55% Pinot noir 45% Chardonnay — 7 days ago
Crisp...light oak...lemony...fresh...55 SGD from Lamb — 6 days ago
55% Cariñena (Carignan) and 45% Garnacha (Grenache) from seriously old vines (80-110 years old) with ridiculously low yields (0.3kg per vine). Serious introspective, complex, vertical mouth, hinojo, very austere — 9 days ago
No new-ish notes tonight, except that at ~2 years since our prior bottle, the alcohol heat has considerably subsided, also chocolate+fig+cigar box now in the nose. Decanted 3h.
Paired to Allen Bros. tenderloin tails, grilled to a beautiful 130°F (55°C), smashed new potatoes from our garden and local, mid-season sweet corn (it's the best time of the year to enjoy corn).
I now suggest this wine (2013) can hold, in proper storage, until 2028-33 until a very good drinking window.
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc & 5% Petit Verdot
Color is deep plum, like totally opaque, but a beautiful semi-translucent blackberry color at the edge of the glass.
Nose is liquor of cassis, some noticable heat from the alcohol (14.5%), plum juice, light oak.
Palate is very smooth, dusty plum, blackberry, blueberry skin, mocha, coffee bean; tannins are still grippy, finish is about 45s.
Generally a very nice bottle, we bought this in March '18, just getting to it tonight finally. Very impressed by this effort, light years ahead of the entry level Balbo wines. We only ever came across this once, $35 was a solid buy, and hands down my favorite Balbo wine to date. — a month ago
Brass Rail $55 — 3 days ago
Light, bright yellow. Meyer lemon, pear and smoky minerals on the deeply perfumed nose, along with hints of jasmine, vanilla and candied ginger that emerge with air. Silky in texture and well-concentrated, offering palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors complemented by brioche, oyster shell and toasty lees nuances. The floral note repeats emphatically on the extremely long, supple finish, which is energized by a jolt of smoky minerality. Aged for 15 months in 55% new French oak. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, September 2020)
— 19 days ago
Really really nice. Silky smooth, like Barbour, Yount Ridge, and Sherwin Family. $55 at OWC. — 18 days ago
8/2020. Big and bold. Flavor and finish. $95 @ Hall’s Columbia SC. Retail $50 - $55. — 22 days ago