A Tribute To Grace Wines

A Tribute to Grace Wines

Santa Barbara Highlands Rosé of Grenache 2021

Deeper in color than a trendy Provence rosé this also celebrates grenache in all its glory - red cherry, strawberry, raspberry and white peach on the nose and palate. Good acidity and a lovely red fruit juiciness. Wonderful with food, but equally enjoyable on its own — a month ago

Ben, Laura and 3 others liked this

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Santa Barbara County Grenache 2020

Strawberry, earthy, smooth with a spicy finish. Not tannic. Distinctive. — 2 months ago

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Ratti

Marcenasco Barolo Nebbiolo 2015

Tried twice! Located halfway up the hill dominating principal valley of Barolo, lined by vineyards, lies a precious 15th century Abbey of Annunziata. Medium Ruby with complex aromas of berry fruits, oak and fresh floral scents. On the palate dried cherry, tobacco, licorice, espresso and fresh herbs give this full-body wine grace and elegance. Soft fine dusty tannins, with earthy notes, on a well balanced frame makes this hot vintage wine approachable today as well as have room to run over the next decade. Very Nice! — a month ago

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Santa Barbara Highlands Grenache 2019

Second bottle from purchase last fall. Pale garnet with a hint of brick red. Jammy raspberry on the nose. Bright red raspberry delicate tannins delicious wine with Easter ham. Color is a little concerning — 2 months ago

Doug, LM and 7 others liked this

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Besson Vineyard Grenache 2018

Bright fruit, lovely palate and layers — 11 days ago

Henschke

Hill of Grace Vineyard Shiraz 1996

Only pale to mid crimson in colour with a tawny edge at 26 years of age. Black and blue fruits with game and a coffee bean note. The medium bodied yet rich palate is savoury and earthy with blackberry and just so so silky with resolved tannins and low acid. Not sure that I agree totally with Bob Campbell MW’s description - “like getting into an old Jag on a hot day”, but I love the imagery and can see where he’s coming from. Jancis said “pure hedonism “ and gave it 19/20. The latest iteration of H of G (2017) is selling for around $950 a bottle in Brisbane. No doubt brilliant but too expensive for me. I remember paying $12.50 for the 1982 vintage on release. There is a certain H of G character that is recognisable over many vintages over the years. Must be one of the most unique Shiraz vineyards in the world with vines up to a 150 years old. A privilege to drink this wine and close to perfection with 98 points. — 2 months ago

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Jan A

Jan A

Definitely one of my bucket list wines! Thank you for the review!
Bob McDonald

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My pleasure Jan. A worthy wine to have in anyone’s bucket list I would say. Cheers. 🍷

Larmandier-Bernier

Terre de Vertus Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Champagne 1er Cru Chardonnay 2014

When we talk purity and honesty in wine, Larmandier-Bernier instantly comes to mind. An attractive light golden robe and impressive perlage. The nose is instantly striking with plenty of green apple and butter. Lemon and limes along with marzipan. Chalky and fresh, this is one that you really should just sit with for a while and appreciate. The pastry aromas are absolutely killer here. The citrus fruit notes are really prominent over time. So pretty.

A biodynamic Blanc de Blancs from masters of their terroir. Stately and august while remaining approachable. It’s a wine you want to be effusive. Full of personality, charm, and complexity there’s such power and grace with this champagne. Brilliant acidity but there’s no way I would mark this as zero dosage if tasted blind. Laser like precision here. So classy and luxurious.

In the mouth, this is pure joy. Pure finesse and excellence. Terrific texture and balance. Citrus and slight toasted brioche notes. There’s a really nice streak of spice towards the end, especially on the second day. This champagne may not be right for everyone but it’s certainly right for me. I love this.
— 2 months ago

Andrew, Severn and 17 others liked this

Weingut Eymann

Toreye Alte Reben Chardonnay 2018

Actually this is a good one, the nose is wonderful tribute to burgundy, creamy golden delicious and nuttbutter on the palate. It also has grip, but it could be just a little bit more. — 9 days ago

Paul Bara

Grand Brut Champagne Rosé Blend

Another old friend. The tag old reliable doesn’t quite do it justice because it’s much more than that. It’s so classy and beautiful.

A rather subtle, paler shade of pink. Bubbles are sparse in the Riedel Veritas champagne glass. Full and creamy with a lovely bouquet. Blood orange and a whiff of passionfruit to start with. This is not a powerhouse nose that blows you away. It lulls you into a sense of security and warmth like a familiar lover. The memory of her and the scent of this turns you wistful. Lemon rind and faded strawberries along with crushed herbs. By letting it sit in the glass for a bit you’ll be rewarded with greenery and autumn flowers and her.

As is typical for a Bouzy champagne, this is predominantly Pinot Noir with 20% Chardonnay. A hefty amount of still red wine added to the blend which lends it viscosity and character. Incredibly engaging and charming, this is not another run of the mill rosé. There’s power here but the grace and lithe nature steal the show. Juicy red berries on the attack matched by vanilla and dare I say it, a touch of sexy funk. Warm, toasted biscuits and tart acidity. Please don’t think of this just as another pink sparkler, it’s a cut above. It dances in your memory.
— a month ago

Dawn, Trixie and 5 others liked this
Trixie

Trixie

Perfect lighting in the photo! Lovely review!🍾🥂

Laurent-Perrier

Grande Cuvée Grand Siècle No. 24 Champagne Blend

A truly imperious champagne. Exceedingly beautiful in the glass with a crystalline pale gold color. The effervescence is effusive and almost emotional. Nice intensity on the nose with apricots and honeydew initially. Lemon zest and butter along with toasted brioche bread. Faded flowers and honey. Roasted nuts really begin to shine after an hour or so.

As always with Grand Siecle, this is a blend of three years, 2004, 2006, and 2007 for this 24th iteration. Quite the stately and baronial wine. Absolutely ready to drink now but obviously will just continue to grow into itself more over the years. 55/45 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir from 11 Grand Crus, poise is the key here. All is in balance and form. Equally thrilling and reflective. Grace and power. It’s a bit stunning at times.

Very precise and focused, this is pure and driven in the mouth. Citrus is all over the palate, along with crusty bread and fresh herbs. There’s plenty of minerality but also an innate savory nature, as well. This just goes on and on and on, leading to an impeccably long and delicious finish. I’m in lust. A a Tête de Cuvée that drinks like one.
— a month ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Elegant review as always!🍾
Jamie Lauder

Jamie Lauder

Willie, you brought me to tears with this description.
I live vicariously through your Champagne addiction.
Well played Sir.