Dobuje Malvazija Goriska Brda 2017

Osawa Wines

Prestige Collection Pinot Noir 2017

Thought this blind was an aged red burg, so colour me surprised when it was revealed to be a young NZ pinot. Clearly a little more developed than it should be (colour and aromas), but credit where credit’s due, this was quite elegant. Even after the reveal I could not detect that marmalade finish I find so often in NZ pinot’s. This was all red cherries and ripe strawberries, with savoury spices and earthy notes. Perhaps the quality of the oak, which left much to be desired, and rich velvety texture were the only indications of it’s origin. Finished a touch short. There were wines with more intrigue on the table so I didn’t drink much of it, but it definitely wasn’t a bad drop. One to revisit. — 9 days ago

Peter, Ira and 11 others liked this

Château La Gaffelière

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

Deep ruby color with a viscous grip of the glass. Fresh flowers and herbs, cranberry, spearmint, but otherwise youthful nose. Medium weight, medium plus alcohol, dry. Red fruits are more prominent on the front palate with medium acidity, and medium gripped tannins. Medium finish. Way too early to open this one. My fault. It will add at least 2 points with age. Thankfully, I have more that I will not disturb.

93 points
— 10 days ago

Eric, Ron and 4 others liked this

Egon Müller

Scharzhofberger Kabinett Riesling 2017

Enjoyable, but definitely not the finest example of Egon’s Kabi for me. It’s the petrol character that irritated me - although not potent, it should never be present for a Riesling this young especially from Egon. I put it down to storage and transport once more. That aside, the 19’ Kabi was a crowd-pleaser. The fruit profile leaned more towards pears and peaches instead of citruses, and it had a little more sweetness and presence than usual, so the 17’ iteration was definitely a more food Kabi than aperitif Kabi. Fruity, racy, and especially saline on day two, it’s a banger of a wine with Cantonese food. — 7 days ago

Severn, Andrew and 14 others liked this

Enderle & Moll

Baden Pinot Noir 2017

E&M are just different. And the only wine which never made it was the 2013 Rose. That said 2017 was a difficult year for them and the wines of the lower priced wines such as this entry level one - were essentially undrinkable when young. Now the wine has mellowed out. Chassis, marble dust, herbs, resin and super bright acidity. There is lots of fruit mostly cranberry, sour orange, lime. Oregano? This needs a decant and spicy food which can stand up to the acidity. — 5 days ago

John, Ira and 6 others liked this

Heitz Cellar

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Ming L

The inviting nose shows blackberry, cassis, raspberry, nutmeg, vanilla, eucalyptus, and subtle fresh herbs. Fresh high-toned acidity frames the well sculptured medium to full body. Great fruit intensity. Polished tannins leads to a long elegant finish.
Young and long life ahead.
— 6 days ago

Bob, LM and 2 others liked this

Block No. 45

Monterey Merlot 2017

This is the Monterey Merlot. Plain as plain can be label design. Ruby red with just a hint of rusty color. Flavors are tangy, juicy and complex. This is CA Merlot like it can be made well. Leather, mulberry and just the lightest touch of sweet black licorice. — 7 days ago

John, Sharon and 2 others liked this
John Bratincevic

John Bratincevic

I think you have this review tagged to the petite Syrah.
Tree Kilpatrick

Tree Kilpatrick

Yeah they just fixed it. Should be the merlot now…

Vinea Marson

Reserve Heathcote Viognier 2017

Led with a smokey, almost petrol-like aroma, followed by heaps of toasty wood and an array of ripe stone fruits, particularly apricots and peaches, as well as some spice. Richly textured, it was undoubtedly full-bodied. Mild acidity, though sufficient to balance the richness. Finishes quite long with a nutty, woody element, and some mineral nuances. Not bad, though not my kind of wine. Might need some time to find a better balance. — 4 days ago

Peter, Bob and 6 others liked this

Château Langoa Barton

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

A blend of 54% Cab Sauv, 38% Merlot & 8% Cab Franc, aged in 60% new oak, deep Ruby with aromas of dark berry fruits, floral and sweet notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry, currents and cacao with notes of violets, oak and spice. Fine gritty tannins, long finish ending with fruit, floral and mineral spice. Tasting well! — 3 days ago

Andrew, Josh and 7 others liked this

Château Léoville-Las Cases

Clos du Marquis Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 2017

First tried about a year ago. A blend of 72% Cab Sauv, 27% Merlot and 1% Cab Franc, deep Ruby with aromas of black fruit and floral aromas. On the palate blackberry, currant and plum flavors with cacao and oak notes. Fine grainy tannins, medium+ finish, good balance ending with fruit, earthy herbs and cedar notes. — 3 days ago

Josh, Anthony and 4 others liked this

Weingut Günther Steinmetz

Neumagener Rosengartchen Von den Terrassen Riesling 2017

Lyle Fass

Stunning mineral nose with amazing slate aromas, wet rocks and depth. Ripe peach and apricot. Lifting, refined and elegant. Also a wonderful earthy after the rain aroma. Crushed rock dust as well. Such a mesmerizing nose. The minerality is through the roof! It’s so bright and broad and unique. What an amazing site! Palate is brilliant. Super mineral and extremely concentrated with uncommon depth and such razor sharp acidity. Wow the minerality is profound here. It’s overwhelming and crashes on your palate like waves on rocks at high tide. Amazing layered and refined finish. Linear and with just amazing focus. Love the concentration and focus here as usually wines this concentrated can lose focus. Not here! The nose smells like pulverized rock dust now. This is as classy as a 1er cru white burgundy from an elite producer. Extremely finesse driven and finesses all that concentration and minerality with ease. Brilliant wine from perhaps Stefan’s best site. — 15 days ago

Andrew, Jakub and 3 others liked this