King's Clay

Southold Farm + Cellar

Little Pieces of A Big Soul (Robert Clay Touriga Nacional)

Cloudy AF. Super sour in a way that matched the tartness and gaminess of a yogurt sauce on lamb meatballs. Ocean spray & hi-c juice. — 14 days ago

Marqués de Murrieta

Finca Ygay Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2010

David T
9.2

The better steak wine over the 2009 Ormes de Pez but, not the more beautiful, elegant wine.

The 2010 Rioja marries the Wagyu Ribcap while showing its Ranchero characteristics.

The palate shows tumble-weed, tannin fruits that are; brambly, ripe, slightly candied; blackberriesblack raspberries, dry, dark cherries with skin, ruby, black plums, very w/ ripe strawberries. Tumbleweed, straw, dark spice, tough leather, clove, sage, dry clay & top soil, crushed rocks, black pepper, dark, berry cola, mint, oak barrel powder, used charcoal with candied florals that are fresh & withering; dark, red, purple & blue. The acidity is top flight. The long finish is well balanced fruit & earth, persisting nicely falling onto earth & dark spices.

Photos of; Margues de Murrieta & vines, large oak vats and their wine shop.

1/15/21
— 2 days ago

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Two Hands

Bella's Garden Shiraz 2005

David T
9.5

All in at $50.

The nose shows; ruby, floral & candied fruits of; mulberries, gooseberries, ollallieberries, boysenberries blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries with raspberries hovering across the top. Grilled, savory meats, black pepper, dark spice, dark cola, dark chocolate, anise to black licorice, dark expresso grounds, sweet tarriness, older tobacco, very used leather, limestone minerals, crushed rocks, incense, ambers, dry tree sap, dry herbs-sage, bat leaf, eucalyptus notes, moist, forest floor, moist, grey clay with withering, fresh & candied florals that are; purple, dark, blue and red set in pronounced lavender & violets woven in.

The body is; full, lush, rich, round, juicy & velvety. It glides across the palate in total gorgeous elegance. The structure, tension, balance & length are at their high point with another 5-8 years of solid drinking with a few years beyond if you enjoy that later stage. I am one who doesn’t protest that part of the life cycle. The tannins are round, pulpy and are still meaty. Fruits are; ruby, touch jammy, floral & candied fruits of; mulberries, gooseberries, boysenberries, ollallieberries, blackberries, black raspberries, both plums, black cherries, blueberries with raspberries hovering across the top. Grilled, savory meats, black pepper, notes of Worcestershire sauce, dark combo of Indian & some Asian spices that bring heat, dark cola, dark chocolate, caramel, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, anise to black licorice, dark expresso grounds, sweet tarriness, older tobacco, oak barrel shaving dust, somewhat card toast, very used leather, limestone minerals, crushed rocks, incense, ambers, dry tree sap, dry herbs-sage, bay leaf, eucalyptus notes, moist, forest floor, moist, muddy, grey clay with withering, fresh & candied florals that are; purple, dark, blue and red set in pronounced lavender & violets woven in. The acidity is round & excellent. The finish is stunningly well knitted, balanced fruit & earth, elegant, gorgeous, that loads lush & juicy and falls on to deep spices persisting for days.

Photos of our April 2017 visit; the walk up to Two Hands, waterfall in their courtyard in the back, utility building & their stand up tasting bar right as you walk in.

Stunning example of what Australian Shiraz can be with the right patience.

1/9/21
— 8 days ago

Paul, Neil and 29 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

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Lovely, we also cellar this same bottle, this vintage as well. 👍
Ming L

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One of my favorite Aussie Syrah. Need to taste a nicely aged one.
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Such a phenomenal winery!

Charlie Clay

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018

Strawberry and cherry. Little floral. Good California Pinot. — a month ago

Williams Selyem

Foss Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

David T
9.3

Coravined bottle from mid week.

