Flashback 20+ years ago to the Wine Library in New Jersey. Walking with my 14-year-old niece she was drawn to a double magnum sitting in the corner of the cold room. She exclaimed, “ Uncle Ira , that is the biggest bottle of wine I have ever seen.” Excited by her enthusiasm I told her I would buy it and we would drink it at her wedding. That opportunity presented itself this weekend. I decided this was best consumed at the rehearsal dinner. ￼As one would expect the bottle drew its share of oohs & aahs. The cork was pristine. I should have decanted as the bottle had a ton of sediment. On the nose; earth, hints of leather, and tobacco. In the mouth a textbook example of an aged California Bordeaux blend. Concentrated flavors of red and dark fruit, herbs, vanilla, and graphite flow into a stunning finish that still has a tannic structure. An elegant and seamless wine that has years of life remaining . I have been fortunate to taste wines that could bring you to tears. This bottle brought me to tears before a drop of wine touched my lips — 10 days ago
Young but will so great from this new rare Gripa St. Joseph Cuvee. More finesse driven than the Berceau and sits between that and the regular St. Joseph. Gorgeous nose of smoked meat, mint, hint of oak, big red berry fruit, floral and superb granite. What one wants. I love it. As it aerates a perfume develops. Palate is deep, structured, fresh and ripe. So clean. Juicy and substantial tannins but elegant as well. Long finish with superb clarity and sap. Really well made and also young. But just a terrific debut. — 14 days ago
My first glass said to me another outstanding bottle of Insignia. After dinner I poured a second glass and POW. It opened up and this is beyond outstanding. The balance, structure, tannins, mouth feel and aroma make this a wine that few will ever experience its greatness. I don’t hand out high scores but I might have underrated this one. I have 10 bottles left and I will cherish them over the next many years! WOW🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 5 days ago
Main course is a Beef Tenderloin Roast with Rosemary, Crispy Duck Fat Potatoes, Sautéed Greens. The beef is among the most tender (cut it with a fork) & flavorful we’ve had.
From magnum. The nose shows; dark currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, anise, dry soils, dry crushed rocks, some graphite, cigar, dark, rich earth, blue/purple fruit cola, very soft dark spice with blue and purple florals set in lavender.
The body full, lush & thick. The tannins, rounded, tarry and velvety chewy. The structure & tension have hit its stride but, a little leaner than I’m used to in a Phelps Cabernet. The length and balance are exactly what I expect from them. It’s elegant, ripe & juicy. Dark currants/cassis, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, plum, anise to black licorice, cinnamon, soft clove, vanilla, nutmeg, dry soils, dry crushed rocks, moist clay some graphite, cigar, leather, limestone, dry herbs, dark, rich earth, blue/purple fruit cola, very soft dark spice with blue and purple florals set in lavender. The acidity is a gentle rain shower. The long finish is delicious and persists into a dark spice.
Perfect with Hedy’s Boeuf.
Wine is peaking in Magnum with another 5-8 years ahead.
The “Truth” which, is the very bottom, concentrated part of the bottle is a 9.3.
Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🤶🎁🦌❄️⛄️🍷 — a month ago
I remember this being very good and being impressed with JP Pinot when visiting. At 8 years this wine has developed really well and still has a couple years to it left. There’s a good black pepper on the nose with dried leaves, tree bark, and red currant. The acidity rushes down the side of my mouth with a mild tannin finish on the tip of the tongue. The nose transfers through quite well. Yummy — 20 days ago
I think we sold this for under $23. What St. Joseph used to cost when I was coming up. Smoke, blueberry, blackberry, granite, spice and earth. Lovely nose. So so classic. Palate is juicy and super mineral. Lovely freshness and some slate like tannins. Good fruit soak and lovely hint of rusticity. Mineral. Really a mineral wine. I love this style. Good structure as well. Will improve for 5-6 years. Will update as it airs. Keeps changing. — 4 days ago