This was beautiful and drinking really well. Light bodied but still some dark fruits to chew on. Easy to drink this one. — 6 days ago
Amazing Grenache — 25 days ago
Gaja's 2016 Barbaresco is positively stellar. A wine of poise and grace, the 2016 has so much to offer. Expressive spice and floral notes open up first, but what really stands out is the wine's nuance and delineation. There is a sense of translucency to the 2016 that is impossible to miss. Sweet red cherry, mint, cinnamon and rose petal develop in the glass, adding further shades of nuance. Quite simply, the 2016 is one of the very finest Gaja Barbarescos in recent memory. This is such a gorgeous wine. Don't miss it. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2019) — 10 days ago
13’ Judge Palmer G lll. Ruby red in color. Ready to roll!! The palate is full of black fruits-reveals layers of silky, refined tannins & a firm structure. Providing power with finesse & grace. Drinking now, another decade in it.
This is significantly better then the 2012. — a month ago
I know what a number of people would say, Malbec! Meh! Well this bottling would spin your head around where Malbec is concerned.
Charles Hendricks makes this for Hope & Grace and is still the finest example of Malbec I’ve had. It’s his craft, the vintage & bottle age that does it.
What a nose! The nose reveals; ripe, sweet, dark, tarry currants, robust black cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, purple fruit mix heaven, black pepper, dark spice, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, steeped fruit teas, anise to black licorice, limestone minerals, dark fruit liqueurs, nice herbaceousiness, black olive, wood shavings, fresh tobacco, hints of eucalyptus, vanillin, malt in malt-balls, leather, dry crushed rocks and the most vibrant, beautiful, fresh, slight candied, blue, purple, violets & lavender florals.
The body is; rich, lush, ruby and is absolutely astounding. This wine is peaking. It is velvety, candied with rounded tannin teeth. It does not get much better than this in; structure, tension, length and balance. Sweet, dark, tarry currants, robust black cherries, blackberries, black raspberries, purple fruit mix heaven, black pepper, dark spice, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, steeped fruit teas, anise to black licorice, limestone minerals, dark fruit liqueurs, nice herbaceousiness, black olive, dry brush, moist clay, wood shavings, fresh tobacco, hints of eucalyptus, vanillin, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, clove, malt in malt-balls, leather, dry crushed rocks and the most vibrant, beautiful, fresh, slight candied, crazy, blue, purple (violets & lavender florals. The acidity is cool stream, palate perfect and holds the ABV. The finish is; ruby, lush, elegance defined, well knitted balance & harmony that persists to heaven.
Photos of; our backyard, birthday bouquet, autumn pumpkin and my birthday princess. — 15 days ago
Beautiful label ‘Adopt the pace of nature; Her secret is Patience’ ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mother Nature is intriguing and elusive, reigning with grace and beauty. There is no doubt that she is the one True Myth. We respect her for the enigma that she is and honour her with a beautiful Cab Sav - smooth wine loaded with blackberry & cherry, touch of caramel.
Enjoyable, love the label - intrigued me to try and so glad I did! — 21 days ago
Dineen Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills. This is a lighter style of Malbec fermented with native yeast, whole clusters. 11.2% alc/vol. Purple, moderately extracted pigment, very good clarity. Butter, tobacco and red fruit aromas initially. Raspberry and black currant flavors with length and a bit of cherry, moderate seed bitterness and skin astringency. Needs time to open. Acidity is light, almost rounded mouthfeel, fruit with length, but you need to give those tannins about 30 minutes minimum to dampen down. The carbonic maceration character comes out after 45 minutes, creating a mild Kool-Aid effect on some of the fruit flavors. (The effect is much nicer and more natural, of course, than those artificial flavors in Kool-Aid). A nice red for any occasion except a steak, in which case go for a full power Malbec. — a month ago
This took a little bit of coaxing to come out. It was very reluctant.
Originally in the decanter for 4 hours. Then Decanted twice more and put through the aerator twice.
Raisins, Pastry, biscuit, brioche, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, coconut, chocolate, coffee, fig, prune, cooked blackberry, dried raspberry, cooked black plum, tar, forest floor, earthy, tobacco, game, vegetal, wet leaves, savoury, meaty.
Dry, medium plus acid, medium tannin, high alcohol, medium plus intensity, medium body, medium plus finish.
Drink now, potential for ageing, under 10 years. — a month ago
This has aged with grace. Resolved tannins, bramble blue fruit, blackberries, and red plums, followed by a sweet brioche note. The blue fruit shines on the palate and it has a pleasant roundness without being flabby. Pleasurable now, but on the downside of its drinking window. One bottle left for a cool night to come. — a month ago
The ‘Grace Vineyard’ Pinot Noir is a barrel selection from this exceptional site in the Dundee Hills AVA. The aromas are intoxicating right out of the gate, as this warm vintage Pinot Noir is not needing a long decant. Rose water, ripe red plums, strawberry puree and guava aromas all combine with lovely earthy and wet rock nuances that all are woven together in the beautifully glass. Exuding sheer class on the palate, this gorgoeus Pinot Noir slowly unveils ripe red fruits that mingle with minerals, potpourri, exotic spices and shades of wild blackberry jam. The silky texture entices and adds to this wonderful drinking experience. Fantastic in its youth, the Grace Vineyard Pinot Noir will shows wonderful promise for an exceedingly long evoloution ahead. Drink 2020-2040 — 2 months ago