A fresh and subtle expression of Merlot. A grape variety that is essentially round, in the Swiss region of Valais 🇨🇭 It is adorned with an attack giving it the freshness that it sometimes lacks to me. The typical elegant notes of the region are on caramel, liquorice, or spearmint (!). Well balanced. Very pleasant.
Une expression fraîche et tout en nuance du Merlot. Cépage rond par essence, dans la région suisse du Valais 🇨🇭 Il se pare d’une attaque lui procurant la fraîcheur acidulée qui lui manque parfois. Les notes d’elegages typiques de la région sont sur le caramel, réglisse, ou menthe verte (!). Bien equilbré. Très agréable. — 20 days ago
2015 vintage. A project started in 2011 by Olivier Bernard (of Domaine de Chevalier fame) in Sauternes from vineyards in 3 different terroirs (Sauternes, Barsac and Bommes). Contrary to classic white Bordeaux, Sémillon is king here, reflecting in this 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon blanc blend, aged in French oak. Lune d'Argent is the middle range of the estate and the heart of the production. It stands for amazing value. Drinking beautifully now, but I suspect this will age gracefully for at least another 5 years. Light brilliant yellow. Very attractive nose combining exotic fruit with minerality, flowers and brioche. Juicy fresh pineapple and grapefruit, balanced mouth-watering acidity and perfectly integrated oak. This shows the potential of great dry white wines in the Sauternes region, where the famous sweet wines are sadly suffering from low demand in lethal combination with high production costs. Grab this one by the case at only 17,90 euros. Abv. 13%. — 5 months ago
This #cabernetsauvignon is very good. I didn’t like the Titan Shiraz though.
#mclarenvale is located around 30 km south of Adelaide at the northern end of the peninsula with the Gulf St. Vincent to the west and the Adelaide Hills to the east.
The region has warm to hot summers although winds blowing in off the Gulf and down from the Adelaide Hills moderate the climate and also keep the risk of disease low. Rainfall levels are relatively low during the growing season (usually less than 200mm), although winters can be fairly wet.
McLaren Vale has a particularly complex geology: many major soil types have been identified, varying from sand to loam to clay. In general, the soils in the north of the region are poor with lower levels of nutrients, whereas those in the south are deeper and more fertile, producing higher yields.
McLaren Vale is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in Australia. By the late 19th century, Thomas Hardy & Sons was producing wine and exporting to the UK. Fortified wine production dominated the first half of the 20th century but after World War II a wave of European immigrants, particularly from Italy, encouraged the return to dry red wine production. In the 1970s, the focus was on full- bodied, ripe Chardonnay and Semillon but, since the late 1980s and early 1990s, this has returned to red wine
It is a large region, with vineyards covering around 6,200ha , and so has a great diversity of microclimates. Proximity to the sea is one factor influencing vineyard climate, as is altitude: vineyards stretch from sea level to around 350m, with most planted on flat or gently undulating land between 50 and 250m.
Over 90 per cent of plantings are now black grape varieties.
premium priced wines, covering both single-varietal and blends. Shiraz is the most planted, with over half of total plantings, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. McLaren Vale reds tend to be deep-coloured and full-bodied with high alcohol levels and pronounced dark fruit flavours. Many have spice characteristics from oak. In the hotter, lower sites, the fruit flavours can become cooked or jammy. Higher elevations give wines with higher acidity and tannins.
Production ranges from inexpensive, high volume bottlings to super-Premium — 9 months ago
Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.
Fruity nose with bing cherries, blueberries, strawberry pie, light oak, spices, honeysuckle, wild flowers and light earth.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with sweet raspberries, bing cherries, tobacco, spices, earth, light wood, peppercorn and light herbs.
Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.
This Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc is drinking very nicely now, although still young. Very pleasant and easy drinking with mild complexity and a soft mouthfeel. The tangy and spicy finish is nice.
Good right out of the bottle, but the tannins show up after an hour of airtime. Worth the wait.
