175 cases made, obscure Spanish variety, perhaps the only US producer. Purple, light to moderately extracted pigment. Butter, barrel smoke and cherry aromas. Cherry, red berry and lactic flavors, tar and dill seed on finish, with lots of acidity and fine-grained seed and skin tannins. Age worthy, though tannins may resist easy recourse to decanting. A wine worth seeking out, tasty, unusual. I wish I had another bottle of this. — 4 days ago
Light golden in color.
Strong nose of lemons, citrus, yellow apples, light oak, spices, black pepper and light vanilla.
Full bodied and buttery with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, red apples, melons, pears, herbs, vegetables, earth, wood, spices, vanilla and white pepper.
Nice finish with spices and almonds.
This is a very nice, slightly aged, Oaky Chardonnay from Washington State. Showing a nice mouthfeel with mild complexity. Rich, yet refreshing. Feels like a Napa Chardonnay.
Wine Enthusiasts 88 points. Wine Advocate 90 points.
This 5 year old is good by itself or with food, and better nicely chilled. Would be interesting to see how it evolves in the next 3 years.
I paired it with cheeses and crackers.
100% Chardonnay grapes were aged in French oak barrels (34% new) for 10 months.
14.5 % alcohol by volume.
$40. — 7 days ago
Paired well today with red lentil pasta and fresh sauteéd tomatoes, onions and paprika. 65/35 blend of Pinot Gris and Gewürtztraminer. Fun easy drinking but well-made wine. Light yellow, excellent clarity. Floral, spice and pineapple notes in nose. Crisp, almost dry, lactic finish with light skin astringency. Lemon and varietal spice with length in mouth. Worth staying in for... — 8 days ago
It is Friday night and during this time of being shut in our home a group of us had a Zoom chat to try and help in keep some assemblance of normalcy with socialization through Zoom chat. During our gathering I opened the 2016 Pirouette Long Shadows Vintners Bordeaux Blend. A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec. A wine from Walla Walla, Washington produced by renowned winemaker Philippe Melka. A beautifully blended wine that will stand the test of time and only get better.
On the nose there is black cherry, blackberry, red currant, vanilla, baking spice, cigar box and rich soil.
On the palate ther is black cherry, blackberry, black currant, red currant, green bell pepper, creamy chocolate, graphite and crushed rock.
This wine is full bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, medium + acidity and medium + smooth rounded tannins that lead into a long black fruit finish. What a wonderful wine that all would enjoy. I just wish on our video chat I would have been able to share this with my friends. Maybe some day when we come through this. Please everyone stay healthy and safe. We will come through this. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 3 days ago
Golden yellow in color, excellent clarity. Hat and stone fruit notes in nose. Saline-like and tart, with green peach-skin and dried apricot notes in mouth, light to moderate skin astringency. Really interesting Sauvignon Blanc, one of the better I’ve had from Oregon or Washington. — 7 days ago
Purple-red, moderately extracted pigment. Leather and red fruit aromas, Butter and cherry flavors, moderate grained tannins in mouthfeel, cherry with a hint of menthol in finish, both flavors with length. Will benefit from decanting. Barrel toast and barrel smoke emerge after one hour while tannins refine to fine grain, pleasant mouthfeel. Matched well with a black bean pork and daikon dish, Cantonese style, served with brown rice. I’ve decided the main reason people struggle to match wine with black bean sauces is because the cooks don’t know how to cook black beans to minimize their bitterness interacting with the red wine tannins. This match was brilliant, as was my wife’s cooking in this case. You *can* match a red wine with a light black bean sauce; you just need the right red wine. — 5 days ago