I’m between a 94 and 95 here. I think this is slightly better than the 2010 I opened two years ago in that this showed more classical funk and savory notes.
I gave this an hour of slow ox and then decanted another 2+hrs. At pop and pour, not very expressive. Even after the hour of being open in the bottle it made such a difference and then absolutely exploded in the decanter. Floral, violets, potpourri, herbal spice, stemmy underripe black fruits all on the nose. Gained a touch of Syrah funk the longer it was open but stayed more between the fruit and stem inclusion side instead of going full on iron/smoked meat. So much up front fruit on the palate before a wall of mineral hits and takes everything down the mid palate on a wild ride. Peppercorn crusted black cherries, dark red and black berries, underripe red plum and really nice acidity to give it a nervy type profile. Alongside the 2014 Horsepower Tribe Syrah, this was more a caged animal yet still retained a wild factor. Then again, most wines are tame compared to Horsepower (just give them time...I’ve experienced how incredible they can be with age)! — 8 days ago
Blend mostly Sauv Blanc (90%) with 10% Semillon, aged 50% new oak. Pale lemon with aromas of stone and tropical fruits, citrus and blossom with spicy notes. Palate flavors of peach, apple and grapefruit citrus with honeysuckle and pepper spice. Medium+ length, balanced acidity, ending with a fruit and mineral spice character. Very good! Will age well! — 22 days ago
Have fallen for this gem in Monterey county. Excels at new AVA pinot off the Carmel Valley ridges. — 13 days ago
Long tannins and traditional nose. Sweet grape jelly, blackcurrant, black cherry, tobacco leaf, and bittersweet chocolate on the palate. Solid wine. — 2 days ago
On the nose Asian pear, lime, hint of honeysuckle struck together by the faint but persistent petrol note. The palate is the standout here, with mouth watering acidity and a textured body. Vibrant yet round. Just the slightest hint of sweetness. Saline mineral finish.
Possibly the best Riesling from the US I’ve tasted. — 12 days ago
Celebrating Callie returning from Colorado!!! My close favorite wine — 4 days ago
Our newest love fest is SLS wines from Monterey, CA. Sam is making amazing wines from the higher elevation Monterey coastal vineyards. — 13 days ago