F.
Nose has black cherry, ripe red cherry, dark cocoa powder, light barrel toast, plum skin, washed blackberry and crushed blueberry.
Palate has ripe black/red cherry, wet leather, high cacao content chocolate, under-ripe plum, wet clay and trailing hints of dehydrated mint.
Awesome pairing to Allen Bros. USDA Prime beef fillets, three day salt rest and Hickory smoked on the grill to ~130° = Heaven, should you believe in such post-life retirements. — 3 days ago