A stunning value, the 2017 Chardonnay from Foxglove is soft, supple and absolutely delicious. Light tropical notes, lemon confit, white flowers and bright acids give the 2017 striking nuance as well as character. Aging in steel keeps the flavors vibrant. $16.00 (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, June 2019) — 7 days ago
Good for $14.99. Not as good as their Sierra Mar but, still nice. The Sierra Mar is worth $10 more a bottle.
Not as rich, thick, creamy or buttery and less minerality, lacks some of the white spice and chalkiness the Sierra Mar shows.
Works well with our cheeses and the Giants who are on a roll tonight. My sister is at the game and lovin’ it. Grand slam always helps.
Good night in the D&S Lounge. — 3 days ago
‘Las Alturas' Spanish for 'the heights', a fitting name, this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. 4th gen Winemaker Joseph J. Wagner from family with farming & winemaking roots in Napa since 1906. Met Joe on his recent trip to CT. Tried latest vintage! Deep Ruby (darkest Pinot I have come across). Nice berry and floral spice aromas. Rich cherry/plum flavors with oak, spice and vanilla. Lingering ending with sweet oak notes. Nice! A Fav! — 10 days ago
Bright and lively and strong enough to stand up to shrimp in a spicy cream sauce. A little puckery on the finish on its own, but great against the richness of the sauce. — 2 days ago
Blueberry and boysenberry explode from the glass. Mrs. Knott’s punch and pie, anyone? Reminds me of dessert and dinner after days at Knott’s park in the sun. Makes me crave crispy fried buttermilk chicken and biscuits to pair. Baking berry pie, spice and crust across the mouth. The nose is what makes this wine so crave-able, and the palate matches perfectly. Juicy and baking spicy. Great value and still drinking well! — 12 days ago
Wednesday Wine Committee hosted by Dan. 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. Tasted blind as usual.
Seemed over the hill to me. Little bit of burnt rubber on the nose, which took me to South African Cabernet or Chinon. Not much acidity. Good bit of pepper. Old black cherry. Not sure how common this is for the vintage. — 5 days ago
Decanted about an hour before serving; drank over two days with very little evolution. A babe. This was classic Syrah, reminiscent of the Northern Rhône with a bouquet of blue fruits, spiced meats, flowers and minerals. To say this is fresh simply isn’t enough. The purity is absolutely bonkers. I wish I had another bottle to lay down for a decade or more. — 7 days ago
K&L dropped their pants on pricing for this. We couldn’t resist... a case and half for the summer! 😯
Honey, almonds and pineapples are everywhere here. Reasonable amount of oak, leads into caramel and hints of dill. For less than $12, we are very happy with this. — 4 days ago
An enchanting pink of the palest complexion. Strawberries, watermelon, sugar, and dried roses on the nose. I expected a more than above average Rosé from these guys but this is a bit special. Light bodied, almost ethereal in nature, there’s plenty of nice acidity and a graceful mouthfeel. The sweetness provides good balance with the acidity. On the palate, there’s very pleasant stone minerality, more exuberant citrus fruit, and cinnamon. A touch of tart apple on the medium finish. Really, really nice stuff. — 3 days ago
The 07 Estate Cuvée is a blend of; 49% Syrah, 37% Cabernet and 14% Petit Verdot.
The nose reveals, bright, ripe, ruby fruits of; mulberries, boysenberries, olallieberries, black plum, plum, blackberries and black cherries. Some black pepper, melted dark chocolate, mocha powder, vanilla, dark, rich soil, limestone minerals, dry sage, bay leaf, understated dark spice, dry crushed rocks, burnt ambers, incense, underbrush, soft leather & woody notes with loads of fresh, fragrant violets and lavender.
The body is; full, ruby, lush and voluptuous. The tannins are powdery dry with some meaty, stickiness. The structure and tension are still quite big. The length and balance are in the first phase of their good groove. It has another 6-8 years of very good drinking going forward. Dark currants-cassis, bright, ripe, ruby, jammy fruits of; mulberries, boysenberries, olallieberries, black plum, plum, blackberries, creamy black raspberries and black cherries. Warm blueberry pie, more black pepper on the palate then the nose, melted dark chocolate, mocha powder, vanilla, some clove, cinnamon stick, black licorice, sweet tarriness, dark, rich soil, moist clay, limestone minerals, dry sage, bay leaf, dark spice with some uplifting palate heat, dry crushed rocks, burnt ambers, incense, savory meats, underbrush, suede style leather, cedar with loads of fresh, fragrant violets and lavender. The acidity is round and beautiful. The long, rich, ruby, well balanced, voluptuous, nicely polished finish is delicious and persists on and on.
This is a wine where Southern Rhône meets Bordeaux.
Photos of; L’Aventure, Stephan Asseo-Owner and Winemaker, their beautiful cave and rolling hillside vineyard. — 16 days ago