Very rich but blunt in flavour, not top dark or light, not too dry, quite soft. Soaky oaked fruity aromas and flavours that melt in mouth.
— 2 months ago
Deep dark garnet color. Nice dark cherry round fruit and depth here. Enough complexity with wood and earth. What a nice finish with firm long tannins that melt into a clean finish. Best merlot dominant wine I’ve had in a while. Had it with a NY strip at Capital Grille. — 8 months ago
Round and firm with great fruit and tannins that melt away. A gravely lead pencil aroma with a long finish. Absolutely gorgeous — 9 months ago
The nose reveals; dark, sweet, tarry, currants, ripe, ruby, candied, blackberries, dark cherries, ripe black plum with soft skin, purple fruit blend, blueberries, creamy dark raspberries, mixed berry cola, anise to black licorice, notes of ripe port, sandstone/limestone, dark spices, steeped teas, dry & fresh herbaceousness, crushed, dry rocks, black tar, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, soft leather, saddle-wood, leather, dry & fresh tobacco, bay leaf with fresh & withering, very dark florals.
The body is; full, round, velvety and drop dead, gorgeously sexy. Their 97 shows the excellence of the vintage. The structure, tension, length and balance are in peak form. However, this wine has another 10 years ahead. The soft, round, silky tannins melt in your mouth. Dark, sweet, tarry, currants, ripe, ruby, candied, blackberries, dark cherries, ripe black plum with soft skin, purple fruit blend, blueberries, creamy dark raspberries, mixed berry cola, anise to black licorice, sandstone/limestone, dark spices, steeped teas, dry & fresh herbaceousness, crushed, dry rocks, rich, black, turned earth, black tar, dark chocolate, coco powder, caramel, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, soft leather, saddle-wood, leather, big graphite, some, subtle, grilled meats, dry & fresh tobacco, touch of black pepper, bay leaf with fresh & withering, very dark florals. The acidity is round and beautifully phat. The long, ruby, ripe, rich, well knitted texture & balance are outstanding and persists endlessly. Beautiful vintage and wine tonight!
Photos of; Cardinale tasting room, our Lokoya & Cardinale hybrid tasting as the road to Lokoya was not open after the big rains a couple of winters back and their terrace view from the tasting room. — 2 months ago
Lemon zest and mineral melt in the mouth. Great value — 3 months ago
Very light and crisp. Has a very bright citrusy flavor with very fine melt in your mouth bubbles. The finish is very clean and dry. Great value for sharing. — a year ago
Well this is great. A step back in time, no doubt. Wild yeast, unfiltered, qvevri... ancient Georgian wine making in the modern day. Interesting color, pale amber. Floral scents that are mostly small springtime wildflowers, just after snow melt. The juice is bone dry, a touch of brine, honeydew and a lot of apricot. It’s tight, but not restrained. Has some sandpaper texture to it. — 9 months ago
Father’s Day dinner wine from mag and paired with Ribeye, bourbon brats, Korean ribs and rosemary chicken. One of my go to Riojas at a palpable price. Resolved smooth tannins, fully mature, earth driven and enough bright red fruit to provide balance. My all time favorite pic of my mini, Riley, when she had that melt your heart chubby face. Now she’s 15 and 5’10” and no chub in sight ☺️ — a year ago