A delicious Cali blend of an Austrian grape, a Spanish grape, and a Portugese grape (feels like there should be a joke here about these three walking into a bar...). Lively aromas of raw honey and tropical fruits. On the palate, lovely flavors of white pepper and melon. 40% Grüner Veltliner, 30% Albariño, 30% Verdelho. 6/23/22. — 15 days ago
Bright gold! Very shy nose of briny baked apple. Medium full palate of baked apple, lime (the fruit), lime (the rock), caramel, and a hint of balsam. Lengthy finish extends the palate. Complexity and finesse are the key words for this rich yet food-friendly Meursault. With the weight to support hearty meats and a fine backbone of acidity that's a match for shellfish and other mid weight seafood, this is a must have for any high-end dinner table. Drink now through 2028. — 22 days ago
California Syrah the way I like it. And I do definitely like it. A really pretty deep dark purple with a wide brim and little cherry red flecks. This nose is just plain silly good and exciting. Plums and raspberries abound here. Blackberries with a touch of fennel go a long way. The olive aromas are jumping out of the glass and my goodness it’s special. There’s a rich meaty, fatty aspect to the nose that just blows me away. Stupendous.
Every wine I have from Big Basin is just as good as the next one. All so good and so well crafted. Hailing from the Rattlesnake Rock vineyard in Santa Cruz and definitely fruit forward. At this age, it’s drinking with more refinement than you may expect. Classy and stylish but never forgets about the fun. A lesson in how to make a big and bold Syrah without even coming close to going overboard. Smoke and grilled meat in the mouth to go with the vibrant red and blue fruits. Black pepper and menthol. The finish is long and fulfilling. Don’t listen to me, seriously don’t. Just go taste it. — 2 days ago
Stunning mineral nose with amazing slate aromas, wet rocks and depth. Ripe peach and apricot. Lifting, refined and elegant. Also a wonderful earthy after the rain aroma. Crushed rock dust as well. Such a mesmerizing nose. The minerality is through the roof! It’s so bright and broad and unique. What an amazing site! Palate is brilliant. Super mineral and extremely concentrated with uncommon depth and such razor sharp acidity. Wow the minerality is profound here. It’s overwhelming and crashes on your palate like waves on rocks at high tide. Amazing layered and refined finish. Linear and with just amazing focus. Love the concentration and focus here as usually wines this concentrated can lose focus. Not here! The nose smells like pulverized rock dust now. This is as classy as a 1er cru white burgundy from an elite producer. Extremely finesse driven and finesses all that concentration and minerality with ease. Brilliant wine from perhaps Stefan’s best site. — 20 days ago
Mineral driven Armenian Bubbly! Blend of Khartoun Kharji (70%) and Voskehat (30%) sourced from extremely high elevation vineyards. Aromas and flavors of white flowers, minerals and apricot. Ripe, rich and nicely textured. Well balanced. Excellent QPR. Thanks so much, Kase! — 12 days ago
This is liquid stone. Sure, there is some pear-inflected green apple fruit, and a hint of pineapple, but screaming amounts of crushed rock, especially on the palate. Nice, but not overpowering, acidity. Lengthy finish. This is a graduate seminar in Loire geology in a glass. — 4 days ago
Some Slovakian Egon Müller Riesling!? Pale lemon color. Medium mineral nose with wet rock and slate, green fruit, salinity; petrol comes in late. The palate is dry, highly acidic, medium alcohol, medium bodied, medium flavor intensity with green fruit, wet stone, and hints of honey. Medium finish. Very good wine. Impressively very good, it’s got balance, some complexity and an adequate tangy finish. Could ‘a fooled me! Looks, smells and tastes like a very good quality Mosel. — 19 days ago