Ground Effect

La Poderina

Brunello di Montalcino Sangiovese 1998

Mature colour, brownish at the rim and deep dark red in the core.
Baking spices, ground coffee, figs, earth, tomatoleaf and balsamic notes. Soft and well balanced mouthfeel, very nice and harmonious. Actually better than the 99 at the moment. Perfect for my lasagne bolognese.
— 8 days ago

Ira, Jan and 9 others liked this

Cruse Wine Co.

Rancho Chimiles Vineyard Valdiguié 2016

Andrew Holod

Super glu, glu w homegrown broccoli rabe and ground pork pasta. Vibrant purple and conjours a bit of the juicy, fresh, snappy character of a good Dolcetto or Valpolicella. — 17 hours ago

Maurizio B Martino

Neropasso Originale Rosso Veneto Corvina Blend 2018

Sid S

Mr. Staran and Maan Saab are competing to be the best novice sommelier for the day. I heard Mr. Staran said "there is hint of vanila" and immediately rebutted by Maan Saab "no I don't think so". The story continues, lets see where they can find ground zero for the night. Both agreed there is a hint of citrus and its mild, wet wine ;) (good sign of baichara).. Apparently they came up this at the same time where this wine would work wonders on a female companion ..Owhh well what can I say about my buddies, both are in their own imaginations of thinking this wine could get them lucky for the night.. Unfortunately for that to even take place "you need to get her on the table first, boys".
Another saga from the Charcuterie Boys, all fun and laughters, no offense here folks..
— 8 days ago

Dom Pérignon

Luminous Collection Cuvée Rosé Champagne 2005

At the Dom Perignon dinner last Friday night. This was the 2005 in a luminous bottle which presents wonderfully in a darkened room - somewhat of a marketing gimmick, with a little battery in the punt of the bottle, but I’m sure it has the desired effect of selling more bottles. Didn’t take as many notes as I should have as the previous wonderful Champagne started to kick in! Salmon/Pink in colour - a wonderfully fragrant Pinot nose - rich on the palate with more phenolics than the 2006 to follow. This is more the keeper. A good red burgundy with bubbles. — 11 days ago

Bryan, Severn and 17 others liked this

Maison Les Alexandrins

Hermitage Red Rhone Blend 2018

Lyle Fass

Big brooding nose. Blackberries galore, olives and mucho granite. Blueberry and other berry fruit. Very refined. Gorgeous. Deep. Grand aromas like Hermitage should be. Palate is super concentrated, fresh and backwards with they 18 brawn in full effect. This really needs air. Palate has so much granite and incredible freshness and such purity. Terrific inner mouth aromas and loads of black and blue fruits. Superb complexity already but with an hour of air this will be a star. I’ll be back.

Glorious perfume now. Meaty, mineral, granite, wild mint, tree bark, blackberry but much more earthy and mineral now. Palate is juicy, elegant and deep really picked up a ton of elegance and the tannins are so sweet and the length is truly Hermitage. 9.4 to 9.6.
— 22 days ago

Ron, Neil and 14 others liked this
Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen

Amazing value wine.

Laherte Frères

Les Empreintes Extra Brut Champagne Blend 2014

“Empreintes” is 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Chavot. The Chardonnay was planted in the late 1950’s and about a third of it is actually Chardonnay Muscaté. The Pinot Noir was planted almost 40 years ago. This is an amalgam of the two workhorse varieties from Champagne grown in two very different soils in Chavot.

The 2014 Empreintes pours a bright, golden straw color with persistent mousse giving the effect of glitter in the glass which quite visually striking, appearing to suspend weightlessly in the glass when viewing from above. Mesmerizing! On the nose intense yellow apple, golden strawberry, pomegranate, brioche, and even a little bit of ripe strawberry. On the pallet, no shortage of fruit. Apples, pears, raspberries, lemon, minerals. Finish is very dry with medium plus acid. Long satisfying finish. Lovely energy about it. Disgorged February 2020.
— a month ago

Shay, Romain and 13 others liked this

K.H. Schneider

Marbach Spätlese Riesling 2018

Lyle Fass

A special wine. Nose is exuberant with such an insane perfume of blood orange, white cherry, huge mineral perfume. Kiwi, watermelon. So pure and dripping with ripeness and forceful minerality. So complete and complex like only Marbach can be. Heaven. 9.8 nose. Just so fragrant. Floral. It’s got it all. Palate is ripe, sweet yet super zesty and had all types of sweet citrus, rainer cherries and stunning apricot and peach fruit while all outlined by superb minerality. Awesome texture and concentration. Superb sweet tart effect here. Just an amazing wine. — 12 days ago

Michael, Andrew and 10 others liked this

Bodegas Muga

Reserva Rioja Tempranillo 2017

Bold notes of plum, ground pepper leathery notes with dusty, mouth drying tannins and a medium to heavy body, this was really a good blend for the smokehouse at the resort. — 8 days ago

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Laurent Lebled

La Sauvignonne Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Love it. But, part of what makes me love it is that it is unique. On a second bottle the effect would likely wear off. Would still be delicious, like a wild farmhouse ale. Plenty of acidity. Some peach and honey mixed in. — 22 days ago

Le Vieux Donjon

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 2018

Sometimes it’s simply fun to try a wine at its precocious best. This CdP is a perfect example of that fun. With 75% Grenache leading the charge...and a slightly tannic/hot first act...the wine settles down to reveal globs of great concentrated dark fruit, whiffs of garrigue, and CdP’s ever familiar spice and game characteristics. This ‘18 deserves to be in your cellar maxing out in about 10 years. A lovely, lovely wine. (Paired it up with a ground coffee/brown sugar/chipotle chile powered grilled NY strip steak. A perfect 10!) — a month ago

Ericsson, Ruud and 8 others liked this