The 2016 ‘Insignia’ is an absolutely incredible showing, and is amongst the most compelling vintages I have yet to taste from the Estate. Composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Malbec which spent 24 months in 100% new french oak. As this unwinds in the glass it begins to release its seductive aromatics of ripe dark currants, crème de cassis and blueberries along with fresh violets, pencil shavings, wild sage brush and exotic spices. On the palate this is full-bodied, with a gorgeous rich, opulent texture that is beautifully balance by a lovely touch if underlying acidity keeping it fresh and inviting all the way through the long enveloping finish. Displaying a remarkable combination of both power and precision, the 2016 is a total stunner and will go on to have a marvelous future for many years to come. — 9 days ago
Beautiful nose and one of the great vintages of this wine. Dark and red berry fruit, spice, smoke, leather, mint, earth and granite. Palate is ripe and so juicy with an incredibly opulent texture. Such freshness and balance. Velvety and beautiful tannins with terrific sweetness but not too sweet. A mineral sweetness among with gorgeous berry fruit. Terrific wine and oh so young. Value city. — 7 days ago
Entry level from this very famous Burgundy producer. Cost about $20. If you blur your eyes while looking at the bottle and hold your nose while tasting the wine, you can pretend it's the Chambolle-Musigny.
Lovely, zest, white flowers. Bright and appealing. Not complex but perfectly attractive for a casual evening. — a day ago
The 2016 Saint-Joseph from Pierre Gonon is utterly brilliant. This dazzling wine instantly bursts open with vivid aromas of fresh blackberries and red berries along with violets, salted meat, black olives, pepper, smoke and dried savory herbs. On the palate this is full-bodied, backed by beautiful polished tannins that surround a juicy core of fresh dark berries laced with pepper and spice flavors. On the palate this displays remarkable balance and concentration as well as striking freshness and purity all the way through the long expansive finish. Showing incredible youthful energy and vibrancy, this also displays serious aging potential. — 9 days ago
Fabulous. Smooth, silky, round on the tongue. One of my faves — 5 days ago
Big dark fruit nose with some vanilla. Deep reddish purple color. Dark fruits to taste with an earthy smoky middle. Delicious. However, quickly loses all the character in the glass and gets tight. My learned friend says it would probably open up again after an hour or 2 but we went for the drink quicker and pour more option. — 2 days ago
The nose. Huge perfumed, dark black berry fruit, overwhelming mint, Klondike bar, granite minerality, but a sense of depth is so there. So young. But so deep, so complex and so granite. Juicy and explosive fruit. But young. So impressive. Refined and elegant and has that Darnaud opulent fruit. Will be back once it opens more. — 5 days ago