Sassicaia has never been to my liking, but it's probably because I've never drank it with enough age (the 06' which I had a couple of years ago was perhaps the oldest bottle). Nevertheless, it has always been a solid wine in my books and the 14' delivers in this vein. Quite red fruited on the nose, but it's all about blackcurrants on the palate, oak vanillin stood out for me here, green tones - sage and menthol comes to mind, quite silky texture. Air brought out some earthy salinity and some subtle spice notes - cinammon, anise. It's still a fruit bomb for me at this moment, but I think that's partly our fault for not giving it enough aeration.
Another bottle that was popped, poured, and blinded. Didn't do too well here - thought it was a Merlot with the red berry and plum notes, and it didn't quite sport the Cab pyrazine. Somehow thought it might have been New World. In hindsight, not sure why. 85% Cab Sauv, rest Cab Franc. Fermented in tank with indigenous yeasts. 11-15 days' vatting (longer than usual). Aged 24 months in French oak barriques (40% new). — 23 days ago
Lovely crushed berries make up the nose, like a jam making factory at first pressing.
Fruit leather black raspberry, Ouzo like anise, grit from the cherry pit, blanched plum.
Ending in tonsil smacking cedar stave,
Love the push for Cab franc in the fertile glacier hewn soils of South America. — 6 days ago
100 cases made. Ruby red, moderately extracted pigment, very good clarity. Bramble, red fruit and white pepper notes in nose. Slightly gritty as unfiltered, fine tartrate crystals and/or tannins initially (but these melt away fairly quickly) Lovely flavors, somewhat tight initially, puckery acidity and moderate to high skin astringency with a solid, long lasting seed tannin backbone. Blackberry, black currant, cherry candy and mint flavors emerge with white pepper in the finish. Allow at least two hours for wine to open. Fruit and seed tannins aplenty here — 14 days ago
A brilliant wine. A complex wine. But also a young wine. Like a Loire 1st Growth. Needs 5-6 years. But amazing. And yes amazing in 2014. Can’t imagine 2015. Well yes I can. Anyway, deep nose, ethereal nose, woodland berry, forest, lord of the rings deep thicket forest, spice, herbaceous, tobacco, mineral, so so so deep, so so 1st growth Bordeaux but oddly more left than right bank even tho it’s Cab Franc. Superb but in 5-6 years watch out this will wreck Bordeaux 5-6-7 times more expensive than it. Amazing depth. It’s a substantial wine, with unreal fruit density and small berry fruit intensity and superb balance and length. Blackberry fruit that is so well defined and so vivid. Incredible minerality on the finish. Big structure but also amazing elegant and toothsome tannins. Masterful tannins that master the vintage. The blackberry fruit and minerality just coats your palate and does not quit. Easily best 2014 red Loire I’ve tasted. Brilliant wine. — 11 days ago
3rd course - Hedy’s Green Bean Salad with a creamy mustard dressing topped with a Hazelnuts. So delicious!
Paired beautifully with the 2014 Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Franc from Walla Walla. Gramercy Cellar is made by two Sommelier’s with one being a Master Somm and or Master of Wine.
Checkout Hedy’s Pop Up Dinner business @Plate&Bottle on Facebook. — 7 days ago
Day 3 in Napa in the books! Running a day behind on notes...Napa time runs slow AND fast!
Loire Valley meets Napa. Very stewed red fruits with savory and herbal components like tomato, old black cherry, cherry pipe tobacco, and a small hint of pepper down the middle. We ended up buying one to take to dinner and more fruit shows after it gets some air. — 12 days ago
367 cases produced, paired with rosemary peppercorn dark chocolate truffle. Purple in color, light to moderately extracted, Blueberry and earth note in nose with a hint of phenol. Graphite, cherry and spice flavors, mild skin and seed tannins. Grapes from three Columbia Valley vineyards, 100% Cabernet Franc. Finesse here — 9 hours ago
Welcome back old friend. Brick hue & translucent edge, deep black fruits & burnished leather nose, lovely medium bodied cassis blackberry body. Having drank many of these releases young, the bass and deeper notes are starting to ring. Dressner import. Yum, big time. No, I didn’t drink this at temple, but Delectable stopped feeding my proper location — 5 days ago