The 2012 is still a little early for me but, drinking beautifully.

The nose reveals; ripe, slightly dried fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dried dark cherries & cranberries, both plums, poached strawberries with some raspberries & blackberries. Radiant, dark spices, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, dark colas, steeped tea, black & red licorice, moist & drier clay, rich, forest floor with dry leaves, some dry herb, soft, understated eucalyptus, lightly, grilled meats, dry tobacco, well, used leather with ruby, candied, fresh & withering floral that are; dark, red, blue & purple.

The body is medium full, round, lush with dusty, light tannin presence with excellent viscosity. ripe, slightly dried fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, dried dark cherries & cranberries, both plums, poached strawberries with some raspberries & blackberries. Radiant, dark spices, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil, dry stems, dark, berry colas, steeped tea, black & red licorice, moist & drier clay, dark, rich, forest floor with dry leaves, some dry herb, soft, understated eucalyptus, mint notes, lightly, dark, Asian & Indian spices with heat, grilled meats, dry, used, pipe tobacco, well, used leather with ruby, candied, fresh & withering floral that are; dark, red, blue & purple. The round, lush acidity is like a cool stream in Spring. The long, steady, rich, elegant, well knitted & balanced finish loads as ripe, juicy fruits falling onto to spice & earth persisting several minutes.

Shows all the beauty of the vintage & still has 8-12 years of good drinking ahead.

Cheeses; Jasper Hill Alpha Tolman & Willoughby, Mimolette. Dried Turkish Apricots, Cashews & Columbus Italian Dry Salami. Otherwise, tonight’s dinner.

1/8/21
— 9 days ago

Josh, Ryan and 30 others liked this
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Such a great Pinot producer.
David T

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@Eric WS is but, they take time. They aren’t this good young. It is just now the 12 is beginning to shine. Young, I get why their professional critical scores are low.

Andes Plateau

Cota 500 Red Blend 2015

Very fun and light natural cab. On the nose warm clay and raspberries, on the palette the raspberries mix with coriander and cumin to make a lovely fruity chutney - well balanced and savory but delicious. Medium plus tannins and strong structure — 3 days ago

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Brash Higgins

ZBO Ricca Terra Farms The Riverland Zibibbo 2019

100% Zibbibo (Muscat), old vines planted in 1945. 13.2% ABV

Muscat done as orange wine in clay Amphora, and some time under Flor. Dried apricot, floral, terra cotta notes & texture. Dry, long finish. Very nice, fun & exciting.
— 16 days ago

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Tetramythos

AGRIPPIOTIS ORANGE NATUR

Matté
9.4

Lovely nose, honey orange blossom, golden syrup, poached pear in sugar syrup, pear tatin, ripe guava. There’s also some background notes of bay leaf and cardamom.
Palate has a lovely succulence with ripe, juicy citrus fruit and clay pot tannin.
— 9 days ago

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Domaine de la Combe Aux Rêves (Grégoire Perron)

La Miette... Pinot Noir Blend

What a wine. Fun expressive and bright. Taste of raspberry lemon and sculpting clay. Had on Christmas Day with Beef Bourgogne but would be equally as good on a warm day with vegetables. — 9 days ago

Ginny Lewinski
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Leonetti Cellar

Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

David T
9.5

I have worked with Master Somm’s that would call this Napa Cabernet. If I wasn’t so familiar with Leonetti, I would too!!!

Happy New Year! 🥳🎉🎊🍷🍾🥂

Crazy with Prime Rib, Au Gratins & caramelized cooked carrots. Stupidly good.

Still youthful. Shows its best in 8-10 years.

The things that gives it away that it’s from Walla Walla are; its round, juicy, grapiness, (with age), moist clay & particularly its volcanic ash.

12.31.2020
— 17 days ago

Aravind, Jason and 31 others liked this
Shay A

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Still a producer I haven’t tried!
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@Shay A Seek and be excited!