This inky Washington wine smells like plums and vanilla with a lacing of leather. The palate is deep and complex, full of dark fruit - plums, blackberries - and spices, herbs and anise. The tannins are firm enough, but not overpowering. It’s a great wine for a roast or just for sipping.
— a day ago
The 2016 ‘Piroette’ Red Wine is a stunning new release by superstar winemaker Phillipe Melka. A blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (68%) with smaller portions Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, the wine was aged for 22 months in 75% new French oak prior to bottling. Showing off its inky core this opens with a bouquet of green bell pepper, mocha, tar and anise that all come together in the glass. The silky texture creates gorgeous appeal, delivering blackberry cobbler, espresso bean and shades of blueberry pie with lovely herbal undertones. Highly structured, with soft tannins, this stunning effort will cellar well for decades. Drink 2020-2038- 95 — 16 days ago
Found an extra bottle of this vintage tucked away, so revisiting it. Previous tasting notes largely hold; lees character on finish has faded somewhat but flavor profile, acidity and rounded mouthfeel still intact, well balanced and crafted. I love this stuff, fruity but dry, refined, great for sipping but should hold up to food. Citric-lemon component intensifies after 30 minutes, so its use as a food wine improves markedly with decanting or patience. Still, it’s a great wine to sip for those first 30 minutes, even with less intense citric acid and lemon flavor. — 11 days ago