Shaw Friendsgiving — 13 days ago
Quite a different personality from its predecessor in 2016. This one is hyper floral with scents of geranium and damp rose petals, followed by what I can only describe as a candied maraschino cherry quality on the nose. The palate developed a more defined profile with a full day of aeration, showing crunchy cranberry, fresh thyme and hints of underbrush. Decidedly more delicate than the previous two vintages, but with striking character and nuance. Excellent with seared salmon. — 4 days ago
Frank appeals to the lover of raw wine - crunchy, cidery, angular, untouched. I appreciate his wine but I don’t think they live up to his cult status or clamor for allocation. Well made but not extremely well made.
This was, for the most part, exactly what I thought it’d be. It’s very good. Backboned and domesticated. A pale crimson and aromas of fresh raspberries and dark tilled soil. Dirt. Ten days of skin contact - dark like Claret with weight and tannin, but elegance and roundness from white grapes. Flavors of tart raspberries and wild strawberry - salts and minerals. — 12 days ago
Yup, got some barnyard action, but it’s still very good. Barnyardy funk nudges out sappy red berry fruit on the nose. The palate is crisp and intense, with way less funk than the nose. Electric cherry fruit, crushed high-toned rock, and an intense savory component. Long, mouthwatering finish. — 4 days ago