Alfred Gratien

Gratien & Meyer

Brut Crémant de Loire White Blend

Bright acidity, citrus, and tart raspberry, medium bodied and yeasty. — 24 days ago

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Gratien & Meyer

Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé

Sparkling Loire rose pairs well with all foods. Dry with hints of strawberries and a creamy finish. Should find under $20 in stores. — 2 months ago

Alfred Gratien

Brut Champagne Blend

Light, apples, citrus, a bit nutty. — 2 months ago

Relic Wines

Old Vines Frediani Vineyard Petite Sirah 2016

Sourced from the Alfred Frediani Vineyard in Calistoga this Old-Vine Petite Sirah absolutely phenomenal. The 100% Petite Sirah spent 21 months in 50% new French Oak barrels and it immediately begins to impress once in the glass. It offers seductive aromatics of ripe blackberry cobbler and dark cherries, which are joined by dried loam, violets, sweet exotic spices, crushed rocks and a dusting of roasted cocoa beans all coming together beautifully. On the palate this is full-bodied and opulent, with big polished tannins framing the rich layered texture that is well balanced and remains fresh and inviting. This goes on to impress with its incredible ripe, dense core, which is marked by flavors of dark fruits, sweet spices and a loamy character that expands through the long enveloping finish. A fabulous job by winemaker Mike Hirby to make such a profound wine without jeopardizing balance and sense of terroir. This Petite Sirah is a total knockout that is nothing short of absolutely delicious today, and should continue to drink marvelously for years to come. — 2 months ago

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Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2008

David T

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

The fruits are ripe, ruby. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plum skin, raspberries & strawberries. Dark rich soils, dark spice, crushed dry rocks, black licorice, tobacco, soft leather, graphite, Great balance fruit and earth. The body is velvety and statin. The structure, length, tension and balance are just coming around. The texture is gorgeous. The acidity is round and excellent. The finish delicious and persists nicely.

Photos of; our dinner group, The K&L Bordeaux Buyer-Ralph Sands and Alfred talking about the wines, Clyde Beffa Jr. -Owner of K&L Wine Merchants and Chateau Pontet Canet.
— a month ago

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Alfred Gratien

Cuvée Paradis Rosé Brut Champagne Blend 2007

18.5/20 (96/100) Красивый, фруктовый аромат с нотами яблок, груш, малины, сливы и бриоши с легким тоном кремня. Высокая кислотность. Насыщенное во вкусе с брусничной горчинкой. Яркое, комплексное и абсолютно готовое. — 3 months ago

Alfred Merkelbach

Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese 1999

Andrew Holod

In that particularly happy place where sweetness yeilds to savory notes. Apricot and toasted pastry aromas. Viscous and dense on the palate. Perfect end to a fine dinner w fresh apricots. — 3 months ago

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Pym Rae

Tesseron Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

David T

This is Alfred Tesseron’s (Owner of Pontet Canet) Napa Valley’s project on Mount Veeder. You can also clearly see Sugar Loaf from the property.

The previous owner of the property was the late comedian Robin Williams. Robin never made wine and the fruit was sold to other producers.

The name Pym-Rae is an homage to Robin Willams two children.

The Winemaker for Pym-Rae is the son of Jean-Michel (Winemaker of Pontet Canet), Thomas Comme. Thomas has taken out all the drip irrigation and dry farms all the fruit. He has some progressive ideas on farming fruit. Pym-Rae is also certified biodynamic and organic.

This 2016 inaugural vintage is just now about to be released.

The nose reveals; big and brooding dark currants, deep; blackberries, black raspberries, big black plum, purple fruit mix, blueberries, black cherries with poached strawberries. Grilled meats, anise to black licorice, sweet tarriness, touch of incense, burnt ambers, crushed dry rocks, dark, rich earth, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, limestone minerals, alluvial soils with nice, purple, dark flowers with violets and hints of lavender.

The body is huge, brooding and thick. Big, dark, meaty, tarry rounded tannins with dusty edges. The structure & tension say it’s big and meant to be well cellared. The length is nice and the balance sets in as it opens up but, will be much better with 5-10 years plus of cellaring. Dark currants, deep, ripe, lush & ruby; blackberries, black raspberries, big black plum, purple fruit mix, blueberries, black cherries with poached strawberries. Grilled meats, cracked pepper, anise to black licorice, sweet tarriness, black olive, touch of incense, burnt ambers, dark spice with palate heat, lots of crushed dry rocks, dark, rich earth, dry stones, dark chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, clove, vanilla, good presence of dry herbs, cigar box, lots of graphite, limestone minerals, dusty top soil, alluvial soils with nice, dry, withering purple, dark flowers with violets and hints of lavender. beautiful round acidity. The finish starts with ripe, lush fruit and slides into pronounced dry, powdery, tannins and earthiness. It persists until you put something else in your mouth. This is not a pop & pour wine. It needs a very long decant if you drink it young and really should be cellared 8-10 plus years.

Patience will increase my rating by 2-4 points. It is just too young and massive for me to give it a higher score. However, it has all the stuffing for greatness.

Photos of; the yard and estate vines above the main house, 2019 Cabernet grapes that will start harvesting in the next week, a look inside the house Robin built and the infinity pool and view from the terrace.
— 25 days ago

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14.5 or a little less.
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Same as 13 dominus
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@Paul T- Huntington Beach Both of them also dry farm their fruit.

Alfred Gratien

Champagne Brut

White truffle and biscuity yeast-ness. Brioche, lemon and cooked lime, clean floral reminiscent of magnolia, but much less pungent. Immediate lemon curd, lemon zest and pith atop the aforementioned brioche, and a chalky minerality to the texture. Nice, sustained resonance of pomelo and lime. — 3 months ago

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