Twice this venomous viper has evaded review. She jumps out and thrashes, coils round and inculcates. A devil of a bite too! Seductive, deceptive nose of caramel creme, rosemary, bay leaf and cinnamon roll. Palatal acupuncture ensues, as you slowly succumb to the hot cinnamon oil and scotch bonnet burn of the first phase. Phase two brings cinnamon and grilled peach with brown sugar cobbles and scotch bonnet honey. And finally the nose and close converge in satin vanilla, cinnamon, cracked black pepper and ginger. .
#willett #willettrye #willettfamily #willettfamilysmallbatch #willettdistillery #smallbatch #smallbatchwhiskey #Kentuckywhiskey #Kyrye #ryewhiskey #rye #rarerelease #estatebottled — 14 days ago
If I haven’t mentioned it before, I love these Red Table Wines produced by Sandlands. They’re not fussy and deliver the goods when you need a versatile red wine to pair with a variety of meals. The only trouble is, I can never seem to get my hands on enough of them! Some quick notes over dinner: Popped and poured, bright and fresh bramble fruits on the nose with medium+ intensity. On the palate, a mixed fruits set with blue, black and red fruits all playing nicely together. Medium tannin and medium acid. Finish is also medium. Worked well with chicken wings and corn on the cob. — 16 days ago
2012 w/ burgers, backyard eggplant, grilled corn. Lots of evolution over the evening. Writing this now ~3.5hrs after opening. Now showing an intensely herbal and spearmint nose with sweet tomato savoriness. Earlier in the night more fruit. Initially there’s like a fleshy crisp apple then rosemary, bandaid, cranberry on the palette with a little fancy ham in there. Slightly grippy but not really. That bandaid thing comes out more in the finish. Seems to continue to benefit from air and went through some interesting weird phases over these several hours. — a month ago
Confrérie de la Chaine Des Rôtisseurs, Bailliage d'Albany; 19 September 2021 at Loft 433, Troy, NY
Ribeye Deckle Roast, Stone Ground Asiago Pressato Corn Pudding, Rosemary Jus, Dragoncello
(Nice wine, probably needs at least another 8-10Y or a very extended decant) — a day ago
With Campfire grilled lobster, shrimp, scallops, asparagus, corn — 22 days ago
Nose has wet cedar, dried black cherry, blackberry compote, black currant must, dry earth and (light) cigar box.
Palate has spiced cherry, spicy oak/cedar, blackberry jam, chocolate powder and notable but fine tannins.
My prior notes stated a wait until 2021+ before our next bottle...TBH I never looked at my notes before selecting this bottle tonight, so 🤷🏻♂️. Now that we're at 2021, there's noted improvement and I calmly suggest future bottle (there's only one left) should be between 2026-2031, as this is holding just fine.
In following to my prior comment on this bottle; We have a love/hate relationship with Wine Spectator whom tasted this at 80 pts in 2005. I fully disagree (FU), but do agree there have been 'better' vintages on this vineyard site. (We also have the better vintages 😁 in waiting.)
Decanted 4H, notes at ~5H.
Paired to 'vintage' ribeye's and local grilled corn. Our favorite beef 'dealer' aka farmer, Kinderhook Farm (Valatie, NY) has an interesting program of holding some of their cattle for more than a year, our cuts tonight are from a 5 YO steer. A brief 6m grill and wonderfully medium-rare cuts at ~135°F after resting. Great depth of flavor, less of the grass fed notes we get with the regular (youthful) cuts, just delicious. — 10 days ago
I really liked this. Was eating crabs and corn and it was such a nice compliment to the meal. — 2 days ago
Blackberries and tannins punching you in the face…bacon, cheese and corn ravioli, bring it on — 18 days ago
Paired w/seared sea scallops and mexican street corn salad, — 25 days ago