Tilled, brown, earth-colored body with Irish cream colored crown. Hazy, slick lacing that runs fast. Malty, chocolate nose, with vanilla and cocoa beans, figs, cardamom, old mint, cherrywood and teak, brown fall leaves, and sweet cigar smoke. Rich, but not hot for 12.5 abv. The sheer hoppiness of the beast combined with the tartness of the cherry, is mysteriously keeping everything afloat. Dried cherry, cola, pepper, dark tobacco, thyme, oregano, vanilla mocha, dark chocolate covered candied grapefruit peel, Sixlets, French onion soup, hyper-carmelized. Staggering complexity here, and I’ve barely scratched the barrel. — 13 days ago
Rose-gold belly with snowy top. Foggy lacing turns ocean plant silhouettes. Sweet nose of marmalades, lemon and orange. Red grapefruit, orange bread, candied orange peel; tropical notes of pineapple and banana. Lemon merengue. Big resinous punch of dry, crystalline hops dusting white grapefruit, sharp white pepper, lemon pith, lime juice and just enough clementine to sparkle with glints of sunshine. — 3 days ago
This was actually my first time having this wine from Spottswoode. I expected it to be quite lean with ripping acidity, but was pleasantly surprised by the soft profile courtesy of small oak usage. Gorgeous limestone, grapefruit and lemon thyme aromatics. Nicely acidic and light bodied with a tart finish highlighted by crushed rock and lime juice. A modern take on Bordeaux Blanc. Thanks @Mark Flesher — 4 days ago
Aromas of sweet fruit and earthy notes lifted by the floral Viognier. This needed thirty minutes to blossom. Dusty tannins carry ripe plum, cherry, blueberry fruits. The Rocks Syrah gives a pleasant weightiness, but I do wish it had some of that Rocks funk. — 11 hours ago
I’d been jonesing to try the Martha Stoumen collection for a long time. I’ve read plenty on her background - her training under Occhipinti at Cos and I love her thoughtful articulation of California terroir, natural wine, and Sicilian grapes.
This is fun bright sunshine at a meager 10%. The smell of oysters mid slurp - briny ocean and minerals. Flavors of sour lemon drop.
Attentive and still easy. — a day ago
Okay, just black. Blonde wood/ baked apple hurrah, and then the dark quiet of space, or the grainy expanses of closed lids. The lacing of lazy, wood-boring insects. Such sights have set me to worrying of late. Mornings being a struggle at times, especially after these nighttime wooden cudgels and dark devices. The rack anyone? Coconut on coals. Tar socks. Dried violets. Black strap cola. Scraped vanilla beans, and dark chocolate cookie covered coal. Anise cinnamon and thin mint. Well, that’s the smell of the thing. The mouth below is unsweetened baker’s dark chocolate, blackened iron, vine charcoal, charred bone, hot springs through rubber piping, black sugar, Spanish “chocolate” brandy/black strap rum and graphite/smoke with evergreen suggestions. Not the Dragon of fire and smoke I expected, but certainly a formidable cave monster, living inside a volcano. I particularly appreciated the mineral/ethereal aspect. — 12 days ago
OMG... this is a balls-to-the-wall kind of a wine...
Very opulent, lots of alcohol, thick and creamy, confident and convincing clods of coconut oil, vanilla bean, grilled pine apple, peach yoghurt, honey glazed pastry and heartwarming scents of Bourbon.
Yes, this is as obtrusive and cheeky as it sounds. And yet... somehow... it works. RP scores 96/100.... don’t see that. But, when served slightly chilled, I like it a lot!
The label says California chardonnay and that’s partially true. 70% Chardonnay indeed. The remainder of the blend (Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and even Muscat) gives this wine its unmistakably Rhône-esque personality. — 2 days ago
Peach saison cider, made with “northwest apples and juicy freestone peaches [and] French saison yeast”, 5.6% alc/vol. Not much of a head on pour, a moderate stream of pinpoint bubbles emerges from the cloudy orange-yellow cider. Apple aroma profile on nose with light yeast notes. Apple flavor profile with some peach flavor on finish. Good mix of malic acid from apples and peach fruit acids on finish. Finish is fizzy, creamy and pleasantly tactile, with slightly tart aftertaste of peaches and slightly bitter saison yeast, which I rather liked. Almost dry. Well made, wonderfully textured with layers of simple flavors; another pleasant winner from Two Towns. — 7 days ago
If you ever see anything from Texas Ale Project (TAP) on store shelves, you shouldn't ask logical questions like 'is this my kind of beer?' or 'do I have enough money in my checking account since I don't get paid until Friday?' or 'is this going to be good in the 180 degree heat index of my car while I make 6 more stops between here and the house?' or 'why do you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?' (exception: Dallas, where everyone is always parked on driveways, tollways, freeways, parkways, etc). The questions you need to ask are 'how much do they have?', 'can it all fit in my car?', and 'can those other six stops wait until I at least get home and put this all in the beer fridge?'. And then buy a metric ton of it. Or a 4-pack if you have a Smarte car. And then get home and find that the hops are perfectly integrated. Pine, citrus, perfectly balanced. Now there's a third thing to like about Dallas. 100 million angels singing indeed. Well done TAP! — 12 days ago