It’s actually Mendo and Sonoma county fruit. 70-30 towards the southern clime. Funky and informative label. High ABV of 15.5%. It smells dense. Classic jams of Zin, but a funky side with barnyards and sweet Asian plum sauce like they serve with Moo shu pork. Flavors are balanced and Zinlicious. Plenty of acid, lots of cola, hint of leather, herbal, little licorice. This is Old Vine Costal Zin in all its glory. The tannins are there, but it’s just firm enough. You can’t even tell that it’s so hot with all that alcohol. This was a definite Grocery Outlet buy again wine. — 3 months ago
Oh, Syrah, Such misunderstood brilliance. Especially in the hands of @jolielaidewines, where it becomes tangy, salty blackberry and sour cherry, wild thyme and wet redwood bark layered over crushed stone. Fabulous stuff clocking in at a mere 12.8% alcohol for all its cool-climate glory. If I’ve said it once I’ll say it a million times, everything Scotty Schultz touches turns to gold. In the bottle anyways. — 3 months ago
Exceeded expectations. Thought it was a bit past it’s glory, but after a one hour decant this thing is good to go. Happy to have a 2000 left in the cellar to look fwd to. — 4 months ago
Oh the glory. Oh the joy. — 6 months ago
In a great place. This shows the glory of 2015. Smokey meats, olive and granite on the nose. Palate is complex right now and so pure, energetic and fresh. Terrific integration of fruit, tannins, granite, acid. Just so long as well. Black fruits bursting in your mouth slathered in granite. Wow this is long. Really long. Yup. A 9.4. — 22 days ago
My first bottle opening of a 2009 Bordeaux. We’ve tasted a number of 2009’s, this is the first one we’ve opened. Showing the glory of 2009, even in a lesser bottling. I’ll say it again, for the value buyer of Bordeaux’s, buy good producers second, third or other wines. 2009, perhaps, the best Bordeaux vintage since 1982.
Good first look to judge better more expensive, quality producers of 2009 Bordeaux wines for when to best open your first. I would say those need another 8-10 years more in bottle to have them fully shine to buying expectations.
Family member from the Jean-Michel Cazes family that brings us Lynch Bages.
The 2009 shows better on its own than with our Wagyu Ribcap.
It simply shows the elegant beauty of the vintage. It brings similarities to 1982.
It shows velvet tannins with ripe, ruby fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black cherries, poached strawberries & raspberries. Bay leaf, wet clay, dark spice with heat, limestone, dry, crushed rocks, nutmeg, clove, soft cinnamon & understated vanillin, black licorice, dry twig, spearmint, tough leather, dry tobacco, graphite, oak barrel shavings with fresh & slightly withering; dark, red, purple florals. Acidity for days. Straight up; lush, well knitted and balanced finish that persists nicely for minutes.
Photos of; Chateau Ormes de Pez, Saint-Estephe vineyard, inside the Chateau-breakfast room and their barrel room.
1/15/21 — 3 months ago
Smooth, dry, better decanted. — 6 months ago