Plum in color black, cherry on the nose, creamy mouthfeel with some chalky tannins. Flavors of leather and spice, along with fruity red raspberries, cocoa and blueberry. A yummy and approachable red blend! — 11 days ago
A tour-de-force? Maybe...the attack is wide (oak driven) yet friction-free (polished). At 4.5yrs old, this has peaked nicely as integrating components are in harmony. Poached Pear leads to delightful yellow peach kiss at the finish. Beautiful VA Chardonnay! — 2 days ago
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Just a stunning nose. Airy and complex. Initially almost a Chablisean vibe. Super mineral. Like a cloud of minerals. Seems like it’s only scratching the surface of the aromas. Gorgeous slate. The nose gains breadth and depth as it airs. It’s like the best ocean breeze ever. Some green apple pokes through. Some of that vulcanized rubber. So much harmony and depth. Spice now. Just endless nuance. Oh yeah, that’s the stuff. Unreal depth and balance. Super chunky but delicate minerals and superb structure, depth and concentration. What texture and length. This is grippy and structured. Really chewy and dense. Rainwater now on the nose. Really such a unique and distinctive nose. What stands out on the aromas on this and the WSS 18 is the orchestral element. So many nuances and they are all in harmony. Nothing stands out. But everything is there. So clear. Still this is the most Chablisean nose I’ve ever smelled in a Mosel wine. Fruit plays a supporting role here. The palate is slowly opening up but the harmony is not quite there but I have 100% faith this will integrate over the morning and afternoon and also open up more. It’s all there.
Nose is getting more classic Mosel now. Some green apple, apricot and more fruit is poking through. The harmony is coming. Herbal as well. Wow. Here we go. The nose is sick. Wow what balance and power. The concentration is awesome. The complexity on the finish is out of this world. While being structured, deep and concentrated it is truly elegant and nimble.
After Mega air thus goes to a 9.8 and is one of the greatest dry Rieslings I’ve ever had. The integration and harmony is next level.
After many hours open this is next level elegant and still has that mineral force on the palate but the stuff is so nimble and elegant yet so dense it’s something that defies expectations. Simply one of the finest Rieslings I’ve ever had. — 17 days ago
Despite a 2+ hr decant this was a coiled titanium spring. Shy nose gave only wafts of schist (full of schist?), and led the palate with steely black fruit. I watched Zach Snyder’s Justice League last night. This Musigny is Superman’s new black suit. Power and force. Timeless. Impenetrable. Awesome. Don’t touch this for at least 10 years. 🙏 my friend! — 17 days ago
The 2018 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso is a force to be reckoned with. Here I’m finding an intense and savory display, as aromas of plum sauce and red currants give way to balsamic spice, smoky minerals and purple-tinged florals. It’s velvety with medium-bodied textures, ushering in ripe blackberry fruit, as cooling minerals and herbal tones add further lift. Hints of baker’s chocolate and medicinal cherry linger, along with residual acids that frame the expression perfectly. Only just shy of an Amarone in depth, the 2018 Ripasso is flat-out stunning. (Eric Guido, Vinous, February 2021)
— 25 days ago
Superb aromas. Just jump out with with their purity and clarity. Gorgeous green apple. Huge slate. Other minerals. Hint of clean vulcanized rubber. So clean and so pure. Hint of creaminess as well. Also some confectionary aromas as well. So stunningly clean and pure. Can smell this all day. And will. Palate is just brilliant. So clean and crunchy but also sleek, delicate, finesse driven and deep. It’s playful and so nimble but also some hidden force and structure. The balance is absolutely brilliant. So even. The linearity of the flavors is just mind boggling. As nose opens it gets more rubbery and it’s the cleanest rubber I’ve ever smelt. Like being in a rubber hose factory. But the crisp apples are always there and getting more expansive. Amazing mouthfeel. Really it’s got that Keller level of purity, precision and depth. God this is clean. Easily the best dry WS I’ve ever had. It’s not bone dry, but it’s not sweet it’s just Wehlener Sonnenuhr. Chewy and dense but ethereal and nimble all at the same time and the finish comes crashing like waves at the low tide. Man does this bring me back to the Mosel. Huge mineral complexity and such shimmering persistence. This wine shimmers. It’s so beautiful and pure. The balance is extraordinary. So complex. So pure. There are no hard edges here. As it airs the intense and jagged minerality becomes more expressive on the finish. That finish is one for the ages. It’s so tender, so dissipating and so energetic while being so nimble. A brilliant wine. Age will only make it better and boy will it age. After some air the minerals become incredible. A confectionary mineral stank. It’s so complete on the palate but also has so much material and structure. Really impressive.
9.6 to 9.7 overnight. Just so gorgeous today. Nose has more breadth and depth and the palate is more complex and round. The harmony is a knockout. — 17 days ago