Al is a beer drinker and was DD this night but had a sip. “Wow that’s amazing”. His wife is a red wine lover and was also amazed. The 2 of us swirled and sniffed every sip. Left every drop in our mouths to linger as long as we could only to comment “ fantastic beautiful can’t even taste the tannins or alcohol”. A perfect fusion of the two followed by a supple mouth of deliciousness. — 3 months ago
Clear, Deep Gold, long slow tears.
Clean oxidized nose with brine, celery and tumeric, caramel.
Dry on the pallet, med acidity, medium body 13% ABV, dry cider apples, celery, clay, wet ground, earthy clay pottery.
I would of guessed either, Sherry or Kvevri , in a blind tasting. Production was 9 months al fresco in glass demiohn (Banyuls!)
55% Grenache, 23% Mourvedre, 10% Roussanne, 7% Cinsaut, 3% Carignan, 2% Grenache Blanc.
I love Mourvedre.
“This blend features a good portion of Mourvèdre; that variety seems to work best for this style”. I vote for 100% Mourvedre, small batched, three shades of Banyuls (white, rose, red).
Geeked. Exciting wine.
Could easily pair with the flavors of India, Spain, and Middle East.
— a year ago
Wine #2 In Italy. We are in Venice and this is the second Valpo Ripasso (last night I didn't have a workable phone). Light to Medium bodied. Aromatic. These wines have both paired really nicely with branzino. Still jet-lagged, with be here for 16 days. Challenging with kids; thus wine will be a necessity.
I'm open to suggestions @Bill Bender @Shay Aldriedge and others. We will hit Tuscany and considering a swing up to Barolo at al.
90 points and rising — 2 years ago
@Delectable Wine this is Preciado Cabernet 2016. Inaugural vintage released a few months ago. It was not in your database. Gemstone tasting graciously arranged by Al Buis tonight! I don't know if I should really be putting a number rating to this wine. Its best days are definitely ahead of it. This is a combination of coombsville, outpost, and gemstone Vineyard fruit. At the price this inaugural vintage fetches, this wine rates a 98. Reeling it back in, reality tells me that this is a 94 right now, which means that I feel this one should be able to go 10 years, but not entirely sure as it is extremely approachable now. I do believe it will age well for the first three to five years. It has a lot of sweet black fruit right on the opening. I was getting a little bit of molasses, chocolate in the middle, herbs toward the Finish. Very solid chalky youthful black backbone. Finishes with a lot of heft, and a lot of tannin. I recorked and took one bottle that had about 50 ml missing. I plan on opening that in 2 days to see how this develops. — 5 months ago
Organic and juicy Cab Franc. Effervescence in every sip with a delicious cherry presence. Imported by International Wines in Birmingham, Al. $13.99
Day 2 notes- bell pepper and cherries. — 2 years ago
Disgorged 13/04/2015. Of the bottles of this wine that I have had, this one came across a bit brut-al... a little hard-edged and angular, severe on the finish. Things had opened and softened by say 2... — 2 years ago
Needed 2+ hours to fully reveal ripe berries, plum, leather, substantial, fine. — 10 months ago
Vino “importante” per antonomasia, frutto del vitigno Nebbiolo, coltivato negli 11 comuni storici piemontesi. Rosso con riflessi granata, al naso etereo, in bocca secco, asciutto, austero, armonico m e persistente. Affinato per 3 anni di cui almeno 2 almeno in botti di legno. Di grande struttura, questa domenica accompagna delle pappardelle altrettanto importanti.
Valutazione finale: 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟
— 10 months ago
After Bistro Byronz with Dena, Al, Stacey & Jaclyn — a year ago