A very refined wine with layers of stone and tropical fruit carried in a rich creamy texture. Got lots of banana, pineapple and brûlée. It’s a luxurious chardonnay on the palate. Almost has the texture of a viognier. Oak is surprisingly subtle and very well integrated for being in barrel 2 years. A tad too luxurious. — 8 days ago
Energetic and a bit tropical with terrific acidity. Saltwater taffy, white flowers, citrus zest. — 4 months ago
Gorgeous wine. One foot in the OW, one foot in the NW. Everything savory I love in Syrah with a deep core of fruit to add roundness and depth to this structured wine. Really beautiful showing for this. — 6 months ago
Monthly WTF wine group. Special event this month as Ben provided all ‘80s Napa cabs. A few of us chipped in and provided some whites/bubbly.
My contribution for the evening as I knew @Benjamin Keator loved this wine. No change in notes compared to my last bottle opened 3 months ago. Big and rich. Powered through 2+hrs of air time. Layers of salted popcorn, butter, and lemon cream. Only other west coast chard that reminds me of this profile is Kongsgaard. — 7 months ago
Another with @Kimberly Anderson and crew in Chicago. Lots of tension here with fresh honeysuckle and lychee, the fruit and oak are still battling it out a bit so I’d say this needs more time in bottle, but a beautiful expression of CA Montrachet style Chardonnay from one of the leaders. — 6 months ago
@Benjamin Keator had his hosting at the CC tonight and it was absolutely incredible. What a night of gorgeous wines! All wines are guessed blind.
Out of the 3 whites, I guessed they were all 2012s (they were). I ended up guessing this was Marcassin based on the smoked waxy note I got with this (always get with Marcassin). It wasn’t buttery, but it wasn’t overly sulfuric. It had low acidity too and a fair amount of fruit. This ended up being most (including mine) white of the night. — 7 months ago
Always delightful, and certainly drinking well in the current window. Poured a little cooler than the Kongsgaard, and also benefitted from approaching room temperature. While slightly edged out by the 13 Kong in my opinion tonight, still a beautiful benchmark Aubert wine. — a month ago
Dinner at RARE Steakhouse.
Deep garnet red in appearance. Well rounded nose with layers of spices, red currants, reductive blackberries, a little funky, black olives and damp leaves. Medium tannins (6/10) and medium plus bodied. Rich palate coated with a tomato undertone. Attack of anise, tapenade, black currants and a touch of black pepper. Long and structured finish. Drink till 2021.
First Kongsgaard wine, was hoping for the Hudson Syrah but still very excited to try this out. Made up of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah. Thank you Chris for helping us through the wines!
$$$$ - Purchased at RARE Steakhouse in Washington, DC for 50% off bottle night (every Sunday) for $127.50. Average retail is around $112.00. — 4 months ago