Would be nice to see how this develops in the next 5 years.
I love the fact that the alcohol is so low, and the mouthfeel is buttery and supple. Easy to finish the whole bottle by yourself.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
Whole cluster fermentation. Aged for 18 months in Oak barrels.
A very small production of only 576 bottles. This is bottle number 44.
12.4% alcohol by volume.
$35. — 3 months ago
It is time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here is a beautiful one from Virginia.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Nose of blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, wood, licorice, tobacco, dark chocolates, peppercorn and light alcohol.
Full bodied, smooth, buttery and gentle, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, coffee, oak, spices, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, earth, thyme, espresso, herbs, light vinaigrette and pencil lead.
Medium plus in length on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.
This is a delicious red blend from Virginia. Showing nice complexity with a great, soft mouthfeel.
Very tasty now, and will be in the next few years. I gave it a couple of hours to open up, but 30 minutes was actually enough.
I loved the tannin structure, gave it such a nice mouthfeel.
If I had to guess it blind, I would have said Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon.
Good by itself or with food. I had it all by itself. Delicious.
A blend of 36% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 29% Petit verdot. A small production of only 2,100 numbered bottles. This is #401.
14.3% alcohol by volume.
$70. — 6 months ago
For $12.99 its fantastic,
Buy it buy the case for summer
Domaine Begude is a small family-owned property located high in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Limoux region of the Languedoc. The long, cool growing season lends itself to the production of crisp and delicate wines. — 10 months ago
King Family Vineyards Mountain Plains 2015, Virginia
Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a delicious one from Virginia.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish/ brick rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, black plums, black currants, vanilla, oak, licorice, chocolates, earth, coffee, diet cola, light vinaigrette, herbs and peppercorn.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cola, oak, vanilla, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, licorice, vinaigrette, tobacco and peppercorn.
Tangy finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.
This 5 year old Bordeaux blend from Virginia is very tasty. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel and a tangy finish. Soft, gentle and fruit forward. A good quality wine.
I have had the 2016 not too long ago and this 2015 vintage has more of an old-world feel, especially after letting it open up for a while.
Good by itself or with food and needs an hour to open up. Only after 3 hours of airtime, tannins show up and bring in more structure. So be patient.
Very tasty and interesting.
I paired it with cheeses and olives.
A blend of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 20% Petit verdot. A small production of only 2,928 bottles. Numbered. This is bottle 2,062.
14% alcohol by volume.
$70. — 4 months ago
for me it has its own style of both relatively sharp acidity & slightly faded fruitfulness, like Grand Reserva. it seems it needs more time like at least 3-5yrs for matured pleasant cedar and forest like aromas.
Fruit is sourced from a variety of sites ranging from the sandy gravel soils of the Firgrove and Raithby ward to sandy/loamy granite soils of the Jonkershoek ward. In essence, it is a blend of Stellenbosch Cabernets showing the variety of terroirs to be found, all harvested by hand at optimal ripeness. Five days fermentation in open concrete tanks with temperature control and regular manual plunging and pump-overs. The malolactic fermentation was carried out in lined concrete tanks after which the wine was transferred to 225L French oak barrels (25% new oak) where it was matured for 20 months. — 6 months ago
A good vintage for the whole region, best displayed in a glass, unlike Mazzi. The bouquet clearly indicates that this wine could have become Recioto someday 😄. Compared to other samples, the aroma is more fruity. There is no spice in taste, but in this case such circumstances cannot be considered a disadvantage. Long time in oakis felt but not dominant due to the traditional approach to Amarone production. There are some cherry, chocolate, oak, brown sugar, black licorice. — 9 months ago
Another gem from Herve Souhaut. Limited production on this Ganay from the Rhone region not know for Gamay. 60-80 yo vines. Very different from what im used to in Gamay. Was still very fruity but also had peppery smoky notes and maybe even some herbs. Dark fruit for sure. Loved it. — a year ago