The best welcome back wine I could imagine after 40+ days of lent detox. This 9 year old Patrina filled the room with big plush purple Syrah goodness. It’s not a monster... it’s a controlled athlete that packs a wallop! The Mohammed Ali of wine. I’m looking for another 2012... — 5 days ago
Younger and more lively than the 1990. Nose has the hoisin, soy thing but it seems more youthful. Insane spice. So so good. Glorious spice, tar, leather and chestnut. There is major major umami on this nose. Layered, soupy and sappy also Groucho. And Harpo. A nose one can say is the epitome of Brameterra 9.6 nose for me. Insane freshness and purity. Like the most fresh thing you can imagine for a 21 year old wine. This is teeming with energy and freshness and just wow. This is the old person who can still run a 40 yard sprint and still compete with people 20 years their younger. Insanely insanely comlplex and the balance is just perfect. Has 10 years ahead of it. Wowsers. What a gorgeous wine. 1990 finish is longer but this is more complex.
Update. 2000 is much better than 1990. After two hours it is stunning and super expansive aromatically. 9.4 to 9.5. — 3 days ago
Packed with power, energy and killer concentration. This is a serious Riesling. Simultaneously there is an incredible elegance and weightless intensity. There is laser focus and pin point precision in its citrus and mineral infused backbone and electrified acidity.
It has such presence and depth on the midpalate and a perfect transition to its exceptionally long finish. Even in its infancy it shows such an incredible expression of the varietal, and I can only imagine a remarkable future ahead. I haven’t been graced with the luck to the try the G-Max yet, but this is my favorite GG. — 18 days ago
The wine shows a medium ruby tint in the glass. The nose gives off aromas of black cherry and licorice, plum and tobacco. It is as complex as one might imagine for a wine which spent two and a half years in oak. On the palate, there is red fruit along with some savory notes of earth and oak spice. The tannins are supple and the acidity is refreshing. This is a wine to pair with a special steak or game dish. — 14 days ago
2019 disgorgement. First time having Paillard. I imagine this will be quite a bit better in a couple years. Very restrained and almost earthy on the palate. Finish is also a bit reserved. Still well balanced, very dry, nice bubbles, and nice minerally acid. — 16 days ago
Acid driven and very edgy. One dimensional on a table with many nuances. Not that’s it’s bad at all. This is very drinkable and refreshing and this should be no problem to let sit around. I actually would imagine the depth would really expand after a couple years of this wine sitting around but it’s just not really there at this particular moment. — 17 days ago
At the Shaw and Smith tasting from the Cellar Door. The Balhannah Shiraz is made from a few select rows in the Shiraz vineyards. From a cooler year - very stalky, herbal and earthy. As different to Barossa Shiraz as you can imagine. Detailed and fine. Ultra ultra savoury and just medium weight. Not for everyone - vive la difference. Barb loved it. Just checked Huon Hooke’s rating where he gave 97 points and said “sensational Shiraz “. — 12 days ago
Breaking out the 2016 alpine catnip as the weather warms-shared with friends outside at sunset. Raspberry color with orange hue, on palate rose hips, hibiscus, violets- some sour patch candy; all high toned but we were in outside temp.. I imagine with decanting & drinking in more moderate weather the baritone notes will come out more. — 15 days ago
Whoaaaa it’s a heady wine! Way complex, way deep thought-inducing but texturally it is more supple than one would imagine. Everything from seabreeze, licorice and roses on the nose give way to red cherries and white pepper on the palate. Bright with a tender bite. — 19 days ago