A berry bomb for a nose. Bright red raspberries and cherries dominated the pallet. High acidity and strong tannins on this young Lebanese wine. Reminded me of a young Barolo. Needs time but very pleasant. Drink with fat rich food. That creates a nice pallet experience — 11 days ago
Mild ruby with a wide cherry red rim. A soft nose of subdued cherries and raspberries, along with some smoke and herbs. What else can you say about Santa Barbara right now? So many amazing wines coming from there right now. This is not a showstopper Pinot at all, it grows on you until you belatedly realize that you really, really liked it. Low to medium acid with not much heat from the alcohol, thankfully. This is crafted as a pure Pinot, not the most complex but still remains very interesting. In the mouth, the palate is more intense than the nose. More red fruit, just brighter. Damp earth notes, mild oak, black tea, and a bit of spice. This is a grower, not a shower. Starts off a bit shy but ends up as a terrific. I adored this little baby. — a month ago
2009 vintage. Magnum bottle. has a lot of power in it, still tannic. Excellent structure and full body. — a month ago
Our first stop on the Cape was the historic Estate of Klein Constantia, established in 1685 by the VOC Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel. The Dutch established the Western Cape wine growing region in the 1600’s as a rest and resupply stop for their trading ships sailing around Africa enroute to their many trade partners of the Far East etc..
The nose reveals; slightly bruised apple & pear, white citrus, notes of apple cider, white peach, cream, vanillin notes, nice, soft chalkiness, gentle minerality with spring flowers and yellow lilies.
The body is quite light, lively, tightly beaded, rich creamy texture, slightly bruised apple & pear, white citrus, notes of apple cider, white peach, cream, vanillin & ginger notes, nice, soft chalkiness, heavier minerality one palate than the nose with spring flowers and lilies.
Photos of, their Estate vines with the majestic mountains painting the background, A-frames for riddling the new vintage of this sparkling wine, the grounds surrounding the Estate and their tasting bar. — a month ago
Delicious light dry — 17 days ago
Good morning! Breakfast of champions at our hotel which, is run by the producer of Clouds wine.
This is very pleasant. Not overly mineral driven which, can be the case with some producers in the area. Like, the complementary Delaire Graff sparkling poured at their restaurant last night.
Nose of, bright light citrus blend, Jasmine, spring flowers and lilies.
The body is rich. Light citrus blend, pineapple, touch of tropical melons, medium intensity volcanic minerals, nice chalkiness, Good acidity and a pleasant rich finish.
Photos of, the view from our hotel Clouds breakfast terrace, that beautiful red clay they are excavating for vine planting in the center of the hotel, cold breakfast bar and inside restaurant seating. — a month ago
Pale yellow; lemon/lime pith, pungent blossoms, herbal notes, silex, seabreeze with smokey undertones; a citrus, mineral driven, salivating palate with a tacky mouth feel. Grapes on Argile and schist soils. — a month ago