Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.
Fruity nose with cooked plums, cherries, wood, light vanilla, light vegetables, earth, tobacco, dark chocolates, spices and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black plums, blackcurrants, oak, spices, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, chocolates, bitter herbs and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a juicy Syrah from Mendocino County in California. Drinking very nicely now with lots of fruits. Nicely balanced with a nice, soft mouthfeel.
Good right out of the bottle, but better after a couple of hours of airtime, when the complexity comes in.
This Single Vineyard is spicy and interesting. Rich and powerful. A good quality California Syrah.
Still young and would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, although very approachable now.
A nice collaboration between an American wine maker and a Northern Rhone wine maker . A small production of only 300 cases.
I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
14% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 6 days ago
Hints of stone fruit, pear, and a bit of minerality lead to a smooth and juicy mouthfeel. While somewhat refined, the effervescence of the Francois Seconde is a Grand Cru by name due to its origin and is notably muted- though the mouthfeel is delightful and juicy in its own way. Sillery, as noted on the label refers to the village where the fruit is sourced from multiple vineyards, and blended over several vintages. In sum, this is an affordable champagne that will not blow the doors off- but is a simple delight both in its personality and its uniqueness. — 8 hours ago
Bouteille orpheline exposée dans la vitrine du restaurant le Pied de cochon à Montréal, transformé temporairement, pandémie oblige, en pizzeria/caviste. Une fois les formalités d'adoption complétées, ce rosé n'a pas eu à patienter longtemps avant de rencontrer la vrille. On est loin ici du rosé de canicule. Sérieux, séveux, avec un profil aromatique assez unique et difficilement descriptible. On y trouve un petit fruit rouge, mais en mode mineur. La courte finale nous empêche d'exagérer la notation, mais ne gâche en rien l'expérience. Beau hasard! — 10 days ago
The 2006 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine, but it needs time to be at its best. I am surprised by how tightly wound it is. But that only makes me think what it might develop into with time in the cellar. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and sage meld together in a bright, crystalline Champagne endowed with terrific purity. The 2006 is 60% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, mostly done in steel, with just a touch of oak, around 5%. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. (Originally published in August 2020) (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2020) — 12 days ago