Really impressed by this cider. Not too tart and amazing unique flavor. Didn’t write down in the moment as was sharing it with everyone because it was so good. — 24 days ago
Very interesting bubbly w nose of slight mustiness of a craft hard cider (in a good way). Tastes of yellow grapefruit, a hint of ripe peach, followed by an almost vegetal hint. This is followed by an almost-toasted biscuit and a dash of subtle nutty flavor. Really nice small, active bubbles. Bottle says extra dry but this has to be right on the edge of a Brut. Kinda grooving on it. Huge QPR, too. — 24 days ago
Orange Blossom cider, semi-sweet with added oranges and some pineapple. Slight head on pour, medium sized bubbles, lightly carbonated. Solid apple flavor profile, possibly McIntosh, light pineapple finish with orange-citric aftertaste. Reminds me of orange blossoms in the East Valley near Phoenix, February in the Sonoran desert. Maybe you can go home again... — 7 days ago
Light old gold with a very fine mousse. Ridiculous amounts of teeny tiny bubbles throughout. Yes I know this is their entry level bottle but the classics are classics for a reason. Plenty of citrus fruit, freshly baked brioche, and green apples all over the nose. You can call this an easy drinking champagne but that doesn’t make it boring or ordinary. It really is a very good bottle of bubbles. A streak of creaminess runs through with a terrific amount of fruit. Very dry with plenty of nuttiness on the palate and more citrus fruits on entry. The briefest tinge of smoke and caramel tantalize until the long finish. My kind of champagne and I didn’t even mention just how cute this bottle is. — 3 days ago
Solid, not too dry, but not terribly sweet. Similar to citizen cider. — 25 days ago
Some of the best bubbles I’ve had, so fine and lively. The flavor is good, but a little one note, apple cider. I’ve had comparable bottles at half the price. — 10 days ago
Happy Valentines Day!
If you have not looked for this wine on WineSearcher.com or other, you should. Dan Standish has no American Importer. However, you can mail order off his list. Good luck with the Australian/United States import costs. Very prohibited.
Most quality Barossa wines take 15 years in bottle to show their ultimate beauty. Dan’s wines are no different. His Estate vines are 100 years old and produce 500 pounds of fruit per acre...very concentrated. Contrast that to extremely expensive & high quality Napa fruit, those Napa producers are at 2,000-2,500 pounds per acre.
We visited Standish in April 2017. We found Dan to be extremely talented & definitely marches to his own drum. He is salt of the earth and has traveled & worked in many of the world wine regions honing his craft and landing as Torbreck’s Winemaker in Barossa before starting, “The Standish Wine Company.”
As good as the 04 is tonight, it has 15 years of good life ahead...properly stored of course.
The nose is very intoxicating. It is a nice blend of purple, black & blue fruits. Mulberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, black plums, plums, blackberries, dark cherries, deeply extracted raspberries, some baked strawberries, black licorice to anise, dark fruit cola, black olive skin, medium dark spice, black pepper, charcoal, graphite, dry tobacco & underbrush, some bay leaf, alluvial soils, grey volcanic minerals/limestone with fresh & only slightly withering, purple, dark, blue florals framed in violets & lavender.
The body is full, rich, ripe, lush and creamy on the palate after a two-hour plus decant. The structure, tension, length and balance are a little short of its peak and will hold there for 5-8 years. It’s a glorious glide on the palate. The fruits are ripe & lightly baked. Mulberries, olallieberries, boysenberries, black plums, plums, blackberries, dark cherries, deeply extracted raspberries, some baked strawberries, cherry kirsch, red & black licorice to anise, dark fruit cola, black olive skin, the dark spices are heavier on the palate & bring just the right amount of heat, sweet, dark tarriness, black pepper, used, dark expresso roast grounds, charcoal, graphite, dry tobacco & underbrush, some bay leaf, alluvial soils, grey volcanic minerals/limestone, moist clay, with fresh & only slightly withering, purple, dark, blue florals framed in violets & lavender. The acidity is round, flush & perfect. The long finish is a unique even balance of; lush fruits, spice, herbs and earth that persists on the palate for minutes.
Photo on the left of Sofia’s 2 dozen long stems. Love you so much!
@Oswald — 11 days ago
I am absolutely loving these south hill ciders. So fresh and so clean. Nice sweetness on this one but tastes like apple, apple skin, a hint of pear actually, and a bit of citrus. So tasty! Batch 1701 — 4 days ago
For $10.00 its another no brainer from K&L
2018 Domaine de l'Ermitage "Victor" Costières de Nîmes Blanc
Costières de Nîmes is at the southernmost part of the Rhône Valley, on the opposite bank from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. One of our best new finds is Château de l'Ermitage, which produces three terrific values with immanent drinkability. The estate's history traces back to the 12th century when the winery produced wine for the pilgrims of St-Jacques de Compostelle who were traveling the Santiago de Compostela. The property is now owned by the Castillon family, and today Michel and his son Jerome manage the vineyards and winemaking. The "Victor" is named for the first member of the Castillon family to own the property. The blend is 60% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, and 10% Viognier. The soil consists of large pebbles from the Durance river which long predates the Rhône and vines average 20 years. Expect a richer palate from the Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, with lovely aromatics from the Viognier. The winery is certified Terra Vitis (sustainable).
— 5 days ago
Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.
The Fantesca property on Spring Mtn is gorgeous, and their tasting room at the winery is stunning. Really enjoyed getting to try more of their wines.
Our visit ended with our wonderful hostess giving us a bottle of champagne to take to dinner. A very enjoyable and easy drinking rosé that has a little bit of all your looking for...strawberries, gummy red fruits, chalk, limestone, toasted scone with black cherry spread a touch of sweetness toward the finish. A perfect pairing with Bistro Jeanty’s puff pastry topped tomato soup! One of our favorite restaurants in the valley! — 4 days ago