Deep garnet color with a wide brim and dark purple undertones. Spice throughout, especially on the nose along with violets, dusty blackberries, and a good bit of oak. This isn’t trying to be French. At all. Proudly waving the Napa Valley flag, this is a big boy. As expected, higher alcohol than his Gallic cousins and fuller bodied. High acidity with smooth tannins and very tight at this stage, could probably do with a few more years in the bottle. Much less herbaceous than I expected but with some really beautiful red fruit on the palate. Plums, red cherries, and cassis is supplemented by plenty of oak, spice, and Newports. Some herbal notes come in to play on the medium long finish. This wine was more fun than I expected. — 6 days ago
A hint of fall in the air, so time to squeeze a few last rosés in to the end of summer.
Salmon pink with a tinge of orange, excellent clarity. White pepper and floral notes in nose. Strawberry and citrus flavors, white pepper, strawberry and mineral finish. Good acidity, dry but fruity, mild astringency. — 14 days ago
Брусника, железо, лакокраска, обобщенные красные ягоды, рассол. Аромат отличный, есть слои. Тело легкое, но не элегантно, кислотность чуть торчит. Долгий брусничный финиш.
С аэрацией сглаживается, становится бархатным и прекрасным. Полчаса контакта с кислородом - и становится отлично — 18 days ago
Monthly WTF wine group night. Our theme was American oak vs French oak. All wines tasted blind. We started off with two bottles of bubbly and finished with two non-themed reds.
One of the most unique, and enjoyable, rosés I’ve had in a while. More orange than pink in the glass. As expected, herbal and musty aromatics with underripe nectarine and black cherry skin. Soft and round on the palate with additional note of tart rhubarb. Complex. Thanks @Jack Thompson — 9 days ago
Vintage 2010 / Too young, I am afraid. Half transparant color with brown rim. The nose seemed closed, but even after two hours in the decanter the smell is shy. A very lightish strawberry impression, plums. A bit spicy. The taste is very powerfull, friendly though after aeration. Smooth. This top cuvee of Legrand is able to age well. Good balance. Cabernet franc at its best. / Paired with lambsmeat and pepperbell. And with French cheese Epoisses. — 14 days ago
We're entertaining my in-laws and parents today, fun 🤷♂️. Bottles go fast when you're pouring for six glasses.
Consistent notes from our prior bottle, a few weeks ago, decanted 5+ hours:
Nose has black cherry, ripe red cherry, dark cocoa powder, light barrel toast, plum skin, washed blackberry and crushed blueberry.
Palate has ripe black/red cherry, wet leather, high cacao content chocolate, under-ripe plum, wet clay and trailing hints of dehydrated mint.
Paired with a local, 3.5lb. beef roast, slow cooked at ~200°F for 3.5 hours, beautifully medium on the core temperature. Local potatoes roasted then covered in a herb/shallot compound butter, so yum! — 14 days ago
Green pepper, black pepper, cherry, currant. Wow what a nose. The palate is full and wide with a ripe currant and a radiant cherry, a strong acid backbone and a dense matter. The touch is soft on the sides and some tannins kick in in the rear. Super long and fruitful finish that goes for ever. Wow this is my kind of stuff! — 8 days ago
Decided to go in with the Coravin for a glass of this gorgeous Napa Bordeaux blend.
Showing black fruits, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.
Full bodied, smooth and bold with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry, spicy and fruity on the palate.
Long finish with firm tannins and tangy raspberries.
Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel, although still young and will be better in the next 10 years.
Good by itself or with food.
Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of her time.
14.6% alcohol by volume.
92 points. — 12 days ago