Wow! Absolutely stunning. Pale straw color. Aromas of key lime zest. Hints of grass. On the palate, starts with gooseberry and leads to ripe guava with nice acid on the finish. I haven’t had a Sauvignon Blanc this good from anywhere in a long time! Reminds me of the old vines Musque clone wines from CA. Out of my #grasslglas #tastingglass — a month ago
@Delectable can you please add the 2003 vintage. I keep getting error message 2000.
It’s a very good night when you have an Allen Brothers Ribcap and an older Pichon Lalande. It is my favorite beef pairing. The 03 is just starting to move into its good phase. I would not open another 03 for at least 5 more years and has another 10 plus years of good drinking ahead.
I decanted it for about 2 1/2...could have used another half hour. Once it was fully open, the body was elegant and the tannins like velvet. The ripe black raspberries & raspberries led the rush onto the palate. Followed by; blackberries, dark cherries and a little strawberries on the long set. Gentle earth of; stones, clay & loamy dry soil, fresh tobacco, graphite, suede style leather, some dark spice, understated baking spices of; vanillin, cinnamon, nutmeg and just a dash of clove. Dark, red, purple & some blue florals. The acidity was excellent. The creamy, velvety, elegant, well balanced in fruit and earth was harmonious wire to wire.
The pairing causes my eyes to roll and let out an mmmmm.
Photos of; Chateau Pichon Lalande, stainless steel tanks, side garden area of the chateau and their barrel room. — 3 months ago
I love Mosel Riesling with the right food. It is always paired with our Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps. 👌 pairing.
Visited this producer and P.A Prüm in 2015. Both rock solid producers.
The nose reveals; peach, apricot, white peach, dried pineapple, understated white citrus blend, marmalade, orange, tangerine, tropical melon, light petroleum notes, hints of fruit brandy, honey/honeycomb, notes of sweet white spice, caramel, nuts with skin, beautiful, yet subtle minerals, slate, spring flowers, yellow floral & fruit blossoms.
The palate is; thick, rich, lush & nice viscosity. It’s a good first peak at the 2009. Love the GG’s and don’t drink them nearly enough. It’s a gorgeous mouthfeel and similar wire to wire. Ripe, juicy; peach, apricot, white peach, dried pineapple, understated white citrus blend, marmalade, orange, tangerine, & tropical melon. Mild petroleum notes, hints of fruit brandy, honey/honeycomb, notes of sweet white spice, caramel, nuts with skin, beautiful, yet subtle powdery minerals, slate, spring flowers, yellow floral & fruit blossoms. Huge round, perfect acidity. The long; round, voluptuous, elegant, lush finish is really coming into its own & sustains for minutes in perfect balance & harmony.
Photos of; S.A. Prüm, Saskia Prüm, lead Winemaker, one of their Mosel vineyards (how would you like to harvest at that pitch on slippery blue slate when it rains...rain happens quite a bit during harvest) and their barrel room. — 5 months ago
I’ve been picking up nicely aged Kistler’s off the secondary markets for between $50-$60. I have to say I’m pleased but, don’t understand why they go so under valued. I am not going to tell you Kistler makes the best Pinot Noirs. However, they make very good ones. Especially, when they hit 10 years in bottle properly stored. Maybe, it’s just the economy?
The body is heavenly round, full and lush with nice viscosity. The fruits are in fantastic shape. In fact, I would say peaking. Full range of; blackberries, dark cherries, both plums, raspberries, cherries, pomegranate and blueberry highlights. The baking spices nicely soften; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and vanilla hues. Beautiful mixed fruit cola. Understated, round dry, crushed rock, delicate limestone minerals, shades of; tobacco, savory meats & mint, light dark spice with faint heat, hints sweetened mushrooms, dark, rich earth with bright florals that are; dark, red, purple & blue framed in violets. The acidity is spot on. The beautiful, elegant, well knitted & balanced finish exits with nice, soft persistence. Wire to wire a beautiful wine.
I thought I might get some smoke presence from the 2008 fires in Sonoma...it either was light & faded or never existed.
Still has another 4-5 years of solid drinking ahead.
Photos of; Kistler, their barnyard tasting room, Founder-Mark Bixler who passed away in late 2017 (RIP) and their barn that houses one of their tasting rooms. — 17 days ago
Been awhile since I pulled out an Insigna.
The 03 Pichon Lalande is the better wine and steak pairing. However, Napa Cabernet is the choice to finish steak and enjoy on its own after. You never want to do Napa before Bordeaux IMHO. It’s much harder to adjust from sweeter to something more earthy.
Enjoyed the 05 as my score reflects. I don’t remember it being as sweet as it was in previous tastings. Still quite good. It just tipped my sweet scale a little too much.
