With a take-out from Nora Grey for my birthday diner
Tough to beat — a month ago
All the good wintery things. Leather, campfire, earl grey, jammy dark fruit, peppery — 2 months ago
Here’s a California take on a blend of French varieties — Trousseau Noir, Poulsard, Gamay, and Valdiguié — offering an elegant and ethereal wine with a good measure of brightness, lightness, and complexity. 👏👏👏
👁 This wine is medium ruby with a little haze.
👃 On the nose, this wine has a medium intensity of youthful aromas including primary notes of strawberry, cherry, and kirsch preserves, also bubblegum, earl grey tea, cherry blossom and violet, and secondary notes of cinnamon and sweet spices. Also delicate tertiary notes (not due to age) of leather and Brett/ farmyard.
👄 On the palate this wine is dry, it has medium acidity, a light body, medium alcohol and tannins, and medium(+) intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. The finish is medium.
🍷 The winemaker notes this wine was fermented partially through carbonic maceration and entirely with whole bunches, which really enhances the purity and vibrancy of the fruit characteristics. 🍇 🍒 🍓 ABV 12.3%. Vintage 2019.
This wine is light and bright and versatile. I also happen to adore this producer — @jolielaidewines — and its always-amazing label art. This label features the beautiful work of Kate Scott (www.katescottstudio.com).
Cheers and happy spring ☀️ 💐 — 23 days ago
Amazing purity & depth and an electric tension define this wine much more than any fruity or floral descriptions.
100y vines on grey slate, vinified bone dry and with a great mineral spicy core. There is some fruit wound around it but it’s wound very tight. Great presence and a finish that just goes in forever.
This is complex and quite profound.
And costs peanuts for this experience! — 2 months ago
An attractive shade of yellow with specks of gold throughout. The perlage is impressive with fine right bubbles that just keep going on and on. The nose here is brilliant with green apples and pears. Roasted nuts and hot buttered toast express themselves well, along with toffee and orange slices. Oak is present but never in an obtrusive way.
When a major champagne house like Billecart Salmon introduces a new offering, you expect it to be delicious but they outdid themselves here. Easily one of the best non vintage bottles around. Vinified entirely in oak, there is a noticeably streak of power and creamy texture. Aged on lees for around seven years and it shows. Composed of equal parts of the three Champenois grapes with a dosage of 7 g/l. Racy acidity and sleekly structured.
Quite elegant and goes long on personality. The palate displays beautiful citrus fruit such as nectarines and lemon. Tasty pastries, chalk minerality, and oak compliment. The finish is long with a touch of sweetness. This really can stack up very well against other higher profile and more expensive offerings. Immediately accessible and pleasing but I would love to revisit in a few years. — 19 days ago
Clear dark ruby garnet. Nose and medium palate of black cherry, licorice, and Earl Grey tea. Fine, medium plus tannins and medium plus acidity. A “super” Tuscan indeed, ready for the full range of Italian, American, and Italian-American fare. And this is Caiarossa’s entry level. Drink now through 2024. — 2 months ago