Tenuta Carretta Bric Paradiso Roero DOCG Riserva 2015: Beautiful nose. Bright red fruits. Cherry. Tobacco. Earth. Oak. A perfect balance with a smooth, dry finish. All in all, an excellent & true representation of the Nebbiolo grape varietal and the obvious, clear winner & favorite of the evening’s backyard wine challenge! This is a top Nebbiolo and one that I will store & savor again in years to come! Cheers🍷 — 7 days ago
Nose has mashed blueberry, sliced black cherry, wet soil, wet leather, black currant leaves, roses, syrup of dark fruits and damp peppercorns.
Palate has violets, blueberry/black currant juice, fresh black cherry, (light) moist spice cake and ripe elderberry. Persistent tannins prove this wine is still youthful, with a long/rich finish and juicy fruits on display. In proper storage this can easily be enjoyed, 2025-30+.
Cork pulled for a slow oxidation of 5H then decanted 4H.
We're big advocates of Burgundy wines paired to Asian-style food, tonight again with Taiwanese Five Spice Pork (Lu Rou Fan | 卤肉饭) over Jasmin rice with lightly fried eggs from our private egg factory in the backyard, plus locally raised NY pork (Highland Farm, Old Chatham, NY). The wine displayed its youthful tannins alone, but great acidity with the meal pairing. Happy happy! — 2 months ago
Tart, sparkly, fun, wonderful for backyard pizza! — a month ago
Is Merlot Monday a thing? Okay so this is only 80% Merlot (20% Cab Franc) but it is working for me. Smells like purple plums got inspired to write poetry about the cedar trees and violets blooming in their backyard (plums DO have backyards) so they naturally whipped out number two pencils, lit a pipe, and chilled out to write in situ. The plums, the pencils, the trees and flora, the birds and bees, you get all this in here. And soy sauce. I can’t explain it. Mayhaps I’ll go old-school and give it the ol’ WSET analysis:
Eye: medium ruby teasing at the beginnings of garnet at the rim. Thick slow tears.
Nose: medium plus intensity of Ted plums, cassis, cedar, violet, tobacco and dare I say...garrigue‽ in Merlot? Who knew.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium fine-grained tannins, medium plus alcohol (albeit nowadays we would have to call it high as it is 14.1 so just barely high), medium body medium plus flavors echoing the nose with the added savory soy note that is quite compelling. Finish is medium plus.
It may be too late for new year resolutions but mine is now to not neglect Merlot. Merlot Monday’s it is! — 2 months ago
Nose has amazing Gardenia aromas, sweet honey, freshly milled white pepper and cold wax.
Palate has over-ripe cantaloupe, honey drizzle on green melon, (light) lemon/orange zest and juiced Clementine (faint). Light on the acidity and a bit long on the finish. Decanted 60m. (92-93 points, very nice)
Spectacular pairing to fried eggs (backyard egg factory paying its dues even in the cold of winter) over toasted couscous, softened garlic & red onion, fresh green onion and the star of the dish za'atar (I could eat this on cereal!). — 4 months ago
Really delicious. An excellent wine to pair with assorted snacks in the backyard (chips, charcuterie, cheese, crackers, etc). Nice mouthfeel, light, and refreshing. A Spring wine if there ever was one. — a month ago
Pink and fizzy, Very fun to drink on a sunny afternoon in someone’s backyard. Fresh and on the dry side — 2 months ago
Very jammy comfortable Merlot with Jon and Shen backyard — 3 months ago
Christmas afternoon in the backyard - vibrant and delicious! — 4 months ago