The body is, rich, lush & round. It’s achieved good evolution after 13 years in bottle and will continue to improve over the next 6-8 years and last another 15 years. As I mentioned, the fruit was ripe & sweet. Blackberries, black plum, black raspberries, plums, hints of blueberries and strawberries haunting the backend. Rich, dark earth, Rutherford dusty tannins and dry soils, purple cola, touch of fresh tobacco & graphite, light baking spices of; cinnamon, dash of clove, nutmeg and vanillin, anise to black licorice, saddle-wood, used leather, dry stems, some dry, crushed rocks/limestone with red, dark, purple and blue florals. The acidity round and nicely executed. The finish was similar wire to wire. It’s, lush, rich, elegant, touch too sweet, polished, well balanced & knitted with a soft, persistent, dark spice on the long set. Very enjoyable second bottle.
Photos of; Joseph Phelps Winery & sloping estate vines, inside lounge are with views of the back side, tasting terrace and front lobby/salon area upon entering past check in. — 3 months ago
Our friends also brought Tri-tip to cook on the Green Egg. Not just any Tri-tip. This is the Cardiff. On the packaging, it refers to a website called CardiffCrack.com and can be ordered from https://order.seasidemarket.com/ @Paul T- Huntington Beach you are going to want to try this without question or hesitation and have some older Shiraz with it.
This is the most tender & flavorful Tri-tip I’ve had...all of us. For me, most are too seasoned/salty and not all that tender. You could almost cut it with a fork. I’ll be making this again & again. This is Goldilocks third porridge...just right.
I find Two Hands to be in the conversation of upper echelon Barossa producers.
I thought this would be a good classic pairing for Tri-tip. This slid into the perfect pairing for the style of the Cardiff. They hugged each other nicely. Really good.
For me as it is with may other big red wine regions, this wine needs 10 years plus to start showing how incredible they can be and has another 7 plus years of good drinking ahead of it.
This was smooth, elegant with round supple tannins. Broad spectrum of ripe, black, purple & blue fruits. It’s core dark with sweet tarriness, expresso roast, pepper, fresh tobacco, dark spices & limestone minerals. Dark; red, purple, blue florals framed in a field of violets & lavender. The acidity is excellent and the wine wire to wire is supple, has great balance, elegance with long staying power & persistence.
Photos of our 2017 visit toTwo Hands. Tasting room approach, fountain on the back grounds and view from their tasting patio. — 4 months ago
Gold tone wire fish netting wraps the bottle. Very classy.
An explosion of black berry on the nose at opening. Purple color, long legs in the glass.
Taste of black fruit, vanilia, a hint of tobacco,
Medium tannins, dry finish.
Paired with lasagna and garlic bread.
A really great cab for $12 at Sendiks food market. I'm buying more.
14.1% abv. Napa, Ca. U.S.A. — 3 months ago
A good follow up to the 2008 Forts de Latour.
Great bottle that shows beauty of the 2012 Napa Valley vintage managed by the right hands.
Charles Hendricks is maybe one of the most under the radar producers in the Napa Valley and certainly shouldn’t.
This wine is $125 in futures. I can think of other Napa Cabernets that cost much more that are not nearly as good.
Charles does not make this bottling every year...only when he has the right quality of fruit.
His wines always drink well young and will improve with the right bottle evolution depending on varietal and vintage.
This 12 is a gorgeous, sexy wine immediately upon entry. Beautiful round, supple tannins. Perfectly ripe; blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, plum and blueberries. Black licorice, sweet tarriness, Asian & Indian spices, just the right amount of barrel selection/toast that bring out soft baking spices of; cinnamon, nutmeg, clove & vanillin, soft earthiness of; dry crushed rocks, loamy soils, limestone & volcanics. Suede leather, some fresh tobacco & shades of graphite with fresh; dark, red, blue & purple florals. The acidity is round and near perfect. The finish is; elegant, well knitted & balanced in fruit in earth, polished and excellent wire to wire settling onto mid dark spice on the long set.
Photos of; the Hope & Grace tasting room in downtown Yountville (Charles makes H&G as well), Charles doing the heavy lifting of winemaking and my favorite Pollock like painting that used to be behind their tasting bar and now hangs in Charles house. — 3 months ago
The Rauzan-Segla delivers everything you come to expect in an aged Marqaux. Over delivering was is just an ok 2006 Bordeaux vintage.
Paired excellently with our Porterhouse steaks cooked on the Green Egg.
From the first sip you got the beauty and creamy velvety tannins that I love so much from the region of a good Margaux producer.
The nose showed beautiful dark & mid red fruits with amazing red florals bounding from the decanter at first pour & better later in the glass.
The body is elegant, round & creamy. The fruits ripe, fresh; blackberries, dark cherries, strawberries, black raspberries and strawberries bring up the rear. Excellent florals, mixed red & purple fruit cola, soft, fresh tobacco notes, suede leather, limestone, moist clay, moist, dark earth and an array of; blue, purple & red florals. The acidity round & perfect. The long finish is like a velvety glove, well balanced, fresh, ripe, elegant, creamy and similar wire to wire.
It is out performing its original reviews at this point and has another 8-10 years of good drinking ahead of it.
Photos of; Chateau Rauzan-Segla, one of their near perfect fruit clusters, Winemaker- Nicolas Audebert and their barrel room — 4 months ago