Montepepe riserva speciale
Nose is great out of the gate. Almost rougeardish so elegant. Floral. As it opens very elegant. The vegetal aspects Recede and it the floral components advance to the fore. Lilacs. Raspberry flowers. Like a melange of medium dark flowers. Big lilacs.
Palate is very fresh. Delicious fruit. Such sweet fruit. This has an elegant, regal aspect to it. As it opens more floral bouquet extract. Lilacs. Sweet flowers. Awesome. Fruit is there but an element not the driver.
Great out of the gate. — 14 days ago
Pale salmon all seashell and saltwater on the nose. So we have both river and ocean in one glass, boom. Jumpy but fine bubbles and same as nose but add in lilacs and raspberries so we are moving from water to land. Then the bubbles burst upon the tongue and we have sky. Am I missing any element? Nah, this is fire.
Well-priced fire to boot. Trentodoc I see you.
Update: just realized I reviewed this before but that was in relation to pairing with pizza. Which is fabulous at. But love it solo too! — a month ago
Unfortunately my initial review got deleted, and I had written up one my favourite reviews in a long time. Slightly disheartening but oh well. saved this bottle for quite a few years and tonight was the night. It was decanted for 2 hours. Beautiful aromas of dark fruit, earthiness and leather, inviting you to taste the delicious fruits fermented within.
Initial notes of dark plums, dark succulent cherries and blackberries. There is a definite hint of dark chocolate. Followed by roasted red pepper and anise spices provided by the Syrah. These flavours paired well with the bold and slightly herbaceous tannins from the petit verdot. Finally smooth, lingering notes of finely aged leather, fresh tobacco leaf, hints of smoke and fresh earthiness danced along the back of my palate. This was truly an exquisite wine, achieving the rare feat of producing a bold, heavy, complex wine that is simultaneously well balanced and elegant. Served with filet mignon (medium rare), classic Caesar salad and Portabello mushroom stuffed with goat’s cheese and cherry tomatoes with a balsamic fig reduction. Easily could have cellared for another 5 years. — a month ago
Moderate plus intensity of tart and bright red fruit of cherry, raspberry, and tart black fruits such as blackberry. Violets. Green bell pepper, sage, tobacco, leather, cedar. Pronounced minerality. Medium+ acid, medium- tannins, medium alcohol. Earth, vegetal notes, minerality, tart and crunchy red black fruits driving the wine. Restraint. — 2 months ago
Loved it. American oak wasn’t overpowering but added a very inviting element. Great start to finish. — 17 days ago
It’s not actually true that all Napa Cabs are strictly homogeneous. It’s just that so many try to copy a certain style with poor results but quite a few of them are hits. Dense purple in the glass with wide edges. Huge nose of oak, blackberries, sage, and leather. There’s the most subtle element of underbrush which recedes so fast you may wonder if you imagined it.
That’s probably the only subtle thing going on here. It is indeed a NapaCab and everything is in your face, just not in an abrasive, cloying way. This has everything those lesser Cabs could only dream of: nice structure, good balance, and depth. It is concentrated and dense but some time will help with that. Very well crafted.
Beautiful fruit on the palate. Blueberry cobbler, cherry pie, and plums. Some more oak, tobacco, and a touch of graphite go a long way. Long finish with some nice spice. A really nice representation of Napa Valley Cabernet. — 13 days ago
@Delectable Wine its Les Eygas. Thanks.
Simply stunning. Mint, granite, blackberry, red berry. Herbs and loads of black fresh fruits. Palate is concentrated and deep with terrific purity and grip. Sweet fruit that is inflected with granite and lovely juiciness. Very clean. Such clean and refreshing and energetic minerality. It’s a beast as well. Awesome ripe tannins but there is an embryonic element here. Wait 5 years. — a month ago