Pale golden, excellent clarity. Diesel, chrysanthemum and wood notes in nose. Lemon and creamy flavors, slightly oily mouthfeel initially. Lemon lime tartness (zingy? Yes!) with leesy and mineral finish. Nice wine; these flavors pop. Some skin astringency and varietal bitterness in aftertaste. Fairly dry, plenty of acidity for food. A bold Riesling, much to like here. — 12 days ago
This Anthill is well extracted. Too much for how I like my Pinot’s. It is also has a slight alcohol burn in the back of my throat which; I & other professionals consider a fault in wine. It’s like Oregon fruit & florals meet the over-extraction of Bella Glos. That aside, there are some merits here.
The nose reveals slightly stewed, yet ruby & candied fruits of; blackberries, strawberries, dark cherries, plum, creamy raspberries and notes of pomegranate. Pronounced baking spices; vanilla, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Black, rich earth, black licorice, sweet tarry notes, limestone, dark spice, dry, crushed rocks and bright; red, dark, blue and purple florals.
The body is big, thick and lush. She still has sticky, meaty, tarry tannins. The structure & tension is quite big. The length and balance are good but, still require some more time to hit their peak. Slightly stewed, yet ruby & candied fruits of; blackberries, strawberries, dark cherries, plum, creamy raspberries and notes of pomegranate. Pronounced baking spices; vanilla, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Black, rich earth, gravely, dark volcanic minerals, black licorice, sweet tarry notes, limestone, dark spice, stem inclusion, leather, hints of graphite, dry, crushed rocks and bright; red, dark, blue and purple florals. The acidity is round and good. The big, long, finish is, rich, ruby, elegant, well polished and persists for minutes.
Photos of; one of the vineyards they source fruit, three friends & partners that founded Anthill; Anthony Filberti, David Low, and Webster Marquez who met while working at Williams Selyem and the staff working the process in the cellar. — 15 days ago
Red and black fruits, floral, spice, and whole bunch tang (herbs, smoke). Touched by oak for sure, but almost invisible. Snappy tannins and an impressive finish. Definitely a wine to look out for.
Few things to note:
- This was the better whole bunch Pinot on the table. Could be the extra year or perhaps more oak in the vinification - the wine looks more complete that Nicolas'.
- V16 was a warm year and I think this worked to the advantage of Cobaw Ridge's vineyard. It's typically cooler than Bindi's, which didn't exactly nail the vintage imo. I have found some of Cobaw Ridge's wines too green in the past (especially their popular Lagrein), but this was spot on.
- Picture taken from Wine and Country, which is an awesome shop in Daylesford btw! — 3 days ago
Beautiful Syrah. Interesting balance of old world and new world. White pepper and green vine spice. Dried leaves. Lavender. Gets game-y after a little air. Potpourri. Heady in the nose. Medium bodied. Good acidity. With good fruit on the palate- bright black berry. — 19 days ago
Private tasting at Nos Caves Vin with Russell & Victoria et al. Tonight’s lineup was comprised of the recently bottled 2017 reds.
This was the showstopper. A brand new wine brought to you by the Bevan dream team and it was amazing. This is the one wine I continually came back for, revisiting it time and time again. Lovely tannins, balanced structure (even for a 2017). Love this wine. — 16 days ago
The finest vintage to date of this Townley bottling. Chablis-esque, partial ML, very distinct from prior vintages with its leaner style which better showcases the more subtle greatness of Alder Springs. Salud! — 10 days ago
CAVU Rose from Barbera and an album which needs@no description. Washington State Barbera is pretty amazing. This has beautiful acidity & positively shimmers once it opens up a bit. Juicy and invigorating all at once. I’ll definitely be revisiting this and their traditional Barbera bottling. This feels great to drink with an all to familiar soundtrack, everything seems to be spring. — a month ago