Smelled great right from opening and was a little cold from the cellar. Once it warmed up. it was a monster with 14.9 alc. Fun to drink w steak but I was waste le after 3 glasses! — 9 days ago
Make no mistake, we had a 2010 Marcassin a few weeks ago. I paid somewhere around $25-$30 for this bottling. This is similar to the Marcassin, nearly as good & for about 10-20% the price of the Marcassin depending on when & where you purchased it.
Beautiful, ripe, slightly candied, floral, fruits of; dark cherry, cherry, blackberries and amazing blue fruit hues. Dry top soil, dry crushed rocks, limestone & volcanic minerals, lightly grilled meats, dry tobacco, black tea, herbal notes, dry twigs with fresh, withering, red, dark, purple, blue florals. Beautiful acidity & well balanced, persistent spice finish. — a month ago
This was my wife’s pick for Mother’s Day yesterday.
Consistently my favorite chardonnay out of Aubert’s lineup, this was utterly jaw dropping. This is one of the best white wines I’ve ever had (and is up there with a handful of SQN whites and older Marcassin Chardonnay). Every time I got a new glass, I meant to write a note, and every time I forgot because I couldn’t get over how good this was.
It was a touch reductive at first pour, but it yielded to a dizzying array of marzipan, nutmeg, orange blossom, lemon cream and caramel dipped golden delicious apple. On the palate, it continuously evolved revealing powdered sugar coated guava, frosted mango, sea salt and honey roasted nuts. It was both delicate and elegant while also powerful and commanding. The finish lingered for what seemed at least a minute. I still can’t get over how concentrated the fruit was alongside such acidity and structure. Sporting all of these characteristics right now is just a true and complex treat. — 3 months ago
Fabulous - having with Lobster and good friends — 8 days ago
Happy Delectable New Years!!!.....the night is sketchy, but the wines were brilliant!!
1) Manfred Krankl's 2013 Next of Kyn #7.
2) 2012 Marcassin chardonnay.
Not sure which was which, but I remember layers of black fruit, pear, orange peel, cassis, spice, flowers, minerals, earthy, wet rocks, a BlackBerry vanilla finish....elegant. powerful, rich, full body....wow — 7 months ago
Charles strikes again.
I said weeks ago, I’d rather drink Charles Hendricks Pinot in futures @ $75 vs. the 09 Marcassin we had two weeks back @ $150+ winery or $225+ on the secondary market. This 14, while still young, proves that point and will only continue to get better.
It’s about as luxurious as Ca Pinot gets. Just supple, soft & elegant as body gets. Candied, floral fruits of ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, blue fruits, lean purple fruits, dry cranberries, strawberries, plums, delicate but darks spices, cinnamon stick, vanillin, nutmeg & touch clove, salted caramel, mocha powder, limestone & grey volcanics, dry crushed rocks hints of peppered grilled meats, fresh & dry tobacco, dry stems/twigs, sage dominated dry Provence herbs, splash of mint/eucalyptus, tree sap with bright candied, fresh & slightly withering florals of; dark, red, purple, blue set in a field of violets & some lavender. The acidity is perfect. The long finish is; extremely well balanced & polished, elegant, fresh, just the right amount of candied with a long, dark spice finish in the long set.
The 14 really started to excel after an hour plus in the decanter.
Photos of; the outside of the Hope & Grace tasting room in downtown Yountville where you will find Charles Hendricks wines. He makes Hope & Grace wines as well. One of my favorite paintings that used to sit behind their tasting bar but, is now in Charles house. It is very Pollock like! Winemaker/Co-owner Charles Hendricks and a vineyard in region of the Santa Lucia Highlands. — a month ago