My homemade warm, Bourbon Pecan Pie with Marianne’s Old Tyme Vanilla...our favorite ice cream maker & second favorite ice cream from them.
Pie made with Redwood Empire “Pipe Dream” Bourbon.
Tawny Port would have been sweet over sweet over sweet...way too much & over powering. The Matthiasson Sweet Vermouth is the perfect pair. It captures the pie with a gentle hug without overwhelming it like Tawny would do.
As I was making my pie, I realized there are very valid heath reasons for only making this once a year. But, wow is it amazing!!!
Our group will likely never go out for another formal dinner if the choice is ours, it just wouldn’t be as good on multiple levels.
The Matthiasson Vermouth starts like summer sun tea with a touch of sugar, subtle brown sugar/molasses background, hints of toffee, butterscotch, marmalade fruit, dry stone fruit, dry pineapple, orange citrus, salted nuts, chalky soils, grainy volcanics, warm toast, slight honeycomb notes, vanilla with dry floral bed. The acidity is insane. The long finish is; unique, extremely well balanced, lush, elegant with persistent length. On the back end, you perceive the most subtle quality of Vermouth.
Brilliant beverage creation! — 3 days ago
This took hours to open up but when it started it was great. Earthy nose of wet humus, roasted chestnut, pumpkin, molasses and black pepper, moving into savory fruit: blackberry compote with orange rind, blackcurrant and sour fermented blackberries. Expressive, salty and bloody palate with irony minerals, round acid, and a peppery finish. A little bit dark fruited, but still quite enjoyable. Needs a few more years or a long decant. — 23 days ago
Another excellent btl. Beautiful sangiovese nose of stewed tomato, wild strawberry, blood orange, rosemary....On the palate: good acidity and density, wild strawberry and pomegranate molasses. Soft chalky tannin on the finish. Very good, and calling the qpr excellent is ridiculous understatement ($9/btl!). — 9 days ago
I wanted to taste primarily their single vineyards Cabernet Sauvignons. The staff at AXR was gracious enough to accommodate.
The nose on Sleeping Lady reveals nice, ripe, ruby, floral & candied fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black plums & black raspberries. Tarry tannins, used expresso grounds, dark rich soil, dark barrel char, limestone minerals, dry crushed rocks, some brown sugar/molasses, perfumed, dark, brightly fresh; dark, red & purple flowers.
The palate reveals big, dusty dry & meaty tannins. The fruits were somewhat muted/closed. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plums, dark cherries, used expresso grounds, sweet dark tarriness, wood staves, dry tobacco, leathery, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, understated & evenly layered baking spices, mid dark spices with withering, dark, red, & purple flowers. The acidity is round & pleasant. The long, well balanced finish leads with fruit and persists nicely landing on dry tannins & earthiness.
Photos of, the entrance to their main tasting room in the rear of the property, the main house as you drive up to their Estate, redwood trees that surround the Estate and a look straight up through their redwoods. — 6 days ago
Aromas of chocolate and nuts. The taste is very sweet with predominant strong caramel but also grapefruit, saline, and molasses. Wood notes emerge later. Very tasty and enjoyable. — 24 days ago
Really really nice, fantastic age window. Kalamata, eucalyptus, prune, clove, strawberry jam. Molasses. Soft but still present tannins. — 12 days ago
Nose has crushed raspberries over flourless chocolate cake, muddy cherries, Multiflora rose and molasses-like spice notes.
Palate has raspberry fruit leather, dried tart cherry, (light) red velvet cake, sweet red pepper, granitic soil, fresh cherry with smooth tannins and a long finish.
Cork pulled for slow oxygenation for 5H, then into the decanter for +2H. Clearly a youthful bottle, likely better at 10-12Y past vintage, yet still enjoyable tonight at 7Y with proper airing. — 24 days ago
Thick, viscous, notes of honey and molasses. Heavy stuff.
— a